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  • 2014: Obama’s America

    07/19/2014 11:05:58 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 33 replies
    Victor Davis Hanson ^ | July 17, 2014 | Victor Davis Hansen
    The summer of 2014 will go down in history as the season when America fell apart. Let’s take a tour of the disasters. Germany in 2008 enthusiastically hosted candidate Barack Obama for his so-called Victory Column speech. Now, Germans suddenly sound as if they are near-enemies of the U.S. Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly was furious that her cell phone was tapped by American intelligence agents. She just kicked the top CIA official out of Germany, further enraged that the U.S. had recruited at least one German official to provide intelligence on the German government. Polls show that Germans find Vladimir...
  • Yesterday, Today and ?

    07/07/2014 12:32:36 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 5, 2014 | Ethan Gaitz
    Finding academics and intellectuals who are critical of the current White House has almost amounted to trying to find a needle in a haystack. Yet, for those who have been looking for such a mythical figure, the search can stop (or at least come to a temporary break). Victor Davis Hanson, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, despite receiving his graduate training in classics, has become an unparalleled authority on a number of topics ranging from “ancient Greek, agrarian and military history to foreign affairs, domestic politics, and contemporary culture.” In a recent discussion with Ginni Thomas of the...
  • All Clintoned Out

    07/14/2014 11:24:29 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 13 July 2014 | Victor Davis Hansen
    Barack Obama did not blow apart Hillary Clinton’s huge lead during the 2008 Democratic primaries just because he was a landmark African-American candidate, new to the scene, and a skilled campaigner. Even Democrats were all Clintoned out. By such weariness, I don’t suggest that either of the Clintons is unpopular. Indeed, Americans apparently look fondly back on the high-growth 1990s as the continuation of the Reagan-Bush boom years, and a time when Democrats and Republicans finally fixed budget deficits. (Note well that when Obama went back to the Clinton-era tax rates for the more affluent, the deficit dipped, but certainly...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: How did immoral special interests hijack U.S. immigration law

    07/10/2014 12:36:31 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 12 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 07/10/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    No one knows just how many tens of thousands of Central American nationals -- most of them desperate, unescorted children and teens -- are streaming across America's southern border. Yet this phenomenon offers us a proverbial teachable moment about the paradoxes and hypocrisies of Latin American immigration to the United States. For all the pop romance in Latin America associated with Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba, few Latinos prefer to immigrate to such communist utopias or to socialist spins-offs like Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador or Peru. Instead, hundreds of thousands of poor people continue to risk danger to enter democratic, free-market America,...
  • Are Obama’s Advisers Unhinged?

    07/08/2014 12:43:42 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 43 replies
    National Review ^ | July 8, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Surely reports that President Obama is going down to Texas at the height of the Katrina-like border debacle to raise money at the home of the popular but often polarizing filmmaker and Quentin Tarantino–collaborator Robert Rodriguez are the stuff of right-wing mythology?</p>
  • Looking Back at Iraq

    06/26/2014 5:11:21 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/26/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    So who lost Iraq? The blame game mostly fingers incompetent Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki. Or is Barack Obama culpable for pulling out all American troops monitoring the success of the 2007–08 surge? Some still blame George W. Bush for going into Iraq in 2003 in the first place to remove Saddam Hussein. One can blame almost anyone, but one must not invent facts to support an argument. Do we remember that Bill Clinton signed into law the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 that supported regime change in Iraq? He gave an eloquent speech on the dangers of Saddam Hussein’s...
  • Obama's World Disorder

    06/25/2014 3:44:50 PM PDT · by lbryce · 5 replies
    hoover Institution ^ | June 24, 2014 | Victor David Hanson
    Amid all the talk of the isolationism that supposedly characterizes the Obama administration’s foreign policy, we forget that since World War II, the global order has largely been determined by U.S. engagement. The historically rare state of prosperity and peace that defined the postwar world were due to past U.S. vigilance and sacrifice. Germany in the last 150 years has been at the center of three European wars, winning one, losing another, and destroying much of Europe and itself in the third. Yet present-day Germany has the largest economy in Europe and the fourth largest in the world. It is...
  • The Federal Octopus

