History In The News Lecture #2: The 21st American Century or What Amazon or Facebook Says About America


Google and Amazon are just the Levis and Coca-Cola of the current generation- expressions of American popular culture that appeal the world over because of their informality, egalitarianism and practicality. But popular culture is itself a reflection of a unique Constitution that promotes freedom and merit in a way most other governments do not.

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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 #2 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.