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“Hatched, matched, and dispatched”—my mother’s term for the births, marriages, and deaths columns in our local paper. Let's visit the hatcheries. What's mainly happening in the hatcheries: a slowdown of business. Americans are not making as many babies as we used to: Births plunge to record lows in United States, MSN, May 17, 2018. The... Read More
wolfewasaman
I share the general sadness—which I think is particularly felt among us of the stone-kicking community—at the passing of the writer Tom Wolfe. Reviewing his novel I Am Charlotte Simmons, I prefaced my review with some general expressions of admiration, thus: How does this conservative look forward to a new Tom Wolfe novel? Let me... Read More
getonit
It's been a depressing few days on the immigration front. Not least depressing has been the collapse of the lawsuits against Disney World. Just to remind you: Disney was in the news three years ago for laying off American IT workers and replacing them with cheaper workers from India on H-1B visas. The American workers... Read More
caranzaimage
I'm having a fire sale on education stories this week. Also a parallel fire sale on quotes from my 2009 book We Are Doomed, because the education chapter of that book was the most fun to write and it's pertinent to this week's stories. Here's a sort of keynote quote from that chapter: Education story... Read More
As a child I learnt the old rhyme characterizing the months: So there went Showery, and now we're into Flowery. The back yard is a riot of daffodils (or a host, if you want to be punctilious about it). Then comes Bowery; which, taking the word to mean "leafy" means up to the treehouse for... Read More
ststephen
Here's a story from across the pond, a story about negrolatry. Don't reach for your dictionary; I just made that word up. And yes, to you pedants: I mixed Latin and Greek together. So sue me. You get the idea, anyway. Here I'm working the late Larry Auster's theme that to guilty white liberals, blacks... Read More
Despite a high signal-to-noise ratio in MSM coverage, there actually is information to be extracted from the FBI scandal. It just takes someone with a sharper eye than mine, and a way better acquaintance with the machinery of federal government than I have, to pick out these traces of signal—signal about our society, our culture,... Read More
Today, April 20th, is the fiftieth anniversary of British politician Enoch Powell's Birmingham speech against mass Third World immigration into his country. VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow has an eloquent post about this and VDARE.com has reposted the speech itself, with supporting hyperlinks brought up to date. There are YouTube clips of Powell actually delivering bits... Read More
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David Reich [Email him] Professor of Genetics at Harvard, has published a book about ancient human DNA: Who We Are and How We Got Here. He heralded publication with a March 23rd New York Times op-ed [How Genetics Is Changing Our Understanding of ‘Race’ ] that got the chattering classes a-chattering and the sputtering classes... Read More
In my infamous column “The Talk, Nonblack Version” at TakiMag, six years ago this month, I introduced the ad hoc abbreviation IWSB for “Intelligent and Well-Socialized Blacks.” I then advised the nonblack youth of America as follows: I can’t really claim to have been very energetic about taking my own advice here, but there is... Read More
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From his speaking and tweeting earlier this week, after a briefing from Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, it is plain that President Donald J. Trump did not know, until Secretary Nielsen enlightened him, that there is no legal way for the U.S.A. to prevent most foreigners from just walking into our country, then settling... Read More
It’s the blecks (1): Guns. My biggest email bag of the month came after I hypothesized, in the March 23rd Radio Derb, that the enthusiasm white Americans display for owning guns, unusualamong Western nations, is connected to the other distinctive thing about our country: the presence in it, from the beginning, of a large black... Read More
Recently, I chewed over the concept of meritocracy some , by way of commemorating Michael Young’s introduction of the word fifty years ago this year. Well, meritocracy’s been in the news again last week. On Tuesday CNN reported that Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has said that in personnel matters, he will not focus... Read More
childrenguns
Where Are Muslim Slave Traders When We Need Them?
