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By John Derbyshire on 01/22/2021

JOHN DERBYSHIRE: The World of Null-T—Next Time, We Need A Cadre Who Know Their Way Around

[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com]

Earlier, by Peter Brimelow: A Long Farewell To Donald Trump, Immigration Patriot. And Thanks.

Back in the Golden Age of Science Fiction seventy-something years ago there was a novel everyone read, title The World of Null-A. It was about a future planet Earth that had moved on from simple Aristotelean logic to something more subtle. So the "A" there stood for Aristotle.

The author, A. E. Van Vogt, was actually promoting a trendy philosophical system called General Semantics. This was one of those pseudoscientific fads that were popular in the mid-20th century, like William Sheldon's body-typing, Wilhelm Reich's theory of orgone energy, Immanuel Velikovsky's colliding planets, or J.B. Rhine's parapsychology.

I'm a bit surprised to see that the Institute of General Semantics is still around seventy years later. A bit surprised, but only a bit; these fads never disappear completely. In New York City you can still find people practicing Freudian psychoanalysis. I bet there's a Velikovsky discussion group active on the Upper West Side somewhere.

Well, I shall leave you to look up General Semantics in your own time You might also read The World of Null-A, which can still be found in the sci-fi shelves of municipal libraries. I don't actually recommend you do either thing; but hey, it's your time.

Much more relevant to current concerns would be a novel titled The World of Null-T—the "T" of course standing for Trump. We've not yet given up on Aristotle's logic, but we have, for better or worse, moved on from Trump's Presidency.

What's the verdict on that Presidency? My view: it has to be failure.

It's not that Trump did nothing in those four years. He accomplished a great deal. The evangelist group Liberty Counsel has published a list covering fourteen pages. It's naturally tilted towards evangelistic concerns, and is too heavy on neoconnery for my taste—"Restoring American Leadership Abroad," etc.—but there are some real useful actions in there. On immigration, for example, quote:

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By John Derbyshire on 01/22/2021

JOHN DERBYSHIRE: The World of Null-T—Next Time, We Need A Cadre Who Know Their Way Around

[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com]

Earlier, by Peter Brimelow: A Long Farewell To Donald Trump, Immigration Patriot. And Thanks.

Back in the Golden Age of Science Fiction seventy-something years ago there was a novel everyone read, title The World of Null-A. It was about a future planet Earth that had moved on from simple Aristotelean logic to something more subtle. So the "A" there stood for Aristotle.

The author, A. E. Van Vogt, was actually promoting a trendy philosophical system called General Semantics. This was one of those pseudoscientific fads that were popular in the mid-20th century, like William Sheldon's body-typing, Wilhelm Reich's theory of orgone energy, Immanuel Velikovsky's colliding planets, or J.B. Rhine's parapsychology.

I'm a bit surprised to see that the Institute of General Semantics is still around seventy years later. A bit surprised, but only a bit; these fads never disappear completely. In New York City you can still find people practicing Freudian psychoanalysis. I bet there's a Velikovsky discussion group active on the Upper West Side somewhere.

Well, I shall leave you to look up General Semantics in your own time You might also read The World of Null-A, which can still be found in the sci-fi shelves of municipal libraries. I don't actually recommend you do either thing; but hey, it's your time.

Much more relevant to current concerns would be a novel titled The World of Null-T—the "T" of course standing for Trump. We've not yet given up on Aristotle's logic, but we have, for better or worse, moved on from Trump's Presidency.

What's the verdict on that Presidency? My view: it has to be failure.

It's not that Trump did nothing in those four years. He accomplished a great deal. The evangelist group Liberty Counsel has published a list covering fourteen pages. It's naturally tilted towards evangelistic concerns, and is too heavy on neoconnery for my taste—"Restoring American Leadership Abroad," etc.—but there are some real useful actions in there. On immigration, for example, quote:

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By Patrick J. Buchanan on 01/21/2021

"We have met the enemy and he is us," said Walt Kelly's cartoon character Pogo, half a century ago, about what we Americans were doing to our environment.

Rereading President Joe Biden's inaugural address, Pogo's remark comes to mind.

Biden began on a lofty, hopeful and familiar note:

"This is a great nation. We are a good people."

He ended in the same vein: "So, with purpose and resolve, we turn to those tasks of our time. Sustained by faith. Driven by conviction. And, devoted to one another and the country we love with all our hearts."

Within the address itself, however, Biden recited what he believes to be the historic crimes of the nation and the sins of the soul that torment a considerable portion of our population.

Among the afflictions from which America suffers, said Biden, are "political extremism, white supremacy" and "domestic terrorism."

How do we overcome these evils?

Said Biden, "Unity is the path."

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By James Kirkpatrick on 01/20/2021

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The hosannas and praise of “democracy” from the Regime Media on Wednesday were a sharp contrast to the non-existent crowds, heavy border security installations, and massive military presence that characterized the ceremony [President Biden’s inauguration goes off with no security issues, by Ben Fox, Colleen Long, and Michael Balsamo, WVTM13, January 20, 2020]. This, combined with the news that the military was screening the troops for political reliability, makes it hard to take rhetoric about “unity” and “healing” seriously [12 National Guard members removed from Biden inauguration, by James Laporta and Michael Balsamo, Associated Press, January 19, 2021]. If we saw this in another country, the same American journalists throwing themselves at the new administration’s feet would be questioning the regime’s stability and legitimacy [Read The Most Nauseating Journo Tweets About Biden’s Inauguration, by Tristian Justice, The Federalist, January 20, 2021].

