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The Japanese Were Right. The British Were Wrong.
This week our subject is “Life in Derbistan” or London as it used to be. I’m going to indulge myself in some nostalgia. It’s geezerish, I know. But reading about the terrorist attack on London’s Westminster Bridge this Wednesday got me thinking about London, and I began to nostalge. (Is that a verb, “nostalge”? “I... Read More
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[Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com.] Fifty years ago, give or take a few weeks, subscribers to the quarterly Leftist journal Partisan Review were just settling down with the Winter 1967 edition — accompanied, one imagines, by a nice dry martini and a freshly-opened pack of Chesterfields. That edition of... Read More
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The Fake News story of the week also offered insights into just how insulated from reality our Goodwhites are. It started with President Trump telling a rally in Florida last Saturday that: You look at what’s happening in Germany. You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden! —Who would believe this? Sweden! They... Read More
Nigel Farage listens to a British caller who is well to his right on Muslim immigration. Credit: VDare.com.
Talk about fake news: before our very eyes, the Main Stream Media is attempting to disappear Sweden’s Muslim rape crisis after President Trump alluded to it in his Florida rally on Friday e.g. From an Anchor’s Lips to Trump’s Ears to Sweden’s Disbelief . [By Peter Baker And Sewell Chan, NYT, February 20, 2017] Trump... Read More
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There was no abatement of Lefty hysteria in this, the second week of the first Trump administration. The principal eruptions were: mobs of demonstrators at airports protesting a change to Customs and Immigration procedures; Main Stream Media denunciations of Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court; Hollywood airheads going Hitlery-Hitlery-Hitler at some glitzy awards ceremony; an... Read More
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A Muscular Speech, Exemplary People, and No Affirmative Action Poets!
The great news this week was of course the inauguration. Let me go directly to it. I’m just going to hand you off for a moment to a person who is much smarter than I am: Professor Robert LaFleur, speaking here in lecture 16 of the Great Courses lectures on the Analects of Confucius. Professor... Read More
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Can D.C. Suits Stand It?
This is the Week of the Two Presidents—Donald Trump succeeds Barack Obama at noon on Friday January 20. Both men recently addressed major gatherings: Barack Obama made his official farewell to the nation, Donald Trump held his first formal press conference since being elected. Each event was highly characteristic. My take: I for one am... Read More
A black mob attacks Reginald Denny during the Rodney King riots. Credit: VDare.com.
This is one of those weeks where the inside pages of the newspapers (for those of you who remember newspapers) grab one’s attention better than the big headlines. The story that the comment threads are talking about: the four young blacks in Chicago who kidnapped and tortured a retarded young white guy. The blacks are... Read More
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When Christmas and New Year’s both fall on a weekend, that week in between is the silliest of all silly seasons in the Western world. Unless there’s a natural disaster, or some non-Western lunatic tries to start a war, nothing happens. So I’m going to write at length about the one newsy thing that did... Read More
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Trump and Tillerson have the Power to Stop Them Coming Here immediately
On Monday December 19, another Muslim murderer ran amok: twenty-three-year-old Tunisian immigrant Anis Amri hijacked a big rig and drove it into a crowd of Christmas shoppers in Berlin, Germany, killing twelve and injuring fifty. Three and a half days later, in the small hours of Friday morning, Amri was spotted by two cops in... Read More
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Our Ruling Class’s anxieties about the Russians, and their anxieties about us, have a deckchairs-on-the-Titanic quality about them. Peering forward into the middle 21st century as best I am able, there are much bigger issues looming. Nine years ago I wrote a piece titled “The Arctic Alliance.” My argument, in a nutshell, was that the... Read More
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I’ve been meaning to say something about Brexit, the referendum in Britain six months ago to leave the European Union. It’s still causing a huge constitutional fuss over there. I’ve hesitated to comment, because, in the first place the little I ever knew about the British Constitution has long since drained away down the foggy... Read More
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Last week started off with another Muslim terrorist attack, this one on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus. Shortly before 10 a.m. Monday a Somali immigrant, a student at the university, deliberately drove his car into a group of people, injuring several. Then he got out and stared stabbing bystanders with a butcher... Read More
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DOJ and DHS Are All That Really Matter
It was a joyous Thanksgiving for us immigration patriots, as our man continues interviewing for his executive team while the nation echoes to the festive sound of liberals’ heads exploding. [Bang!] Oh, there goes another one. Happy, happy days! As we go to press, The Donald is taking a Thanksgiving break with the family down... Read More
