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The Classicist is the weekly podcast of Victor Davis Hanson, scholar, writer, farmer.

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Making Your Country (or Empire) Great Again

December 14th, 2018


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 …

The Things that Divide Us

November 19th, 2018


With the midterm elections underscoring the deep divides in American politics, Victor Davis Hanson gives his diagnosis of the factors driving …

Russia, China, and the US

October 31st, 2018


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

October 26th, 2018


Victor Davis Hanson looks at how identity politics, political correctness, socialist-leaning economic policy, and cultural elitism are combining to …

The Divided States of America

August 28th, 2018

Victor Davis Hanson looks at the political, cultural, and economic factors that are driving Americans towards mutual animosity.

The Future of NATO

August 21st, 2018

Victor Davis Hanson tracks the historical trajectory of NATO — and explains the factors that threaten its future viability.

Modern Paradoxes

July 3rd, 2018


Victor Davis Hanson covers foreign policy and domestic affairs in a wide-ranging conversation about some of the most unexpected developments in world …

Immigration Rhetoric vs. Reality

July 2nd, 2018


Victor Davis Hanson responds to the rhetorical escalation over immigration policy, explains how political dynamics in Mexico are shaping the current …

The Ideology of Illegal Immigration

April 19th, 2018


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! …

Trump and the Gordian Knot

April 16th, 2018


Victor Davis Hanson describes how President Trump’s unconventional approach to foreign policy has often proved to be more effective than the …

The Price of Peace: A Conversation with Victor Davis Hanson and Peter Robinson

March 9th, 2018


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 …

Rethinking the Geography of Power

February 21st, 2018


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 Case for the Trump Presidency

February 13th, 2018


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. …

Donald Trump, President NObama

January 26th, 2018


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

January 18th, 2018


Victor Davis Hanson weighs in on efforts to protect children brought into the United States illegally, considers how a humane immigration policy can …

Tribal America vs. E Pluribus Unum

December 18th, 2017


Victor Davis Hanson explains how identity politics threatens to undue America's standing as one of history's few successful multi-ethnic societies. …

Declining Character, Increasing Scandal

December 13th, 2017


Victor Davis Hanson looks at the cultural factors that helped fuel -- and conceal -- widespread misconduct by powerful men in Hollywood and …

Remembering Pearl Harbor

December 7th, 2017


Seventy-six years ago, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, America went to war. Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover senior fellow and author of …

Behind the Book: The Second World Wars

November 2nd, 2017


Victor Davis Hanson takes listeners on a behind-the-scenes look at his career, including his rise through academia, the decline of military history …

The Second World Wars

October 30th, 2017


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'

October 4th, 2017


Victor Davis Hanson looks at the hobby horse issues of various identity politics groups—Black Lives Matter, LGBT advocates, modern feminists, and …

The NFL in an Age of Activism

September 26th, 2017


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 …

Dunkirk: Film vs. Fact

August 16th, 2017


Victor Davis Hanson places the new film Dunkirk in its full historical context, explaining the events that preceded it, the scope of the challenges …

Understanding North Korea

August 8th, 2017


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 …

The Forgotten Virtues of Physical Labor

July 20th, 2017


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 …

The Foreign Policy Landscape

July 14th, 2017


Victor Davis Hanson examines the major foreign policy challenges facing the Trump Administration, including how to properly calibrate the US …

A Cold Civil War?

June 21st, 2017


Victor Davis Hanson examines the growing political and cultural rifts between Red and Blue America, looks at the historical precedents for such …

He, Claudius

June 15th, 2017


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 17th, 2017


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 …

The Tenets of Progressive Nihilism

May 2nd, 2017


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

April 25th, 2017


Victor Davis Hanson looks at how American warfare has changed since Vietnam and explains the implications for today's policymakers. (Playing time: …

The Civic Cost of Illegal Immigration

April 12th, 2017


Victor Davis Hanson examines how permissive attitudes towards illegal immigration undermine respect for the rule of law and traditional notions of …

World War I, A Century Later

April 6th, 2017


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 …

Diagnosing the Democrats

February 16th, 2017


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?

February 10th, 2017


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

January 27th, 2017


Victor Davis Hanson explains how political and cultural changes in California have eroded the state's status as a national leader.

What is Trumpism?

January 18th, 2017


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

December 19th, 2016


Victor Davis Hanson describes how higher education and the media have eroded -- and provides recommendations for reforming each.

