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The Classicist is the weekly podcast of Victor Davis Hanson, scholar, writer, farmer.
Making Your Country (or Empire) Great Again
Dec 14 • 20 min
Victor Davis Hanson takes a historical lens to Donald Trump’s pledge to “Make America Great Again.” Have such things been done in the past? Have certain gifted leaders been able to arrest and even reverse nations in seemingly inexorable decline? Professor…
The Things that Divide Us
Nov 19 • 23 min
With the midterm elections underscoring the deep divides in American politics, Victor Davis Hanson gives his diagnosis of the factors driving political polarization.
Russia, China, and the US
Oct 31 • 16 min
Victor Davis Hanson explores the modern history of the US relationship with China and Russia — and explains the lessons for present-day relations with Beijing and Moscow.
Wolves in Wolves’ Clothing
Oct 26 • 17 min
Victor Davis Hanson looks at how identity politics, political correctness, socialist-leaning economic policy, and cultural elitism are combining to ruin the Democratic Party’s ability to appeal to the center.
The Divided States of America
Aug 28 • 20 min
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the political, cultural, and economic factors that are driving Americans towards mutual animosity.
The Future of NATO
Aug 21 • 18 min
Victor Davis Hanson tracks the historical trajectory of NATO — and explains the factors that threaten its future viability.
Modern Paradoxes
Jul 3 • 19 min
Victor Davis Hanson covers foreign policy and domestic affairs in a wide-ranging conversation about some of the most unexpected developments in world politics: from the seemingly inverse relationship between economic liberty and political freedom in China…
Immigration Rhetoric vs. Reality
Jul 2 • 24 min
Victor Davis Hanson responds to the rhetorical escalation over immigration policy, explains how political dynamics in Mexico are shaping the current migration influx, and reflects on what a sensible immigration policy would look like.
The Ideology of Illegal Immigration
Apr 19 • 20 min
Victor Davis Hanson describes the philosophical conceits employed by defenders of illegal immigration — and explains how they’re undermining American society. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe! (Playing time: 20:35)
Trump and the Gordian Knot
Apr 16 • 20 min
Victor Davis Hanson describes how President Trump’s unconventional approach to foreign policy has often proved to be more effective than the conventional wisdom proffered by the Washington establishment. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and…
The Price of Peace: A Conversation with Victor Davis Hanson and Peter Robinson
Mar 9 • 44 min
The Hoover Institution hosted a discussion and a preview of the new film The Price of Peace from Free to Choose Media. How do we prevent war? How do we maintain peace? These questions have been posed by nations and people throughout history. The insights…
Rethinking the Geography of Power
Feb 21 • 19 min
Victor Davis Hanson argues that the best way to upend insular elites is to relocate political institutions out of cosmopolitan settings. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe! (Playing time: 19:56)
The Case for the Trump Presidency
Feb 13 • 19 min
Victor Davis Hanson considers the accomplishments of the Trump Administration’s first year, looks at the president’s shortcomings, and assesses what’s next for both the Democratic opposition and Never Trump Republicans. Did you like the show? Please rate,…
Donald Trump, President NObama
Jan 26 • 24 min
Victor Davis Hanson describes how Donald Trump is systematically dismantling the legacy of the Obama Administration … and explains why it’s paying such rich dividends for the country. (Playing time: 24:32)
DACA, DREAMers, and Immigration
Jan 18 • 20 min
Victor Davis Hanson weighs in on efforts to protect children brought into the United States illegally, considers how a humane immigration policy can be reconciled with America’s national interests, and explains why paeans to diversity mask some of the…
Tribal America vs. E Pluribus Unum
Dec 18, 2017 • 20 min
Victor Davis Hanson explains how identity politics threatens to undue America’s standing as one of history’s few successful multi-ethnic societies. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe! (20:23)
Declining Character, Increasing Scandal
Dec 13, 2017 • 16 min
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the cultural factors that helped fuel — and conceal — widespread misconduct by powerful men in Hollywood and Washington. (Playing time: 16:35)
Remembering Pearl Harbor
Dec 7, 2017 • 50 min
Seventy-six years ago, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, America went to war. Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover senior fellow and author of The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won, discusses lessons learned from that…
