Victor Davis Hanson

The New Children’s Crusade

Almost everything we are told about illegal immigration is both a lie and amoral.

by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online


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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. He recently published an historical novel The End of Sparta (2012), a realistic retelling of Epaminondas invasion and liberation of Spartan-control Messenia. In The Father of Us All (2011), he collected earlier essays on warfare ancient and modern. His upcoming history The Savior Generals(2013) analyzes how five generals in the history of the West changed the course of battles against all odds. He was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2007 and the Bradley Prize in 2008. Hanson, who was the fifth successive generation to live in the same house on his family’s farm, was a full-time orchard and vineyard grower from 1980-1984, before joining the nearby CSU Fresno campus in 1984 to initiate a classical languages program. In 1991, he was awarded an American Philological Association Excellence in Teaching Award, which is given yearly to the country’s top undergraduate teachers of Greek and Latin. Hanson has been a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, California (1992-93), a visiting professor of classics at Stanford University (1991-92), a recipient of the Eric Breindel Award for opinion journalism (2002), an Alexander Onassis Fellow (2001), and was named alumnus of the year of the University of California, Santa Cruz (2002). He was also the visiting Shifrin Professor of Military History at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland (2002-3). He received the Manhattan Institute’s Wriston Lectureship in 2004, and the 2006 Nimitz Lectureship in Military History at UC Berkeley in 2006. Hanson is the author of hundreds of articles, book reviews, scholarly papers, and newspaper editorials on matters ranging from ancient Greek, agrarian and military history to foreign affairs, domestic politics, and contemporary culture. He has written or edited 17 books, including Warfare and Agriculture in Classical Greece (1983; paperback ed. University of California Press, 1998); The Western Way of War (Alfred Knopf, 1989; 2d paperback ed. University of California Press, 2000); Hoplites: The Ancient Greek Battle Experience (Routledge, 1991; paperback., 1992); The Other Greeks: The Family Farm and the Agrarian Roots of Western Civilization(Free Press, 1995; 2nd paperback ed., University of California Press, 2000);Fields without Dreams: Defending the Agrarian Idea (Free Press, 1996; paperback, Touchstone, 1997; The Bay Area Book reviewers Non-fiction winner for 1996); The Land Was Everything: Letters from an American Farmer (Free Press, 2000; a Los Angeles Times Notable book of the year); The Wars of the Ancient Greeks (Cassell, 1999; paperback, 2001); The Soul of Battle (Free Press, 1999, paperback, Anchor/Vintage, 2000); Carnage and Culture (Doubleday, 2001; Anchor/Vintage, 2002; a New York Times bestseller); An Autumn of War (Anchor/Vintage, 2002); Mexifornia: A State of Becoming (Encounter, 2003),Ripples of Battle (Doubleday, 2003), and Between War and Peace (Random House, 2004). A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War, was published by Random House in October 2005. It was named one of the New York Times Notable 100 Books of 2006. Hanson coauthored, with John Heath, Who Killed Homer? The Demise of Classical Education and the Recovery of Greek Wisdom (Free Press, 1998; paperback, Encounter Press, 2000); with Bruce Thornton and John Heath, Bonfire of the Humanities (ISI Books, 2001); and with Heather MacDonald, and Steven Malanga, The Immigration Solution: A Better Plan Than Today’s (Ivan Dee 2007). He edited a collection of essays on ancient warfare, Makers of Ancient Strategy (Princeton University Press, 2010). Hanson has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, New York Post, National Review, Washington Times, Commentary, The Washington Post, Claremont Review of Books, American Heritage, New Criterion, Policy Review, Wilson Quarterly, Weekly Standard, Daily Telegraph, and has been interviewed often on National Public Radio, PBS Newshour, Fox News, CNN, and C-Span’s Book TV and In-Depth. He serves on the editorial board of the Military History Quarterly, and City Journal. Since 2001, Hanson has written a weekly column for National Review Online, and in 2004, began his weekly syndicated column for Tribune Media Services. In 2006, he also began thrice-weekly blog for Pajamas Media, Works and Days. Hanson was educated at the University of California, Santa Cruz (BA, Classics, 1975, ‘highest honors’ Classics, ‘college honors’, Cowell College), the American School of Classical Studies, Athens (regular member, 1978-79) and received his Ph.D. in Classics from Stanford University in 1980. He divides his time between his forty-acre tree and vine farm near Selma, California, where he was born in 1953, and the Stanford campus.

