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  1. 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.
    Scott Walker

    1. Robert Freniere

      Ditto!
      Very Respectfully,
      //signed Robert W. Freniere//
      ROBERT W. FRENIERE, Colonel, USAF (Ret.), Ph.D./ABD

  2. 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.
    Thanks.

    Eric

    1. Hi Eric,
      I agree with the collapse of empires, Rome and Constantinople. The world I lived in 2000 in the bay area somehow died. I moved to Maui to get away from the traffic, politics, regulations (building contractor) taxes all the California requirements.
      I ended up in Alaska for 6 winters and there were no regulations. I could build any structure I so desired up to a 4 plex. Then some basic electrical and mechanical permits were required. The contrast was amazing. It slowly became like California an when I returned to California in 2013, and renewed my ID as required, I was hit with a tax levy for some gas from 97 of all things. Welcome home. California is not the place to be, hope to move to Mexico to live out my retirement and leave my grandchildren behind. Just not the same place..
      Thanks just my rant,
      Robert

  3. Dr. Hanson,

    Thank you providing such a great resource. Your research is so accurate, extensive, and first-rate. It has provided me with the facts, perspectives, and intellectual firepower to navigate through the sea of troubles we find ourselves in.

    As a teacher I’m sure you are aware of the following three different learning styles: (1) Cognitive: (2) Psychomotor; and (3) Affected. I would say that I am definitely a cognitive learner. I love reading and self-study, but I don’t do well with my hands and I can’t fix much, as much as this pains me to admit. You seemed to have mastered both worlds. What do you think are the reasons for this? I sense from everything you have said and written about in the past that growing up on a farm required a lot of practical knowledge in order to survive. It also sounds as if you had a stable family structure which is essential to a child’s growth and development. You have mentioned that your mother was a Stanford Law School grad and an appellate court judge. She must have been a very bright person. Perhaps the dichotomy between nature and nurture is what ultimately defines us?

    N.B. Was your mother at Stanford Law School at the same time as Justice Sandra Day O’Connor? I read O’Connor say she had a difficult time finding a job despite her impressive credentials. I hope your mother didn’t suffer the same sort of discrimination. BTW, my great, great grandmother, Julia Waldrip Kerr, was the first female judge in Washington state.

  4. Correction: My great, great grandmother was Julia Waldrip Ker (one R) and was the first female magistrate/police court judge in Thurston county and the city of Olympia’s first female lawyer.

    I was writing previously from memory and got a few details wrong.

  5. In 2021 Atlas not only stumbled, he fell on his face and may have incurred a hernia.

    Victor, you have provided him with full resolve. Thanks to your clarity of thought, comprehensive selection of topics, and cogent expression, although his face is still in the mud, he is now showing motion and emotion.

    Let’s all hope for a better 2022 for ourselves, our children and our grandchildren.

    Auld Lang Syne!
    Fred Biolchini

  6. Dear Mr. Hanson, I love your work and I agree with you 95% of the time. However, as Prof. John Mearsheimer points out (here: https://www.newyorker.com/news/q-and-a/why-john-mearsheimer-blames-the-us-for-the-crisis-in-ukraine), Putin is not Hitler or Stalln, he does not want to recreate the USSR, and his invasion of Ukraine is not a dominoes-style 1939 attack which will lead to further aggression, but an attempt by Putin to recreate his sphere of influence. Just like the US would not allow Chinese or Russian missiles in Mexico (Monroe Doctrine), Putin won’t allow US missiles in Ukraine. You seem to ignore this legitimate concern of his. Putin had 20 years, for example, to “take the Baltics,” but did nothing. Also, Zelensky is not a great democrat. He is funded by an oligarch and is more like the Trudeau of Ukraine. And he is good at PR and playing Americans.

    1. K. THOMAS NOELL

      If you read and believe anything in The New Yorker, you are a sucker, subject to Leftist propaganda. Putin is the equivalent of Stalin, whose armies shelled and destroyed all of Berlin in 1945, not a building left standing. Compare that to the artillery and missile damage in Ukraine.

