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The Art of Appreciating America From Abroad

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

Sense Out of Nonsense — A Ten-step Plan

I’ve been following the news the last two weeks — Weinergate, the dismal “unexpected” economic news, the new wars in Libya and Yemen — from Europe while leading about 60 on a military history tour of Italy, Corsica, Sardinia, and Sicily. Read more →

The Metaphysics of Contemporary Theft

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

Same Old, Same Old…

Last week was another somewhat depressing chapter in a now long saga of living where I was born. I returned to the farm from leading a European military history tour, and experienced the following — mind you, after a number of thefts the month prior (barn, shop, etc.): Read more →

Anatomy of Congressional Narcissism

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Former congressman Anthony Weiner, who has now resigned in disgrace, took, and then transmitted, various photos of himself — either posing and flexing in gym attire, pointing to his private parts, smiling in various states of undress and sexual arousal, or in combinations of these themes. Read more →

OK, Let’s Decline

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

“Leading From Behind”

A recent report in The New Yorker suggested that the Obama’s administration’s weird sort of/sort of not foreign policy is now gleefully self-described as “leading from behind.” Read more →

Running Scared of Islam

by Bruce S. Thornton

Advancing a Free Society

One of Broadway’s big hits this season is the musical The Book of Mormon, a creation of the scatological geniuses behind the cartoon South Park. As one would expect, the show is “blasphemous, scurrilous and more foul-mouthed than David Mamet on a blue streak,” as the New York Times put it, satirizing every dimension of Mormonism from its obligatory missionary work to the planet Kolob God supposedly lived on or near. Read more →

The Fragility of Complex Societies

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

Thoughts on Japan

There is no more ordered, successful and humane urban society than found in Japan. Read more →

The Put-Off, Postpone and Procrastinate Generation

by Victor Davis Hanson

Tribune Media Services

The Obama administration figures that it has read the national mood well. This therapeutic generation of Americans loves to talk and worry about problems and then assumes that either someone else will solve them or they will go away on their own. Read more →

The Triumph of the Therapeutic Mind

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Beyond the political posturing over state and federal budgets, there looms an age-old philosophical divide over human nature, perhaps defined as the therapeutic versus the tragic view of our existence. Read more →

Some Very Bad American Habits

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

The wealthier and more leisured American society has become, the more it has developed some terrible habits that will have to end if we are going to return to fiscal sobriety and a unified culture. I am pessimistic on that count, but here are a few examples: Read more →

Can American Values Radicalize Muslims?

by Raymond Ibrahim

PJ Media

Recent comments by US officials on the threat posed by “radicalized” American Muslims are troubling, both for their domestic and international implications. Attorney General Eric Holder states that “the threat has changed … to worrying about people in the United States, American citizens — raised here, born here, and who for whatever reason, have decided that they are going to become radicalized and take up arms against the nation in which they were born.” Read more →

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