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The Classicist is the weekly podcast of Victor Davis Hanson, scholar, writer, farmer. Tune in each week to hear VDH's unique perspective on the issues of the day.
Sep 14, 2020
Descent into Tribalism
Victor Davis Hanson explains how the social unrest unleashed in 2020 threatens urban decline, increasing political animosity, and the erosion of Americans’ common identity.
Aug 21, 2020
World War II at 75
On the 75th anniversary of World War II’s conclusion, Victor Davis Hanson looks at how the war continues to shape international affairs, and points listeners towards some of the war’s underappreciated figures.
Jul 31, 2020
Trump’s Jacksonian Realism
Victor Davis Hanson explains the philosophical underpinnings of the Trump Administration’s foreign policy — and explains how it’s affected America’s relationships with China, Iran, Russia, and North Korea.
Jul 22, 2020
Victor Davis Hanson describes how professional athletes and franchise owners have embraced the language of revolution while getting rich off of the status quo.
Jul 18, 2020
A Winning Agenda for 2020
Victor Davis Hanson proposes a policy agenda — and a strategic posture — for the Trump campaign to take up in the presidential election.
Jul 10, 2020
Radical Chic and its Terrified Enablers
What will bring the wave of radical protests and cancel culture to an end? It would help if the leadership of America’s elite institutions grew a backbone.
Jun 26, 2020
Triumph of the Country Mouse
Victor Davis Hanson explores the historical, political, and economic aspects of the rural-urban divide — and its implications for American culture.
Jun 19, 2020
Revolution, Overreach, and American History
Victor Davis Hanson puts the efforts to uproot confederate iconography into historical perspective, examines the revolutionary zeal currently in fashion amongst progressive activists, and compares & contrasts this moment of American instability with otGeorge Floydhers in the nation’s past.
Jun 9, 2020
The Revolution Eats its Own
Victor Davis Hanson looks at how the protest movement inspired by the death of George Floyd has morphed from a legitimate lament of tragedy into a dangerous, revolutionary crusade.
May 30, 2020
Dark Days Ahead
Victor Davis Hanson takes listeners on a tour of the chaos emerging in the wake of COVID-19: increased political polarization, a tidal wave of debt, and an emboldened China.
May 8, 2020
The Cult of the Elites
What happened to America’s elites? During the COVID-19 pandemic they have unleashed a torrent of authoritative pronouncements about the crisis that have too often proven to be incomplete or totally inaccurate. Victor Davis Hanson argues that the increasing specialization of intellectuals — along with a declining sense of humility — is making the expert class less and less reliable.
Apr 30, 2020
When the Tide Recedes
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the social, political, economic, and international hurdles the US will face as we attempt to bounce back from the coronavirus.
Apr 16, 2020
The Coming COVID-19 Inflection Point
Victor Davis Hanson responds to a media outcry over one of his recent columns, looks at Chinese culpability for the spread of COVID-19, and describes the factors that will be necessary for America to get back on its feet.
Apr 9, 2020
Pandemic and the Fog of War
Victor Davis Hanson analyzes the difficulties public officials face in addressing the coronavirus, considers the controversy around the USS Theodore Roosevelt, and addresses the media’s attempt to draw an equivalence between the United States and China.
Apr 2, 2020
From Selma to Shanghai: Coronavirus Around the Globe
Victor Davis Hanson considers the coronavirus’s effects on California, the United States, and America’s enemies abroad.
Mar 26, 2020
Modesty and Tragedy: How to Think about Coronavirus
Victor Davis Hanson describes how uncertainty and intellectual modesty should shape our response to COVID-19.
Mar 19, 2020
Plagues, Ancient and Modern
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the impact of the COVID-19 virus on American life; explains why panic will eventually have to give way to cost-benefit analysis; describes what the illness might mean for many of America’s adversaries; and takes a look back at other mass contagions that have shaped history.
Mar 10, 2020
The Siren Song of Globalization
Victor Davis Hanson casts a critical eye on the excesses of transnationalism, arguing that globalization has turned out to be a raw deal for many Americans.
Mar 6, 2020
Victor Davis Hanson describes why progressive excesses will lead to an inevitable decline for the hard left.
Feb 25, 2020
Trump’s Unorthodox Orthodoxy
Victor Davis Hanson looks at how Donald Trump has successfully upended conventional wisdom on China, the Middle East, and Europe.
Feb 19, 2020
In Defense of Farmers
Victor Davis Hanson uses Mike Bloomberg’s dismissive remarks about farmers to defend the virtues of agrarian life, explain the urban-rural divide, and examine how politics influences life on the farm.
Feb 11, 2020
Israel and America: Parallel Success Stories
Victor Davis Hanson looks at how Israel under Benjamin Netanyahu and the U.S. under Donald Trump have employed similar approaches to cultivating prosperity at home and security abroad.
Feb 4, 2020
Time to Leave the Middle East?
Victor Davis Hanson examines whether widespread American involvement in the Middle East still passes a meaningful cost-benefit analysis.
