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Earlier: Rule Britannia, by Derb, A Personal Note On Brexit, by Peter Brimelow, and "I Won’t Lie, I Did Cry." A Briton Rejoices At BREXIT's Triumph, by Adam Young, all from June, 2016, when the vote was held. Across the Pond in the Mother Country, today—Friday the 31st—is Brexit Day. The U.K. officially leaves the... Read More
Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, available exclusively at VDARE.com The latest terrorist killings in London got me reading up on Fishmongers' Hall. I'll confess I knew next to nothing about the place, in spite of having been born and raised in England and lived five years in London. The hall existed in my mind,... 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
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The big news this week was Brexit—one manifestation of a trend now visible all over the Western world including the U.S.: cosmopolitans vs. communitarians. The story so far: Three years and two months ago the British people voted in a referendum to leave the European Union, the EU. The vote was 52 percent Leave to... Read More
A spectre is haunting Europe—the spectre of communitarianism. Of what? "Communitarianism" is the name being used in academic political-science circles for one side of the Great Divide that has opened up among voters in the West this past few years. For the other side of the divide, the poli-sci eggheads favor "cosmopolitanism." My own designators,... Read More
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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
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Britain is in crisis! A mighty national challenge looms! The nation's very sovereignty hangs in the balance! The populace is divided and confused. The political leadership is—as it usually is—an uninspiring clique of dithering seat-warmers and time-servers, none of whom has ever had his peace disturbed by an original thought, seasoned—as it usually is—with a... 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
I recently learned from Peter Brimelow the right way to wear a scarf. For the previous seven decades I had just draped the scarf round my neck with one end hanging longer than the other and then either (a) tossed the long end over my shoulder, or (b) tied a simple over-and-under at the throat.... Read More
The fuss about Brexit over in the U.K. is of only indirect interest to us Americans, but it does show another aspect of the slow political revolution taking place all over the Western world. As our own correspondent Robert Henderson posted here at VDARE.com on Thursday, the Brexit vote of June 2016—the vote by British... Read More
Headlines from London today: Notting Hill Carnival subjected to section 60 order to prevent violence, by Richard Hartley-Parkinson, Metro, August 27, 2018 Notting Hill Carnival: 126 arrests made as police CRACKDOWN on disorder | LONDON police have arrested 126 people at the Notting Hill Carnival this weekend amid spiralling levels of violence in the capital,... Read More
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Here's a story from across the pond, a story about negrolatry. Don't reach for your dictionary; I just made that word up. And yes, to you pedants: I mixed Latin and Greek together. So sue me. You get the idea, anyway. Here I'm working the late Larry Auster's theme that to guilty white liberals, blacks... Read More
Today, April 20th, is the fiftieth anniversary of British politician Enoch Powell's Birmingham speech against mass Third World immigration into his country. VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow has an eloquent post about this and VDARE.com has reposted the speech itself, with supporting hyperlinks brought up to date. There are YouTube clips of Powell actually delivering bits... Read More
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I’ve got to assume that very few Americans ever heard of Telford, a district in the English West Midlands. Steve Sailer admits to never having heard of it; and if Steve hasn’t heard of it, nobody has. This is excusable. There was no such place as Telford until 1968. That was when bureaucratic managerialism in... Read More
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I’ve reached the point in life when lamenting the end of another year comes more naturally than celebrating the beginning of a new one. How time flies! Another year gone already? After age seventy the passing scene more and more resembles the image one of Noël Coward’s characters supplied: it’s
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The really striking feature of the June 8 U.K. election was the relative success of the Labour Party under its leader Jeremy Corbyn. This crazy old Lefty, who never saw a commie dictator or an anti-British terrorist he didn’t want to kiss up to, and who won the endorsement of the British Communist Party for... Read More
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Headliner of the week was the Muslim terrorist attack on a pop concert in Manchester, England. The bomber blew himself up and took 22 others with him. That’s the count as I go to tape here; over a hundred were injured, some critically, so the death count may be higher as you hear this. The... Read More
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The Japanese Were Right. The British Were Wrong.
