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John Derbyshire: The Trump Cabinet–White Guys In Charge

[ Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on]

The New York Times recently grumbled that, headline: Trump's Cabinet So Far Is More White and Male Than Any First Cabinet Since Reagan's. [By Jasmine C. Lee, January 13, 2017]

Well, duh. Trump is the first President since Reagan who does not either subscribe whole-heartedly to the Diversity ideology or, like the Bushes, from a mistaken notion of noblesse oblige, yield easily to those who do. His career shows no evidence of prejudice (unless you think the theory of Disparate Impact is sound, which I don't). I've no doubt he'll hire in capable blacks or females when any such show up.

Pickings are slim, though, for reasons to do with biology in both cases. (See James Fulford's Disparate Impact: PJMedia’s 13 Obama Admin “Incompetent Failures” Has Only 4 White Males (And An Unknown Number Of Lesbians))

Whined the New York Times, whine:
If Mr. Trump's nominees are confirmed, women and nonwhites will hold five of 21 cabinet or cabinet-level positions. He has not yet named nominees for two additional positions.

"Donald Trump is rolling back the clock on diversity in the cabinet," said Paul Light [Right] a professor at New York University's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

End whine. I looked up Prof. Light [Email him] on the NYU faculty web page, to save you the trouble. He's a white guy. Read more >>

Dawn of the Trumpening: A Muscular Speech, Exemplary People, And No Affirmative Action Poets!

Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on]

The great news this week was of course the inauguration. Let me go directly to it.

I'm just going to hand you off for a moment to a person who is much smarter than I am: Professor Robert LaFleur, speaking here in lecture 16 of the Great Courses lectures on the Analects of Confucius.

Professor LaFleur has just gotten through describing the abuse of a sacred ritual. There is a mountain in eastern China named Mount Tai, which in ancient times was held to be holy. According to traditional ritual, the holy sacrifices could only be offered to Mount Tai by the Emperor or by the prince of the state where the mountain was situated. Well, the head of a powerful, arrogant family decided that he would make the sacrifice, contrary to ritual. Confucius was very scathing about this. Now I'll hand you off to Professor LaFleur, who in turn will hand you off to Confucius.
How should ritual work when everything goes beautifully? I have found that a passage coming right after Confucius' exasperated statement sums up the sage's most positive feelings about rituals.

Here he discusses a ritual intended to achieve the difficult task of uniting keen competitors. Analects 3.vii: "The Master said: Exemplary people do not compete with one another. The nearest exception is the Archery Ceremony. Greeting and accommodating each other, the archers mount the stairs of the hall. Descending after contesting, they share a drink together. Even when competing they remain exemplary people."

So if you thought the idea of the two teams lining up to shake hands after a football game originated in the Victorian sporting ethos, or the manners of 19th-century WASP elites, you couldn't be more wrong. It was going strong twenty-five centuries ago in China; and according to Confucius, the proper observance of rituals like this is the mark of the exemplary person, the 君子. [ Junzi] Read more >>

Trump, Confrontation, And The New Fighting American Right

A mob blocks access to the pro-Trump "Deploraball"

Before the election, the great Leftist fear was that Donald Trump would refuse to acknowledge his inevitable defeat, thus ensuring chaos. Just before the President-Elect is to be inaugurated, the new Leftist fear is that Democrats will recognize Donald J. Trump is in fact Commander-in-Chief, thus preventing chaos. What is taking place here is something beyond political disagreement. It’s the beginning of the breakdown of American order itself.

Before Trump has so much as put his hand on the Bible, elected officials from the Democratic Party are already boycotting his inauguration, urging on radical street “protests” i.e. turbas, and gleefully aligning themselves with the most extreme elements of the Left. Among them: the so-called “antifa,” self-styled anti-fascist activists known for using force, violence and intimidation to prevent peaceful gatherings and the free exchange of ideas. These groups are openly promising to cause chaos at the inauguration, as the Main Stream Media cheers. Read more >>

Pat Buchanan: Trump Read The Nation Right–That’s Why He’s Taking The Oath


"Don't Make Any Sudden Moves" is the advice offered to the new president by Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations, which has not traditionally been known as a beer hall of populist beliefs.

Haass meant the president should bring his National Security Council together to anticipate the consequences before tearing up the Iran nuclear deal, moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem or shooting down a missile being tested by Kim Jong Un.

In arguing against rash action, Haass is correct.

Where the CFR and the establishment are wrong, and Donald Trump is right, however, is in recognizing the new world we have entered.

The old order is passing away. Treaties and alliances dating from the Cold War are ceasing to be relevant and cannot long be sustained.

Economic patriotism and ethnonationalism, personified by Trump, seem everywhere ascendant. Transnationalism is yielding to tribalism.

The greater danger for President Trump is that the movement he led will be abandoned, its hopes dashed, and the agenda that Trump rejected and routed will be reimposed by a Republican Establishment and its collaborators in politics and the press. Read more >>
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