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May 16, 2019
Understanding Chinese Strategy
Victor Davis Hanson examines the strategic calculations behind China’s economic, political, military, and cultural initiatives.
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15 min
February 7, 2019
Can Higher Education be Saved?
Victor Davis Hanson chronicles the factors that have led to the decline of American higher education and considers the prospects for recovery.
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19 min
January 15, 2019
Immigration, Assimilation, and the Wall
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the current debate over immigration and the border wall, arguing that illegal immigration from Latin America actually subverts the goal of a more diverse country.
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22 min
December 14, 2018
Making Your Country (or Empire) Great Again
Victor Davis Hanson takes a historical lens to Donald Trump’s pledge to “Make America Great Again.” Have such things been done in the past? Have certain gifted leaders been able to arrest and even reverse nations in seemingly inexorable decline? Professor Hanson discusses the small group of leaders he believes met that mandate, and explains what they have in common.
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20 min
November 19, 2018
The Things that Divide Us
With the midterm elections underscoring the deep divides in American politics, Victor Davis Hanson gives his diagnosis of the factors driving political polarization.
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23 min
October 31, 2018
Russia, China, and the US
Victor Davis Hanson explores the modern history of the US relationship with China and Russia — and explains the lessons for present-day relations with Beijing and Moscow.
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16 min
October 26, 2018
Wolves in Wolves’ Clothing
Victor Davis Hanson looks at how identity politics, political correctness, socialist-leaning economic policy, and cultural elitism are combining to ruin the Democratic Party’s ability to appeal to the center.
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17 min
August 28, 2018
The Divided States of America
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the political, cultural, and economic factors that are driving Americans towards mutual animosity.
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20 min
August 21, 2018
The Future of NATO
Victor Davis Hanson tracks the historical trajectory of NATO — and explains the factors that threaten its future viability.
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18 min
July 3, 2018
Modern Paradoxes
Victor Davis Hanson covers foreign policy and domestic affairs in a wide-ranging conversation about some of the most unexpected developments in world politics: from the seemingly inverse relationship between economic liberty and political freedom in China to the diminishing influence of the Middle East to an America that seems to grow weaker as it grows more prosperous.
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19 min
July 2, 2018
Immigration Rhetoric vs. Reality
Victor Davis Hanson responds to the rhetorical escalation over immigration policy, explains how political dynamics in Mexico are shaping the current migration influx, and reflects on what a sensible immigration policy would look like.
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24 min
April 19, 2018
The Ideology of Illegal Immigration
Victor Davis Hanson describes the philosophical conceits employed by defenders of illegal immigration — and explains how they’re undermining American society. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe! (Playing time: 20:35)
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20 min
April 16, 2018
Trump and the Gordian Knot
Victor Davis Hanson describes how President Trump’s unconventional approach to foreign policy has often proved to be more effective than the conventional wisdom proffered by the Washington establishment. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe! (Playing time: 20:00)
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20 min
March 10, 2018
The Price of Peace: A Conversation with Victor Davis Hanson and Peter Robinson
The Hoover Institution hosted a discussion and a preview of the new film The Price of Peace from Free to Choose Media. How do we prevent war? How do we maintain peace? These questions have been posed by nations and people throughout history. The insights of historian and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Victor Davis Hanson guide this documentary investigation of the United States’ successful deterrence of enemy aggression in the past and the efforts to sustain it in an era of rogue nations and nuclear proliferation. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe! (Playing time: 44:01)
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44 min
February 21, 2018
Rethinking the Geography of Power
Victor Davis Hanson argues that the best way to upend insular elites is to relocate political institutions out of cosmopolitan settings. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe! (Playing time: 19:56)
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19 min
February 13, 2018
The Case for the Trump Presidency
Victor Davis Hanson considers the accomplishments of the Trump Administration's first year, looks at the president's shortcomings, and assesses what's next for both the Democratic opposition and Never Trump Republicans. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe! (Playing time: 19:12)
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19 min
January 27, 2018
Donald Trump, President NObama
Victor Davis Hanson describes how Donald Trump is systematically dismantling the legacy of the Obama Administration ... and explains why it's paying such rich dividends for the country. (Playing time: 24:32)
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24 min
January 18, 2018
DACA, DREAMers, and Immigration
Victor Davis Hanson weighs in on efforts to protect children brought into the United States illegally, considers how a humane immigration policy can be reconciled with America's national interests, and explains why paeans to diversity mask some of the most difficult issues surrounding immigration policy. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe! (20:24)