    06/24/2014 2:09:52 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/24/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>When IRS Commissioner John Koskinen arrogantly told Congress that he had no apologies for an agency that has targeted conservative groups for special scrutiny, had a top-ranking bureaucrat take the Fifth Amendment, and destroyed its own correspondence, he meant it. Nor did Lisa Jackson, the former head of the EPA, offer any apologies for concocting a fake persona, replete with false e-mail identity (“Richard Windsor”), to hide her own communications. Kathleen Sebelius was likewise unapologetic after presiding over the ruined initial implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Nor did she pay any consequence for campaigning for Democratic candidates while a cabinet secretary, in violation of the Hatch Act.</p>
  • America’s Middle East Dilemma

    06/19/2014 5:18:41 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/19/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Toppling tyrants is ineffective in the long term without years of unpopular occupation. Two and a half years ago, the U.S. pulled every soldier out of a mostly quiet Iraq. In the void thus created, formerly al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists calling themselves “The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” are now tearing apart the country, leaving medieval savagery in their wake. Obama partisans are blaming the Bush administration for going into Iraq in the first place. But critics counter that Obama wanted out of Iraq before the 2012 election at all costs. The result of that reckless skedaddle is that we have...
  • War Was Interested in Obama

    06/16/2014 6:56:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 06/15/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Leon Trotsky probably did not quite write the legendary aphorism that “you may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.” But whoever did, you get the point that no nation can always pick and choose when it wishes to be left alone.</p>
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Getting to the bottom of the Bergdahl story

    06/12/2014 1:05:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | June 12, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Soon we shall get to the bottom of the swap of five Taliban kingpins from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility for one Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. In time we will learn whether Bergdahl really served with "honor and distinction" and was "captured on the battlefield," as National Security Adviser Susan Rice has stated. Or whether, as fellow soldiers of his platoon insist, he was a deserter who left his comrades to seek out the Taliban. We will soon discover whether Bergdahl's serious health problems or imminent danger prompted President Obama to make the sudden swap. Or whether, as administration skeptics insist,...
  • Obama Quits Afghanistan: Bergdahl was useful for closing Gitmo and winding down the war.

    06/12/2014 7:06:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/12/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Soon we shall get to the bottom of the swap of five Taliban kingpins from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility for one Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.</p>
  • The Troubling Plight of the Modern University

    06/05/2014 4:56:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Employment rates for college graduates are dismal. Aggregate student debt is staggering. But university administrative salaries are soaring. The campus climate of tolerance has utterly disappeared. Only the hard sciences and graduate schools have salvaged American universities' international reputations. For over two centuries, our superb system of American public and private higher education kept pace with radically changing times and so ensured our prosperity and reinforced democratic pluralism. But a funny thing has happened on the way to the 21st century. Colleges that were once our most enlightened and tolerant institutions became America's dinosaurs. Start with ossified institutions. Tenure...
  • The New Regressives ... Victor Davis Hanson

    06/03/2014 11:08:46 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 3 June 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Today’s liberalism is about as liberal as the Hellenistic world was Hellenic — a glossy veneer over a rotten core. In the old days, liberalism was about the means to an end, not the end itself. Since the days of Socrates, liberalism enshrined free inquiry, guided by inductive thinking and empirical use of data. Its enemies were not necessary organized religion — some of the Church fathers sought to find their salvation through the means of neo-Platonic cosmology and Aristotelian logic — or government or traditional custom and practice, but rather deductive thinking anywhere it was found.
  • What was D-Day?

