Today being John Milton's 400th birthday, I have been reading Paradise Lost in the terrifically well-annotated Cambridge University Press paperback edition. Reading? Well, I've been … looking into it. The infallible Dr. Johnson: Just so. My own browsings are further obstructed by a peculiar transformation the text occasionally seems to undergo right before my eyes.... Read More
Thus George W. Bush, speaking to the Greater Cleveland Partnership in Ohio the other day. I groaned inwardly, reading that. It's not the first time we've heard the Japan-1945 analogy, of course. It was a favorite of Donald Rumsfeld's (remember him?) My inner reaction to it now, as then, is: "Oh, so Japan in 1945... Read More
John Maynard Keynes once observed that: "Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist." The master in this master-slave relationship need not actually be an economist. It was only that Keynes was writing about economics when the thought occurred to him. That... Read More
After the banquet comes the indigestion; after the Lord Mayor's parade comes (or came, in the days before internal-combustion engines took over from horses) the man with the shovel. I've been on a victory high the past few days. As a principled conservative, though, I have had my discontents with George W. Bush's presidency. Now... Read More
President George W. Bush, speaking on August 24th: This little nugget of Compassionate Conservatism calls for some close textual analysis. Calls for it? It fairly shrieks for it. Where's my scalpel? There are people in Mexico … For "Mexico" you could equally well subsitute any one of a hundred or so other countries in that... Read More
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.