Steven Runciman’s 1951 History of the Crusades is nowadays regarded with some skepticism by serious scholars; but it’s the one I was raised on, and it’s wonderfully cynical. And for cynics, the story of the Children’s Crusade is especially satisfying. This Crusade was led by Stephen of Cloyes, “a shepherd-boy of about twelve years old,”... Read More
Amy Wax, a tenured Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania is now being subjected to a SECOND Two Minutes Hate by our Emerging Totalitarian Left. I should say—having some slight acquaintance with the lady—that Professor Wax is a formidable person to take on in combat, not only intellectually but also in personality. I... Read More
I got a smile or two out of this March 14th piece in Scientific American, title: Why Are White Men Stockpiling Guns? Subtitle: “Research suggests it’s largely because they’re anxious about their ability to protect their families, insecure about their place in the job market and beset by racial fears.” [By Jeremy Adam Smith,March 14,... Read More
pelosiryan
So Congress finally passed a budget. It’s a blockbuster—$1.3 trillion, or around four thousand dollars for every man, woman, and child in the U.S.A. Basically it is a compound made up of (a) anything Leftist Democrats could wish for, and (b) anything that the Jeb Bush wing of the Republican Party, and that wing’s Big... Read More
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I’ve got to assume that very few Americans ever heard of Telford, a district in the English West Midlands. Steve Sailer admits to never having heard of it; and if Steve hasn’t heard of it, nobody has. This is excusable. There was no such place as Telford until 1968. That was when bureaucratic managerialism in... Read More
fundingantifa
In open, civilized societies there is a tolerance for some level of disorder, as being the price citizens collectively pay for their liberties. But the key words in what I just said: “some level.” Today, in the year 2018, we are fifty years on from 1968, when public tolerance of disorder was tested to breaking... Read More
trumpguns
There is an old joke, known I am sure to most of my listeners, about the Second Coming. That instinct to look busy is common to all bureaucratic organizations, including of course the federal government. It seized President Trump this week. On Wednesday, February 28, he held an hour-long televised session at the White House... Read More
This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of the publication of Michael Young’s book The Rise of the Meritocracy. You can read the book online here. It takes the form of a long (170 pages) essay supposed to be written by a British sociologist of the year 2033. He reviews the previous century of social developments... Read More
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Hysterics Under The Guidance Of Fanatics
My impression is that the U.S.A. is a much more hysterical country than it used to be. You can, in your imagination, conjure up the way particular human types will react to some public event. How would a thoughtful, law-abiding, middle-class family man react? How would a vinegary old maid react? How would a ditzy... Read More
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The Chinese sure can be exasperating. Paul Midler writes in his new book What’s Wrong with China: (Laowai is the common—informal, non-hostile—Chinese term for a foreigner, equivalent to Japanese gaijin. Pronunciation here. During my own China days in the early 1980s the usual expat term for the syndrome under discus
But Electing Pro-Gun Presidents Reduce Does Gun Ownership!
Another school shooting, another flurry of pointless arm-flapping from the commentariat, every commentator mounting his favorite hobby-horse and galloping off to the races. Most popular: Stricter federal gun control! Couple of problems with that, most notably: It’s not what Americans want. Alex Tabarrok at Marginal Revolution tweeted out a very nifty little video showing the... Read More
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Here’s a science story from the Old Country. Britain’s main Progressive and anti-white newspaper over there, The Guardian, reported with much glee on February 7th that the remote ancestors of the British people had dark skin. Take that, white supremacists! This finding comes from recent advances in our understanding of DNA. By scrutinizing a person’s... Read More
wsjimmigration
I’ve recently been cheering the fact that our country has awoken from its immigration slumbers and is now at last discussing the issue publicly in a reasoned, well-informed, grown-up way. Not ex-President George W. Bush, though. He’s still mumbling out the threadbare slogans of fifteen years ago—slogans even the cheap-labor shills are now embarrassed to... Read More
blackpoweremoji
I wrote the definitive takedown of the State of The Union, which I called “this Stalinesque extravaganza” ten years ago in We Are Doomed. Why don’t they listen? I noted how disgracefully inappropriate this spectacle is to a commercial republic. I pointed out that for most of our history there was no speech, only an... Read More
On January 21st the Screen Actors Guild gave Gary Oldman their “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role” award for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. The movie is about Churchill coming to power as Prime Minister in May 1940 and the events leading up to the evacuation from Dunkirk.... Read More
justsigned
As regular listeners know, I have a newspaper delivered every morning to read over my breakfast oatmeal. It’s nothing heavy, just the New York Post, which nicely straddles the borderline between too-good-to-check tabloid idiocy and the honking self-important ponderosity of the broadsheet press. I don’t read more than about ten percent of my morning newspaper.... Read More
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Merit-Based Immigration Another Cheap Labor Racket, DACA Fuss Just ANNOYING
As I go to pixel, the congresscritters are still fighting over whether to close down the federal government in the name of 800,000 illegal aliens. I’ll leave you to find out the result in tomorrow morning’s news. As I noted last week, the standard of debate over immigration is higher than it used to be—better... Read More
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Friday finds me in an unusually buoyant mood about the immigration outlook—long term. But first, was the President’s much-denounced remark fair? Let’s investigate. In Haiti‘s case the President’s remark was very apt. From the National Public Radio website, dated July 29th 2017: You Probably Don’t Want To Know About Haiti’s Sewage Problems (by Rebecca Hersher)... Read More
Several readers have emailed in to congratulate me on having been mentioned in the New York Times. (Again: It happens about once per decade.) The white supremacists on the far right have “yellow fever” — an Asian woman fetish. It’s a confusing mix. Andrew Anglin, the founder of the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer, once... Read More
