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Daffodils! Suddenly they are everywhere. My back yard is full of them. One of my neighbors has a front yard in the same condition. Passing by as I walked my dog, I saw the lady of the house doing gardening work among the blooms. I greeted her with: "A host, of golden daffodils!" She called... Read More
Earlier: Sen. Tim Scott Shows It’s Time For GOP To Give Up On Great Black Hope Strategy I've been expressing my boredom and disgust with the State of the Union speech (Yeah, yeah, I know: Joe Biden's Wednesday speech wasn't billed as an official State of the Union address, but I don't see how you... Read More
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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] It’s St. George's Day, April 23. This has actually been St. George's week; not the chap who slew the dragon, but St. George Floyd of Minneapolis, who was slain himself last year by something much more fearsome than any dragon—by systemic racism! So the... Read More
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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] Earlier, by Steve Sailer: Nope, No Riot in Chicago Last Night Over Mexican Kid Shot by a Cop Here's a phrase due for an airing: "asymmetry of indulgence." That phrase was coined by conservative British journalist Ferdinand Mount. He was writing about how Leftist... Read More
Earlier, by Peter Brimelow: DUNKIRK: “People Should Be Hung From Lampposts, They Should Be Burned Alive, For What They’ve Done To Britain” Last week saw the publication in Britain of a report from something called the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities. This commission was set up last year by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson,... Read More
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] Wednesday last week was a milestone down the dark road we're traveling on immigration. President Trump last year put freezes on both immigrant and nonimmigrant admissions where they would impact American workers. Just to remind you, the word "immigrant," properly used, refers to people... Read More
This White House press secretary Jen Psaki sets my teeth on edge. Apart from having a name that looks like something out of P.G. Wodehouse and sounds like the Japanese for "repo," she has a manner, a style of delivery, that could curdle milk. Here she was on Thursday in some exchanges with Fox News'... Read More
Eye-roll of the month was surely the Biden Administration telling us that the invasion of our country from the south is not a crisis, merely a challenge. When the managerial class tell us that something or other is a challenge, you can be sure it's a disaster caused by their own crackpot policies. I covered... Read More
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] The main political event this week was of course Joe Biden's press conference Thursday. Just for once, in a spirit of commentarial dutifulness, I swallowed my loathing of politics and politicians and sat through the durn thing. How'd it go? At a strictly personal... Read More
Earlier: Georgetown Law Prof Says She Feels Angst Over Low Performance Of Her Black Students, Gets Fired and Second Georgetown Law Prof Is Out. His Crime? Saying "Mmmhhhhhh" Eleven years ago I spoke at a conference organized by the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. I gave them a... Read More
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Asian Americans’ Problem Is NOT "White Supremacy"
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] OK, it’s obvious to everyone that the world has gone mad. My helpful suggestion: Kipling explained it all 102 years ago in a poem titled "The Gods of the Copybook Headings." There's a reading of it on my personal website. I start off by... Read More
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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] Earlier (May 30, 2020): Even Right Abandoning Accused Minneapolis Cop—But They Shouldn't Jury selection began this week for the conviction…Oops, sorry: I mean the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin on charges that he murdered the Holy Blessed Martyr George Floyd in Minneapolis... Read More
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] The news recently has featured a spate of people behaving badly. It reveals an increasingly prominent class issue: the widening rift between working-class and lower-middle-class people (manual workers, clerks, small business owners, low-level government staff) and their social superiors in the Ruling Class (billionaires,... Read More
In the Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump, February 9th-13th, video footage was shown of events in the Capitol building during the January 6th protests. I had things to say about that video footage in my February 12th podcast. They were not very kind things. I spoke of the congressfolk "scampering off to safety under... Read More
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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] Of the sixteen persons nominated for a cabinet position, as listed in the January 23rd issue of The Economist [After the chaos of the Trump era, what can Joe Biden hope to achieve?] nine have now been confirmed by the U.S. Senate and have... Read More
Earlier: Biden's Treasonous Immigration Bill Opportunity For GOP Leader To Say Two Words "Immigration Moratorium" Thursday this week the Biden administration brought forth a bill on immigration. It comes in two versions, one for the Senate and one for the House, although the texts are well-nigh identical. Both versions are 353 pages long. [READ: Text... Read More
