Jeg har lige læst de fleste af Victor Davis Hansons artikler fra december og samlet lidt af det bedste fra de sidste to – tre uger – så nu er der lidt at vælge imellem:
How Did All That Happen?
December 28, 2010 – by Victor Davis Hanson
There are a number of improbables, anomalies, paradoxes, ironies, absurdities — call them what you wish – on the national scene that simply defy reason. We usually fault an ignorant media as culpable for creating narratives that have no basis in fact and yet are rarely questioned. Here are some of the glaring examples and you decide how the unlikely became the gospel.
1. How did 20-minutes-of-fame Julian Assange construct the façade of an idealistic crusading electronic muckraker?
He seems much more likely a part P.T. Barnum showman/part celebrity narcissist. While promising to embarrass a number of banks and capitalist CEOs, he just contracted for $1.7 million in book deal advances — after enjoying his house “arrest” at the mansion of a supportive aristocrat, and after protesting the unwanted fame that has come his way rather than to be shared among the WikiLeaks board.
Mere HER hos Pajamas Media eller her i Victor Davis Hanson’s Private Papers. Den næste artikel gav Jeffrey Sachs anledning til at angribe Victor Davis Hanson på amerikansk tv. Man kan se videoen fra MSNBC her – jeg vil ikke have det smuds embedded her på selve bloggen. Bemeldte artikel:
The Obamaites’ About-Face
By Victor Davis Hanson – December 22, 2010
Like Orwell’s farm animals, we have awakened to see the new commandments on the barnyard wall.
Californians have been experiencing ten days of the wettest, snowiest weather in recent memory. In the usually arid San Joaquin Valley, flooding is ubiquitous. The high Sierra passes are locked in snow well before the first of the year. If the United Kingdom is dealing with the irony of its elites’ recently warning of an end to snow on a now snowy island, out here our version of that embarrassment is water everywhere after Energy Secretary Chu warned us that our farms would blow away and that he could envision an end altogether of California agriculture — logically, he asserted, given that 90 percent of the annual Sierra snowpack would soon disappear.
Mere HER i National Review Online eller her i Victor Davis Hanson’s Private Papers.
When Reason Fades — From Illegal Immigration to Jeffrey Sachs
December 23, 2010 – by Victor Davis Hanson
Illegal Immigration, Race, and Chauvinism
There is nothing about illegal immigration that should ipso facto involve matters of race, culture or ethnicity, given that it is a legal issue at heart. I think the great majority of opponents of open borders would be equally worried should 12 million illegal immigrants come here from a now bankrupt Ireland, Greece, or Portugal. That an illegal alien from a European country would claim my allegiance or empathy on the basis of ethnic solidarity would have zero currency.
So for most of us, the question is primarily a legal one — if federal statutes are not followed, what sanctity is left in the law itself? I am reminded of that classic exchange between Crito and Socrates, when the former urges the latter to break out of jail, disobey the law and its death sentence, and ignore what they both feel was an unfair verdict. Socrates, inter alia, reminds Crito that the individual cannot pick and choose his own level of compliance with those statutes he finds distasteful or inconvenient.
Mere HER i Pajamas Media eller her i Victor Davis Hanson’s Private Papers. Mange har reageret på anbrebet på Victor Davis Hanson. Her er en af dem:
Jeffrey Sachs’ Vicious Attack on Victor Davis Hanson Goes on “Morning Joe” Without Condemnation. Joe and MSNBC Must Apologize!
December 23, 2010 – by Ron Radosh
As readers of my blog know, I usually watch MSNBC’s Morning Joe program most days, because it’s the only early morning show that sometimes has serious and meaningful discussions about American politics.
Today, however, was one of the program’s most low points.
Mere HER i Pajamas Media eller her hos Free Republic. Og lidt om uddannelsessystemet og venstrefløjen i USA:
In Defense of the Liberal Arts
By Victor Davis Hanson – December 16, 2010
The therapeutic Left and the utilitarian Right both do disservice to the humanities.
