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Victor Davis Hanson: Will Our Next Revolution Be French, Russian, Maoist, Or American?

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Victor Davis Hanson looks back to history and gives his analysis on where he sees democracy headed in the future during an interview with John Anderson.

"We have middle-class kids with $1.5 trillion in aggregate student debt," he explained. "Banks accept no moral hazard for issuing these loans... If you don't have a vibrant middle class, you won't have the core constituency for Democratic government."

Revolution "is the subtext of all the conversations we have in this country, be it debates or talk radio or in the op-ed columns... it is basically two paradigms, the French, Russian, and Maoist concepts vs. the American Revolution. The code words throughout history are always the same. You start to hear about 'equality' rather than freedom and liberty. You hear 'internationalism.' The Bolsheviks were always talking about the international revolution. The Maoists talked about the 'Asian model.' Pan-Arabism and Baathism is another one. The French said they were going to sweep all of Europe into a revolutionary commune," he explained.


"Whereas the United States was always: We have a particular problem in the U.S. and we are going to solve that within our borders," he continued. "When you get into this revolutionary 'Year One' mode... These people want to replace the very date the United States was founded, 1776 with 1619, it is almost uncanny how close it is to the 'Year Zero' movement during the French Revolution."
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