    05/29/2014 4:44:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 29, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Seventy years ago this June 6, the Americans, British and Canadians stormed the beaches of Normandy in the largest amphibious invasion of Europe since the Persian king Xerxes invaded Greece in 480 B.C. About 160,000 troops landed on five Normandy beaches and linked up with airborne troops in a masterful display of planning and courage. Within a month almost a million Allied troops had landed in France and were heading eastward toward the German border. Within 11 months the war with Germany was over. The western front required the diversion of hundreds of thousands of German troops. It weakened...
  • Lord Obama

    05/27/2014 8:07:32 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 5/26/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    If we were living in normal times, the following scandals and failures — without going into foreign policy — would have ruined a presidency to the point of reducing it to Nixon, Bush, or Truman poll ratings. Think of the following: the Fast and Furious scandal, the VA mess, the tapping of the communications of the Associated Press reporters, the NSA monitoring, Benghazi in all of its manifestations, the serial lies about Obamacare, the failed stimuli, the chronic zero interest/print money policies, the serial high unemployment, the borrowing of $7 trillion to no stimulatory effect, the spiraling national debt, the...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Obama's Cabinet is Incompetent

    05/23/2014 9:13:12 AM PDT · by kristinn · 24 replies
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki cannot get a handle on the recent scandalous treatment of veterans in VA hospitals, where more than 40 sick men were allowed to die without proper follow-up treatment. A cover-up allegedly followed. When the Walter Reed Army Medical Center scandal broke under the George W. Bush administration, heads rolled. So far, Shinseki seems immune from similar accountability. Almost nothing that former Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius promised before, during or after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act came true. She was also cited by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel for...
  • Politics Have Trumped Ethics In The Obama Administration

    05/22/2014 4:19:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki cannot get a handle on the recent scandalous treatment of veterans in VA hospitals, where more than 40 sick men were allowed to die without proper follow-up treatment. A cover-up allegedly followed. When the Walter Reed Army Medical Center scandal broke under the George W. Bush administration, heads rolled. So far, Shinseki seems immune from similar accountability. Almost nothing that former Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius promised before, during or after the implementation of the ill-starred Affordable Care Act came true. She was also cited by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel...
  • Modern World is Still Premodern in Many Ways

    05/15/2014 4:11:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 15, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Nigeria's homegrown, al-Qaeda-linked militant group, Boko Haram, brags openly that it recently kidnapped about 300 young Nigerian girls. It boasts that it will sell them into sexual slavery. Those terrorists have a long and unapologetic history of murdering kids who dare to enroll in school, and Christians in general. For years, Western aid groups have pleaded with the State Department to at least put Boko Haram on the official list of terrorist groups. But former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's team was reluctant to come down so harshly, in apparent worry that some might interpret such condemnation as potentially offensive...
  • Liberals: Exempt from Scrutiny - as long as you say the right things

    05/06/2014 2:00:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | May 6, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    It doesn’t matter if you belong to the 0.1 percent as long as you say the right things. The qualifications of a Tommy “Dude” Vietor or Ben Rhodes that placed them in the Situation Room during Obama-administration crises were not years of distinguished public service, military service, prior elected office, a string of impressive publications, an academic career, previous diplomatic postings, or any of the usual criteria that have placed others at the nerve center of America in times of crisis. Their trajectory was based on yeoman partisan PR work, and largely on being young, hip, and well connected politically....
  • Reid Has Become a McCarthy for our Time

    04/24/2014 4:42:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 24, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    We should ask Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-Nev.) the same question once posed to Sen. Joseph McCarthy by U.S. Army head counsel Robert N. Welch: "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?" Reid is back in the news for denigrating the peaceful supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, a popular critic of the Bureau of Land Management policy, as "domestic terrorists." McCarthy in the 1950s became infamous for smearing his opponents with lurid allegations that he could not prove, while questioning their patriotism. Reid has brought back to the Senate...
  • Cliven Bundy and The Rural Way: We'd rather be wrong with Clive than right with Harry Reid

    04/21/2014 6:42:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/21/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Cliven Bundy and The Rural Way Frank Hanson, my grandfather, riding Paint in Kingsburg, California, in 1959.IÂ’m sure that Cliven Bundy [1] probably could have cut a deal with the Bureau of Land Management and should have. Of course, itÂ’s never wise to let a federal court order hang over your head. And certainly we cannot have a world of Cliven Bundys if a legal system is to function.In a practical sense, I also know that if I were to burn brush on a no-burn day, or toss an empty pesticide container in the garbage bin, or shoot a coyote...
  • The left’s disdain for ordinary Americans has deep historical roots.