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20 min
December 18, 2017
Tribal America vs. E Pluribus Unum
Victor Davis Hanson explains how identity politics threatens to undue America's standing as one of history's few successful multi-ethnic societies. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe! (20:23)
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20 min
December 13, 2017
Declining Character, Increasing Scandal
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the cultural factors that helped fuel -- and conceal -- widespread misconduct by powerful men in Hollywood and Washington. (Playing time: 16:35)
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16 min
December 7, 2017
Remembering Pearl Harbor
Seventy-six years ago, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, America went to war. Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover senior fellow and author of The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won, discusses lessons learned from that conflict’s successes and failures and how they apply today. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe! (Playing time: 50:30)
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50 min
November 2, 2017
Behind the Book: The Second World Wars
Victor Davis Hanson takes listeners on a behind-the-scenes look at his career, including his rise through academia, the decline of military history as a scholarly discipline, the importance of visiting battlefields, and why he felt compelled to write a new book on World War II. (Playing time: 21:41)
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21 min
October 30, 2017
The Second World Wars
Victor Davis Hanson gives listeners a guided tour of his new book, "The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won." (Playing time: 21:04)
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21 min
October 4, 2017
The Perils of 'Virtual Virtue'
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the hobby horse issues of various identity politics groups—Black Lives Matter, LGBT advocates, modern feminists, and Hispanic activists—and explains how each of them are overlooking more dire threats facing their communities. (Playing time: 15:43)
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15 min
September 26, 2017
The NFL in an Age of Activism
Victor Davis Hanson critiques the recent wave of national anthem protests in the NFL, explains why the league's activism can't be squared with the way it actually does business, and considers the importance of politics-free zones in American life. (Playing time: 14:32)
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14 min
August 16, 2017
Dunkirk: Film vs. Fact
Victor Davis Hanson places the new film Dunkirk in its full historical context, explaining the events that preceded it, the scope of the challenges facing the British military, and the reason why German forces didn't strike a killing blow despite Allied vulnerability.(Playing time: 17:38)
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17 min
August 8, 2017
Understanding North Korea
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the the threat North Korea poses to the US and our Asian allies, explains how 30 years of bipartisan failures led us to this point, and describes the horrors that would accompany a war on the Korean Peninsula. (Playing time: 13:05)
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13 min
July 21, 2017
The Forgotten Virtues of Physical Labor
In an era of technology and automation, does tough physical work still matter? Victor Davis Hanson says the answer is yes -- and that, in fact, we have an innate desire to do work with our own two hands. Listen as he explores the cultural, intellectual, and psychological reasons that we should be wary of a future that promises the end of manual labor. (Playing time: 15:40)
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15 min
July 14, 2017
The Foreign Policy Landscape
Victor Davis Hanson examines the major foreign policy challenges facing the Trump Administration, including how to properly calibrate the US relationship with Russia, how to defang a nuclear North Korea, and how to combat terrorism as ISIS shifts to a new era. (Playing time: 16:09)
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16 min
June 21, 2017
A Cold Civil War?
Victor Davis Hanson examines the growing political and cultural rifts between Red and Blue America, looks at the historical precedents for such alienation, and provides recommendations for how Americans can once again learn to live with one another. (Playing time: 20:32)
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20 min
June 15, 2017
He, Claudius
Victor Davis Hanson traces the parallels between President Trump and the Roman emperor Claudius, explaining what the former can learn from the latter. (Playing time: 18:56)
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18 min
May 18, 2017
The Russia Controversy and Foreign Policy
Victor Davis Hanson describes the Trump Administration's challenges with Russia, North Korea, and China. He also weighs in on the recent debate between Rex Tillerson and John McCain over the proper balance between advancing America's national security interests and advocating for human rights abroad. (Playing time: 15:57)
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15 min
May 2, 2017
The Tenets of Progressive Nihilism
Victor Davis Hanson looks at how the Left's rhetoric on the environment, immigration, and higher education have become increasingly divorced from reality. (Playing time: 17:59)
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17 min
April 25, 2017
Lessons from the Post-Vietnam Era
Victor Davis Hanson looks at how American warfare has changed since Vietnam and explains the implications for today's policymakers. (Playing time: 16:21)
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16 min
April 13, 2017
The Civic Cost of Illegal Immigration
Victor Davis Hanson examines how permissive attitudes towards illegal immigration undermine respect for the rule of law and traditional notions of citizenship.
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19 min
April 7, 2017
World War I, A Century Later
On the 100th anniversary of America's entry into World War I, Victor Davis Hanson looks at the Great War's legacy in terms of politics, foreign policy, and military history.
