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Articles by Victor Davis Hanson

Illustration on rules for civil discourse by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Maybe we could use a civic Hippocratic oath

Amob of protesters associated with the radical left-wing group Antifa swarmed the private residence of Fox News host Tucker Carlson on the night of Nov. 7. They yelled, "Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night!" The mob's apparent aim was to catch Mr. Carlson's family inside and so terrify them that he might temper his conservative views. Only Mr. Carlson's wife was home at the time. She locked herself in a pantry and called police. Published November 14, 2018

Illustration on the end of World War I by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

When World War I ended

The First World War ended 100 years ago this month on Nov. 11, 1918, at 11 a.m. Nearly 20 million people had perished since the war began on July 28, 1914. Published November 7, 2018

Illustration on the importance of rule of law by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

When laws are not enforced, anarchy follows

What makes citizens obey the law is not always their sterling character. Instead, fear of punishment — the shame of arrest, fines or imprisonment — more often makes us comply with laws. Law enforcement is not just a way to deal with individual violators but also a way to remind society at large that there can be no civilization without legality. Published October 31, 2018

Illustration on the last minute gambits of the Democrat Party approaching the mid-term elections by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A gambit in search of empathy

For progressives, the looming midterm elections apparently should not hinge on a booming economy, a near-record-low unemployment rate, a strong stock market and unprecedented energy production. Instead, progressives hope that race and gender questions overshadow pocketbook issues. Published October 24, 2018

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West pose for a picture in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York.  Kanye West will visit the White House on Thursday to meet with President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner talk about manufacturing in America, gang violence, prison reform and Chicago violence. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Trump's rising approval rating among black voters

The provocative Donald Trump certainly seems to be disliked by a majority of African-American professional athletes, cable news hosts, academics and the Black Congressional caucus. Yet there are subtle but increasing indications that his approval among other African-Americans may be reaching historic highs for a modern Republican president. Published October 17, 2018

A new era for the China-Russia-U.S. triangle

Mr. Kissinger's approach was sometimes called "triangulation." But distilled down to its essence, the phrase meant ensuring that China and Russia were not friendlier to each other than each was to the United States. Given that the Soviet Union was much stronger than China at the time, Mr. Kissinger especially courted Beijing. Published October 10, 2018

Illustration on politicizing funerals by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

When funerals become politics

Using funerals for political purposes has a long, but not distinguished, tradition. In 44 B.C. eulogist Mark Antony claimed to Roman mourners that he came to bury Caesar. But his speech created a frenzy and ended up ensuring a death warrant for the once "honorable" Brutus. Published September 5, 2018

Illustration on the Mueller investigation by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The truth will set us all free

Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation was star-crossed from the start. His friend and successor as FBI director, James Comey, by his own admission prompted the investigation — with the deliberate leaking of classified memos about his conversations with President Donald Trump to the press. Published August 29, 2018

Illustration on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The bombs of August

On Aug. 6, 1945, the United States dropped a uranium-fueled atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, another U.S. Army Air Forces B-29 repeated the attack on Nagasaki, Japan, with an even more powerful plutonium bomb. Published August 22, 2018

Illustration on double standards in the modern justice system by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The double standards of postmodern justice

The New York Times recently hired as a writer and board member Sarah Jeong. The Times knew that in recent years Ms. Jeong had posted a series of unapologetically racist anti-white tweets. She had offered wisdom such as #CancelWhitePeople and expressed hatred for males. Published August 15, 2018

Illustration on the renewal and periodic re-invention of American society by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The American art of renewal

"Make America Great Again" is the oft-caricatured slogan of the Donald Trump presidency. When President Trump was elected, he boasted of jump-starting the economy to achieve an annual economic growth rate of 4 percent. Published August 1, 2018

Illustration on solving the problems of NATO by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Reforming NATO is the only way to save it

Donald Trump recently ignited yet another firestorm by hedging when asked whether protecting the newest NATO member, tiny Montenegro, might be worth risking a war. Published July 25, 2018

The Problem with NATO Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

NATO's challenge is Germany, not America

During the recent NATO summit meeting, a rumbustious Donald Trump tore off a thin scab of niceties to reveal a deep and old NATO wound — one that has predated President Trump by nearly 30 years and goes back to the end of the Cold War. Published July 18, 2018

Illustration on the emotional and political state of the Democrat party by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

When the left can't come to grips with losing power

Key Trump administration officials have been confronted at restaurants. Rep. Maxine Waters, California Democrat, urged protestors to hound Trump officials at restaurants, gas stations or department stores. Published July 4, 2018