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Either Carry a Big Stick—Or Shut Up!

By Victor Davis Hanson // Works and Days by PJMedia

Photo via Flickr

Photo via Flickr

Western culture is deservedly exceptional. No other tradition has given the individual such security, freedom, and prosperity.

The Athens-Jerusalem mixture of Christian humility (and guilt) and the classical Socratic introspection combined in the West to make it a particularly self-reflective and self-critical society, in a way completely untrue of other traditions.

Unprecedented Western leisure and affluence also have given Europeans and Americans a margin of error, in the sense of the material ability to indulge in ethical critique of themselves without existential danger. Read more →

Obama Administration Needs to Abandon Its Petraeus Obsession

Victor Davis Hanson // Tribune Media Services

rfrIn politically driven moods, the ancient Romans often wiped from history all mention of a prior hero or celebrity. They called such erasures damnatio memoriae.

The Soviet Union likewise airbrushed away, or “Trotskyized,” all the images of any past kingpin who became politically incorrect.

The Obama administration seems obsessed with doing the same to retired Gen. David Petraeus.

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The New Segregationism

The Oscar nominations have brought a corrosive racial politics to the fore.
By Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online

Still Polarizing after All These Years

By Victor Davis Hanson // Works and Days hosted by PJMedia

Polls confirm that Obama is the most polarizing president in recent memory. There is little middle ground: supporters worship him; detractors in greater number seem to vehemently dislike him. Why then does the president, desperate for some sort of legacy, continue to embrace polarization?

A few hours before delivering that State of the Union, President Obama met with rapper Kendrick Lamar. Obama announced that Lamar’s hit “How Much a Dollar Cost” was his favorite song of 2015. The song comes from the album To Pimp a Butterfly; the album cover shows a crowd of young African-American men massed in front of the White House. Read more →

The Many Contradictions of Hillary

By Victor Davis Hanson // Tribune Media Services

admin-ajax2Hillary Clinton recently said she would go after offshore tax “schemes” in the Caribbean. That is a worthy endeavor, given the loss of billions of dollars in U.S. tax revenue.

Yet her husband, Bill Clinton, reportedly made $10 million as an advisor and an occasional partner in the Yucaipa Global Partnership, a fund registered in the Cayman Islands.

Is Ms. Clinton’s implicit argument that she knows offshore tax dodging is unethical because her family has benefitted from it? Does she plan to return millions of dollars of her family’s offshore-generated income? Read more →

The Enigma of Germany

By Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online

Rendezvous with Reality in 2016

Photo via NRO

Photo via NRO

By Victor Davis Hanson // Tribune Media Services

Changes of administrations usually mark dicey times in American foreign policy. But transitional hazards will never be greater than in 2016.

Over a span of just a few months in mid-1945, new president Harry Truman lost all trust in Soviet Union strongman Josef Stalin — in a way that Truman’s predecessor, the ailing Franklin Delano Roosevelt, never had during nearly four years of World War II. Read more →

Politically Incorrect New Year

By Victor Davis Hanson // PJ Media

Photo via NRO

Photo via NRO

We live in an expanding culture of victimhood fueled by identity politics. Americans are supposedly saved from themselves by a new hipster generation of Silicon Valley zillionaires, socially aware techies, progressive government bureaucrats, crusading liberal journalists, and cranky, mostly irrelevant academics. So why do they not address the need for politically correct self-policing? Here are five examples of how postmodern do-gooders could help the nation in 2016. Read more →

California Is Leading from Behind

Consider California’s upside-down logic.

By Victor Davis Hanson // Tribune Media Services

Credit: Paul Chinn/The Chronicle

Credit: Paul Chinn/The Chronicle

California has given us three new truths about government.

One, the higher that taxes rise, the worst state services become.

Two, the worse a natural disaster hits, the more the state contributes to its havoc.

And three, the more existential the problem, the more the state ignores it.

California somehow has managed to have the fourth-highest gas taxes in the nation, yet its roads are rated 44th among the 50 states. Read more →

Hating the West, Inc.

Western elites and Third World critics both enjoy Western largesse.
By Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online
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