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When Land Is History

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

This winter I watched a new owner of the farm parcel next to mine bring in enormous Caterpillar equipment and land-levelers. He ripped out every living tree and bush. He changed the very contours of the land, flattening even the once rolling hills. Within days, arose a postmodern almond orchard of some 40 acres. Read more →

Remembering the Dead, from Selma

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

I confess this is the first time in my life I will break the old Hellenic rule: ton tethnvêkota mê kakologein(speak no ill of the dead). That Gore Vidal was a cruel person is no excuse for not refraining from criticism after his recent death, but here I sin nonetheless. Read more →

More A Decline of the Spirit?

by Victor Davis Hanson

Ricochet.com

There are lots of ways to lament America’s current financial and cultural dilemmas. Read more →

Imams of Islam and the Environment

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

In the Arabic media, there are reports that Muslim clerics — energized by the sudden emergence of Egypt’s new president, Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood — are agitating to demolish the Egyptian pyramids. According to the imams, the pharaohs’ monuments represent “symbols of paganism” from Egypt’s pre-Islamic past and therefore must vanish. Read more →

Secretaries Gone Wild

by Victor Davis Hanson

NRO’s The Corner

We’ve had some unusual cabinet secretaries in past administrations — Earl Butz, John Mitchell, and James Watt come to mind — but never anything quite like the present bunch. Read more →

The Coin Toss on EU Crisis For Germany: Heads We Lose, Tails You Win

by Victor Davis Hanson

NRO’s  The Corner

Watching the current EU dramatics over southern Mediterranean debt reminds me of the farm crisis of 1982–4 when lots of big farming concerns around here defaulted on what they owed banks. Read more →

A Vandalized Valley

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

I am starting to feel as if I am living in a Vandal state, perhaps on the frontier near Carthage around AD 530, or in a beleaguered Rome in 455. Here are some updates from the rural area surrounding my farm, taken from about a 30-mile radius. In this take, I am not so much interested in chronicling the flotsam and jetsam as in fathoming whether there is some ideology that drives it. Read more →

Illegal Immigration Is Immoral

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Illegal immigration has been in the news daily during the Republican primary campaign, even though a depressed economy here, stronger border enforcement, and vast new finds of petroleum in Latin America may soon radically curtail the number of illegal entrants into the United States. Read more →

Rage On–and On and On…

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

Occupy Wall Street?

I’ve been following the Wall Street protests, in New York and elsewhere. I read as well of the Democratic Party’s sorta interest in turning the anger of a few into a left-wing Tea-Party-like movement of many. Read more →

The Other California

by Bruce S. Thornton

City Journal

In 1973, as I was going through customs in New York after spending the summer bumming around Italy and Greece, the customs agent looked at my passport and said with a Bronx sneer, “Bruce Thornton, huh? Is that one of them Hollywood names?” Read more →

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