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So Congress finally passed a budget. It’s a blockbuster—$1.3 trillion, or around four thousand dollars for every man, woman, and child in the U.S.A. Basically it is a compound made up of (a) anything Leftist Democrats could wish for, and (b) anything that the Jeb Bush wing of the Republican Party, and that wing’s Big... Read More
Barack Obama's election to the U.S. Presidency was an anomaly, a lurch backwards. Or better to say, perhaps, that it was a defiance of the apparently inevitable: a standing athwart history crying "Stop!" It has been clear for ten or fifteen years, at least, that the structure of public finances that prevailed through the second... Read More
The right place to build a wall.
————————— It is plain that no U.S. administration of any party is going to build a wall along our nation's southern border. "Can't be done," our leaders tell us, shaking their heads in mock despair, while feeling under the desk for the envelopes full of benjaminsbeing passed from cheap-labor lobbyists and race-grievance shills. "Too much... Read More
NRO readers who patronize The Corner may have read my recent confessions in respect of heavyweight political science, viz., it sends me to sleep. I would rather remove my own gall bladder with a pair of rusty scissors than be obliged to read the collected works of Leo Strauss. However, while I can't handle the... Read More
When I graduated from college my father gave me the following piece of advice, one of the very few he gave me that I actually followed: "Get a government job." Dad himself had had a government job once. It had not lasted long, and he mislaid it under mysterious circumstances, returning to the private sphere,... Read More
Al Gore's use of the adjective "risky" to disparage any policy proposal put forward by his opponent has now travelled the entire route from campaign rhetoric, via late-night comic patter and dinner-table jokes, to the trashcan of politico-linguistic trivia, where it rests at peace with "normalcy," "missile gap" and Willie Horton. I understand that Gore... Read More
Cyril Kornbluth was a science fiction writer of the 1940s and 1950s. One of his stories was called "The Marching Morons." The title was taken from the old conundrum about trying to count the population of China by marching them past a fixed point. The task could never be finished, because by the time the... 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 com is FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle).His writings are archived at