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.

Professor Hanson and Ms. Stocker both provide fascinating perspective and gripping narratives that you won’t want to miss.

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  1. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron Miller Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    It is often like that in Texas as well. Many professions around construction are populated by illegals who are ignored with Republicans’ blessing. Actual citizens must abide by the endless regulations (both official and unofficial, like a power company’s mandates for local electricians).

    Illegals can learn on the job. Citizens must pay licensing fees and be tested. Illegals can start a business, hire, and fire at will. Citizens need approval and tort insurance. Illegals get paid in cash and pay only consumption taxes. Citizens register with the IRS. Their businesses are burdened by greater expenses yet must compete in price. Homeowners want repairs and upgrades without regard to code. Who can help? The workers whom regulators ignore. 

    Then Republicans say these are jobs Americans won’t do. I wonder why.

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    • August 21, 2020, at 1:48 PM PDT
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  2. Dave Carter Podcaster

    Aaron Miller (View Comment):

    It is often like that in Texas as well. Many professions around construction are populated by illegals who are ignored with Republicans’ blessing. Actual citizens must abide by the endless regulations (both official and unofficial, like a power company’s mandates for local electricians).

    Illegals can learn on the job. Citizens must pay licensing fees and be tested. Illegals can start a business, hire, and fire at will. Citizens need approval and tort insurance. Illegals get paid in cash and pay only consumption taxes. Citizens register with the IRS. Their businesses are burdened by greater expenses yet must compete in price. Homeowners want repairs and upgrades without regard to code. Who can help? The workers whom regulators ignore.

    Then Republicans say these are jobs Americans won’t do. I wonder why.

    Absolutely. Jeb! called it an, “act of love.” Democrats just want a fresh harvest of voters. The facts on the ground, as Prof. Hanson explains, and as you confirm, indicate something very different. 

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    • August 21, 2020, at 2:30 PM PDT
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  3. OccupantCDN Coolidge

    Dave Carter (View Comment):

    Aaron Miller (View Comment):

    It is often like that in Texas as well. Many professions around construction are populated by illegals who are ignored with Republicans’ blessing. Actual citizens must abide by the endless regulations (both official and unofficial, like a power company’s mandates for local electricians).

    Illegals can learn on the job. Citizens must pay licensing fees and be tested. Illegals can start a business, hire, and fire at will. Citizens need approval and tort insurance. Illegals get paid in cash and pay only consumption taxes. Citizens register with the IRS. Their businesses are burdened by greater expenses yet must compete in price. Homeowners want repairs and upgrades without regard to code. Who can help? The workers whom regulators ignore.

    Then Republicans say these are jobs Americans won’t do. I wonder why.

    Absolutely. Jeb! called it an, “act of love.” Democrats just want a fresh harvest of voters. The facts on the ground, as Prof. Hanson explains, and as you confirm, indicate something very different.

    I think its expansion of gerrymandering. They can’t pick their electorate for state wide or national office – they need to augment the electorate with their own vote-bots, either with illegals, or outright fraud schemes.

    Its kind of funny, they wanted to make sure that illegals get counted in the census, it really brought me back to the federalist debate, and black men being counted for 3/5ths… It wasnt the north that wanted to count black slaves at all – it was the south – so that they could have the political clout of the black population, while denying them the vote – the same is happening here. They want the clout the illegals representation brings – but if they start voting wrong, they can clean up the voter rolls deny them the vote in the future.

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  4. Arahant Member

    Great show and conversations, Dave. Both Dr. Hanson and Ms. Stocker are worth hearing from.

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    • August 21, 2020, at 6:06 PM PDT
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  5. Hank Rhody, Freelance Philosop… Contributor

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Great show and conversations, Dave. Both Dr. Hanson and Ms. Stocker are worth hearing from.

    What that ‘hant feller said.

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    • August 22, 2020, at 10:22 PM PDT
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