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Mysteriously, these obviously adult illegals are getting goodies from the Save The Children tax-deductible charity [email Save The Children /tweet Save The Children] [Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com] New York City Progressives have got new pets. Progressives derive their spiritual nourishment from there being some population of poor people... Read More
Earlier: Bonus to Musk’s Buying Twitter: Fired H-1B Employees Might Be Deported [Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com] A lot of pink slips have been going out in the software biz. Elon Musk, following his takeover of Twitter, has summarily fired about half of the firm's 7,500 employees [Elon Musk... Read More
Earlier, by Peter Brimelow (Forbes, 1993): When Quotas Replace Merit, Everybody Suffers [Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com] Monday this week the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases concerning Affirmative Action in college admissions. The plaintiff in the case is a nonprofit called Students For Fair Admissions,... Read More
The most-discussed geopolitical essay of the past forty years has been Francis Fukuyama's The End of History, published in the Summer 1989 issue of The National Interest. Fukuyama of course upgraded it to a book: The End of History and the Last Man (1992). Fukuyama's essay and book are not as unreservedly triumphalist as they... Read More
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[Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com] Headliner this week: Elon Musk's taking over Twitter. It sounds like good news to me. Musk has the very endearing character trait—rare in the business world and extremely rare in the upper management of social-media platforms—of not taking himself too seriously. On Wednesday, for... Read More
[Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com] It's a common observation—I've made it myself—that Britain and America travel on parallel tracks politically. In 1979 the Brits got Margaret Thatcher, an economic liberal (in the classical sense) but a social conservative. The following year we Americans got Ronald Reagan, ditto ditto. Thatcher... Read More
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[Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com] My normal routine on a weekday evening is to sit down to dinner at 7:30, eat steadily for half an hour while making light conversation with Mrs. Derbyshire and such family members or friends as may be present; then, at 8 o'clock, move to... Read More
[Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com] It's been two years now since I offered my advice on Radio Derb to the British government about what to do with the thousands of illegal aliens they had acquired, courtesy of people-smugglers shipping them across the English Channel in rubber dinghies. My advice... Read More
We started off September in fine style with a Labor Day long-weekend trip to Maine, briefly described in the September 9th Radio Derb. Highlights: A day spent at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and then, on Labor Day itself, the Cabbage Island Clambake. In between, kayaking in Linekin Bay and some exploring. That Labor Day... Read More
The lady representing the "Spirit of Liberty" above is from Eugene Delacroix's famous picture of France's July Revolution of 1830, not the much worse 1789 French Revolution. A similarly attired lady can be seen on the State Seal of Virginia. [Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com] Michael Anton is a... Read More
[Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com.] Last Sunday, September 18th, was the birthday of Samuel Johnson, the great 18th-century man of letters, one of my literary heroes. In a blog post here at VDARE.com I urged readers to commemorate the event by reading Johnson's fine pessimistic long poem The Vanity... Read More
[Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com.] Here at VDARE.com we've had some sport over the years with the concept, originally coined by economists, of Revealed Preference. The general idea of Revealed Preference is that people's beliefs, desires, and intentions are best judged not by what they say but by what... Read More
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[Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com.] I hold the eccentric opinion that effective social policies should be based on truth about the world. That includes the biological world—the world of living creatures, to which our species belongs. Social policies that are not thus based will fail, leaving society—that's us—worse off... Read More
[Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com.] See also by Peter Brimelow: ”It Will Come To Blood”—Reflections On The Left’s Anti-Trump Inauguration Tantrum Sketching out the plan for this edition of Radio Derb earlier in the week, I assumed that the president’s Thursday evening address to the nation would be the... Read More
For our viewing pleasure the first Saturday evening in August the Mrs and I watched the new—released July 15th—movie production of Persuasion, based of course on the 1817 novel by Jane Austen. Yecch. The whole thing was modernized, as if the only manners, morals, and demography England ever had were those of the early 21st... Read More
[Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com.] Earlier (2017) by John Derbyshire: Absimilation On Westminster Bridge: The Japanese Were Right. The British Were Wrong. Some thoughts on a headline from the week’s news. The news headline I want to pass comment on is the assault on author Salman Rushdie in Chautauqua,... Read More
