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VDH UltraWhen Citizenship Dies: Part Two

Victor Davis Hanson // Historian’s Corner Yet rarely do we connect America’s malaise, its divisions, and its obsessions with national decline, to a loss of citizenship—the original glue that once held together the American experiment. Perhaps we assume that a “citizen” is a natural concept that arose organically with the ascent of civilization itself. It …

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VDH UltraWhen Citizenship Dies: Part One

Victor Davis Hanson // Historian’s Corner In its 245th year has America become dangerously divided or just chaotic—or both? More Americans are currently concluding that their country either does not work as it once did, or works all too well in ways that are frightening. In a recent five-day period in California’s Central Valley, where I …

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VDH UltraHistorian’s Corner: Ten Easy Ways to Unwind a Nation In Just A Few Months

Part Four: Steps 9-10 Erase Customs and Traditions Ending a nation requires discrediting its past. Start with Year Zero reinvention. That is, 1776 and 1787-9 are no longer our foundational dates. Instead 1619, a made-up date supposedly when the first African-American slave stepped onto North America, marks the foul birth of the now despised country, …

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Part Three: Steps 6-8. VI. Trash the Productive Class Why are frackers considered not just polluters, but near criminal enemies of the planet? Thanks to them, abundant natural gas has reduced US carbon footprints in a manner that exceeds those nations in the Paris Climate Accord. Thanks to them, the US has no strategic interests …

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VDH UltraOur Afghan Agonies

Victor Davis Hanson // The Blade of Perseus   Joe Biden could easily have stayed quiet about his intentions in Afghanistan—or  at least leave the enemy in some doubt. He might have maintained US air facilities to support Afghan forces, and kept the major cities secure as they were between 2017-20 under Trump, who himself …

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VDH UltraHistorian’s Corner: Ten Easy Ways to Unwind a Nation in Just a Few Months

Part Two: Steps 4-5 IV. Ruin the Currency The work of Milton Friedman and the Chicago School of economists, and the pragmatic tough policies of Paul Volker broke modern American inflation 40 years ago. We know what causes it and why—printing money in lieu of commensurate increases in population, productivity and national wealth for short-term …

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VDH UltraHistorian’s Corner: Ten Easy Ways to Unwind a Nation in Just a Few Months

Part I: Steps 1-3 I. Destroy the Law Joe Biden has simply destroyed federal immigration law. He broke his oath to execute faithfully our statutes by allowing literally hundreds of thousands of unvaccinated, untested, and illegally entering foreign nationals to storm the southern border. By fiat, Biden simply erased away any demarcation between Texas and …

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VDH UltraHistorian’s Corner: Civilizational Death or Renewal?

Victor Davis Hanson // Private Papers History is replete with examples of societies in crises that either imploded or were destroyed, through internal and external forces—as well as those that met such dangers and endured.  Life or Death? Controversies remain over why the Western Roman Empire broke apart by the end of the 5th-century AD, …

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VDH UltraHistorian’s Corner: Assessing America in the Age of Woke

Victor Davis Hanson // Private Papers Part Two Culturally  The Left has atomized traditionalist American culture. Campus curricula are designed to indoctrinate and graduate cultural Marxists. Society itself is already seeing the result in a general decline in services and professions as the academic quality of college graduates continues to erode. When we get official …

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