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[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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[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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See also: JOHN DERBYSHIRE: America Is Becoming A Lawless Society and JOHN DERBYSHIRE: Smollett, Maxwell, Potter—Another Bad Week For The U.S. Justice System I've been banging on recently about how we have become a lawless society. Here are some random updates on that. When I got my Suffolk County NY pistol permit back in 2000... 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
In last month's diary I passed some remarks about the rise of xenophobia in China since I visited in 2019 and enjoyed such warm hospitality from the likes of college presidents. I should have made it clear—I vaguely knew, and several Chinese friends have removed the vagueness for me—that late 2019 was actually the tail... 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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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] See, earlier: Establishment Reprising Emmett Till Narrative, Again. But White Lives Don't Matter by John Derbyshire; and Derek Chauvin, Human Sacrifice, by Ann Coulter The gentle, soulful, indigenous people who inhabited the Americas before Christopher Columbus arrived had very demanding gods. What their gods... Read More
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] The horrors of Wokeness in higher education have been a staple of conservative commentary for decades—at least since the publication of Roger Kimball's book Tenured Radicals back in 1990. So the recent flap at Yale Law School did not cause me to swoon in... Read More
In recent podcasts I've made passing mention of the Chinese Communist Party's efforts to encourage Chinese men to be more masculine. That follows earlier ventures into this rather fraught zone. Reporting on my trip to Taiwan five years ago I posted this: For a visitor from the States, masculinity is noticeable. (Although it is of... Read More
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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] Earlier: A Former Border Patrol Agent Reports, With Picture, On The THOUSANDS Of Illegals Thronging To The Southern Border The border between Mexico and the state of Texas is 1,242 miles long, from Brownsville on the Gulf of Mexico to El Paso deep inland,... Read More
There's another anniversary this September besides the 20th anniversary of 9/11: Fifty years ago this weekend, and also encompassing a weekend, September 9th to 13th, there occurred the Attica prison riot in western upstate New York. The final death toll for those five days was 43: thirty-three inmates of the prison and ten guards and... Read More
Beauty pageants are always worth a look. They had one in Ireland last week. The winner, the new Miss Ireland, was 26-year-old Pamela Uba, and a bonny colleen she is. Another thing she is, is … black. Ms. Uba immigrated from South Africa at age seven. Now she is the very first black Miss Ireland,... Read More
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We are now out of Afghanistan. This is such a relief after twenty years of futility, Joe Biden has been getting thanks from some surprising people—Ann Coulter and Richard Spencer, for example. I'm as glad as they are. But I think the appalling mess Biden's people made of the evacuation cancels out any gratitude due... Read More
For patriots, August was a terrible month, a month of national humiliation. I share the general anger and despair. As if the national news wasn't depressing enough, here on Long Island we were forecast to take a major hit August 22nd from Hurricane Henri. The Derbs obediently bought in extra supplies of food and necessities.... Read More
You've been hearing a lot recently about how Afghanistan has been America's Longest War. No: Immigration has been our Longest War, ours and Britain's. From the Hart-Celler Immigration Act to today: 56 years. From Enoch Powell's famous speech urging immigration restriction to today: 53 years. There have been some small victories for common sense this... Read More
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] It looks as though, after twenty years of futility, two and a half thousand U.S. military deaths and twenty thousand wounded, along with a trillion dollars of spending (give or take a couple hundred billion), we may actually be disengaging from Afghanistan. "Disgraceful" is... Read More
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I'm happy to see that Hungary is in the news. Longtime readers and listeners know that I am a Hungarophile from way back. A quick scan of the Derb archives shows fond mentions of Hungary all the way back to April 2002. One of the longest reviews I've written in recent years was about a... Read More
As followers of Radio Derb are aware, I was out of action for a couple of weeks there in mid-July. What happened was, I broke the First Rule of Being Over Seventy. Fortunately I didn't break anything else. I was tidying up the home gym when my feet got tangled with each other somehow. I... Read More
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Earlier, by Paul Gottfried: Did Pre-MLK America Really Need Redemption? I'm going to offer for your consideration what Winston Churchill would have called a naughty question. Here's my naughty question: Is Jim Snow worse than Jim Crow? I need to define terms here. For 245 years this country of ours has lived more or less... Read More
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] I find it harder and harder to watch passing events without Mike Judge's 2006 movie Idiocracy coming to mind. That's especially the case with politics. Politicians have always said dumb things, of course; but in between the dumb things they generally, once in a... Read More
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] Earlier (July 2020) by John Derbyshire: Ireland Has Become The Heart Of Wokeness Sunday July 11th marks a hundred years since the truce that ended Ireland's War of Independence. That led to peace talks with the British government and the Anglo-Irish Treaty. On December... Read More
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] My Outrage Of (Last) Month was testimony given to the House Armed Services Committee by Lloyd Austin, who is U.S. Defense Secretary, and General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff [CJCS]. The hearing was on the Defense Department's budget request for... Read More
Of all I've read this month, the opinion piece that most got me thinking (although not, in point of fact, actually sucking my thumb while doing so) was George Packer's "Four Americas" article in Atlantic magazine. Whoa there, Derb. Isn't Atlantic a lefty outlet, with anti-white word-salad merchant Ta-Nehisi Coates on the masthead? And isn't... Read More
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] I've passed comment before, more than once, on the ambivalence we all feel towards the police and other law enforcement agencies. We know we need them; we appreciate what a tough job they have; we want to support them and encourage them; but …... 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.