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The current (November 19th-25th) issue of The Economist has a striking long article about Chinese — more precisely, ChiCom — nationalism. Bottom line: it’s racial. I’ve made this point myself, e.g. in my 2001 China Diary: “Did they ask to see your passport?” I wanted to know. No, she said, they had not. Nor did... Read More
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St Thomas Aquinas told us that one of the pleasures enjoyed by the blessed in Heaven was to contemplate the sufferings of the damned in Hell. Apparently if you get to Heaven there is a sort of balcony you have access to where you can stand and watch the sinners down below being prodded, scorched,... Read More
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Which Is Why We Have Immigration And Cultural Marxism
No doubt because of the impending presidential election, we’ve had some musings on the past and future of conservatism in the pages of the New York Times this past few days. Ross Douthat [Email him] was first up with a column titled What The Right’s Intellectuals Did Wrong In the October 26th edition. His very... Read More
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A couple of remarks in Professor Susan McWillams’recent Modern Age piece celebrating the 25th anniversary of Christopher Lasch’s 1991 book The True and Only Heaven, which analyzed the cult of progress in its American manifestation, have stuck in my mind. Here’s the first one: In the most recent American National Election Studies survey, only 19... Read More
Democratic operative (and ex-convict) Robert Creamer. Credit: VDare.com.
But Corrupt Government Agencies Won’t Investigate
Watergate, anyone? What brought it to mind was this news story from CNN:Dem[Ocrat] Operative “Stepping Back” After Video Suggests Group Incited Violence At Trump Rallies. [October 18, 2016] Relevant quote from the story: “Democracy Partners called O’Keefe’s video a ‘well-funded, systematic spy operation that is the modern day equivalent of the Watergate burglars.’” What’s this... Read More
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I guess The Donald should be glad at least that his enemies can’t play the Hitler card. Hitler seems to have been well-nigh sexless—definitely not a ladies’ man.Eva Braun once grumbled that he had never treated her like a woman. Nobody’s quite sure what she meant, and whatever it was died with her in the... Read More
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Another month, another race riot, another Black Lives Matter Narrative Collapse, this time in Charlotte, North Carolina. Do BLM activists and their sugar daddiesnot know how this movie will end? Let me help them: AMERICANS WILL OPT FORLAW AND ORDER. Shortly before 4pm on Tuesday, September 20th, Officer Brentley Vinson of the Charlotte police force... Read More
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Here’s something I did enjoy watching—as opposed to the Clinton/ Trump debate.It’s intelligent, instructive, and thought-provoking, and so the opposite of retail politics. It was balm on my wounded psyche, 84 minutes of sunlit good sense after a raging storm of gibberish—a panel held at the National Press Club (boo!) last week: Immigration and Less-Educated... Read More
Jennifer Rubin and Bret Stephens
I'd not an anti-Semite; I never have been; and I don’t have much time for anti-Semites. I’ve written a couple of million words of opinion commentary this past thirty years, all of it archived on my website, and I defy you to find any evidence of anti-Semitism in it anywhere. However, I’ve turned against the... Read More
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Two Hungarian Heroes vs. The “Refugee” Racket (Which Obama/Clinton LOVE)
There have been many attempted invasions of Europe by barbarian hordes. Each one has brought forth heroes to lead the fight for civilization. The Spartans held the pass at Thermopylae. Aetius fought the Huns to a standstillat Châlons (although to judge from the character sketch in Gibbon, Aetius might just as happily have fought on... Read More
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What Unites The Alt Right Is Resistance To Lies
Three weeks ago, I floated the word “Clintocalypse” to describe how the end of the world as we know it would follow a victory for Mrs. Clinton. Other opinionators were having the same thought. The one who’s been getting most coverage—no, I don’t begrudge it, honestly [sound of weeping]—is the pseudonymous writer Decius and his... Read More
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How about that Donald Trump, eh? Our man pulled off two—count ’em, two—big political moves in one day this week. He went to Mexicoand met with that country’s President as anapparent equal, and he then hopped over to Arizona and gave a fine thundering speech on immigration, packed with policy specifics. The policy specifics of... Read More
The Cedar Rapids Sweet Corn Festival: When you see these reports, ask \"What COLOR boy?\"
This week we saw some more fruits of Midwestern Nice. By a pleasant concinnity, the scene was Wisconsin’s 4th Congressional District, right up against Wisconsin’s 1st, where Paul Ryan, the Dark Lord of Midwestern Nice, crushed his enemies in last week’s primary. Those two Congressional Districts are considerably different. District 1, Paul Ryan’s, is 91... Read More
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And At Least One GOP Establishmentarian Gets Him
You’ve got to hand it to Donald Trump: He’s the anti-Mitt Romney. Remember how spooked Ol’ Mittens was any time the Main Stream Media squealed at something he said? Remember when he endorsed “self-deportation”?—a perfectly sensible and humane concept. If we rigorously enforce the people’s laws on immigration, then illegal aliens won’t be able to... Read More
VDare: Melania Trump, legal immigrant, wife and mother of an American citizen.
