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Yes, April — Spring! Taking Basil for his walk one pleasant, warm morning in mid-April, I had a Wordsworth moment. It wasn't actually daffodils, it was buttercups: a lo-o-ong row of them on an otherwise nondescript roadside verge. In fact the "I" there should really be "we": Basil was entranced, too. Now oft when on... Read More
Earlier (2014) John Derbyshire Asks: Endemic Corruption—The Ukraine Is Ex-Soviet, But What Excuse Do Black American Politicians Have? One of the first things I had to say about the Russia-Ukraine war, back in February when it had just broken out, was that it is the first of any significance to be fought in demographic modernity,... Read More
Earlier: "A Riddle, Wrapped In A Mystery, Inside An Enigma"—Why Do American Elites Hate Russia? Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, available exclusively at VDARE.com Back in 2005, I sat at dinner next to a gentleman of some age. We got to talking, and he told me he had been a bomber pilot in World... Read More
My August 2019 Diary contained a segment titled "Fun with lexicography" in which I mentioned—in fact, I think, re-mentioned—my favorite page in the 1979 Xinhua Zidian Chinese-Chinese pocket dictionary. (For completeness I should also have mentioned every Second Amendment enthusiast's favorite page and every night-club cocktail hostess's favorite page.) Then in my third podcast this... 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
Earlier by Steve Sailer: Will A Giant Wave Of Migrants From Africa Head Toward Europe Again Due To Mr. Putin's War? Demography is destiny. Steve Sailer picked up on this theme March 10th, wondering whether wartime disruptions will start off another flood of mass migration from the poor Third World South to the prosperous First... Read More
The last few days of February of course have us all talking about Russia and Ukraine. My fundamental position on the current fracas is isolationist. The European nations are collectively more populous and way richer than Russia. If they can't organize a common defense against aggressive outside powers, that's too bad for their people, but... Read More
My opening music on Radio Derb this week was a snippet of the great Vladimir Horowitz playing the last movement of Mussorgsky's piano suite "Pictures at an Exhibition." Horowitz, generally regarded as the greatest concert pianist of the last century, was born in Kyiv, capital of Ukraine. It was inspired by, duh, pictures the composer... 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
See also: Demography Is Destiny—In Crimea And In The U.S. If it were possible to choose ethnic affiliation before being born, I think it would be wise to avoid being born into a small nation located right up against a big, proud empire: Tibet or Turkestan, Armenia in Ottoman days or Serbia when Austria was... 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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There was an interesting piece in The Spectator, July 5th: Imperialism is back — and this time it's politically correct. The author, James Delingpole, argues that the aid industry, in spite of enormous investments of money and manpower, hasn't actually done much for Africans — though it has, of course, made lots of people in... Read More
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Another week in the U.S.H., the United States of Hysteria. The occasion of this week's shriek-fest was of course President Trump's engagement with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. Sample reaction, this one by Lt. General Mark Hertling in Politico: So those Facebook ads posted by Russians in 2016 were just like Pearl Harbor, just like 9/11.... Read More
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One of Steve Sailer’s many clever commenters has brilliantly named it WhateverGate—the frantic legalistic churning about who said what to whom in President Trump’s circle, and whether the thing that was or was not said warrants impeachment. Or whatever. But impeachment. Every week, I think things can’t get any crazier—the hysteria has to burn itself... Read More
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I don’t know whether Trump Derangement Syndrome has reached Peak Hysteria yet, but this week it definitely attained what we math geeks call a “local maximum.” That means, while it may not be the tallest peak in the mountain range, it’s taller than anything in its immediate vicinity. This is of course all about President... Read More
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President Trump on Tuesday gave a one-hour speech to a joint session of Congress. There was some cucking, about Black History Month, a licensed occasion for the ramping-up of anti-white rhetoric—if your gonads were as dimensionally impressive as we were led to believe, Mr. President, you would have issued an Executive Order renaming February as... Read More
The Russian mathematician Igor Shafarevich died last week, aged 93. There is a biography at the University of St. Andrews website. As well as being a significant mathematician, Shafarevich was also a notable dissident of the late-Soviet era—of the generation of Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Andrei Sakharov (who were five years and two years older than... Read More
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Well, if you were wondering who really runs things in Washington, D.C.—where the real power lies—now you know: it’s with the intelligence agencies, with a little help from the Main Stream Media. Next question: why do they hate Russia so much? December 29th, the day still-President Barack Obama expelled a raft of Russian diplomats on... Read More
Breitbart made a list of fake news--some of it won Pulitzers.
The two big stories this week: “fake news” and Russia’s alleged manipulation of our election. Actually, in my opinion, they’re non-stories. In regard to fake news, I have a confession to make. First, some preface. To put my podcasts together I trawl through news websites on the internet for stories of interest. The big American... Read More
Russia, imagined and real.
I have just spent a week in Moscow with Mrs. Straggler at the invitation of a Russian foundation. Neither of us had been in Russia before. It was a working trip, with very little time for sightseeing, and that only in central Moscow. It was, though, in a perfunctory way, an opportunity to compare the... Read More
Dial 1 for Russian? I don't think so.
The thing you notice, walking around central Moscow, is the Russians — I mean, the near-total absence of non-Russians. There is, of course, a tourist element. Appearance is not much to go by here; but I can recognize — not necessarily understand, but recognize — most of the world's major languages by ear, and Chinese... 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.