    04/13/2014 1:28:55 PM PDT · by NYAmerican · 16 replies
    http://victorhanson.com/ ^ | 4/10/2014 | Bruce S. Thornton
    "The liberal disdain for ordinary Americans has been around for a long time. Beneath the populist rhetoric and concern for the middle class that lace the campaign speeches of most liberal politicians, there lurks a palpable disgust, and often contempt, for the denizens of “flyover country,” that land of God, guns, religion, and traditional beliefs."
  • The New Inquisition

    04/10/2014 4:35:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 10, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    What if you believed that the planet might not have warmed up the last two decades, even though carbon emissions reached all-time highs? Or, if the earth did heat up, you thought that it was not caused by human activity? Or, if global warming were the fault of mankind, you trusted that the slight increases would not make all that much difference? The Los Angeles Times would not print your letter to the editor to that effect. The CEO of Apple Inc. might advise that you should "get out of this stock." Or maybe if you were a skeptical climatologist,...
  • One California for Me, Another for Thee

    04/03/2014 12:47:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 3, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    No place on the planet is as beautiful and as naturally rich as California. And few places have become as absurd. Currently, three California state senators are either under felony indictment or already have been convicted. State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) made a political career out of demanding harsher state gun-control laws. Now he is facing several felony charges for attempting to facilitate gun-running. One count alleges that Lee sought to provide banned heavy automatic weapons to Philippines-based Islamic terrorist groups. State Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello), who had succeeded one brother, Thomas, in the state Assembly and was succeeded...
  • Massaging of Critical Data Undermines Our Society

    03/27/2014 4:41:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Transparency and truth are the fuels that run sophisticated civilizations. Without them, the state grinds to a halt. Lack of trust -- not barbarians on the frontier, global warming or cooling, or even epidemics -- doomed civilizations of the past, from imperial Rome to the former Soviet Union. The United States can withstand the untruth of a particular presidential administration if the permanent government itself is honest. Dwight Eisenhower lied about the downed U-2 spy plane inside the Soviet Union. Almost nothing Richard Nixon said about Watergate was true. Intelligence reports of vast stockpiles of WMD in Iraq proved as...
  • Loud + Weak = War (Victor Davis Hanson)

    03/25/2014 2:58:06 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 25, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    China and Russia are no more impressed with empty bluster today than Japan was in 1941. The Roosevelt administration once talked loudly of pivoting to Asia to thwart a rising Japan. As a token of its seriousness, in May 1940 it moved the home port of the Seventh Fleet from San Diego to Pearl Harbor — but without beefing up the fleet’s strength... --snip-- Being weak is sometimes dangerous. Being loud, self-righteous, and weak is always very dangerous indeed.
  • Of Pre- and Postmodern Poseurs [Zero and Putin]

    03/25/2014 8:27:02 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 3 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 24, 2014 | Victor David Hanson
    [SNIP]...Putin, as the entire administration keeps reminding us, is premodern. He should be, but is not, shamed when John Kerry, Joe Biden, Susan Rice, and Barack Obama variously proclaim that he is a 19th century dinosaur, or has lost the good will of the enlightened West. Again, we are told Putin worries about this; but I think he is about as concerned as were Norsemen like Eric Bloodaxe, who lost all the respect of the monks along the English coast that he so freely raided. While Putin was making a premodern fool out of himself, blustering and bullying, and lying...
  • The Hitler Model [Victor Davis Hanson]

    03/20/2014 3:34:27 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 113 replies
    Hoover Institution ^ | March 18, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Why do weak nations like Russia provoke stronger ones like the United States? An ascendant Vladimir Putin is dismantling the Ukraine and absorbing its eastern territory in the Crimea. President Obama is fighting back against critics that his administration serially projected weakness, and thereby lost the ability to deter rogue regimes. Obama, of course, rejects the notion that his own mixed signals have emboldened Putin to try something stupid that he might otherwise not have. After all, in terms of planes, ships, soldiers, nuclear strength, and economic clout, Putin must concede that he has only a fraction of the...
  • Is Obama Walking the Trail Blazed by Nixon?

