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

Historian’s Corner Victor Davis Hanson Dear Ultra Readers,  Could you please help figure out the following confusion about the Ukraine mess as Putin ratchets up the pressure on Ukraine? We were once told by our Washington grandees that Trump was variously Putin’s “puppet” (Hillary Clinton), a Russian “asset” (James Clapper), and “treasonous” (John Brennan). Who …

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VDH UltraThe Critical Race Rhetoric Versus the Reality on the Street

Victor Davis Hanson Eeyore’s Cabinet The Kenosha/Waukesha contrast summed up the great abyss between BLM/Woke/Media rhetoric and the soaring crime reality on the street. The former was hyped as race when it was not, the latter was written off as nonracial when it was. Rittenhouse should have never been arrested; Brooks should never have been …

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VDH UltraLearning from Months of Chaos. Part Three

Victor Davis Hanson Eeyore’s Cabinet Race. The recent verdicts in the Kyle Rittenhouse and Ahmaud Arbery cases remind us that in the post-OJ age, the current jury system usually works well enough—given the former was rightly found innocent of murder and the killers of the latter probably had insufficient cause to justify lethal force based on …

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VDH UltraLearning from Months of Chaos. Part Two

Victor Davis Hanson Eeyore’s Cabinet Fuel. A year ago, gas and heating fuels were cheap. They now have gone up on average 60 percent, far higher in places like California. Biden, after cancelling pipelines, putting federal lands off limits to fracking and horizontal drilling, promising new taxes and regulations on fossil-fuel development, and cutting back …

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