Trump, South Africa, and Dilbert

In this episode, Victor Davis Hanson and cohost Jack Fowler examine Trump’s speech at CPAC, South Africa in decline, Scott Adams “Dilbert” cartoonist cancelled, and the archaeology of a San Joaquin farm.

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20 thoughts on “Trump, South Africa, and Dilbert”

  1. Scott Adams isn’t a conservative. Maybe a libertarian. Definitely a troll. I doubt he was surprised about being canceled. He probably ran out of Dilbert material.


      An interesting aside about Scott Adams. For a few days after the 2020 election, he railed about the process having been rigged then mysteriously did a “one-eighty.” My impression was that he had been threatened with de-platforming. A sad commentary upon both Scott and YouTube.

  2. “I am your retribution!” Trump CPAC 2023

    Victor, I think we are way past the point of messaging.

    If crime, homelessness, inflation, high energy cost, etc. don’t persuade the so-called suburban housewives to vote for a non-democrat president, short of a war, nothing will.

    If the mail-in ballot law is not changed back to in-person voting on election day, ROP will lose! 100%. But talking about our broken voting system doesn’t get the same kind of attention as pitting Don against Ron. 😉

  3. I’m always a bit taken aback when Victor and Jack comment about the 2020 election with the implication that the results were completely accurate and legitimate. “Trump didn’t win 51%.” “State republicans did much better than Trump.” Am I that guilty of selective attention? At midnight of the third, Trump was ahead of Biden by a seemingly-insurmountable 600,000 votes in Pennsylvania. Then the counting facilities mysteriously “went dark” only to reopen later with Biden ahead. The discrepancy between state elections and presidential could be explained by the left’s attention to Trump votes only. Just speculating. I’ll never believe the Joe Biden garnered 12 million more votes than Barack Obama.

    1. Have you seen the recent Fox News vs Dominion voting scandal where Murdoch and company pressed their newsrooms to run with the idea that voting machines had been hacked even when no one at Fox believed it? Depending on where you got your news, the plausibility of a stolen election changes. In my case, I tend to go with Molly Ball because she’s tattling on her own set: the election was swung to Biden by extraordinary but technically “legal” means.

    2. 100%!! I remember telling my wife at that precise moment you are referring to that it looks like Trump is going to win. Let me log in to and cash out. Guess what? Their server crashed, and I was not able to login until the next day.

      If changing the rules to win is not called cheating then I don’t know what is.

      Victor mentioned many times that the authors of the classics had the freedom to express what they observed, and I infer he also meant modern authors don’t have such unfettered freedom. Since human nature is unchanging, as Victor stated, then why did the authors of the classics have more freedom than today’s. The answer will explain why Victor cannot say what some of us believe to be accurate.

      1. Many classical authors paid for their views. Socrates (whose teachings are interpreted by Plato) was sentenced to death. Aristotle, Euripides, and Xenophon chose exile. Cicero was assassinated. Caesar was assassinated. Ovid was exiled. Lucan was sentenced to Death. All the early Christian leaders were sentenced to death or tortured. That’s just the 30,000 feet view.

  4. Andrew Harvey

    VDH mentioned the infamous incident with Howard Cosell, and I remember this well. To summarize, Cosell referred to a small Black receiver during an NFL game, who was running circles around the defenders trying to tackle him. Cosell said, “Look at that little monkey go!” Even decades ago, this brought immediate outrage, and a knee-jerk reaction that Cosell’s comment was racist in nature. Of course, Cosell denied that, and many high-profile Black people spoke in support of Cosell, including Muhammad Ali. Alas, to no avail, as Cosell was quickly swept away in an early iteration of cancel culture. Epilogue: quite some time later, film footage of an NFL game was discovered that had a similar event occur on the field, this time with a small White receiver running circles around the defenders trying to tackle him. You guessed it, Cosell said, “Look at that little monkey go!” To my view, and many others, this was close to conclusive proof that Cosell’s original comment was directed more toward the size of the receiver than to his race. As with now though, no apologies or reinstatement for Cosell. Then, like now, once the damage was done in the arena of race, there is no do-over. The Left refers to this as “cementing the narrative,” and when they do this early on, regardless of later emerging facts, their preferred version tends to stick. A deplorable, but sadly, very effective tactic.

    1. Yeah. The Senate’s less adversarial than the house by the Founder’s intent (originally, they weren’t even elected by the people but by the State governments). They’re stuck with each other for over half-a-decade in some cases and they have to be collegial to get even mundane stuff done. It shouldn’t be surprising that if you poke them all hard they react in unison.

  5. Victor and Jack, thank you for an excellent podcast. In a time where a Tweet or social media post can destroy one’s reputation, caution to anyone who puts their thoughts out to the world. Something we might say in jest during a conversation should not be broadcast to the masses. That being said, our words can be a window to our soul and reveal our true character. I appreciate what you do and giving us a rich variety of topics.

  6. Scott Adams is not a conservative. He has had some good perspective on Donald Trump’s powers of persuasion, but he’s not with the Republicans position on drugs, women’s sports, abortion, vaccines, etc. His advice about creating a talent stack and for people to follow the lifestyle rules for success are two of his finer points. He’s not VDH and Rush Limbaugh who were nearly 100 percent right on all the major issues.

  7. Roger Kimball’s short essay, “The Passion of Scott Adams,” at “American Greatness” (online) is also worth a look, offering a complementary perspective with regard to the Adams and Derbyshire brouhahas.

  8. Patricia M Waitt

    Jack Fowler – What a wonderful surprise! Thank you for so kindly mentioning Doc Emet Productions and our new feature length documentary (and you pronounced our name perfectly)! As you said, Civilization in the Danger Zone features the inimitable VDH as well as twenty other renowned scholars who discuss the threats to the pillars of Western civilization and offer insights into how to reverse the tide of our civilizational decline. For more information and the trailer please visit our site:

    Pat McGloin Waitt

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