American Ideology

Who Among Us Will Cast the First Bid for Donald Sterling’s Clippers?

by Victor Davis Hanson // PJ Media  Americans are outraged by old, sick and pathetic Donald Sterling’s racist rantings—and the manipulative con-artist mistress who recorded their conversation. But consensus ends after the expression of furor. Who among us is without sin to offer the first bid for his franchise? If the NBA establishes the precedent that …

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Elites’ Sacrificial Victims

When your goal is to save the planet, you can’t worry about who may get hurt. by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online  Why do our well-meaning elites so often worry about humanity in the abstract rather than the real effects of their cosmic ideologies on the majority? The dream of universal health coverage trumped …

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Progressive Insurance

The right ideological credentials mean never having to say you’re sorry. by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online  How do you ensure that you won’t be ostracized, denounced, or fired if you are a media celebrity, captain of industry, or high public official? For some, sexist banter is certainly no problem. Stand-up comedian Bill Maher …

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Illiberal Liberalism

The left’s disdain for ordinary Americans has deep historical roots. by Bruce S. Thornton // Defining Ideas  During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama let slip his disdain for the middle-class when he explained his lack of traction among such voters. “It’s not surprising then,” Obama said, “that they get bitter, they cling to guns or …

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America’s New Anti-Strategy

Our allies and our enemies have seriously recalculated where the U.S. stands. by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online  It was not difficult to define American geopolitical strategy over the seven decades following World War II — at least until 2009. It was largely bipartisan advocacy, most ambitiously, for nations to have the freedom of …

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One California for me, another for thee

by Victor Davis Hanson // Tribune Content Agency  No place on the planet is as beautiful and as naturally rich as California. And few places have become as absurd. Currently, three California state senators are either under felony indictment or already have been convicted. State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) made a political career out of demanding harsher state gun-control laws. …

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The Incoherence of Western Foreign Policy

by Bruce S. Thornton // FrontPage Magazine  The crisis in Ukraine is just the latest in a long series of foreign policy failures brought about by the incoherence in our thinking about foreign relations. On the one hand, we have championed ethnic-national self-determination as the highest international good, while on the other we have assumed that …

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Western Arrogance and Decline

by Bruce S. Thornton // FrontPage Magazine  For three centuries the West built up enormous economic, cultural, and military capital that dwarfs and dominates that of the rest of the world. Other countries may hate and resent Europe and the United States, but they still have to imitate, adapt, or steal the technology, financial systems, and …

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The Anti-Empirical Left

Science is ignored when it doesn’t support politically correct policy. by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online President Obama entered office promising to restore the sanctity of science. Instead, a fresh war against science, statistics, and reason is being waged on behalf of politically correct politics. After the Sandy Hook tragedy, the president attempted to convert …

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