12 Thoughts on “The New Children’s Crusade

  1. President Obama is delivering on his campaign promise to fundamentally transform America. May God have mercy on us.

  2. Philip Smeeton on June 18, 2014 at 2:01 am said:

    Open the border to Mexico and it will be the end of America. Open the borders to any country and you will invite in conflict and poverty. It is rich stable countries against instable overpopulated poor countries. Immigration will not solve the global problem of overpopulation but it will destabilize countries that have achieved a balanced population and economy.

    • By some twisted “logic” we’re supposed to open our arms to foreigners who are delighted to destabilize our countries. These are the oddest of times. In times past, humans sometimes supported or ended up with some oddball and/or atrocious rules. I know of no people in the past who made a fetish of worshiping and importing foreigners. Large numbers of foreigners in your midst was as consequence of catastrophic failure of the armies. In the West, the identical situation with identical eventual consequences is ardently pursued and celebrated. Citizens of the first rank positively wet their pants with delight as each new regiment wave of foreigners cross the border.

      Then we give them money.

    • Stormin on June 28, 2014 at 10:57 am said:

      We are being invaded but not by Tanks & Soldiers.

  3. Thank you, Dr. Hanson, for articulately explaining the illegal immigration problem and the motives behind it. One silver lining to this current tragedy is that it is raising awareness of the problem for the folks living outside of the Southwest. When the feds tried dumping the children & young adults in Baltimore and then in rural Virginia, the citizens said loudly & clearly: NO!

  4. Weedpuller on June 18, 2014 at 4:56 pm said:


  5. A couple of points seem to be missing. For one, the kids swarming the borders are reportedly coming mostly from three countries: Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. They are not coming from Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Belize or apparently even Mexico. It really does not make sense to think that Hispanic parents send their kids on an epic journey of over a thousand miles because they hear a rumor that if they enter the US as youths they will be permitted to remain. Some reports state that these kids are fleeing the violence in those three countries, and this perhaps puts them into a different legal status than those who cross the border illegally for economic reasons. I’ve read that treaties governing refugees don’t permit the US to simply deport them back home, and they can’t simply be deported to Mexico if they aren’t Mexicans. I wonder how many can actually document their nationality in any event. There is much to criticize in the both the US and Mexico about illegal immigration, but I don’t think that as yet we have a grip on what has caused this sudden flood of young Central Americans, but it may be brewing catastrophe that will continue to get worse. While this is being figured out they need to be cared for, and at the moment t hose efforts seem pretty makeshift at best.

  6. Doctor Falco on June 19, 2014 at 2:35 pm said:

    What impress me the more with the US immagration problem is the absence of the rise of far right wing political party like we have here in Europe.
    Despite massive immigration, the US seems to be immune to extremist like the Front national we have in France ( Pauvre de nous )

    You american are really trully exceptional in the moderation of your political respons.

    Et voila, i hope my english was understable to you.

    • Doctor Falco, you do not know the meaning of “extremism” or “far right.”

      Some of you French are exceptionally strange to lick the boots of foreigners the way you do. You will eventually join the ranks of those who do not wish to see the extinction of France and her true people.

      When you do it will be too late, of course, for in the meantime you will have given your enthusiastic but naive support to the current regime of lies.

      The naifs today are doing the most damage. And, pray tell, who are the “extremists”?

    • Stormin on June 28, 2014 at 11:02 am said:

      If the American people don’t wake up this country will break up in 50 years. Both Party’s have sold out!

  7. Doctor Falco on June 20, 2014 at 3:45 pm said:

    Mon très cher Monsieur Bunny,

    As an european i know very well the meaning of far rigth och extremist. The french Front National is a nationalist party with a socialist agenda.
    What France need is less state intervention, less taxes and less rules for doing business.
    And nobody in France is licking the boot of foreigner except the main stream media.

  8. larry j on June 20, 2014 at 11:19 pm said:

    Bill O’ once had a couple Latino professors from Texas on his show once discussing immigration matters. One Prof. said that national borders were meaningless because “our Anazasi forebears did not believe in borders.” and the other Prof. contended that Latino immigration should destroy Yankee “corporate culture” which is exploiting Latino people. Some interesting thinking from disturbing angles.

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