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Above, modern China, and a homeless camp in San Francisco
I spent most of September in China, so last month's diary was all China, China, China. This month's won't be; but I do have a few afterthoughts to record. A few days after I returned, just when I thought I'd gotten China out of my system and was ready to concentrate on America and her... Read More
See also: Turkeys Vote For Christmas—GOP Votes To Import Leftist Indian Overclass (And Also Depress Tech Wages) The House of Representatives recently passed H.R.1044, the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act. It’s now in the Senate’s Judiciary committee and could be voted on by the full Senate by September. Javanka is said to favor it, so... Read More
Here’s something I did enjoy watching—as opposed to the Clinton/ Trump debate.It’s intelligent, instructive, and thought-provoking, and so the opposite of retail politics. It was balm on my wounded psyche, 84 minutes of sunlit good sense after a raging storm of gibberish—a panel held at the National Press Club (boo!) last week: Immigration and Less-Educated... Read More
The Answer: End Muslim Immigration. (Ask Trump)
Another day, another Muslim massacre. When Radio Derb went to tape, the week’s big story was the terrorist attack on Istanbul airport on Tuesday—three terrorists, Muslim of course, who all died in the attack, a further 45-odd innocents dead. But then on Friday there was the Dhaka, Bangladesh attack (28 dead). And on Saturday, another... Read More
Just a few after-thoughts. (1) In distilling an article to post (2,800 words) out of the weekly podcast (6,400 words), we truncated my coverage of Brexit cynicism, which now looks more relevant each passing hour. Here’s what I said in full on the podcast: Last in the negativities, but by no means least probable, there... Read More
The best book written in recent years about our immigration system has been Michelle Malkin and John Miano’s very well-researched 2015 publicationSold Out: How High-Tech Billionaires & Bipartisan Beltway Crapweasels Are Screwing America’s Best & Brightest Workers. If you’ve read that book—and even if, like me, you are still unsure what species and genus the... Read More
Sold Out authors John Miano and Michelle Malkin.  Credit
We who seek to promote rational immigration policy have set out on a road both long and hard. Arrayed against us is the mighty political-commercial power ofcrony capitalism which has, in the post-industrial West, filled the vacuum left by the collapse of socialist ideology. The culture of our age is also against us. In North... Read More
You know a topic has attained the level of Mainstream Concern when it gets a cover story at The Economist magazine. The last (January 18th) issue of that magazine features as first leader a 1,300-word warning about imminent technological changesdestroying great swathes of the market for human labor, in particular the office-worker sector of that... Read More
Teach your children well.
Along with wellnigh every other blogger on the internet, I posted to NRO's The Corner about the lady who asked Barack Obama, in a TV-link to-and-fro, why the government is issuing and extending H-1B visas — that is, guest worker visas for any occupation "which requires the theoretical and practical application of a body of... Read More
Crazy U: One Dad's Crash Course in Getting His Kids Into College, by Andrew Ferguson
One of the strongest pieces of evidence that our civilization has descended into madness was offered by National Public Radio in April 2007. NPR's Robert Siegel was interviewing Melinda Gates, wife of Bill Gates and custodian of a new $60 million education reform initiative the Gates foundation was launching. "Can we reasonably expect 100 percent... Read More
I spent the weekend just past (May 26-31) as a guest of Professor Hans-Hermann Hoppe's Property and Freedom Society at the society's annual conference in Bodrum, Turkey. It was a wonderfully relaxing break, for which I am very much obliged to the good professor, his charming wife, and their co-organizers. I gave a talk about... Read More
Otto von Bismarck is said to have proposed the following solution to the Irish Question: Move all the Irish to Holland and all the Dutch to Ireland. With their industriousness, sobriety, and civic virtue the Dutch would soon have Ireland thriving. The Irish meanwhile would be so busy drinking and fighting, they would neglect the... Read More
In the dismaying-but-not-surprising category of news stories recently, this one in the July 2 New York Times got my attention. It describes how the Obama administration is killing off the summer internship programs, many of them unpaid, that are so popular with high school seniors and college students. Sample quotes: One reason this got my... Read More
Brace for impact!