    2. Shirley Gohner

      Thanks for an excellent summary of what’s going on. The US is mucking up everything and will pay dearly.

  7. Hi Professor. We love your podcasts and are happy subscribers. I have trained my wonderful 14-year-old daughter to be a great reader and a good student. We have started her on classics like Antigone based on your most recent podcast. My daughter is going to be a sophomore in high school but has a reading level of a senior in college. She wishes to be a lawyer someday. Could you give me a reading list for her and me to grow to love the classics? We can read these during the summer and discuss them. I know you referenced that you cannot read everything but a good starting list of classics to be a reference point is appreciated. Personally, I have an engineering and business background with a great love of history. So, everything you recommend I will read as well, unless we already read it. Thank you kindly for your time.

    Mark from Marco Island Florida.

  8. Yes Sir. I am 55 I went to Clement Jr. High . Remember the Explore Scouts , Remember the Hitch hiker who lost her Arms .If God was going to Cleanse the world he would stick the hose in San Bernardino.

  9. jssheff@gmail.com

    Dr. Hanson,
    I’d like to read your opinion on renaming the Fresno State Library. Do you believe that
    the recent revelations of this person’s pro-Nazi positions is sufficient to make the current name an embarrassment to the university (and the state of California)?

  10. Dr. Hanson,

    I have been an admirer of yours for over 20 years. I have fond memories of hearing you speak in libraries in California as well as at events like Restoration weekend. I could go on forever from the books, the two decades at National Review, the Peter Robinson interviews however I want to respect your time so I will get to my point.
    You have enlightened, educated, forewarned, & provided direction to myself & so many others for decades. This weeks podcast The Turning Tide episode brought me to tears. When you talked about “your 40 year quest” to remodel & renovate your treasured family homestead I could hear the love in your voice for that place. As you detailed all the renovations, upgrades, & improvements that were needed to resurrect your 150+ year old family home I just pictured your Mother & great great Grandfather looking down at you with such pride. Decades after your mothers passing you allayed her greatest fears & saved her beloved home.
    You have often spoken of your uncle Victor that was tragically killed in WW2. Make no mistake Mr. Hanson you have in every possible way honored his name & his legacy. You have lived up to the lofty demands & expectations that were laid at your feet. Lastly, you mentioned casually, almost off the cuff how a future generation will probably just sell the farm. I hope & pray that you are wrong. I do know if you can impart even 5% of your love for that place to your descendants it will remain the Hanson farm forever.

  11. Donald Gehrig MD

    I don’t agree with your recurrently stated optimism for a Repub landslide outcome for this Nov, in the US House and Senate…I fear that our elections and their tabulated results are not secure in the 6-7 swing states that seem to matter most every 2 yrs…
    It’s become ‘who counts the votes’ as far more important than who was intended to be voted for…the 2020 results are emblematic of the actual end tabulation and legal validation problem that exists in our dark and unrepresentative electoral processes in these key swing states.
    Since 2016, Dems and their “Soros funded DAs”, have become despotically dangerous, desperate adversaries of free and open elections. They now cannot afford to be otherwise as they would likely forfeit their own freedoms – indicted, convicted and jailed – for their many and obvious crimes committed the last 6 yrs!

  12. Michael Roarke

    Hi Dr. Hanson,

    I have enjoyed your opinions for many years going back to Thursday nights on the John Batchelor Show. Since then, I have been listening to your podcasts through Just the News and then directly from your website. All of what you share is relatable common sense and you always come up with these enlightening and unique details that I never seem to find anywhere else. There is always a dictionary tab open for when you break out the big words! I also wanted to write you to tell how much I enjoy your remodeling updates before the serious analysis of national and world affairs. I have been a remodeling carpenter (with six employees) since 1986. Thank you for spreading the truth from from Selma CA! Diesel just hit $6.49 in spots today near Albany NY. I filled up every diesel canister and vehicle I had last Sunday at $5.29 as it was clear the price was going to spike. 87 Octane is very near $4.50 today. If this surge continues, that will lock the economy down faster than Powell’s timid half point measures. So much of the construction economy runs on diesel! My company is up 69% YTD for fuel.

