John Derbyshire

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John Derbyshire is a novelist, pop-math author, reviewer, and opinion journalist, living with his wife and children on Long Island, New York.


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The Legacy of the Mad Kaiser

The Legacy of the Mad Kaiser

December 18, 2014

Who was the great villain of the 20th century—the person most to blame for

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Derbyshire’s Desert Island

Derbyshire’s Desert Island

December 11, 2014

I was a bit surprised to learn recently that the BBC radio program Desert

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The Impotent Eagle

The Impotent Eagle

December 04, 2014

Soon after Barack Obama’s November 20th amnesty announcement, I was having

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No Exit

No Exit

November 27, 2014

Well, that’s been a depressing few days, hasn’t it? Have you been watching

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Ike the Ringer

Ike the Ringer

November 20, 2014

I have been reading Paul Johnson’s new short biography of Dwight Eisenhower.

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The Scariest Science

The Scariest Science

November 13, 2014

Reading the November issue of Literary Review (a British monthly, somewhat

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Decline of a Great Newspaper

Decline of a Great Newspaper

November 06, 2014

I maintain some vestigial links to the old country. Among them is the inclusion

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A Penny for your Thoughts

A Penny for your Thoughts

October 30, 2014

Some boffins at Harvard University claim to have transmitted information from

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The Optimistic Column

The Optimistic Column

October 23, 2014

I recently did a duplex book review for a respectable conservative quarterly

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Raise the Drawbridge!

Raise the Drawbridge!

October 16, 2014

So how are you doing at keeping up with events in MENA (the Middle East and

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Quarterly Potpourri

Quarterly Potpourri

October 09, 2014

Zero Shades of Gray.  The U.S. Supreme Court punted on homosexual

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The Great Circle of Despots

The Great Circle of Despots

October 02, 2014

History is full of strange folds, wrinkles, and repetitions.  Consider for

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Four Billion Africans

Four Billion Africans

September 25, 2014

A new study on world population trends came out last week from the University

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Scotland: The Hole in the Lifeboat

Scotland: The Hole in the Lifeboat

September 18, 2014

An opinion journalist is expected to take a stand on newsy issues, even ones he

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The Occupation

The Occupation

September 11, 2014

I have taken another trip on my syllogismobile to an alternate universe. Among

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Alaska Diary

Alaska Diary

September 04, 2014

The Derbs—Mr., Mrs., and Missy—spent two weeks in Alaska. Here are some

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Red Pill Blues

Red Pill Blues

July 31, 2014

Do I get downhearted? Yes I do. You think it’s easy, living on the red

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Sorry, Ladies: The Great Chain of CultMarx

Sorry, Ladies: The Great Chain of CultMarx

July 24, 2014

From the police blotter: New York City police have arrested a man wanted for

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One Cheer for Meritocracy

One Cheer for Meritocracy

July 10, 2014

I have just finished reading David Lebedoff’s 2008 book The Same Man: George

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Quarterly Potpourri

Quarterly Potpourri

July 03, 2014

You can’t faze a New Yorker.  After all these years in the Big Apple, I

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Of Meth and Men

Of Meth and Men

June 26, 2014

A few columns ago I mentioned in passing that the Mrs. and I had been watching

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A Fate of Ice and Fire

A Fate of Ice and Fire

June 19, 2014

The title I wanted for my 2009 call to pessimism was We Are Doomed, Doomed. The

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Shame’s Cathedral

Shame’s Cathedral

June 12, 2014

I’ll admit I went to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum with a bad attitude. Why

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Two Bad Answers

Two Bad Answers

June 05, 2014

Wednesday this week marks the 25th anniversary of the Chinese army’s retaking

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Reason is Racism, Ignorance Is Strength

Reason is Racism, Ignorance Is Strength

May 29, 2014

After all these years of bloviating, I still can’t tell in advance what will

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Confessions of a Middlebrow

Confessions of a Middlebrow

May 22, 2014

So I was in the downstairs study, idly surfing the Web while the Mrs. watched

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