Behind the Book: The Second World Wars
Nov 2, 2017 • 21 min
Victor Davis Hanson takes listeners on a behind-the-scenes look at his career, including his rise through academia, the decline of military history as a scholarly discipline, the importance of visiting battlefields, and why he felt compelled to write a…
The Second World Wars
Oct 30, 2017 • 21 min
Victor Davis Hanson gives listeners a guided tour of his new book, “The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won.” (Playing time: 21:04)
The Perils of ‘Virtual Virtue’
Oct 4, 2017 • 15 min
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the hobby horse issues of various identity politics groups—Black Lives Matter, LGBT advocates, modern feminists, and Hispanic activists—and explains how each of them are overlooking more dire threats facing their communities.…
The NFL in an Age of Activism
Sep 26, 2017 • 14 min
Victor Davis Hanson critiques the recent wave of national anthem protests in the NFL, explains why the league’s activism can’t be squared with the way it actually does business, and considers the importance of politics-free zones in American life.…
Dunkirk: Film vs. Fact
Aug 16, 2017 • 17 min
Victor Davis Hanson places the new film Dunkirk in its full historical context, explaining the events that preceded it, the scope of the challenges facing the British military, and the reason why German forces didn’t strike a killing blow despite Allied…
Understanding North Korea
Aug 8, 2017 • 13 min
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the the threat North Korea poses to the US and our Asian allies, explains how 30 years of bipartisan failures led us to this point, and describes the horrors that would accompany a war on the Korean Peninsula. (Playing time:…
The Forgotten Virtues of Physical Labor
Jul 20, 2017 • 15 min
In an era of technology and automation, does tough physical work still matter? Victor Davis Hanson says the answer is yes — and that, in fact, we have an innate desire to do work with our own two hands. Listen as he explores the cultural, intellectual,…
The Foreign Policy Landscape
Jul 14, 2017 • 16 min
Victor Davis Hanson examines the major foreign policy challenges facing the Trump Administration, including how to properly calibrate the US relationship with Russia, how to defang a nuclear North Korea, and how to combat terrorism as ISIS shifts to a new…
A Cold Civil War?
Jun 21, 2017 • 20 min
Victor Davis Hanson examines the growing political and cultural rifts between Red and Blue America, looks at the historical precedents for such alienation, and provides recommendations for how Americans can once again learn to live with one another.…
He, Claudius
Jun 15, 2017 • 18 min
Victor Davis Hanson traces the parallels between President Trump and the Roman emperor Claudius, explaining what the former can learn from the latter. (Playing time: 18:56)
The Russia Controversy and Foreign Policy
May 17, 2017 • 15 min
Victor Davis Hanson describes the Trump Administration’s challenges with Russia, North Korea, and China. He also weighs in on the recent debate between Rex Tillerson and John McCain over the proper balance between advancing America’s national security…
The Tenets of Progressive Nihilism
May 2, 2017 • 17 min
Victor Davis Hanson looks at how the Left’s rhetoric on the environment, immigration, and higher education have become increasingly divorced from reality. (Playing time: 17:59)
Lessons from the Post-Vietnam Era
Apr 25, 2017 • 16 min
Victor Davis Hanson looks at how American warfare has changed since Vietnam and explains the implications for today’s policymakers. (Playing time: 16:21)
The Civic Cost of Illegal Immigration
Apr 12, 2017 • 19 min
Victor Davis Hanson examines how permissive attitudes towards illegal immigration undermine respect for the rule of law and traditional notions of citizenship.
World War I, A Century Later
Apr 6, 2017 • 16 min
On the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I, Victor Davis Hanson looks at the Great War’s legacy in terms of politics, foreign policy, and military history.
Diagnosing the Democrats
Feb 16, 2017 • 17 min
Victor Davis Hanson explores the factors that led to widespread defeats for Democrats in 2016 — and warns of trends within the party that may prevent it from commanding electoral majorities anytime soon.
Is Trumpism Sustainable?
Feb 10, 2017 • 17 min
Victor Davis Hanson examines the early initiatives coming out of the Trump Administration and reflects on whether the new president’s momentum is sustainable over the long run.
California: A State Divided
Jan 27, 2017 • 18 min
Victor Davis Hanson explains how political and cultural changes in California have eroded the state’s status as a national leader.
What is Trumpism?
Jan 18, 2017 • 15 min
Victor Davis Hanson examines the constituent parts of Donald Trump’s political beliefs and attempts to deduce the animating principles of Trumpism.
