The table below logs my occasional commentaries on U.S. politics, both foreign and domestic. Topics relating to the National Question (i.e. immigration and demographics) are under a separate index page. The columns listed here deal with other aspects of U.S. politics.
In commenting on politics, I try to express the views of an ordinary newspaper-reading but un-wonkish citizen of a conservative temperament, skeptical towards all grand schemes for human improvement carried out by careerist bureaucrats. In common with approximately 99 percent of the human race, I am not very interested in politics, and distrust people who are.
I also try to keep in mind Dr. Johnson's dictum that in forming my opinions about political matters, I should try to set aside my personal interests and figure out what's good for the country at large, even is it isn't particularly and immediately good for John Derbyshire. This is much less easy than the good Doctor makes it sound. I don't see much of it going on around me.
|January 29, 2014||VDARE||Immigration
Boilerplate, "Poetry," And Lies
At Obama's Stalinesque SOTU Extravaganza
|Please make it stop.|
|November 6, 2013||VDARE||Politics and
A Modest Proposal
|Leave big decisions to the middle kind.|
|May 9, 2013||Taki's Magazine||The Incredible Talking Weiner||Life among the elites.|
|February 7, 2013||VDARE||Eric
Cantor Makes a Point …
But Not the One He Intended
|The bankruptcy of Conservatism, Inc.|
|November 22, 2012||Taki's Magazine||Waiting for Darwin||Reality bites.|
|November 15, 2012||Taki's Magazine||Brooms and Shovels||Sweeping up after the election.|
|November 14, 2012||VDARE||Was the Conservative Movement Destined to Go Bad?||Yes.|
|November 8, 2012||Taki's Magazine||Ballots and Bullets||Voting for the next generation.|
|November 7, 2012||VDARE||Election Diary||Thanks A Lot, Willard.
You Couldn't Have Taken Just one
Strong Conservative Position?
|October 25, 2012||Taki's Magazine||Free to be a Communist||Raise the scarlet banner high!|
|October 23, 2012||VDARE||The Third Obama-Romney Debate||Obamneyism In Florida.|
|October 18, 2012||Taki's Magazine||The One-Party State||To-may-to, to-mah-to.|
|October 17, 2012||VDARE||The Second Obama-Romney Debate||Arizona's immigration law brings
out Romney's natural cowardice.
|October 4, 2012||VDARE||The First Obama-Romney Debate||If They Can't Do Better Than This,
The Debates Are An Utter Swindle.
|July 12, 2012||VDARE||One Cheer for Conservatism, Inc.||They're not totally useless.|
|May 10, 2012||VDARE||Who Are We?||A pitch for "Dissident Right."|
|February 16, 2012||Taki's Magazine||Facing Down the Thugs||Conservatism is missing something.|
|January 26, 2012||Taki's Magazine||They Don't Have a Clue||For sound policies, ask your Dad.|
|December 22, 2011||Taki's Magazine||Ron Paul Drops the H-Bomb||Who hates ya, baby?|
|November 24, 2011||Taki's Magazine||Silver Linings||A walk on the optimistic side.|
|November 10, 2011||Taki's Magazine||Are Blacks Natural Pols?||And what does being good at politics mean?|
|September 29, 2011||Taki's Magazine||Raising Cain||Run, Herman, run|
|September 22, 2011||Taki's Magazine||The Dignity of Sloth||Meet Ragle Gumm|
|September 8, 2011||Taki's Magazine||Nothing to Commemorate||9/11: a date between 9/10 and 9/12|
|August 12, 2011||Taki's Magazine||Can We Still Afford the Slavery Tax?||And what happens if we can't?|
|July 28, 2011||Taki's Magazine||No-one's Right and Nothing's Left||Thy dread empire, Chaos! is restored.|
|April 28, 2011||Taki's Magazine||2012 Election Preview||Surveying the field.|
|April 21, 2011||Taki's Magazine||Simplify, Simplify||Entitlements in an age
of information asymmetry.
