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Victor Davis Hanson

Articles by Victor Davis Hanson

Illustration on the corruption of justice in taxation and enforcement of federal law by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

No law, no civilization

Why did Rome and Byzantium fall apart after centuries of success? What causes civilizations to collapse, from a dysfunctional fourth-century-B.C. Athens to contemporary bankrupt Greece? Published May 6, 2015

This, May 10, 2014, file photo, shows Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, second left, as she takes off her sunglasses to pose for a group photograph with her husband former U.S. President Bill Clinton, left, their daughter Chelsea, second right, and her husband Marc Mezvinsky, as they leave after they all attended Chelsea's Oxford University graduation ceremony at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, England. (AP)

Clinton vs. Clinton: Hillary's family is vulnerable on her core campaign issues

Hillary Clinton apparently plans to base her presidential campaign on the noble goals of greater fairness and shared sacrifice. She already has lambasted vast differences in compensation. "The average CEO makes about 300 times what the average worker makes," Mrs. Clinton warned. She is right — but she can best appreciate that fact from her own career and family. Published April 22, 2015

Ethnicity mask illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The transracial nation

Not long ago, The New York Times uncovered the artifact that Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush had once listed himself as "Hispanic" on a Florida voter registration form. Published April 15, 2015

Illustration on Neville Chamberlain's deal with Hitler and the historical results of appeasing tyranny by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The ghastly shadow of Munich

The Western capitulation to Adolf Hitler in the 1938 Munich Agreement is cited as classic appeasement that destroyed Czechoslovakia, backfired on France and Britain, and led to World War II. Published April 1, 2015

Illustration on the Cotton letter's impact on nuclear talks with Iran by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Tom Cotton, tragic hero

The snarky quip attributed to 19th-century French Foreign Minister Charles Maurice de Talleyrand — "It was worse than a crime; it was a blunder" — has recently been making the rounds to deride a letter written by Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and signed by 46 other senators. Published March 25, 2015

Government scandals illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Keystone Kops government

What has gone wrong with the U.S. government in the past month? Just about everything, from the fundamental to the ridiculous. Published March 18, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton answers questions at a news conference at the United Nations, Tuesday, March 10, 2015.   Clinton conceded that she should have used a government email to conduct business as secretary of state, saying her decision was simply a matter of "convenience." (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

E-gate epidemics

Former CIA Director David Petraeus plea-bargained to a misdemeanor count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material after having given classified government information to his onetime mistress, Paula Broadwell. How was Gen. Petraeus' transgression uncovered? By exposure of a nongovernment email account that he had set up with to communicate with Ms. Broadwell free of CIA scrutiny. Published March 11, 2015

In this March 3, 2015, photo, President Barack Obama speaks about Iran and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress during a meeting with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (Associated Press) **FILE**

The audacity of weakness

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Congress on Tuesday to warn Americans of the anti-Western threats from theocratic — and likely to soon be nuclear — Iran. Published March 4, 2015

President Obama speaks in Washington.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

A liberal solution to immigration

A federal judge has temporarily blocked President Obama's executive order that overrode existing immigration law. The result is more acrimony and chaos. Published February 25, 2015

Illustration on Obama's political setback in the 2014 mid-term elections by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

How this election is the Democrats' Waterloo

The Duke of Wellington said of his close-run victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo that the French "came on in the same old way, and we sent them back in the same old way." Published November 5, 2014

President Kennedy confers with his brother Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy in 1962 during the buildup of tensions with the Soviet Union that became Cuban Missile Crisis. (Associated Press Photographs)

The new missiles of October

In October 1962, America worried whether an untried young president, John F. Kennedy, could keep us safe from nuclear-tipped missiles from nearby communist Cuba. Published October 22, 2014

Hispanic Bumper Sticker Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The anachronism of ethnic identity politics

Once upon a time, the liberal position was to reject the old discriminatory branding of people by the color of their skins rather than by the content of their characters. Published October 15, 2014

George at the Guillotine Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trading liberty for egalitarianism

At the end of the 18th century, there were two great Western revolutions — the American and the French. Published October 8, 2014

Illustration by Clement, National Post, Toronto, Canada

Bomb or occupy — or neither?

Wars usually end only when the defeated aggressor thinks it would be futile to resume the conflict. Lasting peace follows if the loser is then forced to change its political system into something other than what it was. Published October 1, 2014

A man holds up a rose during a protest Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. Brown's shooting has sparked more than a week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Fanning the flames of racial unrest

Violence following the recent fatal shooting of an unarmed robbery suspect in Ferguson, Mo., has tragically followed a predictable script. Published August 20, 2014