It’s odd how many political stories end up in the zone of our irrational, chaotic, and corrupt immigration system. It’s like an astronomical black hole, with a gravitational force that sucks in any story that gets too close. You wouldn’t think it’s so difficult to have a sensible, straightforward system that meets national needs: that... Read More
The absence of diversity in Taiwan is noticeable.
[Mr and Mrs Derb spent the second half of July on vacation in the Far East — ten days in Taiwan, then four days in Hong Kong. Here are some random observations about Taiwan. Since our Hong Kong visit overlapped into August, I’ll post on that in next month’s diary. I last came to Taiwan... Read More
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Royce Mann’s Awful Video Shows Real Problem–Elite Ethnomasochist Brainwashing
Another week, another Muslim atrocity, this one on the French Riviera: 84 dead as I go to tape. These incidents inspire in me what I can only describe as calm despair. There’s something in the collective character of Western humanity that is awfully resistant to learning an obvious lesson here. To adapt Chiang Kai-shek’s famous... Read More
Dallas sniper victims Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarippa, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, Lorne Ahrens--R. I. P
As everyone surely knows, on Thursday evening citizens of Dallas, Texas were holding a demonstration in that city’s downtown, good-naturedly chanting “Pigs in a blanket!” and “F— the police!” while the city’s police department was out in force to keep order. Suddenly there was shooting from a high building nearby, targeted at the cops. By... Read More
Boris (Johnson, Not Godunov). Credit: VDare.com.
Last week, I noted that Boris Johnson, the former Mayor of London—which is not, by the way, the same thing as Lord Mayor of London, for reasons it would take much too long to explain—was being spoken of as the likely next Prime Minister over there, David Cameron having said he will step down after... Read More
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I always thought Rule Britannia should have been Britain’s national anthem. It’s way more fun to sing than God Save the Queen and I love that bumptious 18th-century nationalism: The Muses, still with freedom found, Shall to thy happy coast repair: Blest isle with matchless beauty crowned, And manly hearts to guard the fair. [Chorus]... Read More
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The very first thing I heard about the Orlando shooter, on the CBS news over my car radio, was that he was an American citizen. They just couldn’t wait to tell us that. Whether it was precisely CBS who were eager to tell us, or Orlando law enforcement, with CBS just passing on what they... Read More
Berry Library at Dartmouth: not a \"safe space\" for white students, assaulted by \"Black Lives Matter\" demonstrators in November. Credit: VDare.com.