Jan 21, 2020
The Trump Advantage
Victor Davis Hanson makes his case for why Donald Trump is more likely to be reelected in 2020 than many critics imagine.
Jan 15, 2020
Iran: Contours of Conflict
Victor Davis Hanson analyses the recent escalation of tensions between the United States and Iran, grades the Trump Administration’s performance, and predicts what’s to come.
Dec 19, 2019
A Trio of Tyrannies
Victor Davis Hanson argues that American pressure on China, Iran, and North Korea is pushing all three countries to a breaking point — which may make each of them more dangerous.
Dec 14, 2019
The Impeachment Farce
Victor Davis Hanson describes how the impeachment proceedings by House Democrats — and the DOJ inspector general’s report — have exposed the weakness of the case against Donald Trump.
Nov 13, 2019
Defending the Trump Doctrine
Victor Davis Hanson explains the parameters of what he calls the Trump Doctrine — deterrence without intervention — explains how it deviates from the post-Cold War consensus, and argues for why it’s a reasonable approach to a changing international landscape.
Nov 7, 2019
Turkey: Our Untenable Ally
In the wake of the US drawdown in northern Syria, Victor Davis Hanson considers whether the U.S. alliance with Turkey — and the country’s membership in NATO — is worth the cost.
Sep 3, 2019
Versailles at 100
One Hundred years after the Treaty of Versailles ended World War I, Victor Davis Hanson argues that the effects of the agreement are widely misunderstood. In this episode, we look at Versailles in the context of the wider war (and the wartime diplomacy of the era), examine the American role in World War I, parse the claim that the First World War was little more than a tragic mistake, and scrutinize claims that modern geopolitical tensions have parallels to those of 1914.
Aug 27, 2019
Germany, the Soviet Union, and the Pact That Shaped World War II
On the 80th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, Victor Davis Hanson reflects on how the short-lived German-Soviet treaty shaped the course of World War II — and what it revealed about the leadership styles of both Hitler and Stalin.
Jul 30, 2019
Victor Davis Hanson explores the factors driving the social, economic, and political decline of California.
Jul 25, 2019
Thinking Strategically About Iran
Victor Davis Hanson explains why a change in circumstances since the Bush years necessitate a changed approach to the U.S. relationship with Iran.
May 21, 2019
Defending the West ... from the West
With a new wave of congressional progressives claiming America is insufficiently committed to social justice, Victor Davis Hanson defends the country’s history of progress — and explains why it was dependent on traditions of western civilization that the critics now denounce.
May 16, 2019
Understanding Chinese Strategy
Victor Davis Hanson examines the strategic calculations behind China’s economic, political, military, and cultural initiatives.
Feb 7, 2019
Can Higher Education be Saved?
Victor Davis Hanson chronicles the factors that have led to the decline of American higher education and considers the prospects for recovery.
Jan 15, 2019
Immigration, Assimilation, and the Wall
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the current debate over immigration and the border wall, arguing that illegal immigration from Latin America actually subverts the goal of a more diverse country.
Dec 14, 2018
Making Your Country (or Empire) Great Again
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 Hanson discusses the small group of leaders he believes met that mandate, and explains what they have in common.
Nov 19, 2018
The Things that Divide Us
With the midterm elections underscoring the deep divides in American politics, Victor Davis Hanson gives his diagnosis of the factors driving political polarization.
Oct 31, 2018
Russia, China, and the US
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.
Oct 26, 2018
Wolves in Wolves’ Clothing
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.
Aug 28, 2018
The Divided States of America
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the political, cultural, and economic factors that are driving Americans towards mutual animosity.
Aug 21, 2018
The Future of NATO
Victor Davis Hanson tracks the historical trajectory of NATO — and explains the factors that threaten its future viability.
Jul 3, 2018
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 to the diminishing influence of the Middle East to an America that seems to grow weaker as it grows more prosperous.
Jul 2, 2018
Immigration Rhetoric vs. Reality
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.
Apr 19, 2018
The Ideology of Illegal Immigration
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)
Apr 16, 2018
Trump and the Gordian Knot
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 subscribe! (Playing time: 20:00)
Mar 9, 2018
The Price of Peace: A Conversation with Victor Davis Hanson and Peter Robinson
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 of historian and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Victor Davis Hanson guide this documentary investigation of the United States’ successful deterrence of enemy aggression in the past and the efforts to sustain it in an era of rogue nations and nuclear proliferation. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe! (Playing time: 44:01)
Feb 21, 2018
Rethinking the Geography of Power
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)
Feb 13, 2018
The Case for the Trump Presidency
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, review, and subscribe! (Playing time: 19:12)
Jan 26, 2018
Donald Trump, President NObama
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)
Jan 18, 2018
DACA, DREAMers, and Immigration
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 most difficult issues surrounding immigration policy. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe! (20:24)
Dec 18, 2017
Tribal America vs. E Pluribus Unum
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)
Dec 13, 2017
Declining Character, Increasing Scandal
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)
Dec 7, 2017
Remembering Pearl Harbor
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 conflict’s successes and failures and how they apply today. Did you like the show? Please rate, review, and subscribe! (Playing time: 50:30)
Nov 2, 2017
Behind the Book: The Second World Wars
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 new book on World War II. (Playing time: 21:41)
Oct 30, 2017
The Second World Wars
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)
Oct 4, 2017
The Perils of 'Virtual Virtue'
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. (Playing time: 15:43)
Sep 26, 2017
The NFL in an Age of Activism
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. (Playing time: 14:32)
Aug 16, 2017
Dunkirk: Film vs. Fact
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 vulnerability.(Playing time: 17:38)
Aug 8, 2017
Understanding North Korea
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: 13:05)
Jul 20, 2017
The Forgotten Virtues of Physical Labor
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, and psychological reasons that we should be wary of a future that promises the end of manual labor. (Playing time: 15:40)
Jul 14, 2017
The Foreign Policy Landscape
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 era. (Playing time: 16:09)
Jun 21, 2017
A Cold Civil War?