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16 min
February 17, 2017
Diagnosing the Democrats
Victor Davis Hanson explores the factors that led to widespread defeats for Democrats in 2016 -- and warns of trends within the party that may prevent it from commanding electoral majorities anytime soon.
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17 min
February 10, 2017
Is Trumpism Sustainable?
Victor Davis Hanson examines the early initiatives coming out of the Trump Administration and reflects on whether the new president's momentum is sustainable over the long run.
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17 min
January 28, 2017
California: A State Divided
Victor Davis Hanson explains how political and cultural changes in California have eroded the state's status as a national leader.
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18 min
January 19, 2017
What is Trumpism?
Victor Davis Hanson examines the constituent parts of Donald Trump's political beliefs and attempts to deduce the animating principles of Trumpism.
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15 min
December 19, 2016
Higher Education and the Media: Institutions in Decline
Victor Davis Hanson describes how higher education and the media have eroded -- and provides recommendations for reforming each.
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17 min
December 15, 2016
What Kind of Threat is Russia?
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the controversies around Donald Trump's relationship with the Russian government and analyzes the trajectory of Washington's relationship with Moscow.
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15 min
December 6, 2016
The Dawning of the Trump Era
Victor Davis Hanson provides cultural and historical context for Donald Trump's presidential victory and speculates on what the early days of the new administration may yield.
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19 min
November 16, 2016
The 2016 Presidential Election And The Possibilities For the United States
Victor Davis Hanson talks about the just concluded 2016 presidential election and its implications for the future.
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16 min
October 29, 2016
The Neutron Bomb Election
Victor Davis Hanson points to a future in which many of America's key political, social, and media institutions will erode as a consequence of the 2016 election cycle.
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23 min
September 23, 2016
A Dangerous Four Months
Victor Davis Hanson explains why the waning months of Barack Obama's presidency may turn out to be one of the most volatile periods for national security that America has seen in decades.
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15 min
September 4, 2016
Trump’s Immigration Pivot
Victor Davis Hanson examines Donald Trump’s shifting tone on immigration — and provides a prescription for what a sensible immigration policy should look like.
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15 min
August 30, 2016
The Great Regression
Victor Davis Hanson explores the tensions between technological progress and cultural vitality.
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22 min
August 21, 2016
Lessons from World War II
Victor Davis Hanson looks at how the year 1941 transformed World War II from a regional conflict into a global conflagration—and explains how lessons from that era apply to modern foreign policy challenges.
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17 min
July 15, 2016
The Fraying Order
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the factors that may predict an irreversible American decline.
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19 min
July 5, 2016
American in Free Fall
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the factors that may predict an irreversible American decline.
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18 min
June 24, 2016
Brexit and the Future of Europe
Victor Davis Hanson analyzes what Britain’s exit from the EU means for the future of European culture and international security.
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15 min
June 15, 2016
The Cooling of the Melting Pot
Victor Davis Hanson looks at why America has been the historical exception to the failure of multiethnic societies – and examines the trends threatening to undo that accomplishment.
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17 min
June 2, 2016
The Pajama Boy Aristocracy
Victor Davis Hanson describes how a new class of young, entitled, culturally conformist leaders are rising to power in Washington, Hollywood, and Silicon Valley.
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15 min
May 21, 2016
The Myth of Progress
Victor Davis Hanson describes how progressive clichés like “settled science” and “the right side of history” distort political thought.
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15 min
April 30, 2016
President 45
Victor Davis Hanson considers the issues that will face the next President of the United States both at home and abroad.
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15 min
April 19, 2016
Europe’s Warning for the US
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the factors behind European decline – and analyzes whether they will soon manifest in the United States as well.
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15 min
April 4, 2016
10 Commandments for the Next President
Victor Davis Hanson presents a Decalogue to guide the behavior of the next inhabitant of the Oval Office.
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16 min
March 29, 2016
Trump v. Hillary: The Lesser of Two Evils?
Victor Davis Hanson weighs in on the prospect of a contested GOP convention and the decision points in a general election that could pit Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton.
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16 min
March 16, 2016
Multiculturalism and Immigration
Victor Davis Hanson looks at how a declining respect for the rule of law and a rising tide of multiculturalism combine to exacerbate the problem of illegal immigration.
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19 min
March 12, 2016
The Iraq War: A Refresher Course
Victor Davis Hanson separates myth from fact in an in-depth discussion of the second Gulf War.
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14 min
March 4, 2016
Can Republicans Live with Trump?
Victor Davis Hanson considers a future in which it’s increasingly likely Donald Trump will be the Republican presidential nominee.
