The Classicist Podcast, with Victor Davis Hanson: VDH on Town and Country


Perhaps it’s because we both live lives divided between rural and urban, but there are few topics that I enjoy hearing Professor Hanson wax eloquent on more than the growing chasm between American urbanites and their cousins in the country. That’s the subject of the newest episode of The Classicist — and Victor’s terrific new City Journal piece, “The Oldest Divide.” Come for the hard-hitting sociological observations, stay for VDH’s riff on the relative merits of The Marlboro Man and Pajama Boy. Listen in below or subscribe to The Classicist podcast through iTunes.

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  1. OmegaPaladin Moderator

    Excellent as always – I like these podcasts more than most VDH as there is more analysis and less of a sense of Rome before the fall.

    I think the change in the role of shame between urban and rural contexts might explain the rise of internet “shame-storms”

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  2. Mate De Inactive
    Mate De

    Great podcast as usual. VDH has a very unique perspective due to his farming background and Classics education. He has a way of putting these kinds of dichotomies in our society into perspective.

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  3. The Reticulator Member
    The Reticulator

    I don’t like VDH and I’d like it to stay that way.  You’re not helping.

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  4. Guruforhire Inactive

    “Taking responsibilty” has thus become a way of denying accountability, deflecting true responsibility, and diverting blame to others. Sartre thus can be said to have altered the meaning of “responsible” in just the way that he wanted, which is to create a lot of moral sounding talk while actually eliminating morality. This may be been convenient for Sartre himself, whose own actions have not been above moral reproach. Although Sartre is commonly said to be have been in the French Resistance during World War II, he actually simply lived and wrote in Paris, and staged plays, which had to be submitted to the German censors.

    Read the whole thing. (note: it is very long)

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  5. Joe Escalante Contributor
    Joe Escalante

    Just subscribed, thanks. I can’t get enough VDH. The Italian Unification podcast I discovered here on Ricochet became an instant addiction.

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  6. Capt. Spaulding Member
    Capt. Spaulding

    Troy, thank you so much for continuing the Hoover podcast series with Epstein, VDH, et al. You are performing a true public service. Just wanted to get it out there.

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