|April 13, 2011||Address at Providence College||Dissidence and Doom||Two cheers for the Awkward Squad.|
|January 27, 2011||Taki's Magazine||The Multicultural Cringe||Lang Lang's patriotism, and Obama's.|
|January 12, 2011||Taki's Magazine||Republic of Hysteria||Let the shrieking begin.|
|December 15, 2010||Taki's Magazine||Pigford at the Trough||Biggest race shakedown ever.|
|November 16, 2010||Taki's Magazine||From Baby Boom to Bust||The Obama anomaly.|
|October 6, 2010||Taki's Magazine||The Race for New York …||… and why Andrew Cuomo's got "game."|
|September 1, 2010||Taki's Magazine||Glenn Beck: Beggar-in-Chief||In the beggars' democracy|
|August 4, 2010||Taki's Magazine||The Old Right's Jewish Problem||Is the traditional Right anti-Jewish?|
|August 2010||The American Conservative||Prole Tax||Tea Partiers revolt, but government still wins.|
|July 28, 2010||Taki's Magazine||A False Dawn of Race Realism||The narcissism of small differences.|
|July 15, 2010||Taki's Magazine||The Last Days of D.C.||The right place to build a wall.|
|July 1, 2010||Taki's Magazine||The National Debt: Apocalypse Now||Brace for impact!|
|April 2010||The American Conservative||No Life on MARs||Prospects for
the Tea Party movement.
|June 15, 2009||NRO||End of an Extravaganza||Goodbye and good riddance
to the Space Shuttle.
|December 9, 2008||NRO||Sing! Heavenly Muse||… about paradise lost.|
|November 17, 2008||NRO||Next Under the Bus: UAW?||… or an auto industry bailout?|
|November 5, 2008||NRO||Eight Wasted Years||… and the ratchet slips free.|
|September 8, 2008||NRO||Charity Begins … Where?||The lurking menace
of presidential wives.
|August 25, 2008||NRO||The Election from Hell||Two terrible candidates.|
|June 19, 2008||NRO||Obama's Black Edge||Does blackness help or hurt?|
|May 23, 2008||NRO||Amid th'Encircling Gloom||Lead Thou me, Ron.|
|May 15, 2008||NRO||Seat-Warming Champions|| … and the issue we have
with one of them.
|April 7, 2008||NRO||The Alliance About Nothing||What is NATO for?|
|March 24, 2008||The American
|Into Africa||The President's Africa trip.|
|March 11, 2008||NRO||Let Us Have Done With You||Governor Spitzer should go.|
|February 20, 2008||NRO||The Man on the White Stallion||The inevitability of Al Gore.|
|February 11, 2008||Taki's Magazine||Only A Revolution Will Do||Onward and upward with Ron Paul.|
|January 26, 2008||VDARE||Paradoxically, Ron Paul's
Success Proving Irrelevance
|Paul not pure enough for libertarians.|
|December 20, 2007||NRO||Liberty! Liberty!||Endorsing Ron Paul in reality.|
|July 31, 2007||NRO||That Old Time Religion||Seeing Ron Paul in a dream.|
|July 17, 2007||NRO||Means and Ends||Something's out of whack.|
|June 2007||New English Review||The New Communism?||Islamophobia and conservatism.|
|May 16, 2007||NRO||The Republican Debate||Rudy McRomney & Co.|
|May 15, 2007||NRO||None of the Above||The next President of
the United States will be …
|May 2007||New English Review||Private Lives||Should we care about them?|
|March 12, 2007||NRO||The S.o.B. Factor||Rudy's got it.|
|February 12, 2007||The American
|Not Your Father's Conservatism||Response to Weyrich & Lind's
"The Next Conservatism"
|February 2007||New English Review||George W. Bush:
|Hopes for transformation.|
|November 21, 2006||NRO||From Neoconservatism
|The end of the adventure.|
|November 6, 2006||NRO||To Vote Or Not To Vote||That's the question.|
|October 2006||New English Review||The G-Word and the C-Word||Thinking the unthinkable.|
|September 28, 2006||NRO||Empire Election||Your 2008 choice: Three Noo Yawkers.|
|September 2006||New English Review||Race and Conservatism||Should conservatives talk about race?|
|August 28, 2006||The American
|What Is Left? What Is Right?||My contribution to a symposium.|
|July 17, 2006||NRO||WW4? Don't flatter them||We're fighting a rabble, not a nation.|
|June 12, 2006||NRO||Apologizing for Iraq||I eat crow for my support of the Iraq war.|
|March 29, 2006||NRO||Chickenhawks (Series #947)||Tinker, tailor, soldier, blogger.|
|March 21, 2006||NRO||To Hell With The "To Hell With
The '"To Hell With
Them" Hawks' Hawks"
|Response to Rich Lowry.|
|January 23, 2006||NRO||The Wood Has Been Made Into A Boat||Unwinding social change.|
|December 20, 2005||NRO||Differently Clued||Checking last year's predictions.|
|August 5, 2005||NRO||Faery Gold||In a faery economy.|
|June 16, 2005||NRO||The Folly of Our Age||Scrap the space shuttle.|
|May 10, 2005||NRO||Twilight of Conservatism||We are doomed, doomed.|
|February 8, 2005||NRO||Nice Election: Now
Let's Get Out
|The point of diminishing
returns in Iraq.
