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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.