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Advice to investors. In last week’s column “
This week’s column is in the noble Derbian tradition of
T.S. Eliot’s observation that “human kind cannot bear very much reality” is surely up among the half-dozen wisest things ever said about our common nature. There is, of course, individual variation in how much reality we can bear. I flatter myself by believing I am up toward the high end. I readily admit, however, that... Read More
Every nation has, in its collective psyche, a special place for its bloodiest war: a place warmed with intense emotions and turbulent with unresolved—probably unresolvable—controversies. For Americans that place is occupied by the Civil War, the 150th anniversary of whose ending in April 1865 we have just gotten through commemorating. I have the Civil War... Read More
Here it comes, the big seven-oh. Next Wednesday to be exact; around 6:45 GMT, to be even more exact. It was quite an entrance, as I recorded in
Bill Nye the Science Guy
All proper congratulations to David Cameron, elected last week as Prime Minister of Britain on the Conservative Party ticket. I can’t say I repose any great hopes that Cameron will actually conserve anything; but then, Britain’s not my country, so the stakes for me are merely tribal (the Anglosphere), civilizational (the West), and sentimental (I... Read More
All of us by now, with the possible exception of some
What was your first thought on seeing
Virtue totalitarianism. For devout Christian bakers, florists, and photographers throughout the U.S.A., the message going out from the
[Scene: A bakery store somewhere in the U.S.A.] Customer: “Good morning!” Store clerk: “Hello. How may I help you?” Customer: “Do you do wedding cakes?” Clerk: “Yes, we do.” Customer: “Great. My partner and I are getting married. We need a cake for the reception.” Clerk: “OK, but I have to ask: Are you and... Read More
What things make us laugh? In all times and places the top draws have been sex, class, and race. The precise way these major themes tickle our funnybones varies with social trends, reflecting back to us the way we live now. This entirely unoriginal observation was prompted by watching another episode of
Reading Steven Goldberg’s
I’ve been observing the onward march of Cultural Marxism for a whole quarter-century now, and been writing about it for a dozen or so years. It seems to me the pace of hysteria has been picking up since the start of this decade. Outrageous violations of CultMarx norms that got all the Great and the... Read More
We live, as I have noted before, in
Here’s a clip from my read-it-and-weep folder. It showed up in a February 11th Washington Post article, headline: “
Local headlines here in New York State recently have been dominated by corruption in the state legislature. The speaker of the lower house, the State Assembly, has had to resign his position after being
It’s been a while—blimey,
It is now nearly a hundred years since H.G. Wells remarked in his book
The age of Krapp. There went another year swirling down the plughole—one of the best ever, according to
I recently spent some time making a table for my kitchen, with the assistance of a dear friend whose hobby is cabinetry, and who is generous with his time and equipment. (Thanks, pal!) We made measurements and plans, then purchased good-quality wood. We cut, jointed and planed, glued and clamped, tenoned and mortised. We shaped,... Read More
Who was the great villain of the 20th century—the person most to blame for the evils of those decades? The stock answer is the person whose name is an anagram of “HEIL! OLD FART.” I disagree. It seems to me the title properly belongs to Lenin, the guy who really got the totalitarian ball rolling.... Read More
Eight songs, a book, and a luxury.
I was a bit surprised to learn recently that the BBC radio program
Soon after Barack Obama’s November 20th amnesty announcement, I was having an e-discussion about it with a friend, a legal scholar. The precise topic of the discussion was
Well, that’s been a depressing few days, hasn’t it? Have you been watching the pictures on TV? Howling mobs of blacks throwing bottles; overturned cars; stores looted and burned; police in riot gear watching passively; black faces contorted with rage; furrowed-brow white liberals excusing, explaining. It’s all too drearily familiar, isn’t it?
I have been reading
Reflections on medicine.
Reading the November issue of
I maintain some vestigial links to the old country. Among them is the inclusion of the London Daily Telegraph in my morning trawl through the online news. It’s sheer sentimentality on my part. The Telegraph was one of the first major outlets to publish me,
Although they probably aren't worth it.
Some boffins at Harvard University claim to have transmitted information from one person’s mind to another
Always look on the bright side.
