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Politics | Op-Ed

Victor Davis Hanson: The Real Differences Between the Biden and Trump Troves

Donald Trump for now certainly seems to have had more documents labeled classified at Mar-a-Lago in Florida than did Joe Biden at his various homes in Delaware.

Politics | Op-Ed

Victor Davis Hanson: Reckless Reparations Reckoning

The last time racial reparations made the major news was on the eve of September 11, 2001 attacks. The loss of 3,000 Americans, which for a time fueled a new…

Miscellaneous | Other Stuff

Mexico Is Not Really an American Friend › American Greatness

Left-wing Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador recently praised a visiting Joe Biden: “Just imagine: There are 40 million Mexicans in the United States—40 million who were born here in Mexico…

Politics | Op-Ed

Victor Davis Hanson: The Manic Methods of Mad Democrats

For all Joe Biden’s talk about “semi-fascist” and “un-American,” “ultra-MAGA” Republicans, it is the Democratic Party that has far more radically changed.

Politics | Op-Ed

Victor Davis Hanson: What Caused the Political Hysteria?

The Left has gone mad over Donald J. Trump—past, present, and future. The current Democratic Party and NeverTrump “conservatives” assumed that Trump was and…

Politics | Op-Ed

Victor Davis Hanson: A Rendezvous With Rwanda?

“Despite being Black, he [Rep. Byron Donalds] supports a policy agenda intent on upholding and perpetuating white supremacy.”—Representative Cori Bush (D-Mo.)…

Politics | Op-Ed

Victor Davis Hanson: The Coup We Never Knew

Did someone or something seize control of the United States? What happened to the U.S. border? Where did it go? Who erased it? Why and how did 5 million people enter our country illegally?

Politics | Op-Ed

Victor Davis Hanson: The Baleful Cargo of Woke Diversity Worship

What do all our notable fabricators—George Santos, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Barack Obama—have in common? Well, quite like the Ward ChurchilIs or Rachel…

News | Antisemitism Watch

The New, New Antisemitism

The old antisemitism was more a right-wing than a left-wing phenomenon—perhaps best personified by the now-withered Ku Klux Klan. A new antisemitism followed…

Miscellaneous | Education

Are Universities Doomed? › American Greatness

In a famous exchange in the The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway wrote: “How did you go bankrupt?” Bill asked. “Two ways,” Mike said. “Gradually, then suddenly.” “Gradually” and “suddenly” applie

Politics | Politics

Two Antithetical Billionaires › American Greatness

Before the midterm November elections, Sam Bankman-Fried was a left-wing billionaire heartthrob. He properly grew up on the Stanford campus, where his parents were well-known left-wing activist law…

Politics | The Decline Of America

Victor Davis Hanson: Our Parasitic Generation

Are we sure that there is all that much ruin left in the United States? We are $31 trillion in collective debt. The new normal is $1.5 trillion budget deficits.

Politics | Donald Trump

Victor Davis Hanson: Does Trump Really Want to Be President Again?

Team Trump has sometimes compared Donald Trump’s current quest for a nonsequential second term to two-term President Grover Cleveland’s similar three election bids. Cleveland remains our only elected…

Politics | Media Watch

Victor Davis Hanson: How Corrupt Is a Corrupt Media?

The current “media”—loosely defined as the old major newspapers like the New York Times and Washington Post, the network news channels, MSNBC and CNN…

Miscellaneous | Other Stuff

The Strange Morality of the Bay-Area Billionaire Left › American Greatness

“Ya. Hehe. I had to be. It’s what reputations are made of, to some extent. I feel bad for those guys who get f—ed by it, by this dumb game we woke westerners play where we say all the right…

Politics | Op-Ed

Victor Davis Hanson: Let The Blame Games Begin?

Who or what was responsible for the Republican nationwide collapse in the midterms? After all, pundits, politicos, and pollsters all predicted a “red tsunami.”…

Politics | Politics

Tragically Trump › American Greatness

“Yet for a variety of reasons, both personal and civic, their characters not only should not be altered, but could not be, even if the tragic hero wished to change, given his megalomania and…

Politics | Op-Ed

Victor Davis Hanson: Tuesday Takeaways

What, if anything, did the midterms tell us about the country—other than underwhelming Republicans could still take the House and Senate?