    Anyway thank you for your gifted perspective and I look forward to catching up on this week’s podcasts over the weekend!

  13. russbozeman49@gmail.com

    Mr. Hanson.
    In my pantheon of heroes who might be called “thought leaders” or “public intellectuals”, two elicited in me what I would refer to as epiphanies. The first was Charles Krauthammer, specifically his written response to the 9/11 attacks (in Time magazine, I think–back when it was sane), and the second was VDH’s syndicated column which ran in our AJC (Atlanta Journal Constitution) in the early aughts.
    I became an instant devotee and remain so to this day.

    I was trained in science and had little interest in history until more recent years. VDH is to blame for most of this.

    On a side note, you mentioned Richard Boone (“have gun, will travel”) in your last podcast. My father was an anesthesiologist in Orlando, Fl who treated Mr. Boone late in his life. He said Boone was an alcoholic bum living on a Florida beach by this time–tragic.

    Lastly, I cast my vote for you for President in the 2016 election as I knew Hillary would be disastrous and didn’t believe Trump would advance any conservative, small (er) government policies. At the time I said: “I will enjoy 15 minutes of schadenfreude and then drink poison”. That went better than anyone could have known (Trump, not the poison part).

    It is a great blessing that fate called you into this career, from which we all learn and benefit. Thanks for everything,
    Russ Bozeman

    1. Shirley Gohner

      Hey Russ,

      Did building the wall, energy independence, $3.2 trillion in tax relief and a massive amount of deregulation slip by you? Trump campaigned on all four.

      1. Scott Walker, your comment was great. Change the neighborhood and state and it’s me! One of the topics that lifted my spirits (among every one) was Victor’s favorite movies. I got sentimental when I was reminded of some of the classics from a long ago America (The Searchers et al), and it made me remember when my 7th grade NYC classmates and I would pass around Puzo’s “The Godfather”, because in an early chapter Sonny and a woman are having a hurried encounter, and we were rocked back on our heels. It’s hard to believe that even in late 60’s Manhattan we were still so relatively innocent. I think I strayed off topic but it somehow relates.

  14. Dr. Hanson,
    Are you familiar with the memoirs of Ralph Moody collected in a series called Little Britches? There’s also a wonderful audiobook edition — must be about 50 CDs all told, and I bet they’d get you through quite a few drives to Stanford. The books were published in the 1950s, and Moody himself lived 1898-1982.

    I’ve just discovered Moody’s memoirs with my own children, and think of your works and the life experiences you share in your podcast while I read. I think you and Mr. Moody would have been great friends with so many remarkable, poignant stories between you and a shared appreciation of hard work and gratitude.

    We’ve followed Ralph Moody from 8 years old through to his early 20s and have laughed and wept along the way. Just in case you haven’t encountered these works, I think they’d be balm for your spirit. Thank you for everything you do.

  15. Leland Cheney

    Dear Mr. Hanson,
    Just finished listening to the recent podcast about your favorite movies and books. I’m about your age (70 in November) and my wife and I are also lovers of movies, TV, and books. I wanted to give you a heads up about two westerns that we thought were excellent. The first is only available on blu-ray as a french edition (but has an english soundtrack option). You can find it on eBay or Amazon. Don’t get the DVD as the picture quality is lacking. It is Open Range (2003) with Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall. It may be my favorite Western. The second is Hostiles (2018) with Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, and Christian Bale. It is also terrific. If you can handle the horrific profanity Deadwood (2004) is the best TV Western series ever. If you ever find yourself in Utah we would love to treat you to dinner and a movie at our home theater. It is known as the Sparta Theater; we even have a little neon sign above the door entering the ten seat theater. Long story as to the name. Thanks for your podcasts and website, don’t know what we would do without them. Lee and Cindy Cheney

  16. Victor;
    I saw a Doc with long Covid who treats Covid patients. Her and all her colleagues had symptoms of Long Covid because of constant exposure. She tried HCQ and Ivermectin which helped. She then tried CDP Choline. Much better after 4 or 5 days. Over the counter supplement.

