Victor Davis Hanson

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When Laws Are Not Enforced, Anarchy Follows

What makes citizens obey the law is not always their sterling character. Instead, fear of punishment—the shame of arrest, fines or imprisonment—more often makes us comply with laws. Law enforcement is not just a way to deal with individual violators...

Caravan Contradictions

A “caravan”—the euphemism for a current foot-army of more than 10,000 Central Americans—of would-be border crossers has now passed into Mexico. The marchers promise they will continue 1,000 miles and more northward to the U.S. border, despite...

Epitaph for a Dying Culture

The Kavanaugh confirmation hearings and their endless sequelae have ended up as an epitaph for a spent culture for which its remedies are felt to be worse than its diseases. Think 338 B.C., A.D. 476, 1453, or 1939. The coordinated effort to...

Are We on the Verge of Civil War?

Americans keep dividing into two hostile camps. It seems the country is back to 1860 on the eve of the Civil War, rather than in 2018, during the greatest age of affluence, leisure and freedom in the history of civilization. The ancient...

The Ideology of Statue Smashing

Statue smashing is back in the news. One night last week, University of North Carolina students pulled down “Silent Sam,” a bronze monument to students and faculty of the university who fought as Confederate soldiers in the Civil War. The...

The Legacies of Robert Mueller’s Investigations

Some 450 days ago we were treated to melodramatic announcements from the media about the start-up of Robert Mueller’s “dream” and “all-star” team. Reporters gushed in the general hysteria of the times that Mueller would no doubt soon indict...

Progressives Want to Recycle Some of History’s Worst Ideas

What we now consider stupid and dangerous ideas of the past, progressives see as useful in the present. Even liberal historians usually label as disastrous two decisions by the Franklin D. Roosevelt Administration: the adoption of the Earl Warren...

Why This Immigration Psychodrama Will Also Pass

A month from now there will be a new manufactured news story that Donald Trump is savage, represents an existential danger, or is unhinged. We will hear of another Trump official cornered and driven out from a liberal-owned Beltway or New York City...

The Dream and the Nightmare of Globalization

After World War II, only the United States possessed the capital, the military, freedom, and the international good will to arrest the spread of global Stalinism. To save the fragile postwar West, America was soon willing to rebuild and rearm war-...

Victor Davis Hanson: The True Threat to America’s Civil Liberties Is It’s Law-Breaking Intelligence Apparatus

This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper.          ― T.S. Eliot One strange trait of the die hard NeverTrump Republicans and progressives is their charge that Donald Trump poses an existential threat...

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