Here’s George Orwell reviewing Russell's Power: A New Social Analysis in 1939: Today, eighty-one years later, we have sunk much further, to depths of reality-denial that even Orwell could not have imagined. So here is Charles Murray—a very intelligent man—stepping up to do his duty. (For my take on Charles Murray, his work, and his... Read More
Originally published in Academic Questions, October, 2018 (click here for original) reposted by permission When Charles Murray's book Human Accomplishment: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences, 800 B.C. to 1950 was published in 2003, I was assigned to review it. Forming my thoughts after reading the book, I recalled an earlier exchange... Read More
Here’s something I did enjoy watching—as opposed to the Clinton/ Trump debate.It’s intelligent, instructive, and thought-provoking, and so the opposite of retail politics. It was balm on my wounded psyche, 84 minutes of sunlit good sense after a raging storm of gibberish—a panel held at the National Press Club (boo!) last week: Immigration and Less-Educated... 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.