Politics | Op-Ed

Victor Davis Hanson: The Pathetic Democratic Pantheon

Over the last few months the four icons of the Democratic Party—Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Nancy Pelosi—have hit the campaign trail. They’ve weighed in on everything from “right…

Politics | Politics

The Left Were the Mad Scientists, We Were Their Lab Rats › American Greatness

As the midterms approach, one way of looking at America’s current disaster is that we, the American people, were lab rats. And since 2021, the Left were the mad scientists, eager to try out their…

Politics | Politics

Permissible and Impermissible Incendiary Speech? › American Greatness

United States Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) hit the airwaves to connect the recent assault on Paul Pelosi with “fascism” and “white nationalism.” She insists that both are now…

Politics | Op-Ed

Victor Davis Hanson: The Switcheroos of the Two Parties

Our two parties have both changed, and that explains why one will win, and one lose in the midterm elections. The old Democrats have faded away after being…

Politics | POLITICS

Victor Davis Hanson: An Epidemic of Cognitive Impairment?

Joe Biden, the nominal head of the Democratic Party, is 79. But he increasingly acts and sounds 89. Recently, Biden has pivoted repeatedly on stage with his arm…

Politics | Politics

Victor Davis Hanson: Equal Justice, They Said

What once distinguished the United States from illiberal regimes following the Orwellian mantra “some are more equal than others” was the hallowed American idea…

Politics | POLITICS

Victor Davis Hanson: America Delira

Travel abroad and or talk to pro-American foreigners here, and you will be surprised at what they say. It is not boilerplate anti-Americanism of the usual cheap…

Politics | Op-Ed

Victor Davis Hanson: How Old Bad Ideas Become Wonderful

There is no end of history. Instead, civilization is a constant fight to embrace what has worked for the common good through the ages—and to reject what in the…

Politics | Politics

Victor Davis Hanson: The Strangest Thing About ‘Semi-Fascist’ Trump

For the Left, Donald Trump is synonymous with “fascism” (or “semi-fascism,” as Joe Biden put it the other day). And for Liz Cheney and most of the NeverTrumpers…

Politics | Politics

Why Merrick Garland Is Losing the People › American Greatness

Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday held a belated press conference to explain that he had personally approved the FBI’s raid of Donald Trump’s Florida residence to seize documents deemed U.S.

Politics | Politics

Nancy Pelosi’s Childlike Diplomacy Mirrors America’s Childlike Posture Toward China › American Greatness

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s sin was not in going to Taiwan per se. Rather, after announcing her destination, the California Democrat then sorta kinda hesitated in deer-in-the-headlights fashion under…

Politics | Op-Ed

Victor Davis Hanson: Why We Lost Trust in the Expert Class

For years, European policy makers had assured the world that the relatively rapid “transition” to “green” energy was the world’s preordained future—regardless of the costs. Accordingly…

Politics | Politics

Are the New Progressive Rules Reciprocal? › American Greatness

In the era of peak woke we are supposed to accept any radical departure from long-held custom and tradition as the new normal. Perhaps. But if so, is the improved new code of behavior at least…

Politics | Op-Ed

Victor Davis Hanson: How To Erode the World’s Greatest Military

The U.S. Army has met only 40 percent of its 2022 recruiting goals. In fact, all branches of the military are facing historic resistance to their current recruiting efforts. If some solution is not…

Politics | Politics

The Left Should Be Happy with Biden › American Greatness

The Left should be ecstatic that Joe Biden has given them everything they wanted. The Left likes inflation. It reduces the value of old money by printing lots of new money. Those richer who have it…

Politics | Opinion

Victor Davis Hanson: Biden and The Destruction of Wisdom

There used to be an agreed-on body of wisdom, which both Left and Right, Republicans and Democrats, generally accepted. Heated arguments and invective centered on implementations and methods of…

Politics | Opinion

Victor Davis Hanson: Gavin Newsom’s Weird Idea of ‘Freedom’

In a run-up to what is likely to be a 2024 presidential bid, California Governor Gavin Newsom hit upon the bizarre idea of boasting in commercials that…

Politics | Liberal Hyprocacy

Victor Davis Hanson: Our New Antoinettes

Marie Antoinette, the beheaded wife of the beheaded French Bourbon King Charles Louis XVI, did not really say “Let them cake.” But in the short time that the…

Miscellaneous | Other Stuff

The Disappearing American? › American Greatness

“Help wanted” and “Now hiring” signs are everywhere. Flights, construction projects, and healthcare services are delayed—or unavailable—due to labor shortages. Hourly and monthly wages spiral.

Politics | Politics

Victor Davis Hanson: Who Are the Real Insurrectionists?

For 120 days in summer 2020, violent protesters destroyed some $2 billion in property and injured 1,500 police officers in riots that led to over 35 deaths.