    So Vitamin C, D, zinc, and CDP Choline.

    Hope you are feeling better.

    Thanks for the wisdom.

    John Reddick

  17. James vallance

    Hey Victor

    Your accounts of the ongoing renovations to your family’s homestead and the way you lift up the skills of the journeymen who are doing the work is a real spiritual lift to us common men. 22 years on destroyers sailing in 6 of the 7 seas makes me think of the daily briefs on Operations Intelligence Status of Engineering and the Navigation picture.

    What you cover in a superb and granular way is a well calibrated summary of where we actually are and where we are going

    I especially like the mental image of a shrieking woke Democratic lady lashed to the railway of an evil capitalist railroad with the ropes of her own inflexible ideology and a diesel train (like the one in Atlas shrugged) barreling down the tracks with Donald J Trump Et Al in the cabin carrying cars loaded with 10,000 tons of facts and common sense

    And off in the grass embankment a great debate over the wisdom of cutting a few ropes goes on

    Keep it up great stuff

    JV
    USN RET

  18. Dear Dr. Hanson,

    As a retired US cavalryman, my spirits lift every time I hear ‘Garry Owen’ (even though it sounds odd played at 1.5-1.8x). And, having grown up in a farm family, certainly those tales are nostalgic, too.

    But your lectures tying history to today are most enlightening. You have encouraged me in my own history project of the hidden history of modern Japan as seen through the life and times of Kanō Jigorō, the polymath, multilingual educator who chose the language spoken today as “Japanese”, founded Japan’s amateur sports organization, and joined the International Olympic Committee as its first Asian member where he hatched a successful plot to enlist Mussolini’s support for the 1940 Tokyo Olympics (later canceled as combat in China spun out of control). His exploits in inventing jūdō were noted by both Hitler, who he met in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, and by Mao. His education of over 7000 Chinese students at the request of the Q’ing Dynasty helped establish China’s modern education system. Many of those students became leaders in the Communist, Nationalist, and puppet Wang Jingwei regimes (Wang himself was a Kanō favorite).

    Just before his 1938 death, Kanō warned that Japan had entered the most dangerous period in its 2400 year history as fighting in China spread.

    I find the parallels with today’s situation in the Far East stunning.

    Thanks for everything!

    Lance Gatling, LTC, US Army Reserve (Retired)
    The Kanō Chronicles
    http://www.kanochronicles.com

  19. Professor Hanson,

    I enjoyed your latest podcast episode (as I enjoy all of them) wherein you told the story of your father giving it to the Japanese mother who called the American acts in WWII “barbaric.”

    I say, by way of background, that I am half-Japanese. My mother was born in the Poston Arizona internment camp where my maternal grandparents were interned. That said, I fully agree with your father’s view of the matter and attitude with respect to fighting the Japanese in WWII. A Japanese national calling the U.S.’s actions in the pacific “barbaric” while not clarifying that Japanese’s conduct during and before the war was orders of magnitude worse is, at best, ignorant. Indeed, the conduct of the Japanese was unsettlingly close to the actions of the Nazis. Was the fire-bombing of Tokyo (or Dresden) “barbaric” in a sense? Yes. But it was a nothing relative to what those countries did. She was out of line.

    Internment was a great wrong, obviously. But it should not be used to whitewash the actions of the nation of Japan during WWII. So, while I probably wouldn’t publicly confront a mother at her son’s graduation regardless of what she said, on content, he was spot on. I have nothing but respect and gratitude for him and the men he fought with.

