8 thoughts on “McCarthy, Trump, and Musk: All Contested”

  1. I see the trend now. Everytime someone affective is doing something good and succeeding for the country, Victor call him a “tragic” hero. Why doesn’t Victor tell us what he really think about these individuals? That they are fools! It sounds like a loser mindset to me. Sorry, Victor. I admire your mastery of history so much. It pains me to say it.

    1. I was thinking about this comment over the past few days. I remember much of Victor’s work from 10-20 years ago focused on the conflict between a rural “tragic” view of life and an urban “therapeutic” view of life. These views are sometimes also articulated as “ancient” and “modern”. I wonder if Victor’s recent focus on trying to identify “tragic heroes” is an expansion/refinement of his prior thesis.

  2. The U.S is just going through a normal cycle. From immigration to its economy.

    “why should the Palatine Boors [Germans] be suffered to swarm into our Settlements, and by herding together establish their Language and Manners to the Exclusion of ours? Why should Pennsylvania, founded by the English, become a Colony of Aliens, who will shortly be so numerous as to Germanize us instead of our Anglifying them, and will never adopt our Language or Customs, any more than they can acquire our Complexion.
    Which leads me to add one Remark: That the Number of purely white People in the World is proportionally very small. All Africa is black or tawny. Asia chiefly tawny. America (exclusive of the new Comers) wholly so. And in Europe, the Spaniards, Italians, French, Russians and Swedes, are generally of what we call a swarthy Complexion; as are the Germans also, the Saxons only excepted, who with the English, make the principal Body of White People on the Face of the Earth. I could wish their Numbers were increased. And while we are, as I may call it, Scouring our Planet, by clearing America of Woods, and so making this Side of our Globe reflect a brighter Light to the Eyes of Inhabitants in mars or Venus, why should we in the Sight of Superior Beings, darken its People? why increase the Sons of Africa, by Planting them in America, where we have so fair an Opportunity, by excluding all Blacks and Tawneys, of increasing the lovely White and Red?”–Benjamin Franklin

    1. VDH I think there is a 4th option for Trump.

      He thinks he’s running but hasn’t yet come to terms that he is a broken man. Pains me to observe this but there are few things in this world more emotionally devastating than being told over and over something is one way when you absolutely know it’s actually just the opposite. You feel like you’re going crazy… Trump has something akin to PTSD.

      Couple that with getting very little if any positive feedback when it’s absolutely clear that he nailed something be it the Abraham Accords or energy independence. When the results are definitive and no one acknowledges this or it’s buried in the media, etc… It’s mentally crushing.

      Great show and the previous talk about teachers, administration and equity inclusion commissars rang true for me… They are collectively destroying our bastions of excellence to the benefit of our adversaries. Interesting how we can’t see this but clearly the Japanese are aware.

  3. Ooh! The comments finally updated! Victor must have been blowing off steam over Zelenskyy’s visit yesterday by grumping around the farm and shooting dog-eared Loebs off of fenceposts. I hope he started with the Byzantine scholiasts before moving on to Seneca’s plays.

  4. So VDH we know that you now disapprove of Trump since he announced. Tell us who you want for president in 2024.? In short you have done the easy stuff so now muster up the courage to do the brave stuff.

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