This week our subject is “Life in Derbistan” or London as it used to be. I’m going to indulge myself in some nostalgia. It’s geezerish, I know. But reading about the terrorist attack on London’s Westminster Bridge this Wednesday got me thinking about London, and I began to nostalge. (Is that a verb, “nostalge”? “I... Read More
Boris (Johnson, Not Godunov). Credit: VDare.com.
Last week, I noted that Boris Johnson, the former Mayor of London—which is not, by the way, the same thing as Lord Mayor of London, for reasons it would take much too long to explain—was being spoken of as the likely next Prime Minister over there, David Cameron having said he will step down after... 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
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I always thought Rule Britannia should have been Britain’s national anthem. It’s way more fun to sing than God Save the Queen and I love that bumptious 18th-century nationalism: Here’s a linguistic oddity: to an Englishman’s ear, “For Britons never will be slaves” sounds wrong. Not the general sentiment, which of course is fine and... Read More
I have occasionally—here, for example—mentioned Vladimir Bukovsky, the late-Soviet dissident who won my admiration with his 1978 book To Build a Castle: My Life As a Dissenter. Bukovsky isn’t just one of the Awkward Squad; he’s an entire Awkward Battalion just by himself. The Soviet authorities of the 1960s and 1970s confined him in labor... Read More
Who Cares What They Say About Trump?
See earlier John Derbyshire: Fox’s Steve Emerson—Wrong On “No-Go Areas,” Right On The Trend?
All proper congratulations to David Cameron, elected last week as Prime Minister of Britain on the Conservative Party ticket. I can’t say I repose any great hopes that Cameron will actually conserve anything; but then, Britain’s not my country, so the stakes for me are merely tribal (the Anglosphere), civilizational (the West), and sentimental (I... Read More
I’ve had Birmingham on my mind recently, as a conjunction of the political and the personal. No, this is not Birmingham, Alabama I’ve been pondering: not the Birmingham from whose jail Martin Luther King—I beg your pardon:The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—wrote a famous letter in 1963, and whose subsequent decline has been chronicled... Read More
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Mixed news from across the pond for Dissident Right types. Hungary The big downer: the decision by the government of Hungary to ban Richard Spencer’s conference, scheduled for October 3rd-5th in Budapest. (In fact, on October 3, Richard was actually taken into custody by theHungarian police—an atrocity that, as I write this on Saturday afternoon,... Read More
I have taken another trip on my syllogismobile to an alternate universe. Among the artifacts I brought back with me was A.J. Braithwaite’s History of Britain (2011 edition), a standard text for British schoolchildren in that universe. The following extracts are from the final chapter, titled “Britain since 1945.” Britain and Ireland became Soviet satellites... Read More
You want spleen? I got spleen.
Little more than a hundred years ago the modern British welfare state was born in David Lloyd George’s 1909 finance bill, the “people’s budget.” Hearing of the bill’s provisions—old-age pensions! unemployment benefits! land taxes! (in those innocent times it was thought prudent to pay for social programs with taxation)—Rudyard Kipling was furious. He vented his... Read More
Orwell nailed it.
The country of my birth no longer much resembles the country of my birth, mainly as a result of mass immigration. Britons were already grumbling about the influx of Third Worlders in my student days back in the mid-1960s. Thanks to a nifty little app put online by the Office for National Statistics over there,... Read More
Thy dread empire, Chaos! is restored.
I have argued elsewhere that at the age of twenty the normal human being's development is pretty much finished. He is "cooked all through," as it were. Not that we can't learn, adapt, and change after that age; but our deep outlook, the bedrock contours of our world-view, are set. The rest is just sprinkling... Read More
Britain will cut a deal with the terrorists.
————————— The Britain of July 2005 is not the Spain of March 2004, either. To say the least of it, there is no general election due in Britain this weekend. There is, in fact, none to be expected for at least three years. Nor did a weak, distracted and incompetent Prime Minister immediately try to... Read More
H.R.H. the Queen Mother.
I was twice in the presence, approximately, of the Queen Mother, who died on Saturday. The first time was when, in my twelfth year, she came to open a new wing of my school. (That a senior royal should turn up to open a new wing of an undistinguished provincial boys' school was testimony 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.