Thus Vox Day in his recent book The Return of the Great Depression. Are things really that bad? And going to get that much worse? I'm betting that they are. That's a novice bet, as I am not a trained economist. I base it on a complete lack of seriousness among our political classes. It... Read More
One start-up at a time
The first federal regulator I ever knew was a fellow named Ernie. This was 40 years ago, a few weeks after I'd first landed on these shores. I'd run out of money and taken work as kitchen help at a small family firm in New Rochelle, New York. The firm made frozen kosher TV dinners.... Read More
Poorly Made in China, by Paul Midler
Is China really a modern country? Can China be a modern country? Paul Midler's book leaves you wondering. After studying Chinese at college, Midler lived and worked in China through the 1990s before returning to the U.S.A. to take a business degree. In 2001 he went back to China, setting himself up as a consultant... Read More
Or an Auto Industry Bailout?
Everybody should see a ghost town. I saw one the year before last, visiting Montana. That was Garnet ghost town in the Rockies, thirty miles east of Missoula. Ghost towns are melancholy places, of course. There's a visitor center in Garnet with photographs of the people who once lived there. It seems to have been... Read More
Send, by David Shipley and Will Schwalbe
One of the basic rules of good manners hammered into me at an early age was: Don't impose! If one were to see a famous person in the street, for instance, it would be quite wrong to impose on that person's time and privacy by introducing oneself. It often seems to me that advances in... Read More
Iraq … Mexico … Who else do we have to fix?
My 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica lists 152 countries in the world. Question: How many of those countries made it from 1911 to today, nearly a century later, with their systems of government and law intact (allowing for minor constitutional adjustments like expansion of the franchise), without having suffered revolution, civil war, major dismemberment, or foreign occupation?... Read More
Who wants to be a millionaire? Well, I have no principled objections. And now I find that in fact, yes! — I am a millionaire, or at least, one half of a millionaire couple. My house — a modest three-bedroom colonial, eighty years old, on a sixth of an acre — is worth, in realtor's... Read More
A trillion dollars! Actually, the phrase that came into my mind on reading that was: "Only a trillion?" Not because of any wish that the CBO had been more generous in the upgrade of their forecast, but because Only a Trillion was the title of a book by the late Isaac Asimov, one of those... Read More
I know how the poet felt. This past few days I've been pondering economics, which Thomas Carlyle famously described as "the dismal science." My pondering has been assisted by friends, readers, and colleagues, who have been trying to educate me in economic principles. I can't say I am no wiser than when I started, but... Read More
As parents, Mr & Mrs Derb rely to a certain degree — no more than we can help, and let the parent who is without sin cast the first stone — on bribery and threats to keep our kids in line. We don't usually think of our parenting techniques in those terms, of course; more... Read More
Reader, I have been vouchsafed a revelation, a sudden flash of understanding, a satori, a glimpse of the inner workings of the universe, of the waters that are under the earth, of the hidden tissues that connect aspects of reality not normally thought of as being related to each other in any way at all.... Read More
Dominant peoples and those who resent them
We are, the pundits tell us, living in an age characterized by globalization and democracy. People and capital move ever more freely across national boundaries, while rulers everywhere are more and more obliged to pay attention to the desires of their citizens. The common opinion in the United States, propagated by the big-ticket media, the... Read More
A friend of mine who is an actor tells me that when two actors encounter each other in the street, their usual salutation is not: "Good morning!" or "How ya doin'?" It is much more likely to be: "Are you working?" The rest of us had better start getting into that showbiz mentality. Ladies and... Read More
Today, May 15th, is voting day in my school district, when we approve tax and budget increases for the coming school year. My local school board is looking to raise taxes nearly 8 per cent, citing inflation, slightly increased enrolments, and some new unfunded mandates from the state. So I get to think about education;... Read More
Reading Fernand Braudel's The Wheels of Commerce recently, I was struck by how oddly dated its many, many references to "capitalism" now seem. I don't mean to be unfair to M. Braudel: the subtitle of his book (published in 1979) is, after all,Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century, and he is striving to describe and explain... Read More
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 com is FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle).His writings are archived at