Victor Davis Hanson

Category Archives: September 2010

Policies Based on Illusion

by Bruce S. Thornton

City Journal

The great historian of Soviet Russia, Robert Conquest, once wrote something about the dangers of naïve diplomacy that I’m reminded of daily. Read more →


by Victor Davis Hanson

Multiculturalism is now the final arbiter of all liberal sensitivity. Let me explain. Read more →

A Nation of Peasants?

by Victor Davis Hanson

Tribune Media Services

Traditional peasant societies believe in only a limited good. The more your neighbor earns, the less someone else gets. Profits are seen as a sort of theft. They must be either hidden or redistributed. Envy rather than admiration of success reigns. Read more →

Obama Made Us Do It!

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

Running Away from the Record

Even the bogeyman George Bush has a finite shelf life. It is as if he is now somehow last fall’s Halloween goblin that we are still supposed to worry about months later during the Fourth of July. Read more →

The Specter of Muslim Disloyalty in America

by Raymond Ibrahim

PJ Media

Islamist enmity for infidels, regularly manifested in the jihad, is by now moderately well known. Lesser known, however, but of equal concern, is the mandate for Muslims to be loyal to fellow Muslims and Islam — a loyalty that all too often translates into disloyalty to all things non-Muslim, including the American people and their government. Read more →

Misunderstanding Muslim “Tolerance”

by Bruce S. Thornton

Our understanding of modern jihadism has been compromised by a false narrative in which a noble religion has been “hijacked” and distorted by extremists. Read more →

Obama’s Glass House

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Preachers and professors have it hard as presidents. They sermonize too much. Finally the public gets tired of being lectured by those whom they increasingly see as no more upright than themselves. Prophets crumble from feet of clay, and stones shatter glass houses. Read more →

An Apologetic 9/11?

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

Words Not Spoken

I listened carefully to the president’s commemorative speech and many of the other public statements from our elected officials. This year’s anniversary marked a somewhat new tone, tentative, near apologetic — as if the Ground Zero and Pentagon attacks were wholly tragic rather than solely due to the premeditated murdering of radical Islamic zealots. Read more →

Decline Is in the Mind

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

With a Whimper Not a Bang

Juxtapose pictures of Frankfurt and Liverpool in 1945, and then again in 2010 (or for that matter Hiroshima and Detroit). Something seems awry. Perhaps one can see, even in these superficial images, that something other than military defeat more often erodes societies. Read more →

A Sleeper Reply: A Reply to “Martial Flaw”

by Victor Davis Hanson

Private Papers

From time to time I post replies to critics. Here is a letter I sent to the journal Democracyin reply to a quite strange rant from one Jim Sleeper about Makers of Ancient Strategy, which I recently edited for Princeton University Press. The book was about the influence of ancient strategy on the contemporary world, and had nothing to do with politics, ancient or modern. But somehow Mr. Sleeper skipped the book written and focused on its editor. Read more →

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