Civilization

The Last Generation of the West and the Thin Strand of Civilization

by Victor Davis Hanson // PJ Media  Had the Greeks lost at Salamis, Western civilization might easily have been strangled in its adolescence. Had Hitler not invaded the Soviet Union, the European democracies would have probably remained overwhelmed. And had the Japanese just sidestepped the Philippines and Pearl Harbor, as they gobbled up the orphaned Pacific …

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The Launch of the Freedom Academy

by Victor Davis Hanson // PJ Media  Today launches the Freedom Academy®, a project some 18 months in the making. In the present age, we need a meeting place where people can rediscover what freedom entails and appreciate the origins and role of liberty. The majority of Americans yearn for a rebirth of these values that have …

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Brave New World

by Victor Davis Hanson PJ Media The Revolutions We Missed Sometimes societies just plod along, oblivious that the world is being reinvented right under their noses. In 2000, one never saw pedestrians bumping into themselves as they glued their noses to iPhones. Share This

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Why Do Societies Give Up?

by Victor Davis Hanson Tribune Media Services Why do once-successful societies ossify and decline? Hundreds of reasons have been adduced for the fall of Rome and the end of the Old Regime in 18th-century France. Share This

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California: The Road Warrior Is Here

by Victor Davis Hanson PJ Media Where’s Mel Gibson When You Need Him? George Miller’s 1981 post-apocalyptic film The Road Warrior [1] envisioned an impoverished world of the future. Tribal groups fought over what remained of a destroyed Western world of law, technology, and mass production. Survival went to the fittest — or at least those who …

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‘Exceptional’ America

by Victor Davis Hanson Defining Ideas Accepting inevitable national decline is the new pastime of both the media and government elite. Some of the pessimism revolves around current federal financial insolvency. Share This

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“Nature Fakery”

by Bruce S. Thornton Defining Ideas At the turn of the twentieth century, President Theodore Roosevelt became embroiled in a public controversy over how some writers and naturalists described the natural world in overly anthropomorphic and sentimental terms. Share This

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How Marxism Killed Keystone

by Bruce S. Thornton FrontPage Magazine The global warming apocalypse and its Elmer Gantry, Al Gore, may have faded from public view lately, but that old-time green religion is still making mischief. President Obama has just delayed until after November’s election a decision on the Canadian Keystone XL pipeline. Share This

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So Why Read Anymore?

by Victor Davis Hanson PJ Media Is Reading Good Books Over? There is great “truth and beauty” in Homer’s Iliad [1], but I would not try to make his sale on such platitudes. Share This

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Defense Spending Is a ‘Shovel Ready’ Investment

by Victor Davis Hanson Tribune Media Services President Obama has just ordered massive cutbacks in defense spending, eventually to total some $500 billion. There is plenty of fat in a Pentagon budget that grew after 9/11, but such slashing goes way too far. Share This

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