What Kind of Threat is Russia?

December 14th, 2016


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

December 5th, 2016


Victor Davis Hanson provides cultural and historical context for Donald Trump's presidential victory and speculates on what the early days of the new …

The 2016 Presidential Election And The Possibilities For the United States

November 15th, 2016


Victor Davis Hanson talks about the just concluded 2016 presidential election and its implications for the future.

The Neutron Bomb Election

October 28th, 2016


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 …

A Dangerous Four Months

September 22nd, 2016


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 …

Trump’s Immigration Pivot

September 3rd, 2016


Victor Davis Hanson examines Donald Trump’s shifting tone on immigration — and provides a prescription for what a sensible immigration policy should …

The Great Regression

August 30th, 2016


Victor Davis Hanson explores the tensions between technological progress and cultural vitality.

Lessons from World War II

August 21st, 2016


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 …

The Fraying Order

July 14th, 2016


Victor Davis Hanson looks at the factors that may predict an irreversible American decline.

American in Free Fall

July 5th, 2016


Victor Davis Hanson looks at the factors that may predict an irreversible American decline.

Brexit and the Future of Europe

June 24th, 2016


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

June 15th, 2016


Victor Davis Hanson looks at why America has been the historical exception to the failure of multiethnic societies – and examines the trends …

The Pajama Boy Aristocracy

June 1st, 2016


Victor Davis Hanson describes how a new class of young, entitled, culturally conformist leaders are rising to power in Washington, Hollywood, and …

The Myth of Progress

May 20th, 2016


Victor Davis Hanson describes how progressive clichés like “settled science” and “the right side of history” distort political thought.

President 45

April 29th, 2016


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

April 19th, 2016


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

April 4th, 2016


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?

March 28th, 2016


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 …

Multiculturalism and Immigration

March 15th, 2016


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 …

The Iraq War: A Refresher Course

March 11th, 2016


Victor Davis Hanson separates myth from fact in an in-depth discussion of the second Gulf War.

Can Republicans Live with Trump?

March 4th, 2016


Victor Davis Hanson considers a future in which it’s increasingly likely Donald Trump will be the Republican presidential nominee.

Weimar America

February 26th, 2016


From Bernie to Beyonce, a look at the multitude of factors driving America’s cultural instability.

Chaos in the Middle East

February 19th, 2016


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 …

Higher Education: Anatomy of a Decline

February 16th, 2016


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

February 9th, 2016


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 …

Deterrence and International Affairs

January 12th, 2016


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

January 7th, 2016


Victor Davis Hanson provides a series of New Year’s Resolutions for a politically correct America.

Terrorism, National Security, and the Presidential Election

December 17th, 2015


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

November 30th, 2015


Victor Davis Hanson surveys the history of missile defense initiatives and considers how the technology will have to adapt to new national security …

Radicals on Campus

November 20th, 2015


Victor Davis Hanson looks at the recent controversies attending free speech and political correctness on college campuses.

The Urban/Rural Divide

November 5th, 2015


Victor Davis Hanson looks at the increasing tensions between rural Americans and their urban cousins and considers the implications for the nation’s …

Understanding 2016

October 30th, 2015


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

October 19th, 2015


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

October 1st, 2015


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

September 25th, 2015


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

September 14th, 2015


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

September 4th, 2015


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

August 21st, 2015


Victor Davis Hanson looks at the political dynamics surrounding congressional approval of the Iran deal and analyzes President Obama’s increasingly …

How to Think about Donald Trump

August 14th, 2015


Victor Davis Hanson looks at the controversies surrounding Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and explains how they reflect on deeper currents in …

Iran, Israel, and the Coming War

August 7th, 2015


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

July 31st, 2015


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

July 24th, 2015


Victor Davis Hanson discusses the recent murder by an illegal immigrant in the sanctuary city of San Francisco and considers whether popular opinion …

The Age of Mass Hysteria

July 8th, 2015


Victor Davis Hanson examines how social media and the growing influence of political correctness have led to a society in a perpetual state of …

Understanding the Greek Mind

July 3rd, 2015


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

June 25th, 2015


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

June 12th, 2015


Victor Davis Hanson looks at the intellectual pathologies bred by Western affluence.

Immigration and the Future of the West

June 10th, 2015


Victor Davis Hanson explores the consequences of huge inflows of immigrants into Europe and the United States.

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