Politics | Op-Ed

Victor Davis Hanson: The Cry-Baby Leftist Mind

Modern progressives assume moral and intellectual authority. Consequently, their supposedly superior ends naturally justify almost any means necessary to…

Politics | Op-Ed

Victor Davis Hanson: America Is More Fragile Than the Left Understands

The Left has been tempting fate since January 2021—applying its nihilist medicine to America on the premise that such a rich patient can ride out any toxic…

Politics | Politics

Why the Left Will Cut Biden Loose › American Greatness

Republican pundits and conservative activists are debating whether they can win in 2024 with the successful Trump agenda, but without the controversial Donald Trump as their nominee.

Politics | Op-Ed

Victor Davis Hanson: Biden and Oil - Destroy America in Order to Save It

Try to follow the Joe Biden energy plan of frantically trying to get his hands on more of something that his own party despises. During the Democratic primaries…

Politics | Opinion

Victor Davis Hanson: The Selfish Californian

We hear plenty of reasons for the perfect storm that imploded California. One-party, progressive government, of course. Decades of unchecked illegal immigration…

Politics | Politics

Victor Davis Hanson: The Subordinate Citizen

I recently led a group of about 100 citizens to tour Israel for nearly two weeks. Before returning to the United States, all participants had to indicate their…

Politics | Op-Ed

Victor Davis Hanson: The Sovietization of American Life

One day historians will look back at the period beginning with the COVID lockdowns of spring 2020 through the midterm elections of 2022 to understand how America for over two years lost its collective…

Politics | Politics

Trumpology › American Greatness

Donald Trump has signaled he will announce his presidential intentions after the November midterm elections. Yet his record of endorsements is quite mixed. By the sheer numbers of winning primary…

Politics | Politics

A Cabinency of Dunces › American Greatness

As the nation sinks inexplicably into self-created crisis after crisis, debate rages whether Joe Biden is incompetent, mean-spirited, or an ideologue who feels the country’s mess is his success.

Politics | Politics

Joe Biden and Racial Demagoguery › American Greatness

Joe Biden has had a long history of racist outbursts. Can we even remember them all? The “put y’all back in chains” insults to an audience of black professionals, his dismissal of black interviewers…

Politics | Op-Ed

Victor Davis Hanson: Joe Biden and Racial Demagoguery

Joe Biden has had a long history of racist outbursts. Can we even remember them all? The “put y’all back in chains” insults to an audience of black…

Politics | Politics

Victor Davis Hanson: The Cycles of Revolutions in Our Midst

We are witnessing a number of radical military, social, and political revolutions that are changing the United States—and the world—in fundamental ways that we…

Politics | Politics

Victor Davis Hanson: Imagine the Unimaginable

Americans are now entering uncharted, revolutionary territory. They may witness things over the next five months that once would have seemed unimaginable.

Politics | Op-Ed

Victor Davis Hanson: Losing the People? Then Change the Rules

Court packing—the attempt to enlarge the size of the Supreme Court for short-term political purposes—used to be a dirty word in the history of American…

Politics | Politics

Victor Davis Hanson: The New Disinformationists

The Biden Administration feels that it must now use federal resources to attack “disinformation.” So the Department of Homeland Security recently announced the…

Politics | Politics

Victor Davis Hanson: Tearing Down the Silicon Valley Wall

Elon Musk has finally managed to buy Twitter. And the moment he did, the enraged Left flipped out. Abruptly leftists began trashing their favorite electronic…

Politics | Politics

Victor Davis Hanson: How America Became La La Land

America these last 14 months resembles a dystopia. It is becoming partly the world of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, partly the poet Homer’s land of the…

Politics | Politics

Victor Davis Hanson: Loose Nuke Talk

Americans, like the planet’s other 7.5 billion people, are not prone to talk or think much about nuclear weapons. Of course, some of us are old enough to…

Politics | Op-Ed

Victor Davis Hanson: The Nihilism of the Left

The last 14 months have offered one of the rare occasions in recent American history when the hard Left has operated all the levers of federal government.

Politics | Op-Ed

Victor Davis Hanson: History Should Be Our Guide in Ukraine

There are several historical referents we should keep in mind about the Ukraine war. First, no-fly zones. Lots of Westerners are calling for NATO aircraft to…

Politics | Politics

The Real ‘Reset’ Is Coming

Commentary President Joe Biden believes the Ukraine war will mark the start of a “new world order.” In ...