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. (Playing time: 20:32)
Jun 15, 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)
May 17, 2017
The Russia Controversy and Foreign Policy
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 interests and advocating for human rights abroad. (Playing time: 15:57)
May 2, 2017
The Tenets of Progressive Nihilism
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)
Apr 25, 2017
Lessons from the Post-Vietnam Era
Victor Davis Hanson looks at how American warfare has changed since Vietnam and explains the implications for today's policymakers. (Playing time: 16:21)
Apr 12, 2017
The Civic Cost of Illegal Immigration
Victor Davis Hanson examines how permissive attitudes towards illegal immigration undermine respect for the rule of law and traditional notions of citizenship.
Apr 6, 2017
World War I, A Century Later
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.
Feb 16, 2017
Diagnosing the Democrats
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.
Feb 10, 2017
Is Trumpism Sustainable?
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.
Jan 27, 2017
California: A State Divided
Victor Davis Hanson explains how political and cultural changes in California have eroded the state's status as a national leader.
Jan 18, 2017
What is Trumpism?
Victor Davis Hanson examines the constituent parts of Donald Trump's political beliefs and attempts to deduce the animating principles of Trumpism.
Dec 19, 2016
Higher Education and the Media: Institutions in Decline
Victor Davis Hanson describes how higher education and the media have eroded -- and provides recommendations for reforming each.
Dec 14, 2016
What Kind of Threat is Russia?
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.
Dec 5, 2016
The Dawning of the Trump Era
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.
Nov 15, 2016
The 2016 Presidential Election And The Possibilities For the United States
Victor Davis Hanson talks about the just concluded 2016 presidential election and its implications for the future.
Oct 28, 2016
The Neutron Bomb Election
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.
Sep 22, 2016
A Dangerous Four Months
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.
Sep 3, 2016
Trump’s Immigration Pivot
Victor Davis Hanson examines Donald Trump’s shifting tone on immigration — and provides a prescription for what a sensible immigration policy should look like.
Aug 30, 2016
The Great Regression
Victor Davis Hanson explores the tensions between technological progress and cultural vitality.
Aug 21, 2016
Lessons from World War II
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.
Jul 14, 2016
The Fraying Order
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the factors that may predict an irreversible American decline.
Jul 5, 2016
American in Free Fall
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the factors that may predict an irreversible American decline.
Jun 24, 2016
Brexit and the Future of Europe
Victor Davis Hanson analyzes what Britain’s exit from the EU means for the future of European culture and international security.
Jun 15, 2016
The Cooling of the Melting Pot
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.
Jun 1, 2016
The Pajama Boy Aristocracy
Victor Davis Hanson describes how a new class of young, entitled, culturally conformist leaders are rising to power in Washington, Hollywood, and Silicon Valley.
May 20, 2016
The Myth of Progress
Victor Davis Hanson describes how progressive clichés like “settled science” and “the right side of history” distort political thought.
Apr 29, 2016
Victor Davis Hanson considers the issues that will face the next President of the United States both at home and abroad.
Apr 19, 2016
Europe’s Warning for the US
Victor Davis Hanson looks at the factors behind European decline – and analyzes whether they will soon manifest in the United States as well.
Apr 4, 2016
10 Commandments for the Next President
Victor Davis Hanson presents a Decalogue to guide the behavior of the next inhabitant of the Oval Office.
Mar 28, 2016
Trump v. Hillary: The Lesser of Two Evils?
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.
Mar 15, 2016
Multiculturalism and Immigration
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.
Mar 11, 2016
The Iraq War: A Refresher Course
Victor Davis Hanson separates myth from fact in an in-depth discussion of the second Gulf War.
Mar 4, 2016
Can Republicans Live with Trump?
Victor Davis Hanson considers a future in which it’s increasingly likely Donald Trump will be the Republican presidential nominee.
Feb 26, 2016
From Bernie to Beyonce, a look at the multitude of factors driving America’s cultural instability.
Feb 19, 2016
Chaos in the Middle East
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.
Feb 16, 2016
Higher Education: Anatomy of a Decline
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.
Feb 9, 2016
The Trump Aftershock
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.