I recently did a duplex book review for a respectable conservative quarterly (relevant issue not yet in print). The two books I reviewed,
A vote for Fortress America.
So how are you doing at keeping up with events in MENA (the Middle East and North Africa)? Can the new Iraqi government get some kind of military act together? Will the Kurds hold on to Kobani, that Syrian city under siege by ISIS? Will the big guys in the neighborhood—Iran, Israel, Turkey, the Saudis—get... Read More
Zero Shades of Gray. The U.S. Supreme Court
Hong Kong, in long historical perspective.
History is full of strange folds, wrinkles, and repetitions. Consider for example the following true story. There was once a great empire of the despotic-bureaucratic sort. It had enjoyed centuries of glory; but at last came corruption, political paralysis, foreign incursions, and fragmentation. As the empire entered its long decline, a much smaller nation of... Read More
Future population trends.
If there is hope for England, it lies with the separatists.
An opinion journalist is expected to take a stand on newsy issues, even ones he doesn’t much care about. This is especially so when the issue relates to the British Isles and the journalist podcasts with a British accent; to be precise in my particular case, a mid-20th-century educated-lower-lower-middle-class East Midlands accent. So, all right,... Read More
I have taken another trip on my
Visiting the Last Frontier.
The Derbs—Mr., Mrs., and Missy—spent two weeks in Alaska. Here are some random observations. Positively the last family vacation. Most people who visit Alaska nowadays arrive on cruise ships, which seem to get bigger every time I see one. Juneau’s harbor is a cruise ship parking lot. There were five of the behemoths there when... Read More
The ups and downs of Depressive Realism.
Do I get downhearted? Yes I do. You think it’s easy, living on
Who? Whom?
Orwell and Waugh: the same man?
I have just finished reading David Lebedoff’s 2008 book The Same Man: George Orwell and Evelyn Waugh in Love and War. No, this isn’t a book review—it’s a bit late for that—only some loose reflections on what Lebedoff wrote, as it relates to our present circumstances. Orwell and Waugh are the two big names in... Read More
You can’t faze a New Yorker. After all these years in the Big Apple, I really should know better than to try conclusions with the natives. Place: Track 8 platform at the Long Island Railroad hub in Jamaica, New York City. Time: May 20, 11:50 P.M. Derb’s condition: Seriously
Breaking Bad.
The title I wanted for my 2009 call to pessimism was We Are Doomed, Doomed. The publisher thought that was too dark, though, so I settled at last for
Visiting the 9/11 memorial & museum.
I’ll admit I went to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum with a bad attitude. Why are we memorializing a humiliation? Two of our proudest buildings were leveled and some 3,000 of our people were killed—unarmed, going about their workaday business—by a gang of foreign religious fanatics. Why should we memorialize this? I know, there’s a... Read More
… to politics in a postindustrial society.
Wednesday this week marks the 25th anniversary of the Chinese army’s retaking Tiananmen Square from anti-regime protestors, an event known to Chinese by the date as “6/4.” The first thing to be said about this is that if,
Debate debased.
After all these years of bloviating, I still can’t tell in advance what will get people riled up. I’ll spend hours in research for a good deep thumb-sucking piece on Pacific theater geostrategy, and it
Wading for clams.
So I was in the downstairs study, idly surfing the Web while the Mrs. watched TV in the next room. The door was open—gotta keep ’em in sight—so TV noises drifted in. Among the indrift I caught the tail end of a commercial. I don’t know what was being advertised; some labor-saving device, I guess.... Read More
Hope, our grandmothers told us, makes a good breakfast, but a poor supper. My guess is that where hope for convergence of the races in America is concerned, it’s around 6 p.m. on that schema. Not suppertime yet, but it’ll soon be getting dark. This gloomy thought was inspired by a couple of news stories.... Read More
Gerry Adams helps police with their inquiries.
One summer’s day 32 years ago, during a spell of employment at the U.K. offices of Marathon Oil Corp. in London’s Marylebone Road, I was taking lunch at a nondescript greasy spoon near those offices when from the near distance there came an almighty THUD. Startled, I looked across at the proprietor of the place,... Read More