Politics | Op-Ed

Victor Davis Hanson: The Real ‘Reset’ Is Coming

Joe Biden believes the Ukraine war will mark the start of a “new world order.” In the middle of the COVID global pandemic, Klaus Schwab and global elites…

Politics | Politics

Victor Davis Hanson: 10 Realities of Ukraine

One. Reassuring an enemy what one will not do ensures that the enemy will do just that and more. Unpredictability and occasional enigmatic silence bolster…

Politics | Op-Ed

Victor Davis Hanson: Vladimir Putin, the Latest of the Failed Irredentists

Irredentism—the romance of reclaiming “unredeemed” old lands—is a symptom of messianic presidents and premiers, and national paranoia and insecurity.

Politics | Politics

Victor Davis Hanson: The Crowded Road to Kyiv

One of the oddest commentaries about the Russian invasion of Ukraine is the boilerplate reaction that “borders can’t change in modern Europe” or “this does not…

Politics | Op-Ed

Victor Davis Hanson: Putin’s Predictabilities

For all his caginess, dissimulation, and opportunism, Vladimir Putin is more or less predictable. Putin’s aims? The Russian president’s two-decade dilemma has…

Politics | Politics

Victor Davis Hanson: The Gathering Storm in the West

Canada is now governed by absurdism, and it is symptomatic of an ailing Western elite. Liberal Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last week invoked martial…

Politics | Op-Ed

Victor Davis Hanson: Hillary Clinton’s Greatest Masterpiece

Hillary Clinton’s never-ending shenanigans in 2015-2016 could be summarized as an attempted slow-motion coup. Four years of national hysteria, a divided nation…

Politics | POLITICS

Victor Davis Hanson: Joe Biden, Alchemist?

Medieval alchemists sought to turn base metals into precious metals like gold. The more the alchemists bumped into the reality that gold was an element…

Politics | Op-Ed

Victor Davis Hanson: Our Elite is No Elite At All

An elite is always variously defined. The ideal elites, as ancient philosophers argued, were a “natural elite” due to their exemplary character, aptitude…

Politics | POLITICS

Why Putin Has Not Been Deterred

Americans want an autonomous Ukraine to survive. They hope the West can stop Russian President Vladimir Putin’s strangulation of both Ukraine and NATO.

Politics | Politics

Wokeism Is a Cruel and Dangerous Cult

Wokeism has been described by its critics as the omnipresent use of race—and to a lesser extent, gender—to replace meritocracy and thus ensure equality of…

Politics | The Decline Of America

Victor Davis Hanson: Is America Heading for a Systems Collapse?

In modern times, as in ancient Rome, several nations have suffered a “systems collapse.” The term describes the sudden inability of once prosperous populations…

Politics | POLITICS

Victor Davis Hanson: Conspiracies as Realities, Realities as Conspiracies

American politics over the last half decade has become immersed in a series of conspiracy charges leveled by Democrats against their opponents that, in fact…

Politics | Politics

Victor Davis Hanson: Politicizing COVID-19 From the Start

From the moment COVID-19 appeared, the pandemic became inseparable from politics. Political frenzy was inevitable since the SARS-CoV-2 virus likely escaped from…

Politics | Politics

Victor Davis Hanson: What Makes Riots, Conspiracies, Cabals, and Insurrections ‘Good’ or ‘Bad’?

“Indeed, men too often take upon themselves in the prosecution of their revenge to set the example of doing away with those general laws to which alike can look…

Politics | Politics

Victor Davis Hanson: Who Are the Real Insurrectionists?

Recently, Democrats have been despondent over Joe Biden’s sinking polls. His policies on the economy, energy, foreign policy, the border, and COVID-19 all have…

Politics | Opinion

The Ungracious—and Their Demonization of the Past

The last two years have seen an unprecedented escalation in a decades-long war on the American past. But there are lots of logical flaws in attacking prior…

Politics | Woke Insanity

Victor Davis Hanson: California Is a Confederate Society with 'Sick Fixation' on Race

California is a neo-Confederate state with a "sick fixation" on ethnicity and race, Victor Davis Hanson said.

Politics | Politics

Why Is the Left Worried Suddenly About the End of Democracy?

What is behind recent pessimistic appraisals of democracy’s future, from Hillary Clinton, Adam Schiff, Brian Williams and other elite intellectuals…

History | History

Pearl Harbor: A Day That Lives in Infamy

On December 7, 1941, the Japanese Imperial Navy bombed the US Naval base at Pearl Harbor. The surprise attack shocked the nation and brought it into a world…

Politics | Politics

Why The Left Always Projects › American Greatness

The Left is addicted to projection—the psycho-political syndrome of attributing all of one’s own sins to one’s opponents. The woke apparently do this out of…

Politics | Politics

Victor Davis Hanson: ‘Science,’ They Said

The scientific method used to govern much of popular American thinking. In empirical fashion scientists advised us to examine evidence and data…

Politics | Op-Ed

Victor Davis Hanson - Our Afghan Nightmare: Tanks for Nothing

Joe Biden’s scripted or no-questions press conferences, and the clean-up afterward by Antony Blinken, Jake Sullivan, and Jen Psaki, have been some of the most…

Politics | Politics

Victor Davis Hanson: America's resilience and its resources are not infinite. Can it still work?

