Dear Mr. Hanson,
I want you to know that I found your podcast during the darkest days of 2020. It seemed that our country was lost. I had no experience with fearing the government and so felt like the rug had been pulled from beneath my feet in one quick Marxist movement. I simply could not, and still cannot, believe that the country I grew up in had flipped so suddenly and completely. There was a point when I walked my neighborhood near Olympia, WA and talked with men about the possible need to defend our neighborhood. It felt surreal and, frankly, I felt a little foolish. But it seemed wise to have a plan in place. If it had not been for your perspective and your knowledge of history I would have sank into despair. But slowly I began to see that others felt like me and I began to renew my faith. I fear we have more dark days ahead of us; but, I believe the old America, the America full of strong, responsible men and women will prevail. You’re right – this woke movement will crumble under it’s own weight. Hopefully we are witnessing the demise of progressivism and pseudo Marxism as we watch these people drown in their own madness.
Thank you for being the voice of reason when I needed it most.
Hi Dr Hanson,
I recall some years ago you drawing a comparison between the collapse of empires, Rome and Constantinople. It went something like this. If you lived in Rome in such-in-such year it doesn’t exist anymore, you just don’t know it yet and you went on to describe Constantinople in a similar way.
I think I must have heard this particular talk around the start of Obama’s Presidency.
Shelby Steele, in an interview with Peter Robinson around the time A Bound Man was published, commented that “…too many horses have been let out of the barn” as a way of describing America’s decline.
So, I’ve been wondering for the longest, if you’re ready to describe the U.S. in the way you did with Rome and Constantinople? If you lived in America in 2021, it doesn’t exist any more you just don’t know it yet.
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