Victor Davis Hanson skriver om, hvad der sker, når man ikke kender hverken protestantismens etik eller kapitalismens ånd. Sådan ser jeg det:
A Vandalized Valley
While the elites make excuses, citizens cope with theft and destruction
By Victor Davis Hanson – December 21, 2011
I am starting to feel as if I am living in a Vandal state, perhaps on the frontier near Carthage around a.d. 530, or in a beleaguered Rome in 455. Here are some updates from the rural area surrounding my farm, taken from about a 30-mile radius. In this take, I am not so much interested in chronicling the flotsam and jetsam as in fathoming whether there is some ideology that drives it.
Last week an ancestral rural school near the Kings River had its large bronze bell stolen. I think it dated from 1911. I have driven by it about 100 times in the 42 years since I got my first license. The bell had endured all those years. Where it is now I don’t know. Does someone just cut up a beautifully crafted bell in some chop yard in rural Fresno County, without a worry about who forged it or why — or why others for a century until now enjoyed its presence?
Mere HER i National Review Online eller her i Victor Davis Hanson’s Private Papers. Mere om USA:
America’s Two-Front War
December 28, 2011 – by Victor Davis Hanson
America Has the Slows
Sometime about mid-2009 America began changing psychologically. True, to the naked eye, America retained the old hustle and bustle, but in an insidious fashion it began to think a bit differently. And that change in mentality explains in part why a year-and-a-half recession that officially ended in summer 2009 seems never to have ended at all.
In short, a sizable fraction of the upper-incomes is hesitant, defensive, unsure — and to such a degree that for a while longer it is not hiring, buying, or investing in the old way. It believes not only that there is no certainty in the tax code, the cost of new entitlements, or our national finance, but that even if there were their own successes would be suspect and earn antipathy rather than praise.
Mere HER i Pajamas Media eller i The Grendel Report her.
“Diversity” places appearances above “the content of our character.”
By Victor Davis Hanson – December 28, 2011
‘Affirmative action” was the logical sequel to the civil-rights legislation of the 1960s. The initial reasoning was attractive enough. New guarantees of equality of opportunity were insufficient to achieve the promised social parity, given the legacy of slavery and the existence of ongoing racial bias. Therefore, to counteract the effects of historical discrimination, the race of individuals must be weighed into contemporary hiring and admissions practices. The key was to avoid the word “quota.” That did not sound very “affirmative” for a program that supposedly was about growing (or “enriching”) the pie, not a crass zero-sum game of taking a college spot or a job from one person and giving it to another on the basis of race.
Second, although slavery was confined to the Confederacy, there was the general assumption that, as blacks in the postbellum era had migrated northward, they were subjected to all sorts of bias, and so the recompense was to be a national, not just a southern, obligation.
Mere HER hos National Review Online. Golden State Alliance for Liberty her. Og om Europa:
The New Old Europe
By Victor Davis Hanson – December 29, 2011
Nearly 10 years ago, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld provoked outrage by referring to “Old Europe.” How dare he, snapped the French and Germans, call us “old” when the utopian European Union was all the rage, the new euro was soaring in value, and the United States was increasingly isolated under the Bush administration!
Yet the more things change in Europe, the more they stay the same.
The island of Britain usually is, and is not, a part of Europe — carefully pulling out when things heat up, terrified that it will be pulled back in when things boil over. British Prime Minister David Cameron knows the old script well, as he adamantly and publicly insists that Great Britain is still a part of the crumbling European Union while privately assuming that it is not.
Mere HER i The Patriot Post. Kan også læses her i Oregon Live eller her i Rightwing News. National Review Online her.
The No News Stories of 2011
January 1, 2012 – by Victor Davis Hanson
The German Stereotype
There were lots of stories that left a lot unsaid. The Germany/EU debt imbroglio was one of them. The more Germany’s 80 million people were looked upon to bail out the 120 million of Mediterranean Europe—if not still more in France and Eastern Europe—the more in our politically-correct age we never quite were told how this could be possible.
Did Germans not sleep? Did they each have eight arms? Was Germany itself sitting on secret oil reserves? Did it have tons of stolen war gold horded in its vaults (as some Greeks alleged)? Had it harnessed a new type of energy? How strange to be told that Germany was the new heart of Europe but never to be to told how and why?
Mere HER hos Pajamas Media.
Og video – Pajamas Media frigav dette interview i december 2011, men det meste af det ligger bag en paywall. Men lidt smagsprøver kan findes på YouTube:
Victor Davis Hanson: There Is a Sliver Lining for America in the Looming EU Collapse
See another sneak peak of Roger L. Simon’s “On the Farm” interview with Victor Davis Hanson. They discuss the prospects of an EU collapse. While there will be consequences, Hanson thinks it could be good for US agriculture, especially California farmers. The European Union financial crisis is also dispelling the myth that life in a European welfare state is better than in America.
Der findes yderligere 2 klip fra interviewet:
Andre kilder: Pajamas Media,