Victor Davis Hanson Private Papers

Glorified Bastards

For Western elites, Ahmadinejad is preferable to Hirsi Ali, the Castros to Cuban dissidents.

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.

6 Thoughts on “Glorified Bastards

  1. Joe Karwal on January 13, 2015 at 8:11 am said:

    As for many “universities”, students, staff and/or administrators,—garbage in, garbage out?

  2. dupere on January 13, 2015 at 2:05 pm said:

    It is an honor to read your stream of consciousness and should be required reading to graduate from college—what a country it would be. Thru negation, you come to the positive– “know thyself”. The years ahead will provide endless material to stream-on as the cauldron bubbles over…

  3. This has been by design, look and criticize the West in a vacuum, teach X, Y, Z culture studies sympathetically and emphasize the West’s faults in these. Comparative analysis is essentially heretical, and what indoctrinated students are left with is to chant alongside their other intellectual zombies “you can only be racist if you’re white” or “the West and white people are to blame for everything wrong in the world”
    The goal is to prop up and optimize the views of the “non-west” cultures with little to no criticism, and to excoriate to the marrow any wrong doing of Western cultures.

  4. Mark Katzman on January 13, 2015 at 10:02 pm said:

    So disturbingly truthful and so painful to read.

  5. JohnnyBoy on January 14, 2015 at 7:00 am said:

    The behavior of the media and academics in condemning Western Civilization is easy to understand. They are looking for righteousness, and believe that they’ve found it. It’s always easier to point fingers than use real introspection to examine oneself – it’s mob action on a small scale, except that these days the mob action is growing to a much larger scale as the West falls further into decadence and further away from any semblance of righteousness. Absolution is the goal, and the Left strives for it, continually, believing that if they’re able to point God to someone worse than themselves, they get a hall pass. Note that they also believe God to be an idiot.

  6. David Park on January 14, 2015 at 9:54 am said:

    The ‘study everything until you know nothing’ western elitist liberal suffers from an interesting form of intellectual rot that might be cured into an experiential empathy by using the old Chinese Communist practice of sending intellectuals to work at hard labor on farms periodically. I will ‘dream on’ now.

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