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Here’s George Orwell reviewing Russell's Power: A New Social Analysis in 1939: Today, eighty-one years later, we have sunk much further, to depths of reality-denial that even Orwell could not have imagined. So here is Charles Murray—a very intelligent man—stepping up to do his duty. (For my take on Charles Murray, his work, and his... Read More
Another decade slips away, my second full decade of writing web commentary. Honest thanks are in order to the readers, listeners, and organizations who have supported my work these twenty years — yes, including National Review. Thank you! Speaking of National Review, here was Kyle Smith, who bylines as "critic-at-large" at that organ, writing in... Read More
Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, available exclusively at VDARE.com Recently, I posted here on some news about the wall being built along our southern border. Yes, said a link I posted, the wall truly is being built, although very slowly: "Miles Built: 93. Miles to be built: 509+." As I said, that's awful slow,... Read More
Not actually this month. This blog post is from July 20th. I only just had it brought to my attention. As usual, I'm behind with these things. Was it not from self-awareness that I once wrote under the alias The Straggler? It was. The blog post's author, Michael Huemer, is a professor of philosophy at... Read More
Earlier: Immigration, Not White Suburbs, Turning VA Blue. GOP Still Can Win With Sailer Strategy—But Ultimately Needs An Immigration Moratorium We had elections this week for various kinds of state and local positions. The results were mixed, pluses and minuses, but it looked to me like mostly minuses. On the plus side: voters in Washington... Read More
[Clip: Scourby, "Behold now behemoth …"] That's the fine sonorous voice of Alexander Scourby reading the King James Bible, Book of Job, Chapter 40, verse 15. I just wanted to be sure I got the right pronunciation of "behemoth." It's not a word I use very often. It's a curious thing that the two big... Read More
Outrage of the week was surely the sentences handed down by New York Judge Mark Dwyer against two Proud Boys, Maxwell Hare and John Kinsman. Dwyer gave them four years each for defending themselves against antifa thugs who'd been waiting in the street for them after a Gavin McInnes event in October last year. Here's... Read More
derbgeorgiawhites
In my podcast this week, I’ve got comments on various kinds of lunacy going on (appointing illegal aliens to state policy-making boards in Gavin Newsom’s California, closing, and presumably emptying onto the streets, a prison in De Blasio’s New York) and general sense that the world is going nuts. But, trying to look on the... Read More
See, earlier, by John Derbyshire: Do We Have Government Of Laws, Or Not? My morning drill is to read the New York Post over my breakfast, then power up the computer and browse the news and opinion websites. It thus happened that I read James Kirkpatrick's column about the railroading of Steve Stockman right after... Read More
See, earlier Unequal Justice And The Persecution Of Steve Stockman, Proud Boys, Andy Ngo—Is U.S. ALREADY A Third World Country? Is the US governed by laws or men? Tuesday last week here at VDARE.com James published a very good piece about former Texas congressman Steve Stockman, who last November was sentenced to ten years in... Read More
derbcivilwar
Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, available exclusively on VDARE.com This comes to you from beneath the sign of Saturn. I am glum. It's nothing personal, thank God; I'm glum about the state of my country. Coming from the author of a book titled We Are Doomed, I guess that's not an astonishing thing to... Read More
See, earlier, by John Derbyshire: Why Our So-Called Judges Should Get TWICE As Much Criticism As Politicians Looks like it's time to restate Derbyshire's First Law of Antisemitism. Quote from self, writing in 2001, quote: (A friend told me he thought George Orwell had written something similar. I was ready to believe it; it does... Read More
stabbedwhiteguy
Race-denialism is all over the Western world—the notion that race itself is a sort of optical illusion; that different races can, after a bit of social engineering, be brought to present the same statistical profiles on all traits; that when they present different profiles the only possible explanation is malice on the part of white... Read More
elpasogunman
Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, available exclusively on VDARE.com Last week's headliners were two mass shootings: one in El Paso, Texas last Saturday morning, followed in the small hours of Sunday morning by another in Dayton, Ohio. The El Paso shooter killed 22 people; the second killed nine. The El Paso guy is in... Read More
Regular readers of VDARE will be familiar with what Steve Sailer calls The World's Most Important Graph. That's the one that shows the U.N. population projections, by region, through the end of this century. If that's The World's Most Important Graph, I hereby nominate David Becker's "Global distribution of national IQs from psychometric measurements and... Read More
derbamywax-2
Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, available exclusively on VDARE.com Amy Wax, a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, in trouble again—in a way that points to the fundamental contradictions of Yoram Hazony’s recent National Conservatism conference a.k.a. The Gatekeeper’s Ball. In March last year, Prof. Wax did a Bloggingheads interviews with black Economics... Read More
jamesfields
Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, available exclusively on VDARE.com Marc Thiessen had a recent op-ed column poking fun at all the stern pronouncements we've had from senior Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Elizabeth Warren that "no-one is above the law." [Democrats say no one is above the law — except on immigration, Washington Post,... Read More
Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, available exclusively on VDARE.com Yoram Hazony, author of the book The Virtue of Nationalism (and sparring partner of VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow) felt obliged to go on Twitter the other day to note that, quote: Of course Hazony is right. The commanding heights of our culture are in the... Read More
derbbetsyross
See, earlier, by Patrick J. Buchanan: Trump's Patriotism Vs. The New Anti-Americanism I hope you enjoyed your July 4th as much as the Derbs enjoyed ours. You should in fact enjoy the Fourth each year now with special zest in the knowledge that it may not be a public holiday much longer. Our Cultural Revolution... Read More
derbdiary
June 8th marked the 70th anniversary of the publication of Nineteen Eighty-Four, one of the half-dozen greatest pieces of imaginative fiction the last century produced, and the most politically potent. My own feelings about the book are more personal than the average. For one thing I am the same age as the protagonist Winston Smith,... Read More
democraticcandidates
The real heart of current Democratic craziness, on plain display in the two debates among Democrat candidates for President this week: the topic of immigration. The candidates left us in no doubt that any enforcement of immigration laws—the people's laws, passed by Congress properly assembled, according to the Constitution—is inhumane and unacceptable. On this showing,... Read More
forslavery
The issue of reparations for black slavery got an airing in Congress last week, curiously coinciding with renewed Main Stream Media drumbeating for the white-guilting Central Park Five Rape Hoax. I discuss reparations below, but first a word about an obviously-related news item that doesn’t seem to be getting any drumbeating at all. A 23-year-old... Read More
climateof
Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, available exclusively on VDARE.com Cover story in last Sunday's Long Island Newsday: in Trump Era, LI Immigrants Cope With Tougher ICE Actions, "Climate Of Fear", June 7, 2019, by Will Van Sant [Email him] and Víctor Manuel Ramos. [Email him] That headline raised my hackles right away. I am... Read More
theywereguilty
Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, available exclusively on VDARE.com George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984 famously contained the aphorism: “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” Apparently, he was right. It waxes stronger by the day. This is most particularly true in anything to do with race. The... Read More
What better way to welcome summer than with a road trip? The Mrs and I closed out the month with a nine-day tour around Lake Ontario. Kind friends in upstate New York allowed us to use their house as a base camp. We drove up there from Long Island, stayed overnight with them, then headed... Read More
derbren
James Fulford writes: John Derbyshire made his now-annual visit to the American Renaissance conference in Burns, TN, held under the protection of the Tennessee Park Police and State Police, which left four antifa arrested. The conference has been held annually since 1994, but recent years have shown that while never a hate group, the attendees... Read More
derbcreationism
I got a little blast from the past reading Razib Khan's May 13th piece at National Review: Conservatives Shouldn't Fear Evolutionary Theory. Just some background on Razib. I have known him for more than twenty years, since we were both on Steve Sailer's original Human BioDiversitydiscussion group. Razib is a geneticist, most particularly a population... Read More
8tholdmanenery
So I sit down after dinner to watch some political shows on TV. What are they talking about? The Mueller Report. Still talking about it, still getting heated about it. I get to thinking about the opportunity cost of all the anti-Trump passion that is still, after more than two years, roiling our national legislature.... Read More
joebidenhate
See, earlier: THE SYSTEM REPUDIATED: City’s Own Report Confirms Charlottesville Police, Politicians Conspired To Suppress Unite The Right Rally (Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, available exclusively on VDARE.com ) Joe Biden launched with a lie. He made his candidacy official with a three-and-a-half-minute video that leaned heavily on the disturbances in Charlottesville, Virginia in... Read More
original-sin
See, earlier: Vance’s HILLBILLY ELEGY: A Dissent From Personal Experience, by Jim Goad When, in the Winter 1967 issue of Partisan Review, Susan Sontag told us that "The white race is the cancer of human history," she had lit such a candle as, it seems 52 years later, will never be put out. Anti-whiteness is... Read More
mediacheers
Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, available exclusively on VDARE.com Three weeks ago I passed some noncommittal remarks about Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old Mayor of South Bend, Indiana. That was by way of arguing that from the point of view of the Democratic Party, an ideal candidate would be a non-crazy, unthreatening... Read More
whitenationalism
See also: The House’s White Nationalist Hearing Farcical—But Disturbing This week on Capitol Hill the Democrat-controlled House Judiciary Committee had a hearing on the threat of “white nationalism.” I didn't read very far into the transcripts of this event before I realized the complete bogosity of it. It was a pseudo-event, like one of those... Read More
fault
When it comes to squishiness on immigration, the Trump Administration is now setting the pace. Every week brings news of some new concession to the business lobbies on legal immigration. I don't have to go looking for these stories. They pop up every few days. Washington Times, March 29th: DHS to double seasonal guest worker... Read More
