John Derbyshire

The Right’s Racism Problem
April 11, 2012

National Review has jettisoned another writer for associating himself with racism. Robert Weissberg, an occasional contributor to the magazine’s Phi Beta Cons blog, will no longer contribute, editor Rich Lowry has declared, because he “participated in an American Renaissance conference where he delivered a noxious talk about the future of white nationalism.” Whoops! This comes hard on the heels of John Derbyshire’s dismissal, also for racially offensive commentary. By the logic of newsmagazine trend-spotting, one more transgressor at National Review will give us a trend.

John Derbyshire Crashes and Burns
April 09, 2012

 [Guest Post by Isaac Chotiner] When Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ was released eight years ago, a vigorous debate ensued in newspapers and magazines over whether the film was anti-Semitic. A couple years later, an intoxicated Gibson was pulled over by the police, and took the opportunity to go on an anti-Semitic rant. I remember thinking that those who defended Gibson's movie must be strong believers in coincidence.

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Conservative Reactions to Herman Cain’s Sex Scandal
November 05, 2011

When news broke last Sunday that GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain had been accused of multiple instances of workplace sexual harassment in the 1990s, conservatives had the opportunity to reevaluate their opinion of the candidate and his fitness for the highest office. Instead, reactions broke down roughly into two camps: those who saw nothing but a racist witch-hunt from the liberal media and those who took the opportunity to dispute and belittle the existence of sexual harassment in the first place.

Apparently I Am A Mushy Wimp
January 05, 2011

National Review's John Derbyshire, explaining the sharp tone of his debate with Peter Wehner, notes: Other readers — and, vide supra, my colleague Kathryn — regretted the rancorous tone of the discussion. I don’t really see their point. I am of the same kidney as the late Auberon Waugh, who defined opinion journalism as being among “the vituperative arts.” I enjoy the sensation of my boot connecting with the other bloke’s groin. Perhaps it’s an English thing.

Wehner For The Win
December 03, 2010

National Review's John Derbyshire writes, in a post entitled "A Smug Op-ed from George W. Bush": The subsidizing of expensive medications (the biggest part of our AIDS-relief effort, though not all of it) in fact has long-term consequences more likely to be negative than positive. The high incidence of AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa is caused by customary practices there. What is needed is for people to change those customary practices. Instead, at a cost of billions to the U.S.

Self-Parody Watch
October 21, 2009

From National Review: Is it time to turn back the clock on female suffrage? John Derbyshire explores.

How Does the Right Respond To Bigotry?
October 16, 2009

After picking up my new copy of National Review (not yet available online), I noticed that the first book under review was 'We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism', by NR writer John Derbyshire. Unsurprisingly, the review--courtesy of New York Post film critic Kyle Smith--is a rave ("delightful", "wide ranging", and "gratifying").  Derbyshire is extremely politically incorrect, with beliefs that go well beyond the normal bounds of right-wing opinion on race.

Lesbian Poet Laureates! Beware!
May 08, 2009

Who among us does not respect good, serious reporting? Over at The Corner, John Derbyshire has a big story, and kudos to him. In a post entitled 'Culture Watch,' he notes: Radio Derb is up, with a scoop. I believe we are the first to report that the Poets Laureate of both the U.S.A. and, as of last week, Britain are middle-aged lesbians.

The Party Of Rush And Joe
February 26, 2009

As is presumably apparent, I agree with John Derbyshire and Patrick Ruffini on relatively few political topics, but the deleterious effects on the GOP of conservative talk radio and Joe-the-Plumberism (respectively) are evidently among them. Derbyshire: Did the Limbaughs, Hannitys, Savages, and Ingrahams lead us to this sorry state of affairs? They surely did....

Words You Don't Hear Every Day
April 18, 2008

John Derbyshire is making sense: Some readers want me to pass comment on David Klinghoffer's Darwin-inspired-Hitler piece. As so often with creationist material, I'm not sure what the point is. Darwin's great contribution to human knowledge, his theory of the origin of species, is either true, or it's not. Is David saying: "When taken up by evil people, the theory had evil consequences. Therefore the theory must be false"?