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What can we say? Frustration has a way of concentrating the mind, and this week we’ve got one word: Afghanistan. Victor Davis Hanson joins us to talk about our absurd administration and its pathetic priorities. Then national security correspondent Eli Lake joins us to speak on the Taliban, Biden’s “return to normal” on the world stage and his moral illiteracy. The fellas also have a chance to muse on the tug-of-war of nation-building versus our security interests, along with the question of what America’s choice will be regarding its role as the leader of the free world. We’d be interested in what Ricochet members think. Let us know in the comments!
Music from this week’s podcast: Bad Decisions by The Strokes
Have we killed Homer for good? Stephen Blackwood and historian-farmer Victor Davis Hanson examine the state of the contemporary West by returning to its ancient Greek origins. They explore the richness of its first principles, including self-critique, the elevation of rational understanding, the democratization of learning, and the unification of thought and action. They also bring to light our current cultural crisis: the uncritical rejection of the inherited past, an intellectualism divorced from reality, and a surrender to relativism at the cost of true self-reflection. They close by reflecting on the lateness of the hour, and offer a vital call to seek and speak truth, to ignite the fire of independence of mind, and to remember that while we may know more than those who came before, they are, as T.S. Eliot said, that which we know.
Victor Davis Hanson joins Brian Anderson to discuss the 2020 election, the future of America’s two main political parties, the Trump administration’s foreign policy record, Joe Biden’s Cabinet picks, and more.
Audio for this episode is excerpted and edited from a Manhattan Institute eventcast. Find out more and register for future events by visiting our website, and subscribe to MI’s YouTube channel to view previous discussions.
With a little over three weeks to go before the election, we thought it would a good time to have a heart to heart discussion with our good friend Victor Davis Hanson. the Classics professor, the military historian, the farmer, the cultural observer, and the author of The Case For Trump, his best selling book that came out in 2017 and was re-issued earlier this year. It’s the most cogent case we’ve seen for the re-election of the President. In this one on one conversation, Peter Robinson takes Victor through all the reasons to cast a vote for Donald Trump and challenges Victor with a few reasons not to pull the lever for him. It’s an enlightening and informative hour and should be required listening (if we do say so ourselves) for all voters, especially those who are still undecided. Have at it.
Hoover Institute Senior Fellow Victor Davis Hanson sits down with our own Dave Carter to explore the similarities of today’s revolutionary zeal which seeks all encompassing power to dictate every phase of life with various events in history. In those who wan to dictate everything from our leisure activities to a newly-minted phraseology, our culture and statues, our approved political beliefs, Professor Hanson finds disturbing commonality with the Jacobin phase of the French Revolution in which culture and people were purged in what became known as the Reign of Terror. For that matter, there’s a whiff of Mao’s Cultural Revolution in the air, and the fear of baseless accusations that came to define the Salem Witch Trials. It’s a fascinating discussion which culminates in Professor Hanson’s description of what lax immigration laws have done to the home and property of five generations of his family, the home from which Professor Hanson talked with Dave.
Dave also welcomes back onto the program Ricochet Member Jenna Stocker, whose recent piece, “Minneapolis Isn’t Lost – Yet,” describes what life is like among the “smoldering embers” of what she describes as a city, “…once at the threshold of vibrancy and decency and opportunity – now at the edge of the morass.” The cameras have moved on from Minneapolis, leaving the residents to try and put life back together again. A native of Minneapolis, Jenna Stocker’s perspective is vital to understanding what happens when the platitudes of politicians give way to reality.
Now, that was a week. We try to put it all in some perspective — the protests, the riots, the looting, and the politics and we do so with the help of our guests, Andrew C. McCarthy and Victor Davis Hanson. And yes, the Lileks Post of The Week is back to blow the lid off knitting clubs. And, Rob outs himself as a super hero, Peter deals with civil unrest induced anxiety by reading biographies, and James, well, we’re not sure what James does.
Music from this week’s show: The Dream Police by David Byrne
After several weeks of different combos for different reasons, The Big Three® are reunited and bring a power hitting show with them. First up, we talk southern cooking (Rob is hosting from Oxford, Mississippi, site of this year’s Southern Foodways Symposium — and please, it’s a serious symposium — not “an excuse to eat fried chicken…”). Then, the hosts debate impeachment and the White House strategy for defeating it. We shift gears and welcome Daniel Krauthammer on the occasion of the paperback debut of The Point of It All, the book he edited for his late father in the months before Charles passed away. Then, the great Victor Davis Hanson (partially great because his podcast The Classicist is available on the Ricochet Audio Network and partially great because his best selling book, The Case For Trump is the definitive resource in these troubled times). The segment is a how-to guide on defending the President in the sure to be turbulent next few months. Finally, what is the best Halloween candy? Our hosts weigh in (heh) on this vitally important topic. Leave your picks in the comments, please.
Note: we did not get to the Long Poll in the show this week, but we did post a new one. Please take it.