    03/13/2014 11:15:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 13, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    What would a president do if he were furious over criticism, or felt that his noble aims justified most means of attaining them? Answer that by comparing the behavior of Richard Nixon to that of an increasingly similar Barack Obama. Nixon tried to use the Internal Revenue Service to go after his political enemies -- although his IRS chiefs at least refused his orders to focus on liberals. Nixon ignored settled law and picked and chose which statutes he would enforce -- from denying funds for the Clean Water Act to ignoring congressional subpoenas. Nixon attacked TV networks and got...
  • Obama’s Pseudo-Scientism: Too hot? Too cold? Regardless, it must be global warming. (VDH)

    03/05/2014 12:06:23 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 4, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    President Obama came to California. He saw a drought. He announced the cause to be global warming and left. How accurate was the president’s diagnosis of harmful, man-made climate change in stopping rain and snow? First, a bit of a reminder about what the president has called “settled science.” Until 1982 “settled science” decreed that stomach ulcers were a result of bad diet, too much gastric acid, or undue stress. Then Australian scientists Barry Marshall and Robin Warren shocked the medical community with an unlikely thesis: The real culprit for peptic ulcers more often was infection by the Gram-negative bacterium...
  • The Value of Putin [VDH]

    02/11/2014 10:19:14 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/11/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Putin ends up existing to warn us in the West of what we are not. Vladimir Putin has the world’s attention this week. The circumstances will remind everyone that reset with Russia is dead. Its working hypothesis — that it was the George W. Bush administration, not the Putin regime, that had either inadvertently or provocatively offended the other’s sensibilities — was invented before the 2008 election on Obama’s partisan and political considerations, not empirical observation. Under reset, the incoming Obama administration, more nuanced than the outgoing Bush administration and drawing on more enlightened thinking, would appeal to the better...
  • Victor Davis Hanson on our 'path to Armageddon'

    02/09/2014 4:20:57 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 34 replies
    Historian Victor Davis Hanson recently gave one of the finest and most memorable presentations on the subject of immigration. America could be on "a path to Armageddon," given the blend of relativism, racial preferences, and nullified immigration laws, warned Hanson in an interview with Mark Levin, [link opens in pop-up, interview begins at 51:00]. Hanson is a military historian who taught the classics and is now a Senior Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution. Winner of the prestigious National Humanities Medal (2007) and the Bradley Prize (2008), his writing is generally seen as well reasoned and insightful. Hanson offered a blistering...
  • A Beat-up, Exhausted, and Terrified Republican Establishment

    02/03/2014 4:57:46 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2-2-2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    On almost every contemporary issue there is a populist, middle-class argument to be made against elite liberalism. Yet the Republican class in charge seems ossified in its inability to make a counter-argument for the middle class. Never has the liberal agenda been so vulnerable, a logical development when bad ideas have had five years to prove themselves as very bad ideas. When Obama is all done he will have taken high presidential popularity ratings, a supermajority in the Senate, and a large margin in the House and lost them all — if only the Republicans can make an adequate case...
  • The Poison of Postmodern Lying

    01/30/2014 5:07:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    All presidents at one time have fudged on the truth. Most politicians pad their resumes and airbrush away their sins. But what is new about political lying is the present notion that lies are not necessarily lies anymore -- a reflection of the relativism that infects our entire culture. Postmodernism (the cultural fad "after modernism") went well beyond questioning norms and rules. It attacked the very idea of having any rules at all. Postmodernist relativists claimed that things like "truth" were mere fictions to preserve elite privilege. Unfortunately, bad ideas like that have a habit of poisoning an entire society...
  • The Last Generation of The West and the Thin Strand of Civilization. ... VDH

