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Articles by Victor Davis Hanson

California's Failing Highway 99 Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Lessons from the highway of death

California State Route 99 is the north-south highway that cuts through the great Central Valley. And it has changed little since the mid-1960s. Published October 26, 2016

Illustration on the presidential race by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The contests within the presidential race

A presidential campaign is figuratively called a "race." Two runners sprint toward the Election Day finish line for the prize of the presidency. Published October 19, 2016

Capitol Castle Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Medieval America

Pessimists often compare today's troubled America to a tottering late Rome or an insolvent and descending British Empire. But medieval Europe (roughly 500 to 1450 A.D.) is the more apt comparison. Published October 12, 2016

Sorting Out Victim Status Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

From Greek tragedy to American therapy

The Greeks gave us tragedy -- the idea that life is never fair. Terrible stuff for no reason tragically falls on good people. Life's choices are sometimes only between the bad and the far worse. Published October 5, 2016

Illustration on Obama's exit before the consequences by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

War clouds are gathering

This summer, President Obama was often golfing. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were promising to let the world be. The end of summer seemed sleepy, the world relatively calm. Published September 21, 2016

Illustration on the real Obama legacy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The legacies of Barack Obama

On his recent Asian tour, President Obama characterized his fellow Americans (the most productive workers in the world) as "lazy." Published September 14, 2016

Illustration on Hillary Clinton's campaign style by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trump up, Clinton down, Obama out

In most presidential elections, the two candidates spar over issues. The president campaigns for his party's nominee in hopes of continuing his legacy. Published September 7, 2016

Illustration on Hillary's actual record of achievement by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

If Democrats could say what they actually think

A group of 50 conservative foreign policy elites and veteran national security officials of prior Republican administrations recently wrote an open letter denouncing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Published August 17, 2016

Illustration on the unpredictable Donald Trump campaign by Mark Weber/Tribune Content Agency

Donald Trump, postmodern candidate

Early 20th century modernism ignored classical rules of expression. But late 20th century postmodernism blew up those rules altogether. Published August 3, 2016

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference with Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson at the Foreign Office in London, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, pool)

The nightmarish results of Muslim outreach

When President Obama entered office, he dreamed that his hope-and-change messaging and his references to his familial Islamic roots would win over the Muslim world. The soon-to-be Nobel Peace Prize laureate would make the United States liked in the Middle East. Then terrorism would decrease. Published July 20, 2016

Illustration on the state of California by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Will California ever thrive again?

There was more of the same old, same old California news recently. Some 62 percent of state roads have been rated poor or mediocre. There were more predications of huge cost overruns and yearly losses on high-speed rail -- before the first mile of track has been laid. One-third of Bay Area residents were polled as hoping to leave the area soon. Published July 6, 2016

Illustration on the Brexit vote by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

When elitism creates a new populism

Following Brexit, Europe may witness even more plebiscites against the undemocratic European Union throughout the continent. Published June 29, 2016

Illustration on the dangers of Obama, the ideologue by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Ideologues make for dangerous politicians

Hillary Clinton is a seasoned liberal politician, but one with few core beliefs. Her positions on subjects such as gay marriage, free-trade agreements, the Keystone XL pipeline, the Iraq War, the Assad regime in Syria and the use of the term "radical Islam" all seem to hinge on what she perceives 51 percent of the public to believe on any given day. Published June 22, 2016

Euro Migrant Lamp Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Walls and immigration -- ancient and modern

When standing today at Hadrian's Wall on the border between Scotland and northern England, everything appears indistinguishably affluent and serene on both sides. Published June 1, 2016