Victor Davis Hanson, a 5th generation landowner in Selma, California, grows raisins (grapes) in a region that bills itself as the “Raisin Capital of the World.” Professor Hanson is a Stanford University Hoover Institution fellow and a scholar of military history and ancient Greece. VDH also opines on social trends, especially related to agrarianism and immigration in California.
Contempt for The Case for Trump
Both the Left and Right have lauded his epoch-spanning histories of war. So why lately has the bipartisan goodwill evaporated? Easy to understand, explains Nick Burns. “Hanson’s new book is titled, simply, The Case for Trump.”
The repercussions have been swift. Isaac Chotiner of the New Yorker accused Hanson of ‘hostility to undocumented Mexican and Central American immigrants.’ Charlie Sykes of the new Weekly Standard rump, the Bulwark, enumerated learned Hanson among the ‘grifters and trolls’ whom he and his fellow editors wished to banish from the respectable society of the Washington dinner party circuit.
Perhaps Sykes is unaware Hanson would probably accept an ostracism from D.C. society with equanimity. Unlike the ilk of the Bulwark, he is no Beltway courtier. He spends much of his time on his family’s raisin farm in Selma, California, population 23,219 at last count.
A Genuine Conservative
Equally luckily for Hanson, he is perfectly content to weather all the derision that New York and Washington can throw at him. For he does not depend on them: his is a genuine conservatism that comes from the land, like his raisins. A vanishingly rare species in these latter days.
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