    From a fellow Banana Slug (Stevenson, class of ’00).

  20. Professor Hanson:
    I just listened to “Current and Past Military Strategies”. Your story of your father confronting a Japanese lady about WWII had me spitting out my coffee. As much as I enjoy your podcasts, you usually don’t make me bust my gut laughing.

    I have been a paid subscriber for several months and it has been well worth it. You were actually the first online resource that I subscribed too.

    Great story.

    John Reddick

  21. Barbara Humphreys

    I enjoyed deeply Current and Past Military Strategies, especially anecdotes from his Dad’s banquet participation. We may never see a generation like that again. Too bad for us.

  22. Dr. Hanson,
    This article offers a counterpoint to President Trump running again in 2024. It contains bullet points of his shortfalls during his administration.
    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2022/06/trumps_right_of_first_refusal_isnt_enough.html

    (not changing the subject) I have read articles pertaining to the possible resignation of Pope Francis, for which I am hopeful. I believe Frances has “Bidened” the Church, which has been historically and should be currently the strongest bulwark against Islam and Abortion. But like Biden, he is weak and compromised.

    The church is considering a “conclave” to consider Francis’ replacement. The thought has occurred to me that such a conclave might be convened by conservatives to hand select the Republican candidate for President and avoid bloody debates and smear campaigns by the media on those they THINK are being considered. Yep, a non-tobacco “smoke filled room” on a larger scale.

    Those who would interest me are Fla Governor Ron DeSantis, SC Senator Tim Scott, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Rep Jim Jordan of Ohio. The conclave could be convened and possible candidates be individually interviewed on selected issues with no open debate. And a vote of the conclave would select the candidate with zero leaks to the MSM.

    I am very much a Trump MAGA guy, bit I think it’s time to hand the baton forward.

  23. Donald Gehrig MD

    I’m just now listening to today’s podcast, “Equal Protection of the Law?” In the middle of this podcast Jack and you respond to a comment re Trump’s demeanor and statements of the obviously fraudulent Jan 6 Dem narrative, and you still tend to decry Trump in harsher tones and terms than the true insurrectionists in our midst of the immediate Left, most of their supportive and supplicant Academy (Stanford Univ included) and the totally corrupted MSM!
    I know you two are walking on tightropes of tolerance for your continued ability to express your far more accurate narratives of our national nightmare but jeez, lay off President Trump’s ways and means of expression and communication. He is not a politician but is an active, innovative and accomplished doer, a developer executive of and for what needs to be done. Stand with him for once and stop apologizing for his long term sometimes brash but always honest manners. He’s not going to change into a partial lying hypocrit trying to keep their gigs relevant and remunerated.
    Staying true to himself and his promises are why we achieved so much in his first 3 yrs of his Presidency for far more of us than any prior POTUS, while losing significant amounts of personal wealth – and all those accomplishments were done under a constant set of seditious activity by the Swamp and all its evolved mutants of the Admin State and DOJ-FBI, the latter a gestapo poisonous org. Trump should not change his tactics. They’re not why he “lost” in 2020!

  24. Dear Prof Hanson,

    I hear all about the lengths the Dems will go to keep Trump out of the next election but I never hear why they don’t want him in. What is it about Trump that drives them with such zeal to keep him from running and possibly winning in 2024?

    1. Lynda Frieden

      hate, that’s all it is. they absolutely hate him. he circumvented their ongoing (and going well!!) agenda, which will ultimately bring them power, control, and globalism. they care not for any of us. unfortunately, most politicians of any party, care not as well. We The People must rise against this onslaught and fight for America. start at the local level and get involved in the elections; run for office or work campaigns. go to county, city and school board mtgs regularly. and pray!