The United States just suffered a terrible and shameful defeat in Afghanistan. The catastrophe reminds us that the Biden administration had its politicized military and bureaucracy mostly fixate on diversity, equity and inclusion, and to root out supposed

Politics | The Decline Of America

Victor Davis Hanson: Does America Still Work?

For nearly two years, Americans have engaged in a great woke experiment of cannibalizing themselves. American civilization has invested massive labor, capital…

Politics | Politics

What Is American Wokeness Really About?

Most Americans were as indifferent to the U.S. women's soccer team's recent loss to Sweden in the Olympics as they were excited about the team's World Cup win in 2019.

Politics | Politics

Optimism, Inc.: The Crushing Weight of Lies

Image by SomeMeans @ Getty Images Victor Davis Hanson // VDH’s Blade of Perseus One reason why I remain optimistic about the impending end of wokism and the failure of the cultural revolution…

Politics | Politics

The American Descent into Madness › American Greatness

Nations have often gone mad in a matter of months. The French abandoned their supposedly idealistic revolutionary project and turned it into a monstrous hell…

Politics | Op-Ed

Victor Davis Hanson: Can the Great ‘Awokening’ Succeed?

We all know that we are living in revolutionary times. The origins, ascendence, values, laws, and future of the United States are all under assault by self…

Politics | Op-Ed

Victor Davis Hanson: In Rush Limbaugh, We Have Lost an American Genius

Rush Limbaugh created modern national talk radio as we now know it. For over three decades he kept at rapt attention — live from noon to 3 p.m. on weekdays — the largest conservative audie...

Politics | Politics

Victor Davis Hanson Provides Sage Advice But Only One Side Listens

Victor Davis Hanson provides an excellent summary of political divisions in the U.S. after the riots at the Capitol. Only one side of the aisle is listening.

Politics | Op-Ed

Victor Davis Hanson: Defenders of Civilization? - American Greatness

The year 2020 witnessed a long series of writs lodged against an America beset with plague, quarantine, recessions, riot and arson, and the most contested…

Politics | Trump Politics

Trumpism: Then, Now—and in the Future? - American Greatness

What was, is, and will be the Trump agenda? Against all odds, what elected Trump in 2016 was a recalibration of American foreign and domestic policy—and the art of politicking itself.

Politics | Op-Ed

The Unapologetic Bias of the American Left

Some yearn for the ancient monopolistic days of network news, the adolescent years of public radio and TV, and the still reputable New York Times—when once upon…

Politics | Op-Ed

Trump Is Now One With Countless Essential Workers - American Greatness

Joe Biden has redefined mask wearing. It is now the thinking man’s patriotism, what every “scientific” and “refined” mind naturally does. Biden, the media…

Miscellaneous | Interesting

What Is the Middle East In the Middle Of Anymore?

Since World War II, the United States has been involved in a series of crises and wars in the Middle East on the premise of protecting U.S., Western, or global interests, or purportedly all three combined. Since antiquity, the Middle East has been the hub

News | News

The Era of ‘Good’ Fascism?

Consider the recent statements and acts of iconic progressive celebrities. Jane Fonda is chronically furious. This time she directed her wrath at those who disagree about the urgency of ending the …

Politics | Politics

Victor Davis Hanson: Biden and Booker threats to punch out Trump no laughing matter

Those who brag of wanting to violently attack the president should worry about where their boasts will lead.

Politics | Liberal "Tolerance"

Victor Davis Hanson: Woke Racism – American Greatness

Well before Sigmund Freud formalized the idea of “projectionism”—the defense of one’s own shortcomings and sins by attributing them to others—it was a common theme in classical literature and the New Testament: the ridiculing of the mole on someone else’s

Politics | Op-Ed

Victor Davis Hanson: Of Progressive Carnivores and Cannibals – American Greatness

The Obama-era Democratic Party bears little resemblance to the themes embraced just 11 years ago by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton during the 2008 primaries.

The parameters of marriage, in Obama’s words “between a man and woman,” has now transmogrified

Politics | Politics

The Costs of Presidential Candor

Predictably, Donald Trump was attacked both by the establishment and the media as “crude,” “unpresidential,” and “gratuitous” for a recent series of blunt and graphic statements on a variety of current policies. Oddly, the implied charge this