As a webzine specializing in providing convenient access to controversial and marginalized writers and thinkers, whether of the Right or Left, we are very pleased to announce that we have made arrangements to include the works of John Derbyshire, Israel Shamir, and Sam Francis, all of whom at one time or another were purged for their provocative words.
Derbyshire is probably the best known of these, at least to American readers, and suffered his fate most recently, having been fired a couple of years ago as a longtime and popular National Review columnist for making controversial remarks elsewhere on the sort of racial issues that often constitute the “third rail” in American public life. One of the oddities of his fate was that over the decades, a large number of other NR writers seem to have made similar or even far more egregious remarks, but remain gainfully employed at that publication. Indeed, about a year after the Derb’s defenestration, the celebrated Victor Davis Hanson wrote a column making almost identical arguments, and did so on the NR website itself, but without any apparent negative consequences. Presumably having “paleoconservative leanings” means that one lacks a supportive NR faction, while one’s ideological opponents are always looking for an excuse to attack and destroy.
Twenty or thirty years ago, purged pundits simply disappeared down the memory hole, but the Internet now provides a variety of alternate outlets, though usually less well paying ones, and NR‘s loss quickly became VDare‘s gain, as Derb continued providing his perspectives in that webzine. We are happy to now have been authorized to republish his columns going forward, although with a few days of time-delay for the full text and are also republishing his older columns in restricted form.
A very similar fate for very similar reasons had earlier been suffered by the late Sam Francis, one of the leading paleoconservative theorists in America, and a top opinion editor at The Washington Times, then a leading national force in the conservative movement. Despite winning numerous journalist awards and serving as an adviser to the presidential campaigns of Pat Buchanan, Francis lost most of his public outlets when he was purged for having the wrong associations, and his large body of accumulated writings have mostly disappeared from the Internet. We are very glad to have been authorized to make these available on our website by the Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation that controls their rights. So far we have located almost 500 of his columns and hope to add additional ones in the future.
Finally, over the weekend we published another long discussion of the Russia-Ukraine conflict by Israel Shamir, a piece that attracted a good deal of discussion and comment. As always, his analysis provided a wealth of important factual detail totally missing from the MSM coverage, and although I myself do not have the expertise to evaluate his claims, but many of them seem to ring true and certainly appear reasonably plausible. I first encountered Shamir a few years ago when his columns began occasionally appearing on Counterpunch, and in several cases was very impressed when his views on Russia and President Putin were completely borne out while those of our entire corpus of elite American media pundits were not. As I once noted to the late Alexander Cockburn, it’s an odd situation when some Internet commentator totally unknown to me is directly contradicting the on-the-scene reporting of the Gray Lady’s Moscow Bureau and I tend to believe the former is correct, which indeed turned out to be the case.
We are now providing hundreds of Shamir’s past articles, covering a range of controversial subjects, mostly on the Israel/Palestine conflict and on Russia.
In each of these cases, individual readers can judge for themselves on a case-by-case basis the cogency and credibility of the arguments being presented, but simply having them available for exploration should help provide a very welcome corrective to the ideological framework maintained by our organs of the elite mainstream media.