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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 UltraEeyore’s Cabinet: “Cannibalism, Suicide, or What?”

Victor Davis Hanson // Private Papers Part Two Item: For the millions of Americans who lived through inflation and stagflation from 1974-1983, why would we ever wish to return to all that? We more or less avoided both the last forty years by being semi-profligate rather than whole-hog profligate. Now and then we saw a …

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VDH UltraEeyore’s Cabinet: Cannibalism, Suicide, or What?

Part One The two-parties used to have coherent, if antithetical, agendas. The Left believed foremost in equality of result (now renamed “equity”), the Right far more in an equality of opportunity. The former distrusted individuality and considered liberty problematic; the latter even more so feared government and its plan to reengineer income, and the daily …

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VDH UltraA Child’s Garden of Animals: Barnicide

Victor Davis Hanson // Private Papers Part One Barn Owls really do like barns. And they are invaluable predators of mice, squirrels, rats and such who all do their small part to wreck a barn and its environs. And yet they are not the fierce Great-Horned-Owls of six-foot wingspans that swooped just above the ground …

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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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VDH UltraOptimism, Inc: Dante’s California Inferno—Nine months later.

Victor Davis Hanson // Private Papers Two weeks ago, I drove up Route 168 to Huntington Lake, sometimes known as Lakeshore, California.  I had not been there since winter. I have a small house up there, at nearly ground zero of the “Creek Fire” (September to December 2020) that devoured much of the central Sierra …

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