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

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  2. Arahant Member
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    Good luck with everything you’re dealing with, VDH.

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  3. user_30416 Inactive
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    @LeslieWatkins

    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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  4. Freesmith Inactive
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    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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  5. Ricochet Inactive
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    ……..Nor the Carthaginians to cross the sea and the mountains!

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  6. Freesmith Inactive
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    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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  7. Douglas Inactive
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    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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  8. Pseudodionysius Inactive
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    Eagle in the Snow by Wallace Breem

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  9. Freesmith Inactive
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    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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  10. Pseudodionysius Inactive
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    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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  11. Freesmith Inactive
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    @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.

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  12. Pseudodionysius Inactive
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    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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  13. JimGoneWild Coolidge
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    Well done.

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