  25. Donald Gehrig MD

    I’m listening to this AM’s podcast on “…Blueprint for the Future” and you still pull your punches on everyone politically but their victim, President Trump, who near daily states his “blueprint” and deployed it successfully like no otrher pol or POTUS in our history…why the asymmetry, still

    as “2000 Mules” clearly reveals, very, very conservatively, Trump did overwhelmingly beat creepy basement un-campaigner Joe, yet you continue the propaganda PC ‘approved’ narrative that his tweets defeated himself…no, just the opposite! …his tweets and tweeting succeeded, they did not defeat him!

    since he got his first twitter acct in March of 2009, until he was unlawfully silenced and cancelled in Jan 2021, that account was his very successful, unprecedented ways and means to bypass the MSM and partially cowering commentators like you still choose to be, so that his very clear agenda, ‘a blueprint’, was told over and over again (MAGA to KAG), and implemented very successfully from 2017 to 2020 against vicious and seditious attacks from the entire bipartisan funded, weaponized swamp and all its embedded un-redressible bureaucratic parts, and foreign brought and bought onslaughts of slander, lies and biologic viral mayhem!

    our US government was overthrown, the AM of Nov 4, 2020, not Jan 6, 2021! what was Ashli Babbit really doing in that stairwell? proof is available – eg : https://www.revolver.news/2022/06/mtg-marjorie-taylor-greene-tayler-hansen-january-6-us-capitol-com

  26. “Why Elites Dislike the Middle Class”
    Victor frequently mentions the dislike the elites have for the middle class, voicing as a reason that they are simply unlike the elites, and the elites tend to gravitate to those like themselves. But below is a quote from an article by Paul Craig Roberts in which he states the following:

    “But as Madeline Albright would say, our rulers think that the price–the destruction of the middle class which serves as a constraint on government– is ‘worth it’.”

    I thought this made a great deal of sense, but was unable to independently confirm it.
    Below is the link to the article. The quote, if I counted correctly, is in the 19th paragraph.

    https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2022/06/21/two-examinations-of-us-economic-policy/

    Duncan Mason

  27. The entire covid fiasco is about two things; money and control.

    Did you ever think that Americans would follow exactly what the government said with questioning it?

    Masks for example have NEVER been proven to have any effect but people like sheep would wear them. I have spoken to people in the mask business and they have told me that the virus is so small (.1 microns) that those phony paper and cloth masks offer no protection at all. And he even told me that they put a disclaimer on every package that says the masks offer no protection against covid and other viruses. Yet people wear them like fools.

    Same for the jab. People would spend weeks researching the purchase of a new car or tv, yet would stick their arms out for a jab that was rushed to market in 9 months (normally takes 5-8 YEARS!) and took the government’s word for it where they skipped proper protocols for safety, animal testing, placebo groups and limited human trials.

    We knew from the beginning that covid affected the elderly and people with comorbidities with the top 3 being obesity, Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease. These are the people we should have protected. Not children or otherwise healthy people.
    By the way, (Pfizer still says their vax is a “prototype”)
    It will be interesting to see how gullible America will be when the next pandemic happens (which Biden has already said WILL happen).
    Again control and money are the watchwords. God help us.

  28. Larmon Peschka

    Dear Doctor Hansen. I first found you quite a while back from one of your appearances on Tucker or Laura fell in love with you like so many of your fans.
    I didn’t think I could like you any.more than I did, but now you have gotten quite “grouchy” since your affliction with long Covid. Sorry about the long Covid but I love the “grouchy” VDH even more. More great humor. More great “knifing”.
    God bless you and hope your good farmer health comes back to you soon.

  29. Listening to the podcast with Jack broadcast 7 July 2022. Jack criticized that the Army is lowering the standards to accept those without a high school diploma.
    Jack ignores the fact that many dropping out of high school do so for many reasons other than lack of intelligence. If an individual has high entrace test scores, previously called the ASVAB scores they can excell in the military.
    During every US conflict many serving in battles did not have HS diplomas.