Big political news this week was the new book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff, who comes with the epithet “veteran journalist.” Wikileaks has pirated the PDF. Wolff quotes many, many people across the past few months telling him how dysfunctional Trump’s White House is, and how stupid and obnoxious... Read More
Boy, they’re dragging out this DACA thing, aren’t they? Where are we up to this week? As I’ve been reporting, there are two issues in play here: Funding the government, and resolving the DACA business—those 800,000 illegal aliens who were given temporary work permits, probably illegally, by Barack Obama … and who are not, by... Read More
I’ve reached the point in life when lamenting the end of another year comes more naturally than celebrating the beginning of a new one. How time flies! Another year gone already? After age seventy the passing scene more and more resembles the image one of Noël Coward’s characters supplied: it’s For example: The last time... Read More
ms13longisland
It’s great that we now have an administration in Washington, at any rate a Justice Department, willing to round up and deport illegal aliens. But federal officers charged with doing so are opposed by a mighty army of lawyers, products of our CultMarxified law schools this past forty years. They also face a lot of... Read More
muslimbollards
‘Twas the week before Christmas / And all through the nation / We’re waiting for government / To control immigration. It’s been a year of a Republican President with a Republican Congress, and nothing’s been done. Well, not quite nothing. I’m reading good things about interior enforcement; Trump’s travel bans were a step forward towards... Read More
I loathe and fear the Cultural Revolution we’re undergoing. Friends of mine were caught up in its prototype, the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution that consumed China fifty years ago. I’ve sat listening to their stories. What I see happening here today is all too similar. I don’t want to be accused of hyperbole, though. Similar... Read More
What I call “Demographic conservatism”—the instinctive tendency to want to live among people who closely resemble yourself in appearance, manners, dress style, language, and religion, the package we call “culture,” except that race is a component too—is a major factor in what I’ve been calling the Cold Civil War between Goodwhites and Badwhites. The latest... Read More
Byron Roth’s PERILS OF DIVERSITY
Those are striking words: a true political fact, pithily expressed. Much more striking is that they were spoken in 1981, half a lifetime ago. The speaker was then-Senator Alan Simpson, in his capacity as
A lot of email still coming in on my “Importing an overclass” post. Some sample points from the email bag. White South Africans? A reader: Though I generally agree with your call for an almost complete moratorium on future immigration, I was surprised that you had not carved out an exception for white South African... Read More
asianstudents
Last week, I ventured some remarks about the Justice Department case against Harvard University for discriminating against Asian Americans. This brought in a surprising number of emails. I’ll take just two main points: First main point raised by readers: Import an overclass? We already did that! Listeners who made this point were referring of course... Read More
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But Maybe That’s Good For Americans?
There hasn’t been a whole lot of news about the Department of Justice investigation of Harvard University since I last mentioned the issue back in August. To refresh your memory: the DOJ was responding to a complaint from a coalition of Asian-American groups that their people, Asian-Americans, are discriminated against by Harvard admissions officers. Back... Read More
Mencken Club postscripts. First event of the month was the tenth annual conference of the H.L. Mencken Club. Congratulations to Paul Gottfried for carrying the club forward these ten years. Thanks also to Mary Gottfried for her organizational efforts. I think I have a fair idea how much time and trouble goes into setting up... Read More
Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, available exclusively on VDARE.com There was a rally last week in Montgomery, the Alabama state capital in support of U.S. senate candidate Roy Moore, who I very much want to win December 12th, mainly because he’s so not a Ryan-McConnell Establishment Republican donor puppet empty-suit-bot. The newsworthy thing about... Read More
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Trump Should Already Have Acted On DACA, TPS…And Birthright Citizenship
Last week Radio Derb alerted the world to the possibility of an onrushing Big Cuck. The key date here: December 8th, the deadline for Congress to pass a government spending bill. If that bill isn’t passed, the federal government will have to shut down nonessential services. That means national parks, payments to federal contractors, regulatory... Read More
nytdreher
You maybe heard about the black law professor who published an op-ed in the New York Times expressing the anguish he claims to feel when teaching his kids, as he feels he should, that white people can’t be trusted, and blacks can’t be friends with them. [Can My Children Be Friends With White People?, by... Read More
Voting NO!! On Inexplicable DHS Pick Kirstjen Nielsen
You have of course heard of Trump Derangement Syndrome. That manifests when, in conversation with someone, you say something approving of our President, and the party of the second part turns purple and starts shouting while lurching from side to side, with steam coming out of his ears. I don’t of course have Trump Derangement... Read More
menkenprohibition
Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen. My title is “The Alt Right Perspective.” I assume this means that I should tell you what the Alt Right is, and how Alt Righters see the world. That’s unfortunate because I don’t actually know what the Alt Right is. Casual acquaintances—neighbors and such—sometimes ask me if I am Alt... Read More
So President Trump’s chief of staff, former Marine Corps General John Kelly, praised Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Fox News: “Robert E. Lee was an honorable man. He was a man who gave up his country to fight for his state.” Those are accurate statements, so far as I know. They wouldn’t have been... Read More
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About John Derbyshire

John Derbyshire writes an incredible amount on all sorts of subjects for all kinds of outlets. (This no longer includes National Review, whose editors had some kind of tantrum and fired him. He is the author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism and several other books. His most recent book, published by VDARE.com com is FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle).His writings are archived at JohnDerbyshire.com.