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VDH UltraThe Renewed Epidemic of Trump-Derangement Projectionism. Part Two

Victor Davis Hanson Much of the screaming about tyranny, Trump fascism, internment camps, etc., is also ego-driven. AOC in her selfies believes that she must be Trump’s numero uno target (No one cares about her psychodramas). The barking Michael Cohen sounds like a disaffected Putin thug warning about Trump pushing people off buildings. Rachel Maddow, …

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VDH UltraThe Renewed Epidemic of Trump-Derangement Projectionism. Part One

Victor Davis Hanson Biden’s favorability is now consistently below 40 percent. His brain and body freezes are routine. Biden’s word salad and fantasy spins do not even merit the news. His lectures about the “convicted felon” Trump are over, along with his rants about the evil Second Amendment—given Hunter’s felony gun convictions. If Hunter is …

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VDH UltraThe End of Everything in the Here and Now? Part Six: Is Civilizational Erasure Possible Today? 2024

Victor Davis Hanson We saw on October 7 unprovoked mass slaughter, rape, torture, mutilation, decapitation, and hostage-taking, and agreed that human nature has not changed much since the era of the Aztecs or Macedonians. But the delivery systems of mass death—nuclear, chemical, biological, and the use of artificial intelligence—have evolved far beyond the muscular strength …

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VDH UltraThe End of Everything. History Becomes Now? Part Five: The Annihilation of the Aztecs, 1521.

Victor Davis Hanson Hernán Cortés was an unlikely conqueror of civilizations. He was born into a middle-class Castilian family, leaving Spain just 12 years after the European discovery of the New World. At 18, the young Cortés planned to get rich, acquire estates, and thus advance in the New World’s Spanish elite hierarchy—in a way …

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VDH UltraThe End of Everything. History Becomes Now? Part Four: The End of the Byzantines, 1453

Victor Davis Hanson Despite bouts of destructive bubonic plague, the pillaging of the city by fellow Christians from Western Europe during the aborted Fourth Crusade (1204), and a tidal wave of Turkish invasions that finally under the Ottoman Sultanate had surrounded Constantinople, the eternal city of 1453 and its vestigial outlands still held out. Under …

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VDH UltraThe End of Everything. History Becomes Now? Part Three: The Deletion of Carthage, 146 BC

Victor Davis Hanson Carthage had fought and lost two Punic wars against Rome (264 BC–201 BC). After the end of the Hannibalic War (201), the city lost almost all its empire, many of its North African alliances, and was forced to pay Rome huge fines. Yet a mere half-century later, by 149 BC, Carthage was …

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VDH UltraThe End of Everything. History Becomes Now? Part Two: Target Thebes, 335 BC

Victor Davis Hanson As the power of the fifth-century Athenian and fourth-century Spartan empires declined, and after the stunning defeat of Sparta at the battle of Leuctra (371 BC), the most ancient of the Greek city-states Thebes proved re-ascendant. And for more than a decade under the twin leadership of Epaminondas and Pelopidas, it dominated …

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