VDH on the Origins of Our Second Civil War

I found this passage from Hanson’s latest essay particularly insightful:

Religious and spiritual reawakening is crucial. The masters of the universe of Silicon Valley did not, as promised, bring us new-age tranquility, but rather only greater speed and intensity to do what we always do. Trolling, doxing, and phishing were just new versions of what Jesus warned about in the Sermon on the Mount. Spiritual transcendence is the timeless water of life; technology is simply the delivery pump. We confused the two. That water can be delivered ever more rapidly does not mean it ever changes its essence. High tech has become the great delusion.

The rest can be read here.

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VDH on the different strains of populism

Excellent new article from Victor Davis Hanson on the varying, classical historical origins of populism and how they manifest themselves still today. Always appreciate his takes when they incorporate a long-term view encompassing antiquity to show humanity faces the same problems continually throughout history.

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