Victor Davis Hanson Private Papers

Our Make-It-Up World

Facts now pale in comparison with the higher truths of progressivism.

by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online

 

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About Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, a professor of Classics Emeritus at California State University, Fresno, and a nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services. He is also the Wayne & Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History, Hillsdale College, where he teaches each fall semester courses in military history and classical culture.

12 Thoughts on “Our Make-It-Up World

  1. Hoi Polloi Boy on October 30, 2014 at 7:58 am said:

    So in other words, Obama is incompetent and liberals generally manage affairs and propagandize with smoke and mirrors?

  2. Thomas Anderson on October 30, 2014 at 8:33 am said:

    OK, we’re doomed. Now what?
    A terminal diagnosis can be very liberating. “Let’s roll.”

  3. Joan Sands on October 30, 2014 at 8:42 am said:

    I like to think that there are still people in this country who are not totally stupid and that we might be able to change things starting next week.

  4. Has the administration achieved any of the following?

    (BHO and HRC might pursue these “Rules for Radicals” ,but this is rejected by Snopes as being false)

    1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people

    2) Poverty — Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

    3) Debt — Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

    4) Gun Control — Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

    5) Welfare — Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income).

    6) Education — Take control of what people read and listen to — take control of what children learn in school.

    7) Religion — Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools.

    8) Class Warfare — Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

    I believe they espouse at least seven out of the eight rules.

    Please tell me where I am wrong.

    Read more at http://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/alinsky.asp#lIeLXBm7Cs7cQeyf.99

  5. it appears Maryland is leading the way forward unveiling voter fraud. four voters are suing the state to force it to review voter rolls and force it to remove i llegal aliens. it seems 400 illegals were called up for jury duty but declined and admitted they were not u.s. citizens. all 4 hundred are registered voters. one hundred of these illegals voted in the last election. this is only one county. it is one of the planks of the communist party to make fun of the truth. the democrats aka. socialists, progs., Marxists etc. have consistently denied any such shenanigans happening. now we know why Clinton started motor voter and some states will register to vote, anyone with a drivers license. voila— voter fraud on a massive scale. same with same day registration. if this massive fraud continues–we have lost our republic and our constitution. voter i.d. must become the law of the land. now we know why Romney lost.

    • WOW that is very troubling…..Thanks for shinning the light on the issue – voter fraud is the big issue….watch what happens next Tuesday

    • Never really considered that all these things; like motor voter, same day registration, hacked voting machines, zero votes for Romney in some counties, truly have added up to a very, very serious problem which has compromised the integrity of our representative democracy. We can speculate about Nixon losing to Kennedy because of fraud, but now I believe the democrats have institutionalized voter fraud through these programs.

  6. J M Abedi on November 2, 2014 at 1:14 am said:

    True distinction here is that progressives don’t believe in evil…a huge blind spot and misallocation energies is the result

    Time to remind the choir to get them to sing that evil exists and not everything can be “fixed”… What is frightening is that those who lead us know nothing of evil…leaving us utterly exposed and impotent with the mightiest military the world has ever seen dangling in their hands like a limp noodle….This is the greatest country on earth…and it’s energies and compassionate people left under-utilized, and worse…..undefended.

    We have been embarrassed on the world stage and the reputation born out of the blood & sacrifice & moral knowledge of generations past is being disrespected with no gratitude or thankfulness. The Boomer generation has really let my generation down…so our job now is to clean up the mess and we will….SO SING!

    http://www.theguardian.com/news/2014/oct/21/-sp-the-truth-about-evil-john-gray

  7. dupere on November 2, 2014 at 2:19 pm said:

    ” He thinks he’s on Oprah”, Great read posted by the xx committee— ” Poland prepares for russian invasion”

  8. dupere on November 2, 2014 at 8:44 pm said:

    Out today, must read from zero hedge—” globalization turning on itself”. History has a way of repeating itself… Worries in the the pentagon about China…..

  9. I like VDH’s habitual crispness, conciseness, and clarity. I appreciate that the way he states his observations invites debate not just about the raw data, but also about the philosophical bases for interpreting and understanding that data. This shows up in the final paragraphs.
    There are some who would agree with his observations as well as his conclusions. There are those who would disagree with him entirely. The people most interesting to me are those who might concede that VDH accurately describes data points of the current scene but unlike him, see progressive aims justified by post modern means as a good, righteous and bold march into a promising future. They would seem to believe our philosophy textbooks should be written by practitioners of realpolitik or political ideologues of a particular persuasion rather than have our politics (and the rest of life) scrutinized in the grid a coherent, tested and less agenda driven political philosophy…that is, if they believe that writing such things down isn’t too permanent, constrictive, inconvenient, counterproductive and, dare we say, counterrevolutionary.

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