|December 6, 2004||The American Conservative||Security Begins At Home||Advice for George W. Bush
on approaching his second term
|November 9, 2004||NRO||Afterthoughts||Qualified rejoicing.|
|November 3, 2004||NRO||Targeted Gloating||Deserving gloatees.|
|September 14, 2004||NRO||Good Evening, Iraq!||Mission accomplished.|
|September 3, 2004||NRO||It's a wrap||GOP national convention, day 4.|
|September 2, 2004||NRO||Convention Live||GOP national convention, day 3.|
|September 1, 2004||NRO||That Winning Feeling||GOP national convention, days 1 and 2.|
|August 25, 2004||NRO||Zakaria's False Dichotomy||Was it "racist" to oppose the Iraq war?|
|June 10, 2004||NRO||Should Reagan Be
On Mount Rushmore?
|April 14, 2004||NRO||Third Way in Iraq||Punishment, imperialism, or nation-building?|
|March 18, 2004||NRO||What Use Is Congress?||None that I can see.|
|February 17, 2004||NRO||Only A Trillion||Govt. spending —
a trillion here, a trillion there.
|December 5, 2003||NRO||One Cheer for Rev'm Al||He sure can talk.|
|November 24, 2003||NRO||Isms and Wasms||I don't like ideologies.|
|October 20, 2003||NRO||Third Party Peril||An issue that could upset the election.|
|October 7, 2003||NRO||Outsource This!||Your job's gone to Bangladesh.|
|September 24, 2003||NRO||The Demonization of Henry Kissinger||The world's No. 1 criminal.|
|September 19, 2003||NRO||The Age of No Consequences||You can get away with anything nowadays.|
|September 11, 2003||NRO||Two Years On||I worry.|
|June 12, 2003||NRO||The Presidency About Nothing||All the Clintons did was
make us hate each other.
|May 27, 2003||NRO||Disenfranchise the Public Sector||Gummint workers shouldn't vote.|
|May 8, 2003||NRO||Confessions of a
|I'm just not authentic.|
|April 22, 2003||NRO||Pseudoscience vs. Snobbery||Thoughts on reading a Doonesbury cartoon strip.|
|April 9, 2003||NRO||The Victory Dividend||Side benefits.|
|April 8, 2003||NRO||A Brief Moment of Jubilation||We've won the war.|
|March 27, 2003||NRO||Ten Points on the War||Lame name, too nice, etc.|
|March 10, 2003||NRO||Night Thoughts||How I came to stop worrying
and love the Bomb.
|February 18, 2003||NRO||Will the U.S.A. Go to War Against Iraq?||Will I eat crow?.|
|January 8, 2003||NRO||Traveling Without A Map||Mayor Bloomberg, political imbecile.|
|October 16, 2002||NRO||Crunchy or Soggy||Nothing to do with breakfast cereal.|
|September 19, 2002||NRO||The BSD Factor||Big swinging … what?.|
|September 3, 2002||NRO||Defiant Normality||a/k/a KBO.|
|August 20, 2002||NRO||Management or Confrontation?||Brent Scowcroft and his style.|
|July 17, 2002||NRO||The Government People Have Won||Thoughts while watching my 401(K) shrivel.|
|June 25, 2002||NRO||Mind Your Own Business||The Racial Privacy Initiative.|
|June 11, 2002||NRO||Civic Guilt||I am not a conscientious citizen.|
|May 20, 2002||NRO||The U.S. Will Not Go To War Against Iraq||You heard it here first.|
|January 8, 2002||NRO||Nepotism in New York||Should the Mayor give his daughter a job?|
|December 11, 2001||NRO||The Price of Grief||Money for 9/11 relatives.|
|November 16, 2001||NRO||We Have Ways …||Torture, pro and con (I'm con).|
|October 16, 2001||NRO||Kinder, Gentler Warmaking||O what a sensitive war.|
|September 19, 2001||NRO||Into the Realm of Chaos||Is God on our side?|
|September 14, 2001||NRO||Aftermath Afterthoughts||Footnotes to the attack.|
|September 12, 2001||NRO||The Surrender Option||Republic or empire?|
|September 11, 2001||NRO||Steel and Fire and Stone||The World Trade Center attacks.|
|September 7, 2001||NRO||Attorney General
|The Rainbow Farms shootings.|
|August 21, 2001||NRO||The Iron Triangle||Taxation, Regulation, Litigation.|
|June 21, 2001||NRO||Too Many Nukes?||You can never have enough.|
|June 14, 2001||NRO||Making Your Point with Terror||Execution of Timothy McVeigh.|
|May 15, 2001||NRO||Paying for Education||School board elections.|
|April 13, 2001||NRO||Tax Panic||I brace to do my taxes.|
|March 29, 2001||NRO||Mad Preacher Disease||Hillary's weird behavior explained.|
|March 5, 2001||National Review||Exterminate This||How the law-school elites
see the rest of us.
