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1 researchok  Apr 7, 2012 10:31:11am

I always thought of Derbyshire as a lightweight as opposed to a racist. His wife is an Asian. Certainly when it came to racial matters he could be counted on to reach the wrong conclusions or miss the mark entirely.

After reading his latest piece I realized Derbyshire is Archie Bunker, circa 2012.

Clueless, close minded and caught up in a very old out of touch narrative.

2 Charles Johnson  Apr 7, 2012 10:51:16am

What I find interesting is that the author of this article, Elspeth Reeve, is also listed as a contributor at the white nationalist website where Derbyshire’s article appeared, Takimag.

See: takimag.com

3 The Ghost of a Flea  Apr 7, 2012 11:58:23am

re: #1 researchok

I always thought of Derbyshire as a lightweight as opposed to a racist. His wife is an Asian. Certainly when it came to racial matters he could be counted on to reach the wrong conclusions or miss the mark entirely.

The Asian wife means less than most people would think. There’s scientific racists who hold that Whites and East Asians are the “superior” races as a product of geographic deterministic features shard by the ring of climate features that stretch across Eurasia. Some will include Native Americans in that construct as well, some won’t. It’s all a very pseudo-scientific and highly subjective read on the idea of adaptation.

And it’s not like Asian are immune to racism against blacks while finding other ethnicities acceptable: Derbyshire’s wife could completely agree with his assessments.

4 TedStriker  Apr 7, 2012 12:28:57pm

re: #1 researchok

I always thought of Derbyshire as a lightweight as opposed to a racist. His wife is an Asian. Certainly when it came to racial matters he could be counted on to reach the wrong conclusions or miss the mark entirely.

After reading his latest piece I realized Derbyshire is Archie Bunker, circa 2012.

Clueless, close minded and caught up in a very old out of touch narrative.

Nah, Archie had many more redeeming qualities than Derbyshire does, like the ability to recognize that he was wrong at times. The irony is that Carroll O’Connor, personally, was 180 degrees from Archie in many ways.

Derbyshire and his ilk are just intellectual dinosaurs, doomed to extinction

5 Dark_Falcon  Apr 7, 2012 12:41:49pm

The ‘yet’ part seems important to me, because I do think this last racist DERP! is going to get Derbyshire ‘the sack’, as they say in his native England. National Review is, if nothing else, too multi-ethnic to allow an open racist to work there. Nor is racism tolerated there as it was in the 1950’s-60’s. The Derb didn’t seem to remember he isn’t in a white guys club at NR, and for that he’s gonna pay.


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