Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Classicist Podcast, with Victor Davis Hanson: “Illegal Immigration and Sanctuary Cities”

 

In this installment of The Classicist podcast from the Hoover Institution, VDH uses the recent murder of Kate Steinle in the sanctuary city of San Francisco to discuss the issues faced by Californians dealing with illegal immigration, address whether ‘compassion’ ought to be the driving factor behind immigration policy, take issue with the idea that rates of criminal behavior are lower amongst those here illegally, explore the popular/elitist divide on the issue, and speculate on whether we’ve reached an inflection point in the public debate.

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  1. Black Prince Inactive

    I hope that Mona Charen listens to this podcast—she might actually learn something.

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    • July 24, 2015, at 5:39 PM PDT
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  2. Arahant Member

    Good luck with everything you’re dealing with, VDH.

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    • July 24, 2015, at 6:27 PM PDT
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  3. Leslie Watkins Member
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    Big fan of VDH and really like this podcast. It would be great, though, if he would link the current issues he describes so well with parallel or like events from the classical world and/or classical literature. The comparison would add a spectacular extra dimension to his deeply held insights.

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    • July 25, 2015, at 10:03 AM PDT
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  4. Freesmith Inactive

    Leslie Watkins:Big fan of VDH and really like this podcast. It would be great, though, if he would link the current issues he describes so well with parallel or like events from the classical world and/or classical literature. The comparison would add a spectacular extra dimension to his deeply held insights.

    Leslie, I’ll do it for the professor:

    Don’t let the Goths cross the river.

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    • July 25, 2015, at 1:42 PM PDT
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  5. Dustoff Inactive

    ……..Nor the Carthaginians to cross the sea and the mountains!

    • #5
    • July 25, 2015, at 5:59 PM PDT
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  6. Freesmith Inactive

    Dustoff:……..Nor the Carthaginians to cross the sea and the mountains!

    No, my friend, your analogy is off. The Carthaginians were an invading army from a rival power.

    The Goths were supposed allies who were immigrating en masse.

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    • July 26, 2015, at 4:50 AM PDT
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  7. Douglas Inactive

    Freesmith:

    Leslie Watkins:Big fan of VDH and really like this podcast. It would be great, though, if he would link the current issues he describes so well with parallel or like events from the classical world and/or classical literature. The comparison would add a spectacular extra dimension to his deeply held insights.

    Leslie, I’ll do it for the professor:

    Don’t let the Goths cross the river.

    Oh, it was much earlier than that. At what point were many “Romans” both unable to speak Latin and had never even visited the eternal city?

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    • July 27, 2015, at 2:34 AM PDT
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  8. Liver Pate Inactive

    Eagle in the Snow by Wallace Breem

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    • July 27, 2015, at 5:53 AM PDT
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  9. Freesmith Inactive

    Pseudodionysius:Eagle in the Snow by Wallace Breem

    Nice novel, but wrong decade, wrong river, and wrong front. The New Year’s Day invasion was just that, not a plea for re-settlement and protection.

    See Adrianople.

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    • July 27, 2015, at 7:17 AM PDT
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  10. Liver Pate Inactive

    Freesmith:

    Pseudodionysius:Eagle in the Snow by Wallace Breem

    Nice novel, but wrong decade, wrong river, and wrong front. The New Year’s Day invasion was just that, not a plea for re-settlement and protection.

    See Adrianople.

    He also, under the growing pressures from his allies—including his former enemies— who want him to seize the Western Emperorship for himself, finds himself fighting for a dying empire against Christianity that condemns his traditional pagan beliefs.

    Now, reverse the words Christianity and pagan and I think you’ll see the point of my reference.

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    • July 27, 2015, at 7:21 AM PDT
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  11. Freesmith Inactive

    Your reference is painfully overwrought and extraneous to the point of immigration and sanctuaries.

    But I know you can’t help yourself, so it’s OK.

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    • July 27, 2015, at 9:16 AM PDT
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  12. Liver Pate Inactive

    Freesmith:Your reference is painfully overwrought and extraneous to the point of immigration and sanctuaries.

    But I know you can’t help yourself, so it’s OK.

    Painfully overwrought and extraneous goes nicely with tense, boring and repetitious!

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    • July 27, 2015, at 9:57 AM PDT
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  13. JimGoneWild Coolidge

    Well done.

    • #13
    • July 27, 2015, at 2:22 PM PDT
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