|February 22, 2001||NRO||On Chelsea's Case||Refusal to apologize for the previous.|
|February 20, 2001||NRO||America's First "Public Service"
|That would be Bubba.|
|February 15, 2001||NRO||Be Afraid||The lurking threat of Chelsea Clinton.|
|February 6, 2001||NRO||Hillary's Style Crash||Politics and pulchritude.|
|January 25, 2001||NRO||Who Would You Pardon?||My choices, and Clinton's.|
|January 23, 2001||NRO||The Privilege of
Serving the Public
|Remember term limits?|
|January 22, 2001||National Review||Energy in the Executive||An energy policy for
the new administration.
|December 31, 2000||National Review||9 Edge First||How to replace a fallen chad.|
|December 19, 2000||NRO||From Beneath the Sign of Saturn||What's the bloody point?|
|December 18, 2000||National Review||Too Dumb to Vote||Some people are.|
|December 14, 2000||NRO||Noblesse Oblige||Al Gores's concession speech.|
|December 12, 2000||NRO||One Leg At a Time||How SCOTUS justices don lower garments.|
|December 5, 2000||NRO||They'll Swallow It||Audacity as a political technique.|
|December 4, 2000||National Review||'Twixt Heaven and Earth||Philosophical roots of the parties.|
|November 30, 2000||NRO||Wormwood and Gall||Suck it up, Al.|
|November 28, 2000||NRO||America's Narrow Escape||From the Gore terror.|
|November 23, 2000||NRO||Stand Up and Take the War||On the Florida Supreme Court decision.|
|November 21, 2000||NRO||The Red and the Blue||Riposte to a disgraceful
Paul Begala piece.
|November 16, 2000||NRO||Election Reflections||Some thoughts on
the Nov. 7 elections.
|November 15, 2000||VDARE||The Asian Vote 2000||How "Chinese-Americans" voted.|
|November 14, 2000||NRO||Flyover Country||George W. Bush's topographical landslide.|
|November 9, 2000||NRO||Publick Affairs Vex No Man||Election cliffhanger survival guide.|
|November 7, 2000||NRO||Fate of the Nation||Vote GOP or start learning Chinese.|
|November 6, 2000||National Review||The New Class||Gore had to be stopped.|
|October 24, 2000||NRO||Is God a Democrat?||The Ten Commandments,
according to Joe Lieberman.
|October 23, 2000||National Review||The Eclipse of Risk||Security vs. risk
as political attitudes.
|October 10, 2000||NRO||Abortion: First Convince the Soul||What George W. Bush should have said.|
|October 5, 2000||NRO||The Things They Didn't Talk About||Topics absent from
the first Bush-Gore debate.
|October 3, 2000||NRO||Al Gore's Ordinary people||Or are they marching morons?|
|September 25, 2000||National Review||Attack of the Wealth-Eaters||In defense of capitalism.|
|September 14, 2000||NRO||Wild with Ambition||Al Gore's favorite book.|
|September 12, 2000||NRO||First Thing We Do …||Tort reform, gun laws, etc.|
|September 5, 2000||NRO||A Democratic Supremacy?||We're stuck with the bastards.|
|August 18, 2000||NRO||Never Never Land||Disneyland vs. Conventionland.|
|August 15, 2000||NRO||The Showbiz Party||Hillary on The Tonight Show.|
|August 3, 2000||NRO||Not the Stupid Party||Republicans show some smarts.|
|August 1, 2000||NRO||Sense and Sensibility in Philadelphia||Reflections on
|July 22, 2000||VDARE||Whither the Chinese Vote?||Some exchanges with Norman Matloff.|
|June 29, 2000||NRO||When None Cares||Looking back on
the Elián González episode.
|May 22, 2000||National Review||Elián Nation||Media reaction to
the Elián González case.
|May 11, 2000||NRO||The Only Hope for Elián:
Judicial Amour Propre
|Appeals court ruling on
the Elián González case.
|May 1, 2000||National Review||Still Useful, and Idiotic||Fidel Castro's U.S. shills.|
|May 3, 1999||National Review||Forget About It||The Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Dead Horses.