Higher Education and the Media: Institutions in Decline
Dec 19, 2016 • 17 min
Victor Davis Hanson describes how higher education and the media have eroded — and provides recommendations for reforming each.
What Kind of Threat is Russia?
Dec 14, 2016 • 15 min
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the controversies around Donald Trump’s relationship with the Russian government and analyzes the trajectory of Washington’s relationship with Moscow.
The Dawning of the Trump Era
Dec 5, 2016 • 19 min
Victor Davis Hanson provides cultural and historical context for Donald Trump’s presidential victory and speculates on what the early days of the new administration may yield.
The 2016 Presidential Election And The Possibilities For the United States
Nov 15, 2016 • 16 min
Victor Davis Hanson talks about the just concluded 2016 presidential election and its implications for the future.
The Neutron Bomb Election
Oct 28, 2016 • 23 min
Victor Davis Hanson points to a future in which many of America’s key political, social, and media institutions will erode as a consequence of the 2016 election cycle.
A Dangerous Four Months
Sep 22, 2016 • 15 min
Victor Davis Hanson explains why the waning months of Barack Obama’s presidency may turn out to be one of the most volatile periods for national security that America has seen in decades.
Trump’s Immigration Pivot
Sep 3, 2016 • 15 min
Victor Davis Hanson examines Donald Trump’s shifting tone on immigration — and provides a prescription for what a sensible immigration policy should look like.
The Great Regression
Aug 30, 2016 • 22 min
Victor Davis Hanson explores the tensions between technological progress and cultural vitality.
Lessons from World War II
Aug 21, 2016 • 17 min
Victor Davis Hanson looks at how the year 1941 transformed World War II from a regional conflict into a global conflagration—and explains how lessons from that era apply to modern foreign policy challenges.
The Fraying Order
Jul 14, 2016 • 19 min
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the factors that may predict an irreversible American decline.
American in Free Fall
Jul 5, 2016 • 18 min
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the factors that may predict an irreversible American decline.
Brexit and the Future of Europe
Jun 24, 2016 • 15 min
Victor Davis Hanson analyzes what Britain’s exit from the EU means for the future of European culture and international security.
The Cooling of the Melting Pot
Jun 15, 2016 • 17 min
Victor Davis Hanson looks at why America has been the historical exception to the failure of multiethnic societies – and examines the trends threatening to undo that accomplishment.
The Pajama Boy Aristocracy
Jun 1, 2016 • 15 min
Victor Davis Hanson describes how a new class of young, entitled, culturally conformist leaders are rising to power in Washington, Hollywood, and Silicon Valley.
The Myth of Progress
May 20, 2016 • 15 min
Victor Davis Hanson describes how progressive clichés like “settled science” and “the right side of history” distort political thought.
President 45
Apr 29, 2016 • 15 min
Victor Davis Hanson considers the issues that will face the next President of the United States both at home and abroad.
Europe’s Warning for the US
Apr 19, 2016 • 15 min
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the factors behind European decline – and analyzes whether they will soon manifest in the United States as well.
10 Commandments for the Next President
Apr 4, 2016 • 16 min
Victor Davis Hanson presents a Decalogue to guide the behavior of the next inhabitant of the Oval Office.
Trump v. Hillary: The Lesser of Two Evils?
Mar 28, 2016 • 16 min
Victor Davis Hanson weighs in on the prospect of a contested GOP convention and the decision points in a general election that could pit Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton.
Multiculturalism and Immigration
Mar 15, 2016 • 19 min
Victor Davis Hanson looks at how a declining respect for the rule of law and a rising tide of multiculturalism combine to exacerbate the problem of illegal immigration.
The Iraq War: A Refresher Course
Mar 11, 2016 • 14 min
Victor Davis Hanson separates myth from fact in an in-depth discussion of the second Gulf War.
Can Republicans Live with Trump?
Mar 4, 2016 • 18 min
Victor Davis Hanson considers a future in which it’s increasingly likely Donald Trump will be the Republican presidential nominee.
Weimar America
Feb 26, 2016 • 17 min
From Bernie to Beyonce, a look at the multitude of factors driving America’s cultural instability.
Chaos in the Middle East
Feb 19, 2016 • 15 min
Victor Davis Hanson looks at how three events – the American intervention in Libya, the failure to maintain a military presence in Iraq, and the lack of follow-through on the Syrian “red line – led to the present instability in the Middle East.
