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VDH UltraSuffocating Citizenship in Summer 2020

Victor Davis Hanson Historian’s Corner Unfortunately, the pandemic and quarantine were only the first of the many recent stress tests of citizenship. In May and June 2020, such questions were no longer theoretical, but reappeared as all too real. When African American George Floyd died on May 25, 2020, while in the custody of arresting …

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VDH UltraHow We Got Here: Remembering the Beginning of Our Plague and the Panic

Victor Davis HansonHistorian’s Corner Whether the Athenian pandemic that destroyed a quarter of the Attic population in 430-29 B.C. and made it nearly impossible for Athens to win the Peloponnesian War, or the outbreaks of Yersinia pestis (A.D. 541–49) that ended the Byzantine emperor Justinian’s grand idea of a reunified Rome headquartered in the East, …

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VDH Ultra20 Words That Mean Nothing

Victor Davis Hanson Words Matter cis—fancy Latin preposition used by those who know no Latin class—a now taboo word that died around 2020 cultural appropriation—not dying your hair blond dark money—never used again since it is now all leftwing diversity—segregation revival equality—far worse than “inequality” equity—capitalism for me, Marxism for you fragility—a slur used by …

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VDH UltraTribalism Meets the Plague and Beyond

Tribalism—and the fear to speak out against such racial, ethnic, or religious chauvinism—can at times prove deadly. During the late 2019 geneses of the coronavirus outbreak, the Chinese government initially suppressed all critical information about the virus’s severity. It destroyed key evidence of its likely birth, by insisting the virus first appeared in an open …

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VDH UltraRemembering Globalism and the Virus

Victor Davis HansonHistorian’s Corner “Chinese investment in the United States helps support jobs across our country. We partner to address global challenges, whether it’s promoting nuclear security, combating piracy off the Horn of Africa, encouraging development and reconciliation in Afghanistan, and helping to end the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. …So, greater prosperity and greater …

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VDH UltraAssaults on the Idea of America and Ignorance of the Fragility of the United States

Victor Davis HansonHistorian’s Corner As the 2020 election season began, the New York Times, promised its readers a recalibration of American history called “The 1619 Project.” The ensuing series of essays and media kits had a twofold agenda. One was to rewrite the origins of American history as the four-century foreign intrusion into a pristine …

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VDH UltraHistorian’s Corner: Some Mythologies of World War II: Part Six:

Were There Really Two Opposing Alliances? As we noted, from June 25, 1940, to December 7, 1941, there were not formal “Allies.” The British-Western European alliance, such as it had been, disappeared with the fall of France in June 1940 and the appeasement or absorption of all of Western Europe. True, Britain encouraged and aided …

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VDH UltraHistorian’s Corner: Some Mythologies of World War II: Part Five:

Was Britain Really the Weak Allied Partner? Wars are not always just conflicts of men and materiel; will and principles weigh in as well. In this context, the moral leadership of Britain during World War II proved invaluable to the Allied cause, even if it was often guided at times by imperial concerns. Britain was …

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