This week on America’s Most Beloved Podcast®, we meditate on the idea that Millennials (including one who was recently elected to Congress) feel as though they have never experienced American prosperity. Really. Then, the great Victor Davis Hanson joins to discuss his new book, The Case For Trump, and gets on a certain podcast host’s case for not…well, just listen. Finally, we call on Electoral College expert Tara Ross to explain why Senator Elizabeth Warren has no idea what she is talking about (it’s a 10 second long segment — KIDDING). Finally, we predict what the Mueller Report contains. Please leave your predictions in the comments below.
Note: the Lileks column that Rob referenced in the podcast is here.
Hoover Institution fellow and award-winning historian Victor Davis Hanson joins the Manhattan Institute’s Troy Senik to discuss the presidency of Donald Trump and Hanson’s new book, The Case for Trump.
Hanson argues that our 45th president alone has the instinct and energy to upset the balance of American politics. “We could not survive a series of presidencies as volatile as Trump’s,” he writes, “but after decades of drift, America needs the outsider Trump to do what normal politicians would not and could not do.”
Victor Davis Hanson joins Dave Sussman at the Whiskey Politics “Malibu Studio” where they discuss whether America is in a new civil war, illegal immigration, Mexico, NAFTA, Europe, the FBI, cronyism, the Left going Lefter, California splitting, and the increasingly overwhelming news cycle. VDH answers questions from Ricochet Members and Whiskey Politics Facebook fans in this long form interview.
Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, contributor to National Review, Townhall, and The Federalist. You have frequently seen Victor all over the news channels and he is also an author of several books. His newest book is The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won.
Another big news week and we’ve assembled the appropriate heavy hitters to help us parse it: first up, Victor Davis Hanson weighs in on North Korea, the IG report, and why the case for collusion is looking weaker and weaker every day. Then, Andrew McCarthy (listen to his brand new podcast, The McCarthy Report) stops by for some in-depth analysis on that IG report and what it means for the President. Also, Robinson returns from Spain and reports on what it’s like to hang out with rich people. Olé!
Music from this week’s episode: Spanish Bombs by The Clash
Professor Victor Davis Hanson, Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, sits down with Ben Weingarten, Senior Fellow of the London Center for Policy Research and Founder & CEO of ChangeUp Media, to discuss Prof. Hanson’s essay in the new book “Vox Populi: The Perils and Promises of Populism.” Prof. Hanson and Weingarten discuss a series of topics including the populism of President Donald Trump, what President Trump understood about the electorate that his opponents missed, the 2016 election’s significance in history and what it augurs for the world, the ramifications of the FBI and DOJ actions regarding President Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, where The Resistance leads and much more.
Read ‘Vox Populi’: tinyurl.com/yb8dum9a.
Victor Davis Hanson discusses the damaging disclosure about Obama keeping tabs on the FBI Hillary Clinton email investigation, State Department unmasking, why Hillary’s and Obama’s hubris may be their own downfall and how this can very well be a Watergate or Iran-Contra type scandal. We go into the 2018 election and what the GOP needs to keep Congress, how English speaking immigrants on the farm voted for Trump and the DACA/illegal immigration debate. What did Victor have to say about ‘elites’ including George Will, Bret Stephens, and Bill Kristol? We conclude the hour with his thoughts on how to decentralize America’s and world governing bodies and bring them closer to the people they supposedly represent.
‘VDH’ is an American military historian, columnist, a former classics professor, and scholar of ancient warfare. He was a professor of classics at California State University, Fresno, and is currently a Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution as well as a visiting professor at Hillsdale College. Hanson was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2007 by President George W. Bush. Unlike most everyone he writes about, Victor is also a farmer in central California. He is a widely read author of dozens of books, a frequent guest on multiple news programs, you can find his columns everywhere, including the National Review, Townhall, American Greatness. His most recent book is The Second World Wars – How the First Global Conflict was Fought and Won.
This week, football, firings (real and alleged), and free trade. First up, the great Victor Davis Hanson, who’s National Review cover story is a balanced look at the pluses and minuses of Trump’s first year. After that, Philadelphia Eagles fan John Yoo (OK, he’s a law professor too) takes us through all the machinations, schemes, and strategies in the seemingly never-ending Mueller investigation. Take notes, this part of the podcast will be on the final exam.
Music from this week’s episode: You Gotta Be A Football Hero by Ben Bernie & All The Lads
Victor Davis Hanson’s new book is “The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won.” Jay asks him a slew of questions, including: What caused the war? Was Hitler dumb to declare war on America? Was Japan dumb to attack America? How was FDR as wartime leader? And Truman? Were we right to drop the A-bomb(s)? Was Yalta a crime, committed by the West? Is the Holocaust separable from the war? Who are some unsung heroes of the conflict?
VDH knows the answers — backwards and forwards. An education and a pleasure.
Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club political podcast for October 24, 2017 it’s the We Know What We’re Getting Into edition of the podcast with your hosts, Hartford CT radio prince Todd Feinburg and nanophysics prince Mike Stopa. This week our special guest is Victor Davis Hanson!
We will discuss Victor’s new book: The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won. And we’ll also talk about presidential deportment in bereavement phone calls and the status of the NeverTrump movement…oops…maybe that’s un-PC!!!