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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] Earlier: JOHN DERBYSHIRE: The Brunswick Three—Monstrous Miscarriage Of Justice Shows “Civil Rights” Now Just Means Anti-White Spite Last week’s VDARE.com posted a long indignant rant by me about the federal sentences handed down on the Brunswick Three: Greg and Travis McMichael and Roddie Bryan,... Read More
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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] See also: JOHN DERBYSHIRE: “Civil Rights”? After Breonna Taylor, SESAME STREET Lynchings—I SPIT ON THEM We like to think that we make progress from a less fair, less just society to one that is more fair and more just. Indeed, our loudest and most... Read More
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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] Sesame Place is a Philadelphia amusement park for kids themed on the TV show Sesame Street. One of its features is that local teenagers desperate for a few dollars dress up as characters in the TV show—encase themselves in what must be stifling hot... Read More
That Nadezhda Mandelstam quote (which, by the way, I first encountered in Simon Leys‘ 1976 book Chinese Shadows) is connected in some way I haven‘t
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] My VDARE.com colleague Allan Wall just posted something about illegal aliens who die trying to cross our southern border. They drown crossing the river, they die from thirst or exposure, they fall when trying to scale border barriers, they suffocate in smugglers' crowded, unventilated... Read More
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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] Last Sunday‘s happy celebration of my grandson’s christening left me reflecting, for the umpteenth time, on my own great good fortune in being born when I was (1945). And worrying that Millennials (the generation born circa 1981-1996) just “don‘t have a chance”—to quote Steve... Read More
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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] We got the first pictures from The James Webb space telescope last Tuesday. I watched the NASA one-hour livestream. If you are not a science geek, it's hard to explain the excitement of an event like this. But the presentation of these marvels was... Read More
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] Overseas, this week's big headline was the resignation on Thursday of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Johnson became Prime Minister three years ago when Theresa May resigned after failing to implement Brexit. There was a general election in December that year. Johnson's party, the... Read More
Earlier: THE FULFORD FILE: The Garland Raids Vs. The Palmer Raids—Now The Communists Are In Control The temper of immigration patriots like myself and my colleagues at VDARE.com was not improved by the news that Comrade Merrick Garland's Department of Justice has been ridding itself of immigration judges (not actually judges, of course, see here)... Read More
In my June 17th Radio Derb I indulged in one of my periodic gushes about Uruguay. A few days before that I had heard from a friend in England who was himself gushing, but about a different country. He and his girlfriend had taken a vacation in Portugal and were now seriously thinking of moving... Read More
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Earlier: Peter Brimelow On Judicial Imperialism In FORBES...THIRTY [FIVE] YEARS AGO! While I was putting together my notes for today's podcast, the news came out that, as leaked a few days ago, the U.S. Supreme Court has indeed reversed the 1973 abortion decision Roe v. Wade. You can read it below, with tendentious annotations from... Read More
We just got numbers for illegal aliens apprehended on our southern border last month: a tad short of 240,000 [ Migrant encounters hit another high, over 100K removed under Title 42, by Callie Patteson, NY Post, June 17, 2022 ]. That's the highest number of migrant encounters recorded in one month ever. It brings total... Read More
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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] See also: CAPITOL "INSURRECTION" HOAX: How Our Lying Press Would Have Spun Jan 6 Protest If Trump Were A Democrat [VIDEO] Top of the news today, at any rate in the Regime Media, is the first of the six (6) congressional hearings we've been... Read More
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] As a former subject of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, one graph I keep returning to in anger and despair is the one that shows up at the Daily Mail website from time to time, the one headed "Number of Migrants Crossing the... Read More
Right-o, George. Criminals should be (humanely) locked up in prisons away from law-abiding citizens. Mad people should be (humanely) locked up in asylums away from normal people. Homeless people should not be allowed to camp in public places. If mad, as is commonly the case, they should be locked up in asylums; if sane, they... Read More
Tuesday's horror naturally brought to mind the similar event ten years ago in Newtown, CT when 20-year-old Adam Lanza went on a shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He killed twenty of the school's children and six teachers, then shot himself. Before setting out on his rampage he'd shot and killed his mother, with... Read More
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] See also: VDARE.com’s Brimelow: “This Is A Communist Coup. But White America Is On The Move” Communism has always suffered from tensions caused by the need for both political rectitude and expertise in fields of practical knowledge. Fields like medicine, for example. Lenin nursed... Read More
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] Earlier: JOHN DERBYSHIRE: *100,000* Afghan Refugees Coming Here???!!! Why Not Settle Them Amid Co-Ethnics In The 'Stans? Last night, Thursday night, I attended a Center for Immigration Studies event. CIS is based in Washington, D.C. but they hold occasional events in New York City.... Read More
Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, available exclusively at VDARE.com You're probably familiar with the idea that Anti-Racism is a religion. Perhaps you've read black scholar John McWhorter's recent book making the argument. Published last October, it is helpfully titled: Woke Racism: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America. Personally, I don't believe that... Read More
Yes, April — Spring! Taking Basil for his walk one pleasant, warm morning in mid-April, I had a Wordsworth moment. It wasn't actually daffodils, it was buttercups: a lo-o-ong row of them on an otherwise nondescript roadside verge. In fact the "I" there should really be "we": Basil was entranced, too. Now oft when on... Read More
Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, available exclusively at VDARE.com [Videos and transcripts from the first VDARE.com Conference will be posted over the next few days]. Last week I promised you a report on the first VDARE.com conference at our castle in beautiful West Virginia, so here it is. A warning: I'm going to gush.... Read More
Earlier (2014) John Derbyshire Asks: Endemic Corruption—The Ukraine Is Ex-Soviet, But What Excuse Do Black American Politicians Have? One of the first things I had to say about the Russia-Ukraine war, back in February when it had just broken out, was that it is the first of any significance to be fought in demographic modernity,... Read More
Earlier: "A Riddle, Wrapped In A Mystery, Inside An Enigma"—Why Do American Elites Hate Russia? Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, available exclusively at VDARE.com Back in 2005, I sat at dinner next to a gentleman of some age. We got to talking, and he told me he had been a bomber pilot in World... Read More
My August 2019 Diary contained a segment titled "Fun with lexicography" in which I mentioned—in fact, I think, re-mentioned—my favorite page in the 1979 Xinhua Zidian Chinese-Chinese pocket dictionary. (For completeness I should also have mentioned every Second Amendment enthusiast's favorite page and every night-club cocktail hostess's favorite page.) Then in my third podcast this... Read More
Child raising is stressful. From a coldly anthropological point of view, it's amazing the number of different systems that human beings have come up with to alleviate those stresses, from widespread infanticide to modern modes of education. I won't dispute that modern modes of education are preferable to infanticide. That said, I can't think of... Read More
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Earlier: A Talk Radio Listener Comments On Ketanji Brown Jackson's Qualifications—And Unknown LSAT Scores The Senate Judiciary Committee, as I'm sure you know, has been holding confirmation hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, the president's nominee to replace retiring justice Stephen Breyer in October. I can't say I've followed the hearings closely…or at all, really.... Read More
Earlier, by John Derbyshire(2015): If You Think Donald Trump Is Adolf Hitler, You’re Nuts Some readers criticized my coming out as an isolationist in my February Diary. One got personal: To which I reply: Possibly so. But the U.S.A. was not fighting Germany for altruistic reasons. We were fighting Germany because Germany had declared war... Read More
Earlier by Steve Sailer: Will A Giant Wave Of Migrants From Africa Head Toward Europe Again Due To Mr. Putin's War? Demography is destiny. Steve Sailer picked up on this theme March 10th, wondering whether wartime disruptions will start off another flood of mass migration from the poor Third World South to the prosperous First... Read More
The last few days of February of course have us all talking about Russia and Ukraine. My fundamental position on the current fracas is isolationist. The European nations are collectively more populous and way richer than Russia. If they can't organize a common defense against aggressive outside powers, that's too bad for their people, but... Read More
My opening music on Radio Derb this week was a snippet of the great Vladimir Horowitz playing the last movement of Mussorgsky's piano suite "Pictures at an Exhibition." Horowitz, generally regarded as the greatest concert pianist of the last century, was born in Kyiv, capital of Ukraine. It was inspired by, duh, pictures the composer... Read More
Was there ever a nation as lawyered-up as America? I was just reading this article about our infrastructure; you know, that stuff for the improvement of which the Biden administration tells us they are going to do great things. So we are over-lawyered. I don't think that's news. And yet we are lawless. In that... Read More
See also: Demography Is Destiny—In Crimea And In The U.S. If it were possible to choose ethnic affiliation before being born, I think it would be wise to avoid being born into a small nation located right up against a big, proud empire: Tibet or Turkestan, Armenia in Ottoman days or Serbia when Austria was... Read More
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] Earlier, by Steve Sailer: What If Wokeness Is A Russian Conspiracy To Ruin America? I'm starting to be irritated by the word "Wokeness," I'm not sure why. When "Woke" and "Wokeness" first came up, I thought they were sort of cute. Since the 1980s,... Read More
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] The great 18th-century satirist Jonathan Swift, the chap who wrote Gulliver's Travels, also wrote his own epitaph, as people sometimes do. "Here he lies," says the epitaph in Latin, "ubi sæva indignatio ulterius cor lacerare nequit"—"where savage indignation can no longer lacerate his heart."... Read More
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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.