In a sweeping new installment of The Classicist, Victor Davis Hanson looks at how the Left has moved from a countercultural movement in the 1960s to the commanding heights of American culture in the 2020s.

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  1. colleenb Member
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    Great interview. I’ve got to remember to use the Lidless Eye from Lord of the Rings in my conversations.

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  2. Taras Coolidge
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    No great mystery here. The flimsiest argument will win, if it is not answered.

    For example, the Black Lives Matter narrative could be instantly crushed by citing the actual statistics on race and crime. But who will bell the cat?

    Watching Fox News, for example, I strongly suspect that on-air personnel have been warned that citing those statistics is a firing offense.

    Of course, as the last four years have taught us, the conservative movement as well as the Republican Party are well supplied with quislings and opportunists. Who will eagerly join any progressive lynch mob going after a Republican or conservative who steps out of line.

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  3. MISTER BITCOIN Member
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    Taras (View Comment):

    No great mystery here. The flimsiest argument will win, if it is not answered.

    For example, the Black Lives Matter narrative could be instantly crushed by citing the actual statistics on race and crime. But who will bell the cat?

    Watching Fox News, for example, I strongly suspect that on-air personnel have been warned that citing those statistics is a firing offense.

    Of course, as the last four years have taught us, the conservative movement as well as the Republican Party are well supplied with quislings and opportunists. Who will eagerly join any progressive lynch mob going after a Republican or conservative who steps out of line.

    BLM is also a Marxist organization that wants to tear everything down… but not seditious or inciting insurrection?

     

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  4. Aaron Miller Member
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    If the military is partisan, then that’s the end of the republic. There’s nothing else the left need conquer. Between the false insurrection narrative and the false climate change narrative, they can motivate their followers to the most extreme measures. And still — still! — most conservatives can’t find their courage to publicly reject lies. Nor do most realize how dangerous and hateful the left’s leadership has become. 

    I can’t predict the future. But I’d guess that we have less than a decade before Democrats stop pretending they care about the US Constitution. Their preference for power over due process is becoming more explicit. 

    Thanks for the thoughtful discussion. 

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  5. Taras Coolidge
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    Aaron Miller (View Comment):

    If the military is partisan, then that’s the end of the republic. There’s nothing else the left need conquer. Between the false insurrection narrative and the false climate change narrative, they can motivate their followers to the most extreme measures. And still — still! — most conservatives can’t find their courage to publicly reject lies. Nor do most realize how dangerous and hateful the left’s leadership has become.

    I can’t predict the future. But I’d guess that we have less than a decade before Democrats stop pretending they care about the US Constitution. Their preference for power over due process is becoming more explicit.

    Thanks for the thoughtful discussion.

    Remember, the Constitution is a “living document”, which means whatever progressives want it to mean.

    P.S.: Forget “publicly reject lies”. I’m still waiting for conservatives to stop using Google and Amazon.

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  6. DJ EJ Member
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    That was a compelling story VDH told about attending Martin Luther King’s speech in San Francisco and shaking his hand afterward. On the day of the observance of MLK’s birthday this year, my immediate thought was that in 2020 America regressed so far, moved so far backward from the founding ideals expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the call to live up to those ideals in the “I Have A Dream” speech, particularly “liv[ing] in a nation where [people] will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Why? Because the Left spent 2020 actively working to prevent the attainment of this dream by stoking racial division, sensationalizing and encouraging mob violence, promoting never ending unresolved racial grievances, advocating multi-generational guilt, and judging people solely by the color of their skin. The Left actively works to keep black Americans as a permanent, dependent, impoverished, and aggrieved victim class that are reliant upon the same political party that prevents their advancement.

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