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Victor Davis Hanson: A Voice of Clarity in Our Time

Posted by ghostofsparta on July 6, 2009

(Crossposted at http://paranoidpyro8503.blogspot.com/2009/07/victor-davis-hanson-voice-of-clarity-in.html)

Not much of my own commentary on this piece, save to say that I am a huge fan of the works of Victor Davis Hanson. He’s something of a hero of mine as he speaks with clarity and authority on many contemporary issues. He’s also a master of Greek History and an excellent military historian writing such books as The Soul of Battle and Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise to Western Power. He also has a collection of his short works over the last few years in Between War and Peace: Lessons from Afghanistan to Iraq .

Ok, enough pimping for the man, on to the juicy stuff. He wrote an article over the weekend entitled Thoughts on a Schizophrenic Society. The article is essentially 2 part: Part 1 sums up nice as

The point? We live in an age without rules only to reinvent them at a whim. A prudish society does not invest billions in Botox, reconstructive surgery, and sexual enhancement; yet a Gomorrah does not demand public contrition for sexual intercourse outside of marriage. I am not passing moral judgment as much as confused about the consistency, and puzzled over what are the exact rules, if any any more.

While Part 2 speaks about the saddened state of California (the state in which he resides). Well worth the read, should only take a few minutes.

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