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VDH UltraReal People Behind the Open Borders Rhetoric

Victor Davis Hanson Eeyore’s Corner We talk nonchalantly of an open border, of “comprehensive immigration reform.” But we forget there are lives of the innocent transformed and sometimes wrecked by allowing thousands of foreign nationals without audit to enter the U.S. illegally and to reside here unlawfully, while we the host has lost all confidence …

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VDH UltraThe New Nullificationers—or When Laws Mean Nothing

Victor Davis Hanson Eeyore’s Cabinet We now have about 500-600 jurisdictions that are “sanctuary” cities, counties, and entire states—where progressive neo-Confederates have declared that federal law is now null and void in their safe spaces. But perhaps the most recent and dramatic instance of the nullification of state and local laws—“de facto nullification” as a …

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VDH UltraRevolution without the Middle Class

Victor Davis Hanson Eeyore’s Cabinet The beleaguered middle class, especially those of the suburbs, for the most part did not join rioting radicalized youths and inner-city minorities in the violence, looting, and destruction, even as their businesses were often targeted, and jobs lost. Some small stores that had somehow endured the two months of shutdowns, …

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VDH UltraWhat Made Us Go Crazy? Part Two:

The Wages of Inert Citizenship The world outside or before the U.S. was and is not a pretty thing. Even in rare consensual societies, factions and inequality under the law persisted—whether the plebs and populares of early Republican Rome, the greens and blues of Justinian’s Constantinople, or the Guelphs and Ghibellines of thirteenth-century Florence. Belonging …

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VDH UltraReflections on 2020—the Worst Year in the Last Half-Century: Part Two

Victor Davis Hanson Eeyore’s Cabinet The Silicon Valley Octopus Flexed its Tentacles In George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, the author describes a soulless world created by an authoritarian cadre that controlled even the thoughts of its subjects through massive electronic surveillance. An all-powerful state bureaucracy warped language, ideas, and history to convince and coerce the …

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VDH UltraReflections on 2020—the Worst Year in the Last Half-Century: Part One

Victor Davis Hanson Eeyore’s Cabinet Remembering When the Woke Awoke Woke is not new. Consider it an old IED buried and forgotten, but even when dormant an always latent explosive that any heavy traffic—that is, 2020—could finally ignite. Why? Decades-long devolution from citizenship to tribal ideologies explained why extremist groups found followers and felt no …

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

One-Dimensional Versus Global War If in 1939–41, Moscow had sent Nazi Germany huge deliveries of cereals, wheat, soybeans, 100,000 tons of cotton, nearly a million tons of oil and ores and minerals essential to German industry, it would be unable to divert some of such aid to its new friends in its new fight against …

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