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Articles by Victor Davis Hanson

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

Illustration on Obama's foreign policy inviting agression from rival powers by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Lack of U.S. commitment increases danger

In 1939, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and French Prime Minister Edouard Daladier warned Adolf Hitler that if the Third Reich invaded Poland, a European war would follow. Published May 18, 2016

In this Nov. 21, 2015 file photo, flip flops decorated with a U.S. flag motif lay next to its owner, a Cuban migrant sleeping inside of the public restroom inside the border control building in Penas Blancas, Costa Rica, on the border with Nicaragua. Once Cubans reach the U.S. border, they can just show up at an established U.S. port of entry and declare their nationality, avoiding the dangerous desert crossings that confront many migrants who try to avoid U.S. Border Patrol. (Associated Press PHOTO)

Elites can afford looser immigration policies

Support for, or opposition to, mass immigration is apparently a class issue, not an ethnic or racial issue. Elites more often support lenient immigration policies; the general public typically opposes them. Published May 11, 2016

Warning: Shark Jumping Area Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Protesters jump the shark

''Jump the shark" is an American pop-culture expression that derives from a 1977 "Happy Days" sitcom episode and describes a moment of decline. At a certain point, a TV show becomes so predictable, empty of ideas and gimmicky that in desperation its writers will try anything -- like the character "The Fonz" jumping over a shark on water skis -- just to stay on the air. Published May 4, 2016

Illustration on keeping Hiroshima and Nagasaki in context by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The horrors of Hiroshima in context

The dropping of two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 remains the only wartime use of nuclear weapons in history. Published April 20, 2016

Illustration on the overextension of NATO by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Is NATO worth preserving?

Donald Trump recently ignited another controversy when he mused that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was obsolete. He hinted that it might no longer be worth the huge American investment. Published April 13, 2016

Illustration on the Orwellian corruption of language by government by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The politicization of the English language

Last week, French President Francois Hollande met President Obama in Washington to discuss joint strategies for stopping the sort of radical Islamic terrorists who have killed dozens of innocents in Brussels, Paris and San Bernardino in recent months. Mr. Hollande at one point explicitly referred to the violence as "Islamist terrorism." Published April 6, 2016

Giving Hypocracy a New Name Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Renaming hypocrisy

University students across the country -- at Amherst, Georgetown, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, University of California, Berkeley and dozens of other campuses -- are caught up in yet another new fad. Published March 23, 2016

Illustration on Obama's blaming others for his failures by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The buck never stops here

In a cover story in the latest issue of The Atlantic magazine, President Obama offers astonishing scapegoating for his own foreign policy disasters. Published March 16, 2016

Illustration on ways to hold universities accountable for the quality of education by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Saving the nation's colleges

The public is steadily losing confidence in undergraduate education, given that we hear constantly about how poorly educated are today's graduates and how few well-paying jobs await them. Published March 9, 2016

Illustrations on political pretensions to humble beginnings by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Log cabin candidates

Which presidential candidate was born the poorest? Whose log cabin birthplace was the most ramshackle? Published March 2, 2016

People walk through the newly opened Campus Town at The College of New Jersey Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in Ewing Township, N.J. At TCNJ, recognized as a top public liberal arts school, the first students are moving into the $120 million Campus Town development this month. The complex of buildings includes apartments for nearly 450 students _ with more to come in a second phase of development _ along with a book store. A yogurt shop, tavern and other businesses are to open soon. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Indoctrination, not education

What do campus microaggressions, safe spaces, trigger warnings, speech codes and censorship have to do with higher learning? Published February 3, 2016

Illustration on David Petraeus by Greg Groesch/ The Washington Times

Obama's Petraeus obsession

In politically driven moods, the ancient Romans often wiped from history all mention of a prior hero or celebrity. They called such erasures damnatio memoriae. Published January 27, 2016

Illustration on the Bill O'Reilly/George Will contratemps by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When history and celebrity collide

Earlier this month, premier Fox newsman Bill O'Reilly became unhinged on live television. A red-faced Mr. O'Reilly loudly and repeatedly called his invited guest, Washington Post columnist and fellow conservative Fox News journalist George Will, a "hack" and accused him of lying. Published November 18, 2015