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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
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Conservatism Inc.’s Collapse; Poet Seeks Privacy; Etc
This month’s big event was the annual conference of American Renaissance in Tennessee over the last weekend. It was a great success—the best of the several AmRen conferences I’ve attended. One difference with previous AmRen conferences in this location is that the anti-white protestors (practically all of them, of course, white themselves—Goodwhites) were allowed to... Read More
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Professor Paul Gottfried is well-known to VDARE.com readers for his mordant commentaries on our present political culture. I seem to have known Paul for ever, although our personal acquaintance can’t actually be much older than my review of his 2009 memoir Encounters, in which I described him as a “modest and good-natured” man through whose... 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
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
One thing that came to mind watching Sarah Palin’s speech endorsing Donald Trump: how very American it was. It’s hard to see your country and its customs objectively if you’re born and raised here; you just take them for granted. To immigrants like myself, America’s national culture is as distinctive, as unique, asfascinating as Japan‘s.... Read More
Reformocons are wan. Peter Wehner is a sort of St. Paul of Compassionate Conservatism, taking George W. Bush to be the Christ … Or, to tighten up the theological parallel: taking Bush 41, Bush 43, and ¡Jeb! to be the Holy Trinity. If you like Karl Rove, you’ll love Peter Wehner. With Rove and Michael... Read More
I'm afraid that the first thing that came to my mind that the word “sissy” is nowBanned In Britain (by David Cameron’s “Conservative” government!) was my favorite homosexual activist from the 1990s, Luke Sissyfag, who ran for Mayor of Washington, D.C. in 1994, although alas he didn’t win. The latest news about him I can... Read More
Conservatism, Inc. columnist Kyle Smith [Email him] does a spirited takedown of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ hate-whitey bestseller over at Commentary magazine. Not only is the book selling by the boatload, but as it is very angry, very left-wing, very topical, and very short, it also seems certain to be ushered into the exclusive club where the... Read More
These first years of the twenty-first century have been a sorry time for Americans who favor national sovereignty, demographic stability, restraint in government, traditional culture, and the rule of law. For eight years the federal apparatus was in the hands of neoconservatives, and so distinguished itself by instituting massive new welfare programs ,waging futile missionary... Read More
VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow writes: John Derbyshire, perhaps the most widely-gifted political writer of his generation, was fired from the post-purge National Review three years ago today (April 6). By a happy coincidence, we have FINALLY got his second anthology, From The Dissident Right II: Essays 2013, into print. (Kindle edition due shortly. For first... Read More
I recently needed to look something up in George H. Nash’s 1976 book The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945. I found what I wanted, then fell to browsing. It is still fascinating to read about American Conservatism during the Cold War, but you can’t help noticing something missing in those debates, something that... Read More
Finding oneself among distinguished company is always balm to the ego, even when the “among” consists only of seeing your name with theirs in some list. So there I was, blushing with pleasure at seeing my name on the list of “Bullied and Badgered, Pressured and Purged” at the Handle’s Haus blog. Yes, there I... Read More
Or: Robert VerBruggen Loves Big Brother!
Robert VerBruggen’s piece “The Stigma of Racism” at RealClearPolicy.com has been widely noted on the race-realist websites, mainly for purposes of mockery. The topic of the piece is a study conducted by a Harvard professoron people’s willingness to admit having noticed race. The setup for the study is: A screen showing twelve faces, six white... Read More
Corey Robin teaches political science at Brooklyn College. He is of the progressive-intellectual tendency. He runs a wordy blog, where he takes issue with others of the same kidney: Ezra Klein, Susan Faludi, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jonathan Chait, and such—earnest liberals picking thousand-word nits over each other’s positions on fine points of policy. Sample blog posts:... Read More
The High Tide of American Conservatism: Davis, Coolidge, and the 1924 Election, by Garland S. Tucker III
The 1924 presidential election was, on the face of it, a snoozer. The major-party candidates were Calvin Coolidge (Republican) and John W. Davis (Democrat). Both were conservative — sensationally so by today's standards. As Garland Tucker notes in this enjoyable and informative book: "There were … very few philosophical differences between Davis and Coolidge." Both... Read More
In the beggars' democracy
I've somehow missed out on the Glenn Beck phenomenon. My entire exposure to the guy has been from his occasional appearances on the O'Reilly show, which I watch from long habit. Beck's persona there is goofy. He giggles, hams, pulls faces, and banters with O'Reilly. It's entertaining, which of course is what it's intended to... Read More
Tea Partiers revolt, but government still wins
“If there is hope, it lies in the proles,” confided Winston Smith to his diary in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. This turned out to be an optimistic illusion. The low-class proles, the most intelligent or charismatic of them marked down for elimination by the Thought Police, stood no chance against the smart managerial elites of... Read More
The social class on which [Will Herberg] and I both once pinned our hope of national regeneration, those whom we jokingly referred to as ‘the Archie Bunkers,’ has gone the way of the dinosaur. It has been replaced by a multitude of vastly more radicalized versions of Meathead, Archie’s fashionably liberal son-in-law who by now... Read More
Encounters, by Paul Gottfried
What is modern American conservatism? "A movement without a social core," complains one of its more penetrating observers, "that latches on to temporarily usable constituencies … contrived … a media phenomenon …" He goes on: That's the voice of intellectual historian Paul Gottfried, from his 2007 book Conservatism in America. It is also, of course,... Read More
Limbaugh and company certainly entertain. But a steady diet of ideological comfort food is no substitute for hearty intellectual fare.
You can’t help but admire Rush Limbaugh’s talent for publicity. His radio talk show is probably—reliable figures only go back to 1991—in its third decade as the number-one rated radio show in the country. And here he is in the news again, trading verbal punches with the president of the United States. Limbaugh remarked on... Read More
Well, Paul Weyrich and William Lind have certainly offered a comprehensive program. Trade policy, military reform, urban esthetics, ballot initiatives. Our authors have boxed the compass. Much of what they offer is hard to disagree with. Term limits? Yes, please. Ideologies as “armed cant”? Too true. Tax and spending cuts? Control of our borders? The... Read More
Ah, authenticity! You can't buy it, you can't fake it, and you can't help but wish you had it. This all started with a lady across from me at a dinner party, a lady visiting from Virginia. We had established in some opening exchanges that she was a keen reader of my web columns. But... Read More
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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