Living as a white guy in America after having grown up elsewhere, I must say, I don’t see much ill-will towards blacks among my fellow whites. There are traces of it, I know; I read the comment threads. The vast majority of white Americans, however, wish no harm to blacks, nor any restriction of their... Read More
The national appetite for stories—books and movies—about white people being beastly to black peopleis apparently insatiable. A blockbuster of this genre, which I’ve referred to as “Abolitionist Porn”, was the novel and TV movie Roots, back in the 1970s. The book, written by professional black guy Alex Haley, was published in 1976; the TV show... Read More
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One of the first pieces I ever published on VDARE.com, on September 4th 2001, was about Australia’s policy towards illegal immigrants. Titled “Nice Guys Get Illegal Immigrants,” that piece reported on the Tampa incident. Tampa was a small Norwegian cargo ship that had rescued 438 illegals, mostly Afghans, from an Indonesian fishing boat—owned by people... Read More
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Things ain’t so bad, Gregg Easterbrook tells his fellow Progressives via the New York Times. His inference: so our southern border can be left wide open—the way Progressives like it. Bunk. Easterbrook [Email him] claims: Most American social indicators have been positive at least for years, in many cases for decades. The country is, on... Read More
“The True Foundation For Happiness And Harmony.”
In case you’re still not clear about why so many Americans are voting for Donald Trump, let’s follow our president on his recent trip to Britain and Germany. Last Saturday, April 23, Obama spoke to a “town hall meeting” at the Royal Horticultural Halls in Westminster, seven hundred yards from Westminster Abbey, where English monarchs... Read More
John Derbyshire teaching English (but not spying) in Communist China, Christmas 1982.
Thirty-three years ago I was teaching English at a college in provincial China. This was the early post-Mao period, and foreigners were a rarity outside the big cities. I think I was the only one resident in that town since the Russians had left twenty years previously. I was on friendly terms with some of... Read More
Tuesday last week I had the satisfaction of casting a vote for Donald Trump. This was of course in theNew York state Republican primary—a closed primary, in which only registered Republicans get to vote. Some of you in the rest of the country, those great spaces west of the Hudson where the buffalo roam and... Read More
What accounts for Trump’s relatively poor showing in Wisconsin? There were of course plenty of explanations on offer. Lion of the Blogosphere gave us the most succinct one: There just aren’t enough blacks in Wisconsin, he said. The theory is, where you have a lot of blacks, whites go tribal. Here I get to quote... Read More
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What a technologically tremendous time we’ve been living through this past few decades! That thought was inspired by the death last week of Andrew Grove, former CEO of Intel Corporation, and a key player in the computing revolution of the past half-century. I made my living for thirty years in Big Iron, the grand old... Read More
My old National Review colleague Kevin Williamson [Email him] has been frightening the horses with a piece he posted at the National Review website the other day. It’s a subscription website; you have to pay a quarter to read the article. I gritted my teeth and paid. Kevin’s theme is white trash. They’re complaining, he... Read More
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It with some mild embarrassment that I confess I am enjoying this year’s Presidential contest. This is fun. And it’s not just on the Republican side. I had been assuming that the Democratic candidate debates must be snoozers, so I just read the transcripts. Now I’m thinking I may have been wrong. It’s one thing... Read More
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There have been some later developments in the storm-in-an-academic-teacup over Williams College President Adam Falk [Email him] canceling a talk I was invited to give to the “Uncomfortable Learning” student group. The National Association of Scholars (of which I am a member) has been on the case. NAS is, to quote their mission statement, “a... Read More
On the night when Hillary Clinton successfully played the racial-socialist card in the South Carolina Democratic primary against the white left-looney Sandersistas, I feel free to begin my reflections on Thursday night’s CNN debate in Houston—I stayed awake, it was entertaining, or at any rate as close to entertaining as politics gets—with a couple of... Read More
"The National Question: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity In the 21st Century"
[As reported here last week, I was scheduled to speak to a student group at Williams College in Massachusetts on Monday, February 22nd. However, the President of Williams College, Adam Falk [Email him] , banned me from his campus on the grounds that I am a speaker of “hate speech.” For updates, check out the... Read More
From the Superbowl to South Carolina, the appetite for anti-White propaganda seems to be well-nigh bottomless. Or at least Thunder-Thighed. Lead singer in this year’s Superbowl half-time show was Beyoncé. Formerly Beyoncé Knowles, which used to get my attention because my mother was aKnowles. I guess Beyoncé and I are related at some level—Hi, cousin!... Read More
John Derbyshire
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.


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Limbaugh and company certainly entertain. But a steady diet of ideological comfort food is no substitute for hearty intellectual fare.
Once as a colonial project, now as a moral playground, the ancient continent remains the object of Great Power maneuvering