Entries by Victor Davis Hanson

The Manic Methods of Mad Democrats

Estimated Reading Time: 8 minutes

We are faced with a revolutionary party well known from history that aims to change the nation into something unrecognizable by most Americans—and it feels that it has created the means to do it. For all Joe Biden’s talk about “semi-fascist” and “un-American,” “ultra-MAGA” Republicans, it is the Democratic Party that has far more radically […]

The New, New Antisemitism

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes

The old antisemitism was more a right-wing than a left-wing phenomenon—perhaps best personified by the now-withered Ku Klux Klan. A new antisemitism followed from the campus leftism of the 1960s. It arose from and was masked by a general hatred of Israel, following the Jewish state’s incredible victory in the 1967 Six-Day War. That lopsided […]

Does Trump Really Want to Be President Again?

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes

Team Trump sometimes has compared former President Donald Trump’s current quest for a non-sequential second term to two-term President Grover Cleveland’s similar three election bids. Cleveland remains our only elected president (1884) to have lost a reelection bid (1888)—in a disputed vote—only to be reelected four years later in 1892. Yet Trump seems determined instead […]

10 Steps to Save America

Estimated Reading Time: 9 minutes

Most Americans know something has gone terribly wrong—and very abruptly—with the United States. They are certain that our wounds are almost all self-inflicted. The current pathologies are not a result of a natural disaster, an exhaustion of natural resources, plagues, or an existential war. Crushing national debt and annual deficits, spiraling food and fuel costs […]

Tuesday Takeaways

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes

What, if anything, did the midterms tell us about the country—other than underwhelming Republicans could still take the House and Senate? During the COVID lockdowns, American elections radically changed to mail-in and early voting. They did so in a wild variety of state-by-state ways. Add ranked voting and a required majority margin to the mess […]

Will ‘Democracy Die in Darkness’ After November?

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The Republicans were always going to win big in November, regardless of what biased pundits professed. There was likely never a sudden “blue resurgence” or “red collapse” of late summer. Those fantasies were mostly Democratic Party talking points. They were readily regurgitated by the fusion media and biased pollsters. The ruse was transparently designed to […]

A Cabinency of Dunces

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As the nation sinks inexplicably into self-created crisis after crisis, a debate rages about whether President Joe Biden is incompetent, mean-spirited, or an ideologue who feels the country’s mess is his success. A second national discussion revolves around who actually is overseeing the current national catastrophe, given Biden’s frequent bewilderment and cognitive challenges. But one […]

Joe Biden and the Uses of Nihilism

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes

America is battling an epidemic far worse than the Omicron plague. Chaos is the new, the intentional, normal. A pandemic of nihilism has been unleashed upon the land. As in Lord of the Flies, when laws, rules, protocols, traditions, and customs are mocked and dismantled, primitive human nature in the raw is unleashed. Madness now reigns […]

Ripples of Kabul

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In the aftermath of the Afghan debacle, we must depoliticize and de-weaponize these warped agencies and incompetent institutions.  The American-nurtured Afghan military of the last 20 years that had suffered thousands of prior casualties evaporated in a few hours in the encirclement of Kabul. Enlistees apparently calculated that their own meager chances with the premodern […]

The New Regressive Dark Ages

Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes

Arrogance, wealth, and received authority are always the super-spreaders and force-multipliers of false knowledge, and none more so than in the present age. Once upon a time long ago, we agreed there were certain immutable laws of human nature. These laws were based on facts, reality, and data. In other words, we accepted common sense […]