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[Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com] The most appalling anti-white horror of recent years has been the convictions of the Brunswick Three: Gregory McMichael, his son Travis, and their neighbor Roddie Bryan. These were the three white residents of Brunswick, Georgia who attempted a lawful citizens' arrest on black lowlife... Read More
[Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com] In my November Diary here at VDARE.com I led off with the heading "Dismantling the meritocracy." I noted how big licensing associations for important professions—the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Bar Association—were de-prioritizing merit in selecting entrants to their professions in... Read More
In last month's diary I gave notice that I'd be at a December meeting with Bruce Lee enthusiasts. The date turned out to be Saturday, December 3rd. I spent all afternoon with the enthusiasts and had a most enjoyable time of it. There are Bruce Lee fans all over, by no means only in the... Read More
[Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com] What will 2023 hold? I’m going to strive to ’take a positive outlook. Yes, that goes against the grain; I am, after all, the guy who wrote a book titled We Are Doomed. We may indeed be doomed, but I’m going to turn my... Read More
[Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com] Recently I posted here at VDARE.com one of my monthly blogs titled "From Derb's Email Bag." In among the items there I mentioned the widespread failure in the commentariat to note the distinction between a Bill and an Act. That was in regard to... Read More
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[Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com] Just when you're thinking things couldn't get any crazier on the immigration front, … they get crazier. In last week's podcast I noted the lavish benefits being showered on illegal aliens by New York City politicians—at the generous expense of New York taxpayers, of... Read More
I think it was Steve Sailer who first observed that the now-ubiquitous initialism DEI, for "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion," should more properly be written DIE, as in: "DIE, WHITEY!" Nowhere is that more apt than in the field of medical education, as we were reminded early in November when the Association of American Medical Colleges... Read More
Mysteriously, these obviously adult illegals are getting goodies from the Save The Children tax-deductible charity [email Save The Children /tweet Save The Children] [Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com] New York City Progressives have got new pets. Progressives derive their spiritual nourishment from there being some population of poor people... Read More
Earlier, by Peter Brimelow (Forbes, 1993): When Quotas Replace Merit, Everybody Suffers [Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com] Monday this week the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases concerning Affirmative Action in college admissions. The plaintiff in the case is a nonprofit called Students For Fair Admissions,... Read More
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[Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com] Headliner this week: Elon Musk's taking over Twitter. It sounds like good news to me. Musk has the very endearing character trait—rare in the business world and extremely rare in the upper management of social-media platforms—of not taking himself too seriously. On Wednesday, for... Read More
[Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com] It's a common observation—I've made it myself—that Britain and America travel on parallel tracks politically. In 1979 the Brits got Margaret Thatcher, an economic liberal (in the classical sense) but a social conservative. The following year we Americans got Ronald Reagan, ditto ditto. Thatcher... Read More
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[Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com] My normal routine on a weekday evening is to sit down to dinner at 7:30, eat steadily for half an hour while making light conversation with Mrs. Derbyshire and such family members or friends as may be present; then, at 8 o'clock, move to... Read More
The lady representing the "Spirit of Liberty" above is from Eugene Delacroix's famous picture of France's July Revolution of 1830, not the much worse 1789 French Revolution. A similarly attired lady can be seen on the State Seal of Virginia. [Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com] Michael Anton is a... Read More
[Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com.] Here at VDARE.com we've had some sport over the years with the concept, originally coined by economists, of Revealed Preference. The general idea of Revealed Preference is that people's beliefs, desires, and intentions are best judged not by what they say but by what... Read More
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[Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com.] I hold the eccentric opinion that effective social policies should be based on truth about the world. That includes the biological world—the world of living creatures, to which our species belongs. Social policies that are not thus based will fail, leaving society—that's us—worse off... Read More
For our viewing pleasure the first Saturday evening in August the Mrs and I watched the new—released July 15th—movie production of Persuasion, based of course on the 1817 novel by Jane Austen. Yecch. The whole thing was modernized, as if the only manners, morals, and demography England ever had were those of the early 21st... Read More
[Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com.] Earlier (2017) by John Derbyshire: Absimilation On Westminster Bridge: The Japanese Were Right. The British Were Wrong. Some thoughts on a headline from the week’s news. The news headline I want to pass comment on is the assault on author Salman Rushdie in Chautauqua,... Read More
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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] Earlier: JOHN DERBYSHIRE: The Brunswick Three—Monstrous Miscarriage Of Justice Shows “Civil Rights” Now Just Means Anti-White Spite Last week’s VDARE.com posted a long indignant rant by me about the federal sentences handed down on the Brunswick Three: Greg and Travis McMichael and Roddie Bryan,... Read More
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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] See also: JOHN DERBYSHIRE: “Civil Rights”? After Breonna Taylor, SESAME STREET Lynchings—I SPIT ON THEM We like to think that we make progress from a less fair, less just society to one that is more fair and more just. Indeed, our loudest and most... Read More
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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] Sesame Place is a Philadelphia amusement park for kids themed on the TV show Sesame Street. One of its features is that local teenagers desperate for a few dollars dress up as characters in the TV show—encase themselves in what must be stifling hot... Read More
That Nadezhda Mandelstam quote (which, by the way, I first encountered in Simon Leys‘ 1976 book Chinese Shadows) is connected in some way I haven‘t
[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] My VDARE.com colleague Allan Wall just posted something about illegal aliens who die trying to cross our southern border. They drown crossing the river, they die from thirst or exposure, they fall when trying to scale border barriers, they suffocate in smugglers' crowded, unventilated... Read More
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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] We got the first pictures from The James Webb space telescope last Tuesday. I watched the NASA one-hour livestream. If you are not a science geek, it's hard to explain the excitement of an event like this. But the presentation of these marvels was... Read More
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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com] See also: CAPITOL "INSURRECTION" HOAX: How Our Lying Press Would Have Spun Jan 6 Protest If Trump Were A Democrat [VIDEO] Top of the news today, at any rate in the Regime Media, is the first of the six (6) congressional hearings we've been... Read More
Right-o, George. Criminals should be (humanely) locked up in prisons away from law-abiding citizens. Mad people should be (humanely) locked up in asylums away from normal people. Homeless people should not be allowed to camp in public places. If mad, as is commonly the case, they should be locked up in asylums; if sane, they... Read More
[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
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
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
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
[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] 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 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
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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
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
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
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
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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.