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] Reading my New York Post, I caught this little news item from the nearby metropolis: A 72-year-old guy just getting off a subway train in Midtown was knocked to the ground by an assailant unknown to him: The perp was of course black. As... Read More
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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] A leading candidate for the title Truer Words Were Never Said is surely T.S. Eliot's observation that, If you want a set, that quote pairs off nicely with science fiction writer and occasional LSD user Philip K. Dick's observation in a speech he gave... Read More
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Join the VDARE.com Book Club! My just-posted discussion with John Derbyshire for the VDARE Book Club can be thought of as the completion of a cycle. If we weren’t both mistaken, John Derbyshire coined the term “Dissident Right” and was using it in 2012—which today seems like ancient history. Now, the term has re-emerged as... Read More
Race realism is of course deeply taboo. Expounders of race realism are mere squeaking mouse voices off in a corner of the room, inaudible in society against the roaring and shrieking of race denialism. Even in the dwindling number of social spaces where some limited dissent from ideological orthodoxy is still allowed, you will not... Read More
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] Earlier, by Peter Brimelow: A Long Farewell To Donald Trump, Immigration Patriot. And Thanks. Back in the Golden Age of Science Fiction seventy-something years ago there was a novel everyone read, title The World of Null-A. It was about a future planet Earth that... Read More
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] See, earlier, May 30, 2020: Even Right Abandoning Accused Minneapolis Cop—But They Shouldn't The incoming new administration will, with high probability, face three major crises in the next year or so. China will probably invade Taiwan. The stock market bubble will burst and the... Read More
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] I'm going to open with a confession here: watching those protestors rampaging through the halls of Congress on Wednesday afternoon, there was a part of me that was cheering them on. I hasten to add that it was only a part. My very strong... Read More
Yet more evidence, if more were needed, that we live in an increasingly lawless society showed up in New York City news outlets last week. Here's the story. December 24th last year … sorry: 2019, December 14th 2019, in the Bronx, sixty-year-old Juan Fresnada was out walking with a friend when a group of teenagers... Read More
Footnote to that: I've known that quote for as long as I can remember, but without recalling why I know it. I've never read William Cobbett, so it must have been somewhere else I saw it. The mystery was solved as an indirect result of my posting, in last month's diary, a few words of... Read More
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] Earlier by Steve Sailer: Biden Vows To Rip Out Roots Of Systemic Racism, i.e. Seize The Equity In Your Home You have surely heard the phrase "Systemic Racism" recently. What is it, though? A friend has directed my attention to a speech by Derrick... Read More
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] See, earlier: NO, William The Conqueror Did NOT Have A Black Advisor. SJWs Are Just Rewriting English History (Sound Familiar?) A British TV channel is producing a costume drama about Anne Boleyn, who was the second wife of King Henry VIII of England back... Read More
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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] The core ideology of our Ruling Class, which citizens contradict at peril of losing their livelihood, is Race Denialism. Statistical differences in outcome by race cannot possibly be biological in origin. The only reasons for those differences you may discuss in public are social:... Read More
Earlier: Turkeys Vote For Christmas—GOP Votes To Import Leftist Indian Overclass (And Also Depress Tech Wages) Outrage of the week was surely Utah Senator Mike Lee getting his S.386 bill through the U.S. Senate. S.386 means a massive loosening of the rules for foreign workers to take up white-collar jobs in the U.S.A. Washington Watcher... Read More
The election? I called it—a year and a half ago. Better yet, although it gives me no pleasure to report the fact: I called it for the right reasons. The quality of the opposition. This wasn't as big a factor as I predicted. Joe Biden was barely a candidate at all; he just stayed in... Read More
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] The fog of battle surrounding the November 3rd election has cleared somewhat, but there are still uncertainties about the consequences. Plainly there was much more than the usual amount of skullduggery in the registering and counting of votes, and it all seems to have... Read More
"Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it." So said Ralph Waldo Emerson in his Phi Beta Kappa address, July 18th 1876, according to my 1955 Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (2nd edition). I'm a sucker for quotations, and I know why. Among my Dad's books was a biggish one-volume... Read More
Earlier (2011): John Derbyshire On Understanding China And The Chinese [Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] Having been writing about China for forty years, I was naturally interested to see what Trump and Biden had to say about the country in last Thursday’s debate. Answer: Nothing with any real insight... Read More
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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] Earlier: Biden Calls For Nation-Busting Amnesty In Final Debate That President Trump will lose his re-election bid is a common opinion among people who wish otherwise. It’s not just me. I got an email from an old friend who is nine times smarter than... Read More
