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VDH UltraMy Late, Great Beautiful Neighborhood. Part One

Victor Davis Hanson I know the definition of Leftism is inconsistency—from Eco-Czar John Kerry’s carbon-spewing private jet to the climate change/rising seas, race-mongering Obamas housed in a gated, segregated, and seaside Martha’s Vineyard estate or Hawaiian beach mansion. I know dozens in Menlo Park who laud teachers’ unions and detest homeschooling and charter schools but …

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VDH UltraOur Empire Rots at the Core. Part Two

Victor Davis Hanson Was San Francisco the crown jewel, the logical result of the progressive project, our inheritance from the politicking of Nancy Pelosi, Gavin Newsom, Jerry Brown, Barbara Boxer, and Diane Feinstein? Where now are all the multimillionaire leftists who were never subject to the realities of their own disastrous ideology? Do any of …

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VDH UltraOur Empire Rots at the Core. Part One

Victor Davis Hanson While Britain was fighting for its empire in out-of-the-way places like Afghanistan (1839–42; 1878–80; 1919), the inner core of London was Dickensian—crime ridden and impoverished. I thought of Dickens’s Oliver Twist and David Copperfield juxtaposed to the horrendous end to the First Afghan War (1842), in which an entire army and retinue …

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VDH UltraWhat The Left Tells Us About the Left. Part Three

Victor Davis Hanson The January 6th “Insurrection” Continued Most people deplored the entrance into the Capitol of rioters who desecrated their government’s place of business. But many equally rejected the contortion of that day by the Left, as it strained to manufacture a complete Reichstag-like fantasy for political purposes. No one inside the Capitol was …

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VDH UltraWhat the Left Tells Us About the Left. Part Two. The January 6th “Insurrection”

Victor Davis Hanson Here is what we do not understand about the January 6th Committee—if it truly was intended to appear as a disinterested investigatory body. 1. Why for the first time in memory did Speaker Pelosi forbid the House Minority Leader’s pro forma nominees to a special House committee? Fairly or not, the result …

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VDH UltraAmerica at War. Successes and Failures. Part Four

Victor Davis Hanson What have the American armed forces often failed at? Democracies and consensual societies grow large bureaucracies for several reasons. And often stasis sets in, and ossified clerks and calcified careerists resent the talented outsider and the maverick, not-by-the-book loudmouth. And a result, brilliance is resented and smothered, and America is no exception …

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VDH UltraAmerica at War. Successes and Failures. Part Three

Victor Davis Hanson In sum, American war production was characterized by mass quantities, reliability, pragmatism, and affordability. What good did it do Panther tanks that they could blow apart Shermans at great distances if their hours of maintenance to hours of deployment were the inverse of Shermans? So what if the Tiger or Tiger II …

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