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VDH UltraRemembrance of Rural Things Past: Part Two.

Victor Davis Hanspm The Great Pinewood Derby We got along because there were lots of civic occasions that cemented us together. One was the annual Cub Scouts “Pinewood Derby” race. Fourth to sixth graders bought pinewood derby kits for $2. They got a lot for their money: a block of light pine, some plastic wheels, …

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VDH UltraRemembrance of Rural Things Past: Part One

Victor Davis Hanson Optimism, Inc. A Naturally Diverse Town Do not believe that the current social justice world began with the university’s ‘diversity, equity, and inclusion’ industry. Even a half-century earlier millions of everyday Americans had considered race incidental not essential to their personas. In fact, racial quotas, segregation, set asides, and fixations are far …

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VDH UltraKnock, Knock, Knocking on Heaven’s Door — Or the Wages of Stupidity: Part Three

Victor Davis Hanson Eeyore’s Corner  Idiocy Five In 2014, I was riding with friends on those narrow-tire, light-weight road bikes (my 11th year of it).  I had felt the tire slightly rubbing, but each time I flipped over the carbon bike it was fine. What I didn’t know (recklessness) was there was an invisible, hairline …

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VDH UltraKnock, Knock, Knocking on Heaven’s Door — Or the Wages of Stupidity: Part Two

Victor Davis Hanson Eeyore’s Cabinet Idiocy Three Four years later as a graduate student of 24, I returned to Greece to do field work at the American School of Classical Studies. I had a bad habit of not drinking enough water much when hiking or during the school’s digs at Corinth. I then liked instead (but …

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VDH UltraKnock, Knock, Knocking on Heaven’s Door — or the Wages of Recklessness and Stupidity

Victor Davis Hanson Eeyore’s Cabinet Part One At some point, we all look back on nearly seven decades and conclude we are lucky to be alive. I always remember a warning from my mother when I shaved off bits of my two-front permanent teeth at 10. I was jumping off the old iron Jungle Jim at …

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VDH UltraThe Importance of Work and the Benefits of Honest Labor

Victor Davis Hanson Optimism Inc. The United States was founded on the idea of the inherent nobility of work. A nation of free, self-sufficient homesteaders believed their hard labor could ensure their prosperity, liberty and autonomy. Through our 233 years as a nation, the American national ethic, our various religions, even our popular culture stressed the character-building …

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VDH Ultra40 Years of Queensland Weirdoes

Victor Davis Hanson A Child’s Garden of Animals About 40 years ago, I visited a rural “pound” and adopted a Queensland Heeler (“blue”), or more properly an Australian Cattle Dog. I was confused what the strange, squealing, funny looking fox/wolf-like “wild” dog was—and had only seen one before owned by a Portuguese sheep herder who …

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VDH UltraThe Return of the Angry Readers

Dear VDH, First, thank you for the high-quality output relentlessly streaming from your keyboard and microphone. I’m constantly struck by how much you produce and how good it all is. Our ancient Greek forebears would be proud to see how well you’ve mastered and employ daily the paradigms for thought, evaluation and expression they laid …

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VDH UltraThe Thinning Veneer of Our Civilization

Victor Davis Hanson Eeyore’s Cabinet Almost daily we read of another smash-and-grab, mass theft somewhere in California. The only surprise twist to these stories is the steady encroachment of thievery into high-end stores in places like Carmel and Walnut Creek. A friend I know in Fresno said she was at a store where a shoplifter scurried …

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VDH UltraSorting out the Strange Mess of Biden, NATO, Putin, Trump, and Ukraine; Part Two

Victor Davis Hanson Historian’s Corner Next, we come to NATO Remember that NATO supposedly hates Trump because in art-of-the-deal bombastic style, he screamed, he yelled, he cajoled—and he got NATO to spend an extra $100 billion on its defense with more commitments to follow. Ukraine is geographically near several NATO members. It is far distant …

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