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

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Modern Paradoxes

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 03, 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.

Jul 02, 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 19, 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)

Apr 16, 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)

Mar 10, 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 21, 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)

Feb 13, 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 27, 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)

Jan 18, 2018
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 18, 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 13, 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)

Dec 07, 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)

Nov 02, 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 30, 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)

Oct 04, 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)

Sep 26, 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 16, 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)

Aug 08, 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 21, 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)

Jul 14, 2017