Victor Davis Hanson | Stories - Washington Times
Skip to content

Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson

Articles by Victor Davis Hanson

Our modern 'Satyricon'

The novel survives only in a series of extended fragments. But there are enough chapters for critics to agree that the high-living Petronius, nicknamed the "Judge of Elegance," was a brilliant cynic. He often mocked the cultural consequences of the sudden and disruptive influx of money and strangers from elsewhere in the Mediterranean region into a once-traditional Roman society. Published May 15, 2019

Illustration on Hillary Clinton's behavior by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton projection syndrome

Hillary Clinton recently editorialized about the second volume of special counsel Robert Mueller's massive report. She concluded of the report's assorted testimonies and inside White House gossip concerning President Trump's words and actions that "any other person engaged in those acts would certainly have been indicted." Published May 1, 2019

Illustration on California,cannibal state by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

California becomes America's cannibal state

For more than six years, California has had a top marginal income tax rate of 13.3 percent, the highest in the nation. About 150,000 households in a state of 40 million people now pay nearly half of the total annual state income tax. Published April 10, 2019

Illustration on a Trump victory in 2020 by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Can Trump win in 2020?

In 2016, Donald Trump overwhelmed 16 qualified Republican primary rivals and became the first major-party presidential nominee without prior political or military experience. Against even greater odds, Mr. Trump defeated in the general election a far better funded and politically connected Hillary Clinton. Published March 20, 2019

Illustration on destroying history by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Waging war against the dead

The 21st century is in danger of becoming an era of statue smashing and historical erasure. Not since the iconoclasts of the Byzantine Empire or the epidemic of statue destruction during the French Revolution has the world seen anything like the current war on the past. Published March 13, 2019

Illustration on the travails of 1969 by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The continued resilience of Quiet America

Fifty years ago, the United States was facing crises and unrest on multiple fronts. Some predicted that internal chaos and revolution would unravel the nation. Published March 6, 2019

Illustration on the State of California's financial plight by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

California's rendezvous with reality

Californians brag that their state is the world's fifth-largest economy. They talk as reverentially of Silicon Valley companies Apple, Facebook and Google as the ancient Greeks did of their Olympian gods. Published February 27, 2019

Reality Words Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Changing reality with words

The reinvention of vocabulary can often be more effective than any social protest movement. Malarial swamps can become healthy "wetlands." Fetid "dumps" are often rebranded as green "landfills." Published February 20, 2019

Illustration on Joe Biden by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The mythologies of 'Joe being Joe' Biden

Some polls put 76-year-old Joe Biden as the Democratic front-runner for the 2020 presidential election. There is certainly some logic to that reckoning. Published February 13, 2019

Illustration on the return of ancient pejudices by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The return of ancient prejudices

In the latter half of the 19th century and early in the 20th century, as Catholic immigrants poured in from Ireland and eastern Europe, an anti-Catholic wave spread over a mostly Protestant United States. The majority slur then was that Catholic newcomers' first loyalty would be to "Rome," not the United States. Published February 6, 2019

Illustration on Trump's salutory effect on U.S. opinion by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Beyond the weekly hysterias

The news obsesses over the recent government shutdown, the latest Robert Mueller arrest and, of course, fake news — from the BuzzFeed Michael Cohen non-story to the smears of the Covington Catholic High School students. Published January 31, 2019

Illustration on auditing the auditors by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Auditing America's auditors

The Roman satirist Juvenal, in a famous passage, asked, "Who will watch the watchmen?" Published January 23, 2019

Illustration on remembering 2018 by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

'Actually, 2018 was a pretty good year'

The year 2018 will be deplored by pundits as a bad year of more unpredictable Donald Trump, headlined by wild stock market gyrations, the melodramas of the Robert Mueller investigation and the musical-chair tenures of officials in the Trump administration. Published January 2, 2019

Illustration on the Mueller probe by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Stirring up more trouble than it finds

After 19 months, special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has charged a number of targets with almost every conceivable sin — except collusion with Russia to throw an election. Yet suspicion of collusion was the reason that Mr. Mueller was appointed in the first place. Published December 26, 2018