Mid-March saw the atrocity in New Zealand, where Brenton Tarrant shot up two mosques in the city of Christchurch, killing fifty people. As is now routine, this act by a lone lunatic of dissident sympathies was taken by governments of formerly-liberal democracies and their corporate stooges as an excuse to further shut down all expression... Read More
derbjussie
Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, availableexclusively on VDARE.com It's been amusing to see so many commentators grumbling that Jussie Smollett got off because he is rich and famous. [The hoax is on us: Smollett exemplifies celebrity justice, by Jonathan Turley, The Hill, March 27, 2019] Smollett is not actually all that rich or all... Read More
kimberlystrassel
Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, availableexclusively on VDARE.com Adding to the stock of public merriment this week was Ilhan Omar, the dimwitted Democrat Representative from Minnesota's 5th District. Ms. Omar has been rather free with remarks about how Jews are too fond of money, use their money for disproportionate influence in our politics, have... Read More
You all know about the Never Trumpers—those neocons and Reaganites back in 2016 who told us Trump was utterly unsuited to be President by flaws of character and errors of policy. A few of the Never Trumpers have stayed true to that original spirit of seamless hostility to all things Trump. Most, though, have swung... Read More
In de-platforming news this week, Amazon is now no longer selling books that present a dissident perspective. The de-platforming here is not total, though you have to think that "not" should probably be "not yet." As of this morning, March 1st, Paul Kersey's books are still available: the one titled Stuff Black People Don't Like,... Read More
February 5th was Lunar New Year on the Chinese system. Out with the dog, in with the pig. It was also of course Pax 10th on the Mayan calendar. This year, however, we thought we'd forgo the human sacrifice and just have a dim sum lunch and do some pre-festival shopping in Chinatown the weekend... Read More
theonlyone
Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, availableexclusively on VDARE.com Sub-Saharan Africans, and their descendants in the New World, are a local variety of our species homo sapiens. That they present their own particular statistical profile on heritable characteristics—which includes traits of behavior, intelligence, and personality—is deeply unsurprising. So do dog breeds; and what artificial selection... Read More
sharpton
The Jussie Smollett story has finally attained the point of total Narrative Collapse: The Chicago cops have charged Mr. Smollett with filing a false police report. That's a felony that could carry jail time. Jussie Smollett is out free on ten thousand dollars cash bail. What. A. Surprise. Among the many, many things illustrated by... Read More
fully
Thank goodness St Valentine's Day meant there was something to glow about this week. The political news just gets more depressing. I've been trying to hold on to some shreds of faith in our President, but he's making it awfully difficult. This week's fiasco, or Trumpasco, was of course the emergency funding bill out of... Read More
liamneeson
February is, of course, Black History Month. So far, just one week in, the reminders are piling up. I have logged the following outrages that have black Americans cowering in fear in their tarpaper shacks. Ralph Northam, the white Democratic Governor of Virginia, appeared in his 1984 medical school yearbook either in blackface, or in... Read More
charlesmurrayrehab
Originally published in Academic Questions, October, 2018 (click here for original) reposted by permission When Charles Murray's book Human Accomplishment: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences, 800 B.C. to 1950 was published in 2003, I was assigned to review it. Forming my thoughts after reading the book, I recalled an earlier exchange... Read More
jamesdwatson
This has been the week of the weasels—unpleasant little rodents. cowardly when cornered but viciously vindictive when they think they have the advantage. Most recent victims: Nobel Laureate James Watson and immigration patriot Congressman Steve King (R.-IA). Plus, of course, truth, justice and the American Way. First Weasel Atrocity: Cold Spring Harbor Lab stripping James... Read More
immigrantchildren
The President's speech on Wednesday seems to have been carefully crafted to appeal to those suburban women who, according to Senator Lindsey Graham and various pollsters, are fleeing from the Republican Party. [The GOP’s deficit with suburban women starts at the White House, By Dan Balz, Washington Post, November 13, 2018] So we heard the... Read More
canzuk
[Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com.] The phrase "White Supremacist" seems to have settled in among Social Justice Warriors as the favorite term of obloquy for those of us who won't clap along with the Progressive liturgy. I guess the word "racist" was just worn out from over-use. "White Supremacist"... Read More
As mentioned in Radio Derb, the Mrs. and I took a break in Cancún, Mexico the first week of December. We had a thoroughly enjoyable time; nothing much out of the ordinary, just five days in a very nice hotel (this one) lounging on the beach and poolside, with side trips to Mayan ruins and... Read More
An Interview with John Derbyshire
immoral
So there’s going to be at least a brief government shutdown over the Democrats’ refusal to fund President Trump’s Wall. Good. I cheered on the Wall when Trump put it at the front of his campaign in 2016. And of course we should have a secure barrier to separate us from the semi-barbarous countries to... 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 VDARE.com com is FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle).His writings are archived at JohnDerbyshire.com.