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A Paris attack you probably haven\
There’s something to report almost daily now in the war between Muslims and infidels being played out on the streets of Western cities. It’s getting to be so that any news outlet needs to just include a regular slot for these events, like the weather report. If things get any worse, some entrepreneur might start... Read More
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Turkish President, Recep Erdoğan won his referendum by a narrow margin last weekend, so Turkish politics will move off in the general direction of Venezuela, though with an Islamic flavor—Erdoğan is a devout Muslim. I respect the Turks for having done a great and remarkable thing in a short time. The old Ottoman Empire was... 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
I was in the city of Cologne just once, in 1954. I was nine years old, on my way to visit my brother, who was stationed with the British Army in Düsseldorf. Through the train window my mother pointed out the famous Cathedral (pictured right) which I recall as looking very battered still from wartime... Read More
Who Cares What They Say About Trump?
See earlier John Derbyshire: Fox’s Steve Emerson—Wrong On “No-Go Areas,” Right On The Trend? Donald Trump’s remarks on curtailing Muslim immigration seem to have done him no harm at all [Donald Trump Hits 41 Percent Support and Widest Lead Yet in New National Poll, by Ryan Struyk, ABC News, Dec. 14, 2015], but, as I... Read More
How about that Donald Trump, eh? Monday this week the Donald called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” He walked the thing back a little bit the next day, saying that U.S. citizens who are Muslim should of course be allowed back in from overseas trips: “They’re a citizen.... Read More
We Let Muslim Immigration Increase AND Let Pakistan Get The Bomb
Two Muslims shot up a Christmas Party for county employees in San Bernardino, California on Wednesday. But two of the key words there, “Muslim” and “Christmas,” were yielded up to us by the Main Stream Media hacks only with the utmost reluctance. And the husband, they assured us, was American-born! He might be Muslim, and... Read More
I’ve had Birmingham on my mind recently, as a conjunction of the political and the personal. No, this is not Birmingham, Alabama I’ve been pondering: not the Birmingham from whose jail Martin Luther King—I beg your pardon:The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—wrote a famous letter in 1963, and whose subsequent decline has been chronicled... Read More
Diversity in the barracks.
It is interesting that the most colossally, tsunamically, head-explodingly stupid statement ever made on the subject of diversity was made by a military man. I refer of course to Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey telling George Stephanopoulos on live TV back in 2009 that: "What happened at Fort Hood was a tragedy, but... Read More
If it is, can we proscribe it?
None of the words "Islam," "Muslim," or "Muhammed," nor any of the variant spellings of the latter two, occur in the index to George H. Nash's 1976 classic The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America. It is certainly possible that some of the conservative luminaries whose contributions Nash so meticulously describes had something to say about... Read More
The Great Arab Conquests: How the Spread of Islam Changed the World We Live In, by Hugh Kennedy
God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570 to 1215, by David Levering Lewis
Here are two very different history books covering some of the same territory: the early conquests of Islam. Hugh Kennedy's book is the more comprehensive and scholarly, with detailed accounts of all the Arab advances into Africa, Asia, and Europe up to the fall of the Umayyad dynasty in A.D. 750. David Levering Lewis writes... Read More
Religion of Peace? — Why Christianity Is and Islam Isn't, by Robert Spencer
A friend of mine who had a thoroughly Roman Catholic education at the hands of the Christian Brothers tells me that the religious component of that education consisted largely of memorizing arguments with which to confound atheists, agnostics, and Protestants. Robert Spencer is not, strictly speaking, a Roman Catholic, though I believe his church is... Read More
None of the words "Islam," "Muslim," or "Muhammed," nor any of the variant spellings of the latter two, occur in the index to George H. Nash's 1976 classic The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America. It is certainly possible that some of the conservative luminaries whose contributions Nash so meticulously describes had something to say about... Read More
Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters, by Robert C. Davis
Presented with the word "slavery," what comes to your mind? If you are an American, it is surely the race slavery that was a feature of life here for 250 years, that continued through the early decades of the Republic in some states, and that caused divisions that led to the Civil War, the bloodiest... Read More
There must be some good in it.
A few days ago my son had a birthday. It happens that this birthday falls on the same day of the year as that of my mother's sister, Aunt Muriel. This Aunt was very good to me when I was a child. I lived for quite long stretches at her house, which was, and still... Read More
King John was not a good king ….
To offer you a little relief from the mighty flood of comment about what happened, what's happening, what should now happen and what might actually happen, let me take you on a little trip down the byways of history to explore something that, long ago, did not happen, but that, if it had, might have... 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