One of my favorite former professors, Dr. Victor Davis Hanson, a specialist in ancient military history, with whom I was fortunate enough to study during my undergraduate years at California State University, Fresno, was on Hugh Hewitt's radio show earlier this evening talking about the European riots, and providing context, for those who are not too enamored of the socialist nightmare that Europe has become. He had himself just returned from the Continent, and spent an evening in Paris prior to returning to the United States.
For those who may be unaware of Professor Hanson, he is a renowned expert on the ancient culture of Classical Greece, with particular expertise in the Peloponnesian War (431-402 BC) between the rival city-states of Athens and Sparta. In addition to his sterling academic credentials, Dr. Hanson is also a working farmer in the Central Valley of California, with a keen understanding of the problems faced by family farms in today's era. He has published extensively, and has garnered a well-deserved reputation as an expert on contemporary political and military affairs as well.
The full transcript of Dr. Hanson's talk is posted on the fine Radioblogger site for your perusal. I highly recommend that you go over there and read the whole thing. Professor Hanson's commentary on current affairs can also be found on a weekly basis at National Review Online, and also on his own site, VDH's Private Papers.
Hat tip to Glenn Reynolds.