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The Classicist with Victor Davis Hanson
The Ricochet Audio Network
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.
Feb 17, 2021
215. Remembering Rush
Victor Davis Hanson diagnoses the biggest challenges facing America in the years ahead, from debt to immigration to Chinese aggression — and pauses for a special remembrance of his friend Rush Limbaugh.
Feb 10, 2021
214. The Lidless Eye: How Progressivism Conquered American Institutions
In a sweeping new installment of The Classicist, Victor Davis Hanson looks at how the Left has moved from a countercultural movement in the 1960s to the commanding heights of American culture in the 2020s.
Feb 3, 2021
213. Understanding Progressive Illiberalism
Victor Davis Hanson examines how progressivism has captured American institutions: everything from higher education to high finance, from tech to sports. Along the way, he explains what progressives’ cultural ascendance has revealed about their ideology, predicts what it means for the Right, and analyzes whether a backlash is imminent.
Jan 27, 2021
212. The 1776 Commission and the Relearning of American History
Victor Davis Hanson explains the work of President Trump’s 1776 Commission (a body on which he served), describes the decline of history as an academic discipline, and explains why humility is an essential ingredient when judging figures from the past.
Jan 21, 2021
211. The Unity Presidency Gets Divisive
Victor Davis Hanson analyzes how Joe Biden’s early policy moves contrast with his campaign-trail rhetoric, reflects on the last days of Donald Trump, and explains how a fractured Republican Party can move forward.
Jan 15, 2021
210. Trump Agonistes
As the president spends his final days in office embattled, progressives in Congress, Silicon Valley, and the incoming administration seize on the opportunity to mount new offensives against the Right. Will conservative populism survive the onslaught? Victor Davis Hanson explores that question and others in the newest installment of The Classicist.
Jan 7, 2021
209. An Exhausted Civilization
Victor Davis Hanson examines the confluence of trends — a contempt for American history; the decline of the rule of law; the intellectual rot of the academy; the rise of ingratitude and cultural contempt — that are weakening the foundations of American society.
Jan 6, 2021
208. Special Episode: Chaos at the Capitol
In a Classicist first, Victor Davis Hanson reacts in real time to an outbreak of mob violence at the U.S. Capitol. Professor Hanson calls for peace, encourages President Trump to cool the passions of his followers, and provides advice to president-elect Biden on how to lower the country’s temperature.
Dec 10, 2020
207. The Scars of 2020
In the final Classicist of the year, Victor Davis Hanson takes a look back at the intellectual and political trends that defined 2020 — and predicts what they mean for the year to come.
Dec 4, 2020
206. The Case for a Cynical Biden Foreign Policy
Victor Davis Hanson describes the foreign policy challenges facing the incoming Biden Administration, analyzes the makeup of the incoming national security team, and prescribes a formula for the new president’s success in international affairs: change the rhetoric, not the policies.
Nov 19, 2020
205. History and the Tragic Hero
Victor Davis Hanson explains the concept of the “tragic hero” — a figure both uniquely suited to address the issues of his time but destined to be reviled — and explains why the label may apply to Donald Trump.
Nov 11, 2020
204. The Election and its Aftermath
Victor Davis Hanson looks at Donald Trump’s transformation of the Republican Party, the shifting of the conservative coalition, the implications of sharply divided federal government, and the foreign policy challenges ahead.
Nov 3, 2020
203. Trump and the Future of the GOP
Victor Davis Hanson describes the transformative effect Donald Trump has had on the Republican Party — and explains how it will shape the party in the years to come, regardless of the outcome of the 2020 election.
Oct 23, 2020
202. One Last Debate
Victor Davis Hanson examines the strategic mistakes made by President Trump in the first debate, gives pre-debate pointers on how the candidates should handle their final confrontation, and considers whether presidential debates have outlived their usefulness.
Oct 1, 2020
201. A Debate Like No Other
Victor Davis Hanson analyzes the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, explains why Biden’s positions have become hard to pin down for the first time in nearly 50 years, and looks at what the differences between the candidates might mean for the future of American foreign policy.
Sep 23, 2020
200. The Embers of California
Victor Davis Hanson describes the myriad dysfunctions besetting state government in California, a state once known as a national pacesetter.
Sep 15, 2020
199. 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
198. 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.
Aug 1, 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.