However, unlike Trump, President Biden is ready to work from day one and is not afraid to use government power. He has already pushed through several executive orders that dramatically change American immigration policy. These include:

[Biden to reverse Trump travel ban, halt wall, strengthen DACA in slew of immigration orders, by Adam Shaw, Fox News, January 20, 2021]

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James Fulford writes: We've been hearing a lot about "right-wing violence" at the recent Capitol protests from pundits who seem to have forgotten that the Communists who rioted against Trump rallies before he was elected also turned up on his first day in office to riot against his election.

VDARE.com editor Peter Brimelow wrote this below after Inauguration Day 2017 about the substantially-unreported military occupation and fencing in the District of Columbia, which notoriously prevented Trump supporters getting to the reviewing stands, resulting in much media gloating. But Biden's Inauguration has much more military preparation, and twelve-foot fences with razor wire...something Trump's disloyal subordinates wouldn't put on the border fence.

And this is being cheered by the same people who thought that Trump's 2019 Fourth of July military parade was some sort of "Crossing The Potomac" moment.

That means that you could either say that the outgoing Trump Administration is protecting Biden better than the Obama-Biden Administration was willing to protect Trump...or that the Deep State is on Biden's side.

There's no reason to expect any trouble from the 74 million Americans who voted for Trump—the Epiphany Capitol Protest was apparently spontaneous, and mild by the standards of the Summer of George Floyd. But the J-20 Riots of 2017 were planned and organized by Antifa.

Another riot planned and organized by Antifa: the assault on the Unite The Right Rally (itself a genuinely peaceful protest) at Charlottesville in August, 2017, eight months after the Inauguration Riots.

The Left has always been the party of riots that are called protests, and we've just had a year of burning, looting, murder, and destruction to prove it. See Michelle Malkin: Amnesia of the Anarcho-Tyrannists for more.

The question is will the "exemplary" punishment of Capitol protesters, which looks to be massively unequal justice, intimidate dissident members of the Historic American Nation? Or will it, as Admiral Yamamoto was depicted as saying after Pearl Harbor,  "awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve"?

"It Will Come To Blood"—Reflections On The Left's Anti-Trump Inauguration Tantrum

By Peter Brimelow, January 22, 2017

 

You could tell from thirty miles out that this was not a day like all others. Northern Virginia traffic is notoriously awful—I once derailed Joe Sobran’s bitter complaints about it, in his see-no-evil-in-immigration days, by pointing out that sprawl is a direct result of immigration-driven population growth—but in the rainy early morning I-66 was eerily empty. Quite obviously, even civilian commuters were staying home on Inauguration Day. Our native guide, who had been planning a complicated route involving parking at a far Metro stop, grew increasingly optimistic. We finished up driving all the way to Roslyn, the edge of the heart of the District, where we found parking easily and took a cab to Capitol Hill.

There the reason for the eerie emptiness became immediately apparent: there had been a military coup.

The streets swarmed with uniformed men (and women, looking ridiculous as usual but still carrying guns). It was extremely difficult to get around. Humvees, concrete blocks and high wire fences had sprung up everywhere.  There was an unmistakable feeling of curfew—intensified by fact that, as you got closer, everyone seemed to be hurrying intently in the same direction, as if trying to get home before the blackout. They were Trump supporters, cheerful but orderly and quiet, headed for the Mall.

As it happened, VDARE.com senior management had this odd (but usefully traffic-clearing) experience in another great American city a few months earlier: an empty Cleveland, when Donald J. Trump accepted the GOP nomination.

But in Cleveland there were no riots. It’s a mark of the Left’s intensifying assault that in D.C., despite this intense lockdown, there were still riots and some 230 arrests.

By Michelle Malkin on 01/19/2021

When you're catching flak, you're over the target. When you're triggering threats of violence from the Biden crime family, you know you've hit the bull's-eye.

As the entrenched Obama-Biden syndicate that I chronicled in my 2009 book, "Culture of Corruption," officially returns to power in Washington, D.C., this week, it's worth calling attention to a telling little message from Hunter Biden's top business partner about yours truly. The Feb. 15, 2011 email was one of thousands stored on the abandoned laptop of Joe Biden's scandal-plagued son.

Heres' the backdrop: Over the past decade, I have reported extensively on Joe Biden's lifelong milking of his entrenched swamp career for the benefit of his family—including his promotion of government-subsidized Amtrak rail boondoggles. During his tenure as vice president in the Obama administration, Biden fronted a $53 billion high-speed train initiative. He installed friends and family inside the agency while eliminating longtime fiscal watchdogs looking out for taxpayers.

In 2009, I spotlighted how veteran Amtrak inspector general Fred Weiderhold was abruptly "retired"—just as the government-subsidized rail service faced mounting complaints about its meddling in financial audits and probes. Weiderhold had blown the whistle on overzealous intrusion by the agency's Law Department into his investigations of $1.3 billion in rail stimulus money and exposed how Amtrak's legal counsel had usurped the watchdog's $5 million portion of federal stimulus dollars to hamstring his probes.

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