The liberal arts face a perfect storm. The economy is struggling with obscenely high unemployment and is mired in massive federal and state deficits. Budget cutting won’t spare education.
The public is already angry over fraud, waste, and incompetence in our schools and universities. And in these tough times, taxpayers rightly question everything about traditional education — from teachers’ unions and faculty tenure to the secrecy of university admissions policies to which courses really need to be taught.
Mere HER i National Reviw Online eller her i Townhall. Den næste artikel har fået fantastisk meget omtale:
By Victor Davis Hanson – December 15, 2010
Abandoned farms, Third World living conditions, pervasive public assistance — welcome to the once-thriving Central Valley.
The last three weeks I have traveled about, taking the pulse of the more forgotten areas of central California. I wanted to witness, even if superficially, what is happening to a state that has the highest sales and income taxes, the most lavish entitlements, the near-worst public schools (based on federal test scores), and the largest number of illegal aliens in the nation, along with an overregulated private sector, a stagnant and shrinking manufacturing base, and an elite environmental ethos that restricts commerce and productivity without curbing consumption.
Mere HER i National Review Online eller her i Victor Davis Hanson’s Private Papers. Artiklen ovenfor om “Two Californias” bliver rost af blandt andre Thomas Sowell:
Thomas Sowell – January 4, 2011
Dr. Victor Davis Hanson’s quietly chilling article, “Two Californias,” in National Review Online, ought to be read by every American who is concerned about where this country is headed. California is leading the way, but what is happening in California is happening elsewhere– and is a slow poison that is being largely ignored.
Mere HER i Townhall eller her hos Investors. Og en interessant fortælling om Grækenland og Californien:
Raging Against “Them”
January 2, 2011 – by Victor Davis Hanson
It’s All Greek to Us
In very un-Icelandic fashion, last week protestors in Athens tried to blow up a downtown courthouse. Over a year after the Hellenic meltdown, the Greek newspapers still reflect the popular fury—protests, strikes, senseless violence—at the mandatory cutbacks, the public sector layoffs, and the high-interest needed to attract investors to shaky Greek bonds. And yet amid the furor, 60% of the public still polls in favor of the European Union. How are we to diagnose the drowning non-swimmer who eagerly grasps—and yet hates—the life preserver?
National Review Online HER eller her i Victor Davis Hanson’s Private Papers. Og om Mexikanske indvandrere:
The Manhattan Project of Illegal Immigration
by Victor Davis Hanson – January 4, 2011
Why do millions of Mexican nationals see America as racist, exploitative — and worth everything to get to and stay in?
We all are familiar with the debates surrounding illegal immigration: absolute versus flexible laws; amnesty versus deportation or earned citizenship; closed versus open borders; entitlement dependency versus work no one else will do.
We also know the debates over the causation of this perfect storm that has resulted in 12 to 15 million illegal aliens residing in the United States. Was it the Right’s desire for cheap labor or the Left’s wish for more constituents, or both?
Mere HER i Victor Davis Hanson’s Private Papers eller her i National Review Online.
Paradoxes of the Present Age, Profound and Trivial
by Victor Davis Hanson – December 22, 2010
Sometimes reality seems at odds with perceived wisdom. Yet these disconnects rarely seem to enter public discussion. Here are a few examples, big and small.
The Axis of Evil and Unending Wars
The Korean mess  reminds us again of who was and who was not in the ill-famed “axis of evil” as articulated in January 2002. Germany, Japan, and Vietnam were not, all once bitter foes of the United States. The former two were defeated and their hostility ended in reformed, postwar democratic governments. The latter won a political victory over the United States, and the question whether there would be a South Vietnam analogous to an independent South Korea was answered in the negative.
Mere HER i Victor Davis Hanson’s Private Papers eller her hos Pajamas Media.