    01/20/2014 1:16:57 PM PST · by Rummyfan · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 19 Jan 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Had the Greeks lost at Salamis, Western civilization might easily have been strangled in its adolescence. Had Hitler not invaded the Soviet Union, the European democracies would have probably remained overwhelmed. And had the Japanese just sidestepped the Philippines and Pearl Harbor, as they gobbled up the orphaned Pacific colonies of a defunct Western Europe, the Pacific World as we know it now might be a far different, far darker place. I am not engaging in pop counterfactual history, as much as reminding us of how thin the thread of civilization sometimes hangs, both in its beginning and full maturity....
  • The Idol of Equality

    01/14/2014 6:43:49 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/14/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    To put equality ahead of liberty is to war against human nature. “There is, in fact, a manly and lawful passion for equality which excites men to wish all to be powerful and honored. This passion tends to elevate the humble to the rank of the great; but there exists also in the human heart a depraved taste for equality, which impels the weak to attempt to lower the powerful to their own level, and reduces men to prefer equality in slavery to inequality with freedom.” —Alexis de TocquevilleIn his famous admonition about the tyranny of the majority, Tocqueville went...
  • Victor Davis Hanson commentary: China behaving as Japan did in 1930s

    01/09/2014 8:12:34 PM PST · by traumer · 40 replies
    In the 1920s, Japan began to translate its growing economic might — after a prior 50-year crash course in Western capitalism and industrialization — into formidable military power. At first, few of its possible rivals seemed to care. America and European colonials did not quite believe that any Asian power could ever dare to threaten their own Pacific interests. Japan had been a British ally and a partner of the democracies in World War I. Most of its engineering talent was trained in Britain and France. The West even declared Japan to be one of the “Big Five” world economic...
  • The Outlaw Campus: Universities have become a rogue institution in need of root-and-branch reform.

    01/07/2014 7:18:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/07/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Two factors have so far shielded the American university from the sort of criticism that it so freely levels against almost every other institution in American life. (1) For decades a college education has been considered the key to an ascendant middle-class existence. (2) Until recently a college degree was not tantamount to lifelong debt. In other words, American society put up with a lot of arcane things from academia, given that it offered something — a BA or BS degree — that almost everyone agreed was a ticket to personal security and an educated populace.</p>
  • Intelligent Populism vs. Mindless Progressivism

    01/07/2014 4:49:17 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 5 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 1-6-2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    New Deal Liberals Transform into the Faux Populist Radical LeftWith elections looming in 2014, it is about time for Barack Obama to gear up another progressive “war” against the rich, the limb loppers, the fat cats, the tonsil pullers, the “enemies” of Latinos, the jet junketers, the women haters, and those who knew neither when to stop profiting nor how the government had really built their businesses. We shall shortly witness some of the wealthiest and most privileged of capitalist America decrying inequality and unfairness from the 18th hole in Hawaii, the Malibu gated estate, and the Beacon Hill mansion....
  • The Year of the Dud

    01/02/2014 6:46:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 2, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Lots of things that should have happened in 2013 did not. We were supposed to have long ago reached "peak oil" and an age of always-higher gas prices. Wind and solar power -- and a reduced lifestyle -- were our dismal future. But someone or something did not cooperate with gloomy government predictions. After all the failed subsidized green companies, the postponement of the Keystone Pipeline, the radical restrictions of new gas and oil leasing on federal lands, and the promises for radical climate-change legislation curtailing carbon energy use, the United States nevertheless seems awash in old energy. Gas prices...
  • Crashing and Burning in 2013

    12/30/2013 2:29:16 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    PJMedia ^ | 12-29-13 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Recent polls suggest Barack Obama has become a turn-off. Why? In part, all presidents wear on Americans. Their presence has become as ubiquitous in our lives as the busts of the emperor Augustus dotting the Mediterranean world. So who wouldn’t annoy after speaking and appearing on our screens 24/7 for five years? But in Obama’s case, two character traits made him especially aggravating this year. Both explain why vero possumus and hope and change have descended to “you can keep your plan, period.” ~snip~ Why so? Few care to speculate anymore other than the obvious that his cursus honorum was...
  • 2017 and the End of Ethics

