American Culture

Can America survive progressives’ attacks on its origins and values?

Victor Davis Hanson The New York Post Over the last two years, progressive critics have casually attacked the origins, nature and values of American society. Is the idea of America so indestructible that it can weather any assault? The foundational dates of America — the signing in 1776 of the Declaration of Independence and in …

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The Dangerous, Diminishing Power of the Independent American Citizen

Victor Davis Hanson Fox News The last two years seem to have been one continual crisis—well aside from the coronavirus pandemic. The spiraling prices of cars, gas, appliances, lumber, homes, and food are revisiting the miseries of the 1970s. Anarchy defines the border. A new divisive tribalism centers on “critical race theory.” Unelected Washington grandees in the CIA, FBI, …

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Did 1968 Win the Culture War?

Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Fifty years ago this year, the ’60s revolution sought to overturn American customs, traditions, ideology, and politics. The ’60s radicals eventually grew older, cut their hair, and joined the establishment. Most thought their revolution had fizzled out in the early 1970s without much effect, as Americans returned to “normal.” …

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Trump’s Midterm Known Unknowns

by Victor Davis Hanson// National Review   ‘Shy’ Trump voters, a booming economy, consumer confidence, looming investigations, anti-Trump frenzy — all add up to uncertainty in the 2018 elections.   Conventional wisdom and media hopes are now combining to warn us of what is shaping up as a Trump wipeout in the 2018 midterms.   …

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Cruelty and Sexual Harassment

by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Read the original article here.  Civilization does not cure men of malice, especially when there are no repercussions for bad behavior. Observers look for some sort of common denominator that would make sense of the daily news blasts of nonconsensual sexual escapades of media, political, and Hollywood celebrities. No …

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Let Down at the Top

by Victor Davis Hanson//National Review   Our Baby Boomer elites, mired in excess and safe in their enclaves, have overseen the decay of our core cultural institutions.   Since the Trojan War, generations have always trashed their own age in comparison to ages past. The idea of fated decadence and decline was a specialty of …

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The ‘Never Trump’ Construct

by Victor Davis Hanson// National Review   The president’s fiercest critics still do not grasp that Trump is a symptom, not the cause of the GOP’s internal strife. For all the talk of a Civil War in the Republican party over Donald Trump, 90 percent of Republicans ended up voting for him.   Bitterness Over …

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Columbus Day: Melodrama or Tragedy?

The Corner The one and only. by Victor Davis Hanson// National Review   Campuses and Western critics in the last half-century have turned a once risk-taking and heroic Christopher Columbus into an evil emissary of disease and destruction. History is now seen as one-dimensional melodrama in which our contemporary duty is to pick sinners and …

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Linguistic McCarthyism

By Victor Davis Hanson National Review Most Americans recoil from the statue-smashers and name-changers. ‘The Bard,” William Shakespeare, had a healthy distrust of the sort of mob hysteria typified by our current epidemics of statue-busting and name-changing. In Shakespeare’s tragedy Julius Caesar — a story adopted from Plutarch’s Parallel Lives — a frenzied Roman mob, …

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