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18 min
February 27, 2016
Weimar America
From Bernie to Beyonce, a look at the multitude of factors driving America’s cultural instability.
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17 min
February 20, 2016
Chaos in the Middle East
Victor Davis Hanson looks at how three events – the American intervention in Libya, the failure to maintain a military presence in Iraq, and the lack of follow-through on the Syrian “red line – led to the present instability in the Middle East.
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15 min
February 17, 2016
Higher Education: Anatomy of a Decline
Victor Davis Hanson examines the factors that have led to a decline in the quality – and an increase in the cost – of American higher education over the past several decades.
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15 min
February 9, 2016
The Trump Aftershock
Victor Davis Hanson explains the dangers inherent in Donald Trump’s presidential bid – and why it would also be a mistake for Republicans to ignore his supporters.
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18 min
January 13, 2016
Deterrence and International Affairs
Victor Davis Hanson explains the fundamentals of deterrence, looks at historical examples of its failures and successes, and examines how the Obama Administration has failed to use the strategy.
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15 min
January 8, 2016
VDH’s New Years Resolutions
Victor Davis Hanson provides a series of New Year’s Resolutions for a politically correct America.
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15 min
December 18, 2015
Terrorism, National Security, and the Presidential Election
Victor Davis Hanson examines the fallout from the recent terror attack in San Bernardino and how it is shaping the 2016 presidential election.
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15 min
December 1, 2015
The Future of Missile Defense
Victor Davis Hanson surveys the history of missile defense initiatives and considers how the technology will have to adapt to new national security threats.
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14 min
November 21, 2015
Radicals on Campus
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the recent controversies attending free speech and political correctness on college campuses.
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16 min
November 5, 2015
The Urban/Rural Divide
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the increasing tensions between rural Americans and their urban cousins and considers the implications for the nation’s politics and culture.
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15 min
October 30, 2015
Understanding 2016
Victor Davis Hanson pulls away from the media’s stories du jour to examine the broader trends shaping the 2016 presidential election.
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19 min
October 20, 2015
The Progressive Ten Commandments
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the disjuncture between the values progressives claim to hold and the way they actually lead their lives.
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15 min
October 2, 2015
The Future of Europe
Victor Davis Hanson looks at how current tensions in the European Union could lead to political fissures throughout the continent.
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14 min
September 26, 2015
State of the Presidential Race
Victor Davis Hanson analyzes the latest developments in both the Republican and Democratic presidential fields and considers what effect President Obama’s legacy will have on his successor.
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17 min
September 14, 2015
9/11: Then and Now
Victor Davis Hanson considers the trajectory of the West’s war with terrorism and radical Islam in the fourteen years since the 9/11 attacks.
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16 min
September 5, 2015
Why Trump Isn’t Going Away
Victor Davis Hanson examines the dynamics within both the Republican and the Democratic Parties that are keeping Donald Trump’s presidential campaign afloat.
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13 min
August 21, 2015
Obama’s Iranian Debacle
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the political dynamics surrounding congressional approval of the Iran deal and analyzes President Obama’s increasingly desperate defense of the pact.
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14 min
August 15, 2015
How to Think about Donald Trump
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the controversies surrounding Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and explains how they reflect on deeper currents in US politics.
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17 min
August 8, 2015
Iran, Israel, and the Coming War
Victor Davis Hanson considers the chances of a US deal with the Iranian regime sparking a new war in the Middle East.
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18 min
July 31, 2015
The Four Horsemen of World Politics
Victor Davis Hanson looks at what he considers the four great threats to US national security: Russia, China, Iran, and ISIS.
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22 min
July 25, 2015
Illegal Immigration and Sanctuary Cities
Victor Davis Hanson discusses the recent murder by an illegal immigrant in the sanctuary city of San Francisco and considers whether popular opinion on the topic of immigration is changing.
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17 min
July 9, 2015
The Age of Mass Hysteria
Victor Davis Hanson examines how social media and the growing influence of political correctness have led to a society in a perpetual state of outrage.
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17 min
July 3, 2015
Understanding the Greek Mind
Victor Davis Hanson explains the elements of Greek national character that have led the country to the brink of economic calamity — and examines the implications for the future.
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16 min
June 26, 2015
Drought and Decline in California
Victor Davis Hanson examines the impact of California’s ongoing drought and explains how it represents a microcosm of the state’s decline.
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14 min
June 13, 2015
The New Dark-Age Mind
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the intellectual pathologies bred by Western affluence.
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17 min
June 11, 2015
Immigration and the Future of the West
Victor Davis Hanson explores the consequences of huge inflows of immigrants into Europe and the United States.
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13 min
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