Victor Davis Hanson

About Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson is an American military historian, columnist, former classics professor, and scholar of ancient warfare. He was a professor of classics at California State University, Fresno, and is currently the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He has been a visiting professor at Hillsdale College since 2004. Hanson was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2007 by President George W. Bush. Hanson is also a farmer (growing raisin grapes on a family farm in Selma, California) and a critic of social trends related to farming and agrarianism. He is the author most recently of The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict was Fought and Won (Basic Books).

Remembering the Farming Way

Almost all the pragmatic agricultural wisdom that my grandparents taught me has long ago been superseded by technology. I don’t anymore calibrate, as I once did when farming in the 1980s, the trajectory of an incoming late summer storm by watching the patterns of nesting birds, or the shifting directions and feel of the wind,

By | 2020-01-13T21:07:42-07:00 January 12th, 2020|Tags: |

What Is the Middle East In the Middle Of Anymore?

Since World War II, the United States has been involved in a series of crises and wars in the Middle East on the premise of protecting U.S., Western, or global interests, or purportedly all three combined. Since antiquity, the Middle East has been the hub of three continents, and of three great religions, and the

By | 2020-01-08T00:22:54-07:00 January 5th, 2020|Tags: |

Trump’s ‘Failures’

It is popular on the NeverTrump Right and everyone on the Left to claim that President Trump has “failed” as we head into an election year. But his supposed failures are instructive. Take the wall. True, Trump certainly in the last three years has not come close to building an envisioned initial phase of 1,000

By | 2019-12-30T14:10:13-07:00 December 29th, 2019|Tags: |

The Era of ‘Good’ Fascism?

Consider the recent statements and acts of iconic progressive celebrities. Jane Fonda is chronically furious. This time she directed her wrath at those who disagree about the urgency of ending the entire fossil fuel industry and ruining the current economy. Her idea is to put climate “deniers” on trial for incorrect speech. So much for

By | 2019-12-23T22:08:13-07:00 December 22nd, 2019|Tags: |

When Hate Becomes an Agenda

When a party, an ideological movement, and an entire political agenda are based on hatred, people and policies become warped. The left-wing loathing of Trump has now tainted almost every Democrat’s agenda and unhinged most of the party’s major players. Impeachment has turned into a cruel caricature of a rare constitutional remedy for presidential criminality.

By | 2019-12-16T15:59:18-07:00 December 15th, 2019|Tags: |

The Legacy of Low-Bar Impeachment

Since the embarrassing impeachment and failed conviction of President Andrew Johnson in 1868, Americans more or less had avoided that ultimate constitutional method of removing a chief executive from power. The Johnson impeachment had been so steeped in personal hatred, political rivalry, and post-war agendas that the failure by one vote in the Senate to

By | 2019-12-09T21:16:29-07:00 December 8th, 2019|Tags: |

How America’s Students Need to Get ‘Woke’

Today’s university students want to “wake” the nation to problems that they and their professors have identified as threatening our very existence. And they issue these periodic alarms in hyperbolic terms: we have just 10, 20—fill in the blanks—years to end fossil fuel use or else die from global warming. They warn us that there

By | 2019-12-02T20:52:20-07:00 December 1st, 2019|Tags: |

The Wages of Trump Fixation

Max Boot recently wrote that my arguments against the impeachment inquiry are prima facie proof of why the Democrats should, in fact, impeach Trump: “If even the great historian Victor Davis Hanson can’t make a single convincing argument against impeachment, I am forced to conclude that no such argument exists.” In fact, I made 10

By | 2019-11-18T20:36:26-07:00 November 17th, 2019|Tags: |

The Looming ‘1984’ Election

For a variety of reasons, the 2020 election is going to be a referendum beyond Donald Trump’s record and his Democratic opposition. The furor that Trump has incurred, and the radical antithesis to his agenda and first term, have redefined the looming election. It is becoming a stark choice between a revolutionary future versus American

By | 2019-11-11T08:41:21-07:00 November 10th, 2019|Tags: |

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