    We have numerous accounts of HS graduates unable to read or write above the 8th grade level yet have been awarded the diploma. A travesty to be sure but having a HS diploma means very little today. I know many college graduates who would have trouble passing the exams to enter military service.

    Bottom line is the standard must be the tests one must pass to enter the military rather than completing 12 years of high school.

  30. Loren Rosenzweig

    Dear Dr. Hanson,
    I am a big fan of yours and look forward to reading your articles and podcasts. I have never disagreed with you, until you passed judgement on a woman wanting to abort a fetus who will develop into a disabled child.
    We have a 37 year old son the the autism spectrum. He is relatively high functioning but has extremely limited executive functioning skills. As we approach 70, my husband and I are tortured daily thinking about how he is going to navigate live without us.
    David lives in a group home and received government entitlements. We are constantly on top of staff to make sure he and his room are clean, he has fresh linens and towels, eating balanced meals, and his medications are in order. But once we are dead, who is going to step into our place? He has two very good sisters, one of whom lives out of town, one of whom lives out of the country. They each have their own careers and families. They will be his guardians but will not be able to manage his daily affairs. Truth be told, growing up was not easy for them. Who knows what resentment they harbor toward David, and us.
    Do not be so quick to criticize those parents who do not want to go through what we have. There is an underlying sadness in our lives: not because of the son we never had, but because of his not being able to have his own family, a satisfying career, and friends. We are haunted daily, and sadly, would encourage anyone to have an abortion in this situation.

  31. Michelle Crouch

    Dear Dr. Hanson,
    The corporate media, making their fortunes on our partisan divisions, continues to distract us so we fail to notice the increasing degree to which all our elected officials, Rep or Dem, are marionettes. As you have ably demonstrated, self-appointed, non-elected, corporate-affiliated and media-enabled elites are pulling the strings in political theatres all around the world. Where that leaves “we the people” will remain to be seen, but the political class in the West has completely and totally failed, and I think it’s up to us, somehow, to tell them that. But I don’t see how that can be done with an election. The only thing an election can say is that we are unhappy with the current government. But we have to communicate somehow that we’re sheep without shepherds, and that the lot of them are failing to defend us against the wolves’ playbook: create a crisis, and then put forth their carefully calculated solution as the only one, mandate it with severe financial and social penalties for all who refuse to comply. (Forgive my pessimism, I’m Canadian.) Build Back Better is just the current name for this kind of utopian vision, and you know as well as anyone, no utopian vision exists that isn’t accompanied by mass graves. I’d love to see you interact with this piece by Jordan Peterson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxdHm2dmvKE It is a long form essay at DW, but I’m glad he made it available in this format, not behind the paywall. Resonant with your analysis.

  32. William Klaser

    Dear Dr. Hanson,
    After listening to your podcast “The Real Insurrectionists” as usual your have a special talent for absorbing and articulating through thoughtful analysis. Very good explaination of the adverse path our “Beloved County” is taking. You perked my interest when talking about the problems you have working on your 100 plus year old ranch house. Stating how difficult it has been to get workers to perform the trade tasks, there are many factors at play here. I certainly agree with the items you went over regarding the absence of workers available at this time.

    I recently closed my business after 46 years working as a Ceramic Tile & Stone Contractor in San Diego County. A quick explanation let me say, I attended USC School of Business with a Finance major. I dropped out with only one semester left, so never completed my studies required for a degree. (That’s a story for another time). I started working for a Tile Contractor as an apprentice helper . That was 1973, when I worked for $3.00 per hour. Became a Tile Contractor at a young age, so off I went embarking on my career. After starting with repair tile work, my wife and I grew into a major company specializing in commercial and industrial tile applications. There were many years our company employed 50 to a 100 people. My point is that during that long career the problems with labor went from adequate to difficult to challenging to unworkable. The labor market changed greatly before Covid.

  33. I hope you are feeling better.

    The world is way too polarized, and the bad actors in the current world are doing that to all of us. I can tune into any MSM or thousands of SM outlets to make me angry at the other side.