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] See also: You’re Next! If Biden/ Harris Win, A Crackdown On Whites Is Coming; You probably caught Keith Olbermann's October 9th address to the nation. In case you didn't, or need reminding, here it is: Trump can be, and must be, expunged. The hate... Read More
See also: “They Might As Well Put Bones Through Their Noses”— John Derbyshire On The Corruption Of Scientific America Posting on the contents of my email bag earlier in the week, I mentioned that many, many listeners and readers had directed my attention to the October 2nd statement by a committee of the Mathematical Association... Read More
The Derbs' weekly Netflix rentals this month included two not-bad movies — better than our recent average. Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, reviewed by our Steve Sailer at TakiMag was the better of the two. I didn't enjoy it as much as Steve did; but then, I don't know anything like as much as... Read More
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Earlier: It’s Official: Even Hard Science Entering New Dark Age [Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] Recently I had things to say about wokeness at the fine old magazine Scientific American. Their September issue had run a long article, headlined Reckoning With Our Mistakes, in which the editors groveled, rent... Read More
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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] Here’s a peek into Woke Capitalism. I shall tread carefully in this segment. I am working from inside information, and I don't want anyone to lose his job for being associated with an outlet as hatefully hateful as VDARE.com. The particular corner of capitalism... Read More
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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] Earlier, by Ann Coulter: Mass Incarceration Saved Black America This headline from The Spectator, August 29th, naturally caught my eye: If anything, America has an under-incarceration problem. The byline is Pedro L. Gonzalez, a name not otherwise known to me. [VDARE.com Note: Read Pedro... Read More
Above, the head of the Black Psychological Association, Theopia Jackson, and the CEO of the American Psychological Association, Arthur C. Evans Jr. [Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] As I start writing here on Friday morning, the news headliner is that Michael Reinoehl was killed Thursday evening in a shoot-out... Read More
Walking up to my local chain drugstore, I saw a two-panel notice that I hadn't seen before, pasted on the inside of the automatic glass door. Left panel, blue letter on white: Right panel, white letters on blue: The quote is attributed to Heyward Donigan, President and CEO of Rite Aid. "A home"—what? So I... Read More
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] Wisconsin got a visit from the Antifa mob following the shooting in Kenosha of a criminal suspect, 29-year-old Jacob Blake, who is black. The cops had been called on Mr. Blake for reasons now disputed. He'd arrived at some kind of sidewalk kerfuffle in... Read More
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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] There wasn't actually as much WhoWeAre-ism at this week's Democratic National Convention as I anticipated. Incredibly, Barack Obama got through a whole 19-minute speech without a single Who We Are. His lady Michelle made up for it with three Who We Ares in her... Read More
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Last week marked the third anniversary of the ambushing of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville VA. The organizers of that rally—a lawful, peaceful demonstration for which the organizers had obtained a permit—were attacked by the anarchist mob, who had no intention of being lawful or peaceful and no permit. The city police, under... Read More
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] Earlier: Trump's Defense Of The Suburbs Against Obama-Legacy Social Engineering Is TERRIFYING To Democrat-MSM Complex [Clip: Pete Seeger, "Little Boxes."] Little boxes on the hillside Little boxes made of ticky tacky Little boxes Little boxes Little boxes all the same There's a green one... Read More
Well, from the lockdown. I hope readers are bearing up OK under confinement. The Derbs are keeping busy. Paid employment aside, she has her beloved flowers and innumerable contacts on WeChat, the ChiCom messaging app. I have home-improvement chores: this month, stripping out and rebuilding a bathroom closet for maximum accessible shelving—nearly 28 square feet... Read More
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] Our nation's Constitution is getting something of a stress test up in the Northwest, especially in the city of Portland. Anarchist rioters have been assaulting the federal courthouse there, along with of course some vandalizing and looting of private property on the side. (No,... Read More
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] I greeted my July 11th issue of The Economist magazine with mixed feelings: For a fleeting moment I thought the "new ideology" that The Economist was talking about might be honest race realism, and that what's wrong with it from The Economist's viewpoint, which... Read More
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] See, earlier: John Derbyshire: Time To Stop Importing An Immigrant Overclass; John Derbyshire: “Importing An Overclass”–The Email Bag As predicted in my 2001 China Diary—although somewhat sooner than I anticipated—the ChiComs have made their move on Hong Kong. That city is now under the... Read More
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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.