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[Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com] Just when you're thinking things couldn't get any crazier on the immigration front, … they get crazier. In last week's podcast I noted the lavish benefits being showered on illegal aliens by New York City politicians—at the generous expense of New York taxpayers, of... Read More
I think it was Steve Sailer who first observed that the now-ubiquitous initialism DEI, for "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion," should more properly be written DIE, as in: "DIE, WHITEY!" Nowhere is that more apt than in the field of medical education, as we were reminded early in November when the Association of American Medical Colleges... Read More
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, 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
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
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
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
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
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
[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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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] Professor Amy Wax is speaking unspeakable truths out loud again. With the usual results Professor Wax—she is the Robert Mundheim Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School—has come to our attention before. To refresh your memory: Back in August 2017 she... Read More
That would be Suffolk County, New York — the eastern two-thirds of Long Island. I offered some socio-cultural notes about Suffolk County on Radio Derb back in June. So … "pistol-packin'"? What's that about? What it's about is, the latest chapter in the saga of me and my handguns. Brief refresher: Back in August 2019... Read More
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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] The only way to get rid of a temptation, said Oscar Wilde, is to yield to it. I shall therefore begin with some ruminations on the year that has gone. Then I shall turn and speculate about the year that is arriving. As Robert... Read More
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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] Mandatory upbeat story for the upcoming New Year: Americans are pushing back against the antiwhite radicals in the political, media, judicial and medical Establishments. First exhibit: Nicholas Sandmann has come to another settlement with the media Bolsheviks[Nicholas Sandmann reaches settlement with NBC in Covington... Read More
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Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, available exclusively at VDARE.com My faith in the integrity of courtroom justice was holed below the waterline twenty-some years ago, when I followed the child sex-abuse hysterias of the 1980s and 1990s. Those were shameful injustices, travesties of justice. Decent, harmless citizens like Gerald Amirault and his family—there were... Read More
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Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, available exclusively at VDARE.com Earlier by Michelle Malkin: Amnesia of the Anarcho-Tyrannists You've seen the video clips and read the news stories. Gangs of looters spent the Thanksgiving weekend looting retail stores in our cities: Nordstrom, Louis Vuitton, Home Depot, Best Buy, Apple, pharmacies, jewelry stores, … Not all... Read More
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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] Last week, after the verdicts in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, I was jubilant. This, I said, referring to Kenosha, Wisconsin, this was small-town America at its best. The old values still stand, I said; yes, the old procedures still work; and yes, justice can... Read More
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Earlier, by John Derbyshire: The Cold Civil War: Two Groups Of Whites Fighting Over America, With Minorities On The Sidelines [Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] I join in the general jubilation among National Conservatives over the not-guilty verdicts in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial. As well as joining in the... Read More
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] Above, the border between Poland and Belarus. (And a camel.) This week's text is from the Gospel According to St. Matthew, Chapter 23, Verse 24 Jesus really nailed it there. That's our ruling class and their media lackeys to a "t" … actually, I... Read More
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] See earlier: “They Want Us In Gulags” (That Includes Trump). Why VDARE.com Is Suing Facebook For Defamation My phrase of the week: "The Garland Archipelago." I have stolen it from the comment thread to a November 2nd article by Dan Gelernter at American Greatness.... Read More
Critical Race Theory continues in the news, playing a key role in the unexpectedly close Virginia gubernatorial race. What's going on? In December last year I passed some remarks about humiliation. When a human being has power over other human beings there is, for certain personality types, one aspect of that power that is especially... Read More
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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] Here is an email I got from a reader. I'll give it to you straight: Now there's food for thought. To start where my reader ends: Shall we have to choose between the two soon, or ever? That I doubt. We're heading to a... 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.