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.

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There are 11 comments.

  1. Member

    Victor Davis Hanson … Take A Bow

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    • June 29, 2018 at 10:41 am
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  2. Reagan

    VDH’s use of Classical Liberals here is in error. The people he’s talking about are not classical liberals, they’re just less strident progressives.

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    • June 29, 2018 at 10:50 am
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  3. Member

    California = Massachusetts and Mississippi?

    There is no “Mississippi” in Cali, methinks.

    • #3
    • June 29, 2018 at 11:49 am
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  4. Coolidge

    Columbo (View Comment):

    California = Massachusetts and Mississippi.

    There is no “Mississippi” in Cali, methinks.

    Yea there is. I think its called the “Inland Empire” where the average income, education and unemployment rates are near that of Mississippi

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    • June 29, 2018 at 1:10 pm
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  5. Reagan

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    Columbo (View Comment):

    California = Massachusetts and Mississippi.

    There is no “Mississippi” in Cali, methinks.

    Yea there is. I think its called the “Inland Empire” where the average income, education and unemployment rates are near that of Mississippi

    The IE is one of the fastest growing areas in the United States. 

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    • June 29, 2018 at 1:19 pm
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  6. Coolidge

    Jamie Lockett (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    Columbo (View Comment):

    California = Massachusetts and Mississippi.

    There is no “Mississippi” in Cali, methinks.

    Yea there is. I think its called the “Inland Empire” where the average income, education and unemployment rates are near that of Mississippi

    The IE is one of the fastest growing areas in the United States.

    Ok, maybe I got the nickname wrong – its the area that used to be agricultural land – until they turned off irrigation systems to protect some useless minnow. The area between LA and Nevada. 

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    • June 29, 2018 at 2:54 pm
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  7. Reagan

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    Jamie Lockett (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    Columbo (View Comment):

    California = Massachusetts and Mississippi.

    There is no “Mississippi” in Cali, methinks.

    Yea there is. I think its called the “Inland Empire” where the average income, education and unemployment rates are near that of Mississippi

    The IE is one of the fastest growing areas in the United States.

    Ok, maybe I got the nickname wrong – its the area that used to be agricultural land – until they turned off irrigation systems to protect some useless minnow. The area between LA and Nevada.

    You are describing two different areas at the same time. The IE is indeed the former agricultural land between LA and Nevada but it’s transition away from that has been decades in the making. The area affected by the delta smelt is north of LA.

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    • June 29, 2018 at 3:15 pm
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  8. Contributor

    Jamie Lockett (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    Columbo (View Comment):

    California = Massachusetts and Mississippi.

    There is no “Mississippi” in Cali, methinks.

    Yea there is. I think its called the “Inland Empire” where the average income, education and unemployment rates are near that of Mississippi

    The IE is one of the fastest growing areas in the United States.

    VHD is referring to is the Central Valley. Bakersfield at the southern end up north to Modesto (1 hr from SF) which straddles s up against the foothills of the Sierras. Brutally hot in the Summer. Home to some of the largest cattle ranches and agricultural farms in the U.S. Victor taught at Fresno State which is probably the regions biggest city. There is a significant difference in the standard of living in the Central Valley compared to the coast. As is the politics. It’s a mostly red area.

    The Inland Empire is Southern CA, about 90 minutes East of L.A. which is also growing and took a major hit during the last recession. In fact, they were going to film Breaking Bad in San Bernadino as the housing crisis started there and they were going to incorporate that into Walter Whites financial problems, but due to CA taxes, they moved the production to Albuquerque.

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    • June 29, 2018 at 3:32 pm
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  9. Coolidge

    Dave Sussman (View Comment):

    Jamie Lockett (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    Columbo (View Comment):

    California = Massachusetts and Mississippi.

    There is no “Mississippi” in Cali, methinks.

    Yea there is. I think its called the “Inland Empire” where the average income, education and unemployment rates are near that of Mississippi

    The IE is one of the fastest growing areas in the United States.

    VHD is referring to is the Central Valley. Bakersfield at the southern end up north to Modesto (1 hr from SF) which straddles s up against the foothills of the Sierras. Brutally hot in the Summer. Home to some of the largest cattle ranches and agricultural farms in the U.S. Victor taught at Fresno State which is probably the regions biggest city. There is a significant difference in the standard of living in the Central Valley compared to the coast. As is the politics. It’s a mostly red area.

    The Inland Empire is Southern CA, about 90 minutes East of L.A. which is also growing and took a major hit during the last recession. In fact, they were going to film Breaking Bad in San Bernadino as the housing crisis started there and they were going to incorporate that into Walter Whites financial problems, but due to CA taxes, they moved the production to Albuquerque.

    Yes, that was the area I was thinking of, Central Valley.

    • #9
    • June 29, 2018 at 3:37 pm
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  10. Member

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    Columbo (View Comment):

    California = Massachusetts and Mississippi.

    There is no “Mississippi” in Cali, methinks.

    Yea there is. I think its called the “Inland Empire” where the average income, education and unemployment rates are near that of Mississippi

    Great interview.

    The Massachusetts part seems more Leftist than Massachusetts, and the Mississippi part seems more Leftist or libertarian than Mississippi.

    More like an anti-white Hawaii or Latino New Mexico + a Rand Paul-Thomas Massie libertarian Kentucky which historically has a lot of Democrat Party tendencies. 

    • #10
    • July 1, 2018 at 3:45 am
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  11. Coolidge

     About North Korea, I’m both more optimistic and more pessimistic than Professor Hanson. 

     I think that, other things being equal, Kim Jong-un would rather be the dictator of a rich, technically advanced country like China or Singapore, than a miserable hell-hole. China in particular shows that you can combine dictatorship with a market economy. 

     On the other hand, I don’t believe North Korea will ever denuclearize. Indeed, with the cautionary example of Ukraine in mind, it can safely be said that a small country with powerful neighbors will rue the day it gets rid of its nuclear weapons in return for empty promises. 

    • #11
    • July 2, 2018 at 12:16 pm
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