I am a big fan of Derbyshire, and encourage everyone to read his columns every now and again. If you've never heard of him, this interview will serve as a decent crash-course intro. Derbyshire is a writer of a rare breed, possessing all the erudition of a crusty academic and all the reckless, unapologetic calling-them-as-he-sees-them brutally refreshing honesty of a man who has nothing to fear from the PC commissars. He is eminently quotable; here are my personal favorites:
- Let's face it, in the great 20th-century struggle between the state and the individual, the state has won, game, set, and match.
- The fact is that political stupidity is a special kind of stupidity, not well correlated with intelligence, or with other varieties of stupidity.
- Wherever there is a jackboot stomping on a human face there will be a well-heeled Western liberal to explain that the face does, after all, enjoy free health care and 100 percent literacy.
Sure enough, he has his share of detractors -- what hard-hitting pundit does not? They roll out the usual accusations: racist, sexist, bigot, hater. To all the people losing sleep over John Derbyshire's alleged hatred: relax, he doesn't hate you. Knowing him, he probably doesn't give a damn about you.