Higher Education: Anatomy of a Decline
Feb 16, 2016 • 15 min
Victor Davis Hanson examines the factors that have led to a decline in the quality – and an increase in the cost – of American higher education over the past several decades.
The Trump Aftershock
Feb 9, 2016 • 18 min
Victor Davis Hanson explains the dangers inherent in Donald Trump’s presidential bid – and why it would also be a mistake for Republicans to ignore his supporters.
Deterrence and International Affairs
Jan 12, 2016 • 15 min
Victor Davis Hanson explains the fundamentals of deterrence, looks at historical examples of its failures and successes, and examines how the Obama Administration has failed to use the strategy.
VDH’s New Years Resolutions
Jan 7, 2016 • 15 min
Victor Davis Hanson provides a series of New Year’s Resolutions for a politically correct America.
Terrorism, National Security, and the Presidential Election
Dec 17, 2015 • 15 min
Victor Davis Hanson examines the fallout from the recent terror attack in San Bernardino and how it is shaping the 2016 presidential election.
The Future of Missile Defense
Nov 30, 2015 • 14 min
Victor Davis Hanson surveys the history of missile defense initiatives and considers how the technology will have to adapt to new national security threats.
Radicals on Campus
Nov 20, 2015 • 16 min
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the recent controversies attending free speech and political correctness on college campuses.
The Urban/Rural Divide
Nov 5, 2015 • 15 min
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the increasing tensions between rural Americans and their urban cousins and considers the implications for the nation’s politics and culture.
Understanding 2016
Oct 30, 2015 • 19 min
Victor Davis Hanson pulls away from the media’s stories du jour to examine the broader trends shaping the 2016 presidential election.
The Progressive Ten Commandments
Oct 19, 2015 • 15 min
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the disjuncture between the values progressives claim to hold and the way they actually lead their lives.
The Future of Europe
Oct 1, 2015 • 14 min
Victor Davis Hanson looks at how current tensions in the European Union could lead to political fissures throughout the continent.
State of the Presidential Race
Sep 25, 2015 • 17 min
Victor Davis Hanson analyzes the latest developments in both the Republican and Democratic presidential fields and considers what effect President Obama’s legacy will have on his successor.
9/11: Then and Now
Sep 14, 2015 • 16 min
Victor Davis Hanson considers the trajectory of the West’s war with terrorism and radical Islam in the fourteen years since the 9/11 attacks.
Why Trump Isn’t Going Away
Sep 4, 2015 • 13 min
Victor Davis Hanson examines the dynamics within both the Republican and the Democratic Parties that are keeping Donald Trump’s presidential campaign afloat.
Obama’s Iranian Debacle
Aug 21, 2015 • 14 min
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the political dynamics surrounding congressional approval of the Iran deal and analyzes President Obama’s increasingly desperate defense of the pact.
How to Think about Donald Trump
Aug 14, 2015 • 17 min
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the controversies surrounding Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and explains how they reflect on deeper currents in US politics.
Iran, Israel, and the Coming War
Aug 7, 2015 • 18 min
Victor Davis Hanson considers the chances of a US deal with the Iranian regime sparking a new war in the Middle East.
The Four Horsemen of World Politics
Jul 31, 2015 • 22 min
Victor Davis Hanson looks at what he considers the four great threats to US national security: Russia, China, Iran, and ISIS.
Illegal Immigration and Sanctuary Cities
Jul 24, 2015 • 17 min
Victor Davis Hanson discusses the recent murder by an illegal immigrant in the sanctuary city of San Francisco and considers whether popular opinion on the topic of immigration is changing.
The Age of Mass Hysteria
Jul 8, 2015 • 17 min
Victor Davis Hanson examines how social media and the growing influence of political correctness have led to a society in a perpetual state of outrage.
Understanding the Greek Mind
Jul 3, 2015 • 16 min
Victor Davis Hanson explains the elements of Greek national character that have led the country to the brink of economic calamity — and examines the implications for the future.
Drought and Decline in California
Jun 25, 2015 • 14 min
Victor Davis Hanson examines the impact of California’s ongoing drought and explains how it represents a microcosm of the state’s decline.
The New Dark-Age Mind
Jun 12, 2015 • 17 min
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the intellectual pathologies bred by Western affluence.
Immigration and the Future of the West
Jun 10, 2015 • 13 min
Victor Davis Hanson explores the consequences of huge inflows of immigrants into Europe and the United States.