Victor Davis Hanson joins us to talk about his latest book, The Dying Citizen: How Progressive Elites, Tribalism, and Globalization are Destroying the Idea of America.
The book argues that multiple forces are laying siege to the concept and practice of citizenship in our times: evisceration of the middle class; open borders; identity politics; the administrative state; progressive political evolutionaries; and globalists and globalization. While events of the past two years have demonstrated the fragility of citizenship, Dr. Hanson maintains that there is still time to rebuild what we’re in danger of losing - and that an essential ingredient in this effort is rediscovering the transcendent.
Dr. Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University; a professor of Classics Emeritus at California State University, Fresno; and a nationally syndicated columnist.
00:00 - Introduction
01:45 - Why 2020/2021 was a wake-up call
06:30 - Identity politics and religion
9:10 - America: made by, and for, religious people
13:30 - Faith as the mortar for our civic identity bricks
16:20 - Ambivalence toward country, when country neglects faith
21:20 - Restoring transcendence, restoring citizenship
26:05 - Conclusion
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Victor Davis Hanson, The Dying Citizen (2021)
John Adams, “Letter to Massachusetts Militia” (October 11, 1798) [source of quotation: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people”]
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