Civil War and All That

Join Victor Davis Hanson this weekend in a discussion of civil wars past and present with cohost Sami Winc.

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13 thoughts on “Civil War and All That”

  1. EVERYONE would be advised to consider that Civil War II would be a catastrophe of unimaginable scope. It must be avoided at all costs. For while we slaughtered each other with automatic weapons, while our cities burned to the ground, our adversaries abroad would unite to attack as one, and destroy us all.

    Once you accept that civil war nor communist totalitarian tyranny are acceptable outcomes, only one avenue of redress remains:

    The People must march, by the millions, to the centers of corruption across this nation, not with guns, but with the torch of Liberty in one hand, and the scales of Justice in the other. We must follow the example of peaceful civil disobedience bravely and courageously preached by the great Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, and loudly and firmly speak, with one voice, demanding Equal Justice for All – No Exceptions.

    For only the reestablishment of Justice can save us from war, or tyranny.

    1. It does seem that we all have a hand in the continual mismanagement. 

      To – President Biden and all 535 voting members of the Legislature. It now seems official that the majority of you are corrupt morons:

      a.. The U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775. You have had 246 years to get it right and it is broken.

      b.. Social Security was established in 1935. You have had 86 years to get it right and it is broken.

      c.. Fannie Mae was established in 1938. You have had 71 years to get it right and it is broken.

      d.. War on Poverty started in 1964. You have had 57 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to “the poor” and they only want more.

      e. Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965. You have had 56 years to get it right and they are broke.

      f. Freddie Mac was established in 1970. You have had 51 years to get it right and it is broken.

      g.. The Department of Energy was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of $24 billion a year and we import more oil than ever before. You had 44 years to get it right and it is an abysmal failure – after we were Energy Independent under Trump.

      You have FAILED in every “government service” you have shoved down our throats while overspending our tax dollars.

      1. Steve Stewart

        Kudos! These truths and many others cannot be denied. Our federal government is horribly broken and in need of serious reform and reshaping.

        I’ve asked Victor this question via email also but here it is again: Can’t a convention of conservative states throw off this corrupt government and reestablish it anew with more safeguards and amendments to keep it under constitutional constraints for another 240 years, or maybe more?

  2. Victor, I guess it’s nice to have a “contract” with America. But frankly, with all the damages the democrats had already done to this country, that you so masterfully described, how much more convincing does one need to vote for the opposition party?

    We should collectively pray for the day the democrats will be out of power, and out of our lives. In the mean time, enjoy your life, and have a wonderful Saturday. God bless my fellow Americans.

  3. Theodore Branin

    I would pay to get transcripts of these podcasts. Professor Hanson is the brain and spine of the conservative cause. He admitted to many consultations with Limbaugh so now we know why Rush was so effective. Thank you!! TBranin, Esquire

    1. You can download the podcast from ART19 as an mp3 and then send it to a third party freelancer or company to transcribe it for you for a fee.

      It’s probably more than you would be willing to pay, though, on a consistent basis. The website might consider as part of the business model offering the podcast and video interview transcripts along with the paid subscription to VDH ULTRA of $50 a year for all VDH ULTRA content IN ADDITION TO maybe 200 roughly hour-long podcast and other interview transcripts in a year (as opposed to what you might be charged for one podcast transcript of dubious accuracy by an unaffiliated company).

  4. Dear Prof Hanson,
    I have been a Hansonite for a long time since Rush Limbaugh put me on to your wisdom and insight on history and present day politics.
    However, I agonize each time you talk about your battle with long covid and I found this site,, in 2020, for treatment of covid and long covid.which has helped me survive at 83+.

    Please check it out.

    Walter Graves, an avid covid follower.

  5. Feedback from a long time listener:

    I sometimes feel that Mr Hanson is wasted on these podcasts. Pretty much all he has to say are the standard conservative talking points, and although I agree with these points, they’re no different from what is said on every other conservative podcast/newscast. These points are rather shallow and predictable. The regular working man is the backbone of the country; immigrants aren’t bad folks, but unlimited immigration is destroying our culture; the woke silliness is ruining the education system; etc.

    If I could make a request, it would be that more use be made of Mr Hanson’s intellect and historical knowledge. I’d love to see every issue, or at least as many as possible, tied back to Greek or Roman parallels and analyzed with a bit more depth.

    For example: “It would seem that in the late stages of any civilization you start to see sexual deviance and moral degradation. After the death of Pericles, for instance, … happened and here’s what Thucydides, Xenophon and later Diogenes Laertius wrote about that; then, towards the end of the Roman Republic, Livy and Tacitus tell us that … and Gibbon, paraphrasing a passage in Livy, tells us.. Which brings us to today, when we have..”

    Just an example. It’s been years since I read any of that stuff, but my point is that Mr Hanson surely could just tell us this kind of thing off the top of his head, and it would be amazing to hear about it from a scholar like him.

  6. Please continue to comment upon your research into and struggle with long Covid. I greatly appreciated the interview of Dr. Quay. I too have what I believe are symptoms associated with either Covid or the vaccine, or both, including fatigue, polyneuropathy, and frequent low grade headache. At 60 years old, I have always exercised, generally ate a healthy diet, maintained my weight at my high school level, and never smoked. Working a physical 40 hour week has become at times difficult both physically and mentally. I look for beneficial sources wherever I can, and your podcast, as well as being informative and intelligent on many issues, is also a good point of information on the issue of long Covid.

  7. “Don’t take the bait” is the best advice I’ve heard in a month of Sundays. The Progressives want to provoke anyone they can’t convince or intimidate into committing illegal acts that can become excuses for further power grabs and illegal actions on the part of Progressives. This is basic Marxist radicalism 101.

  8. Victor hits the nail on the head at the 18 minute mark: “I know the Republicans are talking about a 1938-, 1994-, 2010 blowout in the House elections and they have good grounds to do that. Crime is out of control, gas prices are exorbitant, inflation is crushing people, there is no foreign policy, there is no southern border, etc., etc., but they’re not making a national election out of this, they’re getting into the woods with individual candidates, … [minutia from the Oz campaign] … They should have a contract with America like gingrich did in 1994 … that says If you elect us we will get 16 MM BBLs pumping, [and so on].”

    That absence of any sense of urgency or even concern by the GOP is beyond comprehsion. In our rural neighborhood, about 15 miles from the nearest urban center (Gig Harbor,) there a number of individuals who prowl our roads looking for something that is easy to steal. A fellow a block away from me has had 3 small outboards stolen within the last month. The police do nothing. We have a “no hot pursuit” law for our state, and our communities are free fire zones for gunmen in vehicles who drive wherever they please. The police do nothing, they simply hope the shooters leave their vehicle in a convenient place thus making themselves available to be arrested. Many city and county prosecutors in the suburbs around Seattle are jokes. Seattle is on a path to replicate Detroit’s descent into chaos. And Seattle will drag a good portion of the state with it.

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