    12/24/2013 8:36:28 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/24/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Will there be a scandal if the new political appointees at the IRS sic their auditors on Moveon.org? What will the Washington Post say should the new president keep Guantanamo Bay open for five more years, quadruple the number of drone missions, or decide to double renditions? Will it say that he was shredding the Constitution, or that he found the terror threat too great to honor past promises? Will NPR run an exposé on our next president should she tap into Angela Merkel’s cell phone, or monitor the communications of Associated Press reporters — and their parents? Will investigative...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Pajama Boy Nation

    12/23/2013 11:57:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 22, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Will Kane of High Noon Pajama Boy wasn’t. Somehow we as a nation went from the iconic Marlboro Man to Pajama Boy — from the noble individual with a bad habit to the ignoble without a good habit — without a blink in between.</p>
  • Medieval Liberals

    10/08/2013 7:05:56 AM PDT · by Belteshazzar · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/8/13 | Victor Davis Hanson
    A classical liberal was characteristically guided by disinterested logic and reason. He was open to gradual changes in society that were frowned upon by traditionalists in lockstep adherence to custom and protocol. The eight-hour work day, civil rights, and food- and drug-safety laws all grew out of classically liberal views. Government could press for moderate changes in the way society worked, within a conservative framework of revering the past, in order to pave the way for equality of opportunity in a safe and sane environment.
  • How Presidents Lie (VDH)

    12/10/2013 6:38:09 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 16 replies
    NRO ^ | 12/10/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    What is different about Obama? Rarely, when caught, do presidents simply lie about their original dissimulation. Barack Obama, in contrast, when asked about his faux red line in Syria, simply denied ever issuing it (“I didn’t set a red line”). Unlike presidents who paid high prices rather quickly for their dissimulations, Obama kept getting away with serial deception. The result was similar to a reckless bluffer at the poker table who keeps upping the ante each time he wins with a bad hand — only to lose his enormous pile of bluffed winnings when finally called out. Obama was empowered...
  • America's Coastal Royalty

    11/28/2013 6:40:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 28, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The densely populated coastal corridors from Boston to Washington and from San Diego to Berkeley are where most of America's big decisions are made. They remind us of two quite different Americas: one country along these coasts and everything else in between. Those in Boston, New York and Washington determine how our government works; what sort of news, books, art and fashion we should consume; and whether our money and investments are worth anything. The Pacific corridor is just as influential, but in a hipper, cooler fashion. Whether America suffers through another zombie film or one more Lady Gaga...
  • America’s Coastal Royalty: The real national divide isn’t between red and blue states.

    11/28/2013 11:38:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/28/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>The densely populated coastal corridors from Boston to Washington and from San Diego to Berkeley are where most of America’s big decisions are made.</p> <p>They remind us of two quite different Americas: one country along these coasts and everything else in between. Those in Boston, New York, and Washington determine how our government works; what sort of news, books, art, and fashion we should consume; and whether our money and investments are worth anything.</p>
  • The War on Human Nature - pretending self-interest doesn’t exist is perilous

    11/26/2013 2:05:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | November 26, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    At some critical point, everyone makes choices based on incentives and his own perception of self-interest. Somehow the Obama administration has forgotten that natural law. A therapeutic sense of self-sacrifice is fine in the abstract, but in the concrete such magnanimity causes far more harm to the innocent than does a realistic appraisal of self-interest and a tragic acceptance of the flawed nature of man. The theme of the present administration is that it possesses the wisdom and resources to know better what people should do than they do themselves. From that premise arose most of catastrophes that have befallen...
  • A Culture in Ruins

    11/25/2013 5:08:20 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 31 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11-24-13 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Lady Gaga reportedly spent $25 million on pop art to jazz up her new and apparently underwhelming album. In contrast, Miley Cyrus’ sexual twerking at the MTV video awards earned her more millions by exposing her rather unimpressive anatomy. Both make the once vulgar Madonna seem like June Cleaver, but at least raise an existential question: ~snip~ Meanwhile hip-hop artist Kanye West is promoting his own new music video. He seems to be having sex with his girlfriend Kim Kardashian while riding a motorcycle. If you did not know that Kanye West was the singer of the background music, by...