Trump Winds and Biden Whirlwinds

Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness

Victimizers quickly becoming victims is a recurrent theme of Thucydides’ history. In his commentary on the so-called stasis at Corcyra, he offers his most explicit warning about the long-term dangers of destroying legal institutions, customs, and traditions that serve the common good for short-term gain. 

The historian notes that in the inevitable yin and yang of politics, the destroyers inevitably will seek, but do so in vain, refuge in what they have destroyed. Between 2017 and 2021 the Left has done exactly that. 

What was common to the media’s deification of the criminally minded Michael Avenatti, and the promotion of a series of abject hoaxes? Do we remember the Steele “dossier,” the supposed authority of Fusion-GPS, the Schiff “report,” and the entire Russian “collusion” yarn? 

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Eeyore ’s Corner: From Hippies to Yuppies to Our Puppies

Victor Davis Hanson // Private Papers

Part Three: Puppydom

The grandchildren of the hippies and the children of the Yuppies? They are a different, a hybrid bunch altogether. 

They combine all the worst traits of both leftist eras: selfishness, performance art, the I/me/my/mine self-infatuation (“my story,” “my truth,” “my narrative”), crudity, vulgarity and rudeness of the 1960s, along with the fixation on class, snobbery, elitism, money, careerism of the 1980s and beyond. And like both Hippies and Yuppies, their prolonged adolescence and child-like self-centeredness are signature traits.

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Eeyore ’s Corner: From Hippies to Yuppies to Our Puppies?

Victor Davis Hanson // Private Papers

Part Two: Yuppiedom

The nihilism of the protests movements, the drop-outs’ human wreckage, the end of the draft and American involvement in Vietnam, and the ‘silent majority’ reaction to hippiness, all ended the Sixites, albeit in the 1970s. George McGovern’s landslide loss to Richard Nixon in 1972 marked the beginning of the end of the age of protest. Both the right-wing insurance agent and the aging professor, like the silly Dionysiac outfitted Teiresias and Cadmus in Euripides Bacchae, now wore paisley and bell-bottoms, and viewed Deep Throat, but otherwise America was on to taste and the good life.

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The Traditionalist: Narratives and False Narratives

Victor Davis Hanson // Art19 and Just the News

Listen to Victor Davis Hanson and cohost Jack Fowler as they discuss Critical Race Theories and the Left, new evidence from Hunter’s laptop, Trump and 2024, and the 4th of July.

Eeyore ’s Corner: From Hippies to Yuppies to Our Puppies

Victor Davis Hanson // Private Papers

Part One: Hippiedom

The Sixties were, as the late, great Peter Collier and the astute David Horowitz wrote, the work of a “Destructive Generation.”

Some of the best minds of the conservative movement who lived through those wasted years chronicled their excesses—the narcissism, the selfishness, and the legacy of free love, drugs, and radical chic resistance. All that and more were passed on to two subsequent generations, who inherited the “free that and free this” of the Sixties—but not the educational and moral instruction that ungracious and pampered radicals had received by being raised and taught by the Greatest Generation. 

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