    Your gift is your education in history and classics. And giving us an analogy of that to what we are living through today.

    I know at some point, when the shit hits the fan, you have to pick a team, and I am there as well. But I still look to folks like you to give me historical perspective.

    That is your gift, and I hope you keep giving.

    Semper Fi,
    John Reddick

  34. Victor, fascinating comments on Japan/state control against the US/innovation. I’m sure you know about The Battle of Milne Bay (mid 1942) where the Japanese invasion force were totally defeated (for the first time in WWII on land) because the Japanese lost the initiative against a coordinated and innovative air and land defence.

  35. Bryant Frazier

    Dear Mr. Hanson
    With all of the gnashing of teeth by the left on eliminating fossil fuels from use in America, almost all of their focus seems to be on getting rid of all of the gas guzzling SUV’s and pickups. (Both of Which I proudly own) and replacing them with electric vehicles and at that point all of our problems will be over.
    This naivety they are selling is foolish and doesn’t resonate with the working middle class and I expect the message will be sent to them this November.
    My comment is about all of the other uses and materials we depend on everyday and year that is directly and indirectly produced from fossil fuels.
    Fuel oil for heating all of those homes and businesses, especially in the NE.
    Plastics, asphalt and many other construction material?
    If you have covered this already in an article or podcast about please forgive me for over looking it.
    It’s summer right now and nobody is thinking about heating your home but as we continue down this track Biden has us on I suspect this winter that fuel cost is going to start getting a lot more attention.
    Will that be a Putins fault too?

    Respectfully,
    Bryant Frazier

  36. Brand van Sittert

    Although I have sympathy with Mr Hanson’s ‘long covid’ ordeal, I cannot fathom why the thought has not reached Mr Hanson that maybe, just maybe, his symptoms might be ongoing adverse effects due to the novel vaccine.
    Every single aspect of the corona response was a disaster of collateral damage: lockdowns, masks, ventilators, business closures, putting covid patients in nursing homes, suppression of contrary views on social media. Why would the novel, untested vaccine roll out (with mandates, mind you) be any different?
    The pathophysiologies of many of these adverse effects (including recurrent Infection with every subsequent Sars CoV2 variant) have been proposed if one cares to look for it.
    However, I suppose once one considers the vaccine collateral damage possibility, a big can of worms is opened, putting not just the likes of Fauchi, Bourla and Collins in the middle of a possible genocide, but Trump as well.
    Anyway, I sincerely wish Mr Hanson well. Thanks for a good show.

  37. Jarl David Ekstrom

    Victor I enjoy hearing about farming and military history. Recently read Brian Kilmeades book about Barbary Pirates and the first US Naval activity under President Thomas Jefferson, very interesting, love to learn more about that. And anything other than the madness of todays politics. One thing I have to add, I have been a Ford 4X4 F-250 owner since 1978, every truck I owned got oversized tires when replacement was needed. I Highly recommend it when the time comes with your Dodge diesel, by oversized If LT265 is stock go with up two sizes to LT285…. Recently I put on very aggressive Good Year Wrangler Dura Track and my mileage went from 12 to 15 mpg around town and 15 to 18 highway powered by a 6.2L V8 gas. Just be sure to rotate them every 3-4 thousand miles for even tread wear. PS my every day driver gets 28 mpg- 2021 BMW X5. Also, You Sound like the stupid Covid is behind you. Keep getting stronger.

  38. As I just finished relistening to several VDH podcasts from the previous week, it occurred to me how both Jack and Sami are never remiss in praising the accomplishments, well deserved no doubt, of Dr. Hanson. I also realized we know much about Jack in his role of the Civil Society and other associations but we know very little about Sami Winc. Her pointed questions are vital to Dr. Hanson’s discussions, in particular regarding history. I get the impression Sami is extremely knowledgeable on history and stays current on todays topics.

    Okay Sami, before introducing the Professor, tells us a little about yourself!

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