History In The News Lecture #6: Why Do Millions Emigrate To Rather Than From the West? From Ancient Greece to Modern America


Legal immigration historically has seen non-Westerners emigrate to Western societies, given a greater likelihood there of material security and personal freedom. The success of immigration, however, hinges on legality, integration, assimilation and intermarriage – and it fails if immigrants arrive in illegal fashion, and do not adopt the language, customs and values of their hosts.

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Journalists like to think that they’re writing the first rough draft of history, but in fact, their stories often just recycle forgotten plotlines from long-ago conflicts. In History in the News, noted historian Victor Davis Hanson shows how today’s headlines tend to reflect yesterday’s news, whether they concern Germany’s resurgence or America’s cultural influence or the challenge of fighting an enemy who does not play by the rules. Confucius had it right: To learn about the future, study the past.

This is Lecture #6 in an eight-part series from PJ Media’s Victor Davis Hanson Lecture Series Collection.

History In The News was written by author and historian Victor Davis Hanson. The video was produced by PJ Media, LLC (www.pjmedia.com) and is offered on Amazon.com.