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Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson is a distinguished fellow of the Center for American Greatness. He is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the author of “The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won,” from Basic Books. You can reach him by e-mailing

Articles by Victor Davis Hanson

HANSON: Failure not an option

We all remember the advice about failure we received from our parents and teachers. "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." "Learn from your mistakes." "Failure breeds success." Published November 23, 2008

HANSON: Small change

We will likely see a lot of political "readjustments" come January, once President-elect Barack Obama and many new Democratic congressmen assume office, and the Republican administration leaves. Published November 16, 2008

HANSON: Make haste slowly

Festina lente. Make haste slowly. That was the motto of the revolutionary-minded young Augustus who soon grasped that he needed to build upon Rome's past, rather than dismantle it. Published November 7, 2008

HANSON: Comparing us to what?

After the September financial meltdown, many abroad, and some at home, immediately - and with undisguised glee - blamed U.S. problems on cowboy excess and forecast the end of American global influence. Published November 2, 2008

HANSON: The Obama enigma

Lame-duck Republican President Bush's dismal poll ratings have descended to those of Harry Truman's when he left office. The Democratic majority in Congress will probably widen after the election. Republican nominee John McCain has not run a dynamic campaign. Gen. Colin Powell, George Bush's former secretary of state, has now enthusiastically endorsed Barack Obama. Published October 26, 2008

HANSON: It’s the debt, stupid

Who caused the American financial panic and the wild swings in our financial system - and what are we going to do about it in the long term after the markets settle down? Published October 19, 2008

HANSON: Global nervous breakdown?

Ancient thinkers from Thucydides to Cicero insisted money was the real source of military power and national influence. We have been reminded of that classical wisdom these last three weeks. Published October 5, 2008

HANSON: Dr. Frankenstein’s Wall Street

When the mortgage bubble burst, Americans were "shocked" at how many Wall Street buccaneers had been gambling in a vast pyramid scheme with someone else's money. Paper fortunes were made buying and selling questionable subprime mortgages on the silly assumption that such gargantuan inside profiting would always expand - even as the number of homebuyers able to buy overpriced properties was shrinking. Published September 28, 2008

HANSON: Obama proves all too human

Many things Barack Obama did to soar past Hillary Clinton during the primaries now cause him problems as the general-election race tightens. Published September 21, 2008

HANSON: What was feminism?

The media went hysterical over Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska and Republican nominee for vice president. She may have appeared to the public as an independent, capable professional woman, but to a particular elite she couldn't possibly be a real feminist or even a serious candidate. Published September 12, 2008

HANSON: Want a genuine change?

The 2008 presidential campaign is supposed to be a referendum on "change" — who brings it and who doesn't. Real change, however, hasn't yet proven to mean new politics. Published September 5, 2008

HANSON: Blame everyone but Russia

Everyone is distracted by the Olympics. The squabbling here on the campaign trail consumes the media. Two presidential candidates and a lame-duck president all are weighing in on foreign policy. No wonder Vladimir Putin thought it was a good time to invade Georgia. Published August 22, 2008