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Why Read Old Books?

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

We all know the usual reasons why we are prodded to read the classics — moving characters, seminal ideas, blueprints of our culture, and paradigms of sterling prose and poetry. Then we nod and snooze. Read more →

Postmodern Prudes

by Victor Davis Hanson

Tribune Media Services

More than 500 people were murdered in Chicago last year. Read more →

The Tin-Drum Progressive Boomers

by Bruce S. Thornton

FrontPage

Like the hero of Gunter Grass’ novel The Tin Drum, America’s progressive Baby Boomers chose not to grow up. Why should they? Read more →

America’s Big Fat Advantage

by Victor Davis Hanson

Tribune Media Services

For all the Obama-era talk of decline, there is at least one reason why America probably won’t, at least not quite yet. Read more →

Five Days of Hope and Despair

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

Here is a brief travel log of five days amid 21st-century California. Read more →

Obama’s Non-Triangulation

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

After the election, dozens of op-eds — I wrote one myself — cautioned the president about second-term overreach, focusing on how either hubris or simple fate has seemed to do in most modern second presidential terms. Read more →

A New Year in America: Will We Continue Down the Road to Decline?

by Bruce Thronton

Frontpage Magazine

 

Looking back over 2012, one could be forgiven for thinking that if America goes on at this rate, the nation must be ruined. But as Adam Smith replied to a young man who said those same words about British losses during the American Revolution, “there is a great deal of ruin in a nation.” A mighty power will not collapse overnight, and the course of decline can always be halted by a renewal of patriotic vigor. But absent that, ruin will eventually come. As we look ahead to 2013, signs abound that we may be reaching the point where decline accelerates. Read more →

Aurora & Fort Hood: A Tale of Two Massacres

by Bruce Thornton

Frontpage Magazine

The murder victims of James Holmes, who slaughtered 12 and wounded 50 at the Dark Knight Rises movie premier in Aurora Colorado, were still sprawled in the theater when ABC News chief investigator Brian Ross on-air tried to link the killer to the Tea Party — without even a modicum of vetting the information, as ABC’s apology later admitted. Read more →

Is the Country Unraveling?

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

The Thrill Is Gone

The last thirty days have made it clear that Barack Obama is not going to win the 2012 election by a substantial margin. The polls still show the race near dead even with over five months, and all sorts of unforeseen events, to come. But after the Obama meltdown of April and May, I don’t think he in any way resembles the mysterious Pied Piper figure of 2008, who mesmerized and then marched the American people over the cliff. Read more →

Decline or Decadence?

by Victor Davis Hanson

Tribune Media Services

Almost daily we read of America’s “waning power” and “inevitable decline,” as observers argue over the consequences of defense cuts and budget crises. Read more →

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