Victor Davis Hanson Private Papers

Our Primordial World

Pride and Envy are what make this war go ’round.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Throughout the last two years of war, we have confronted a variety of what we thought were strange occurrences: the conquest of Iraq in a mere three weeks, the subsequent Iraqis’ looting of their own infrastructure, the counterinsurgency operations inside the Sunni Triangle and the weird yearning there for cutthroat Saddam’s return, the sudden wave of suicide bombings worldwide, and the split between old and new Europe. Read more →

The Therapeutic Choice

A war for our lives, or a nuisance to our lifestyle?

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Americans are presented with a choice in this election rare in our history. This is not 1952, when Democrats and Republicans did not differ too much on the need to stay in Korea, or even 1968 when Humphrey and Nixon alike did not wish to withdraw unilaterally from Vietnam. Read more →

Deconstructing Kerry’s Case Against President Bush: Part One

by Bruce S. Thornton

Private Papers

Now that we’ve heard in two debates the Kerry-Edwards case against President Bush, we should look critically at the Democrats’ position. Read more →

The Friday Night Fight

“I Have A Plan”–on and on and on…

by Victor Davis Hanson

Private Papers

John Kerry proved tonight that he is a steady, glib, and adept debater who offers a fare of wonkish, comprehensive answers ad nauseam that can awe an off-guard opponent buried beneath facts, Clinton-like instant recall, and classical Ciceronian rhetorical skills. Indeed, we saw all that in the first debate against a dazed George Bush. Read more →

Alexander the Greatest

by Victor Davis Hanson

The Times Literary Supplement

A review of:

Alexander the Great: The Hunt for a New Past by Paul Cartledge (341 pp., Macmillan. £18.99)

Alexander: Destiny and Myth by Claude Mossé (244 pp., Edinburgh University Press. £49.99.)

Alexander the Conqueror: The Epic Story of the Warrior Kingby Laura Foreman (213 pp., Da Capo. £19.99.)

The Death of Alexander the Great: What – or – Who Really Killed the Young Conqueror of the Known World? by Paul Doherty (236 pp., Constable. £17.99.) Read more →

Sizing Up Iraq

Things are coming to a head in the Middle East.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

From the various insurgencies of the Peloponnesian War to the British victory over Communist guerrillas in Malaya, there remain constants across 2,500 years of time and space that presage victory or defeat. Read more →

A Shiv in the Back

How politicized college courses mangle education.

by Bruce S. Thornton

Private Papers

A review of Ben Shapiro’s Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth. Read more →

The Perfect Storm of Hating Bush: Part IV

by Victor Davis Hanson

This series written for Private Papers will appear in four parts.

Part Four
Hating Bush, cultural relativism and the war against the terrorists

If the new hatred of George Bush is the natural expression of an elite that blurs truth and fiction, word and deed, then anger at a powerful America itself also is explicable in terms of the postmodernist paradigm. Read more →

The Perfect Storm of Hating Bush: Part III

by Victor Davis Hanson

This series written for Private Papers will appear in four parts.

Part Three
The wages of postmodernism, or when facts do not exist,
we can invent our own reality

Remember the preexisting landscape of postmodern thinking of the last two decades that has dominated the intelligentsia, specifically the Foucauldian notion that there is no real absolute standard of good or bad, right or wrong, but simply interpretations and views, whose ‘correctness’ is predicated on the nature of power. Read more →

Kerry, Captive

An anatomy of flip-flopping.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

There is a logic to Senator Kerry’s flip-flopping that transcends his political opportunism: He is simply a captive of the pulse of the battlefield, without any steady vision or historical sense that might put the carnage of the day into some larger tactical, strategic, or political framework. Read more →

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