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Articles by Victor Davis Hanson

The Deep State Coup Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

'Deep state' coup of Trump presidency doesn't seem so far-fetched

Recently, former acting CIA chief John McLaughlin proclaimed in a public forum, "Thank God for the deep state." Former CIA Director John Brennan agreed and praised the "deep state people" for their opposition to Mr. Trump. Published November 20, 2019

Illustration on Democratic party dominance of California by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

What happened to California Republicans?

From 1967 to 2019, Republicans controlled the California governorship for 31 of 52 years. So why is there currently not a single statewide Republican officeholder? California also has a Democratic governor and Democratic supermajorities in both houses of the state legislature. Only seven of California's 53 congressional seats are held by Republicans. Published November 13, 2019

A firefighter checks on a homeless encampment in the path of a wildfire called the Dorsey Fire in Grass Valley, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. (Elias Funez/The Union via AP)

Is California returning to its wilderness roots?

About one-third of the nation's welfare recipients live in California. Millions of poor newcomers require enormously expensive state health, housing, education, legal and law-enforcement services. Published October 30, 2019

Turkey illustration by Linas Garsys

Why is the U.S. still an ally to Turkey?

There are about 5,000 members of the U.S. military, mostly airmen, stationed at the huge, strategically located air base in Incirlik, Turkey, northwest of the Syrian border. The American forces at Incirlik are also the custodians of about 50 B61 nuclear bombs. Published October 23, 2019

Illustration on the growing threat of China by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

Is America becoming Sinicized?

A little over 40 years ago, Chinese Communist strongman and reformer Deng Xiaoping began 15 years of sweeping economic reforms. They were designed to end the disastrous, even murderous planned economy of Mao Zedong, who died in 1976. Published October 16, 2019

Illustration on the China threat by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

How China 'woke' the United States

In these times of near civil war, Americans agree on almost nothing. Yet, sometime in 2019, almost all of America finally got "woke" on China. Published October 2, 2019

Illustration on the participatory nature of good citizenship by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The death of American citizenship

The concept of citizenship is being assaulted on the premodern side by the legal blending of mere residency with citizenship. Published September 25, 2019

President Donald Trump points to the cheering crowd as he leaves an Independence Day celebration in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Thursday, July 4, 2019, in Washington.  Trump roused a political tempest when he decided to plant himself squarely in Independence Day observances with a speech from the Lincoln Memorial. His words from that platform, though, were strikingly measured, except for some befuddlement over American military history.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) ** FILE **

Trump's nonstop war against liberal culture

Donald Trump has so enraged his Democratic adversaries that the candidates to replace him have moved farther to the left than any primary field in memory. Published September 18, 2019

The Brexit Game Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Is England still part of Europe?

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is desperate to translate the British public's June 2016 vote to leave the European Union into a concrete Brexit. Published September 11, 2019

Illustration on the ghosts of World War II by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The ghosts of World War II

World War II ended 74 years ago. But even in the 21st century, the lasting effects endure, both psychological and material. Published September 4, 2019

Illustration on Bernie Sanders and Socialism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why socialism, and why now?

The fresh celebrity "Squad" of newly elected identity-politics congresswomen -- Ilhan Omar, Minnesota Democrat, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrat, Ayanna Pressley, Massachusetts Democrat, and Rashida Tlaib, Michigan Democrat -- often either claim to be socialists or embrace socialist ideas. Published August 28, 2019

Non-aggression pact : A bad deal, 80 years ago illustration

Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact: A bad deal, 80 years ago

Some 80 years ago, on Aug. 23, 1939, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, formally known as the Treaty of non-aggression between Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Published August 14, 2019

Illustration on the Treaty of Versailles by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The lessons of the Versailles Treaty

The Treaty of Versailles was signed in Versailles, France, on June 28, 1919. Neither the winners nor the losers of World War I were happy with the formal conclusion to the bloodbath. Published July 24, 2019