Michelle Malkin: On Gun Control, Do NOT Let The Children Lead

Where are all the grown-ups in times of crisis and grief? Don't bother searching America's prestigious law schools.

Two adult men, occupying lofty perches as law professors, argued this week that the voting age in the U.S. should be lowered to 16 because some high school survivors of the Parkland, Florida, Read more >>

Memo To Trump: When You Have Time, Deport Moaning Marxist Ariel Dorfman!

Earlier by Benjamin Villaroel: One Year After, A “White Hispanic” Broods On The Curious Transformation Of George Zimmerman

“Now, every desperate American must gaze in the mirror and interrogate the puzzled face and puzzling fate that stares back: What did I do or not do that made the cataclysm possible?”

So wrote Professor Ariel Dorfman [Email him], a Chilean-American immigrant of Russian Jewish extraction, recently. The “cataclysm” to which he was referring: the election of President Donald Trump [ America still hasn't reckoned with the election of a reckless con man as president, by Ariel Dorfman, Los Angeles Times, December 17, 2017]

Despite his pose as a downtrodden immigrant intellectual, Dorfman, whose political views akin to those of Naomi Klein and Howard Zinn, has managed to publish regularly in many of America’s most prestigious outlets: The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Time, for example. His academic writings are also experiencing a revival, with glowing reviews in Marxian outlets like The Los Angeles Review of Books and Jacobin Magazine.

From 1971-1973 Dorfman worked as a “cultural advisor” to Chile’s Leftist government, which was eventually overthrown by a military coup that received some assistance from the US. He then fled Chile and lived for decades in exile.

Eventually, Dorman settled in the U.S. and, in the mysterious way these things happen, became a tenured professor at top school, Duke University, and a stereotypical Leftist academic. Because of his personal experience, he purports to be an expert on “undemocratic” impulses in healthy democracies. American liberals eat this up because they thrive off of guilt. Having a foreigner (especially a sort-of-Hispanic) condemn their native country legitimizes their worldview. Having it done by a professor who regularly insinuates that President Trump is analogous to a much-demonized free-market loving, right-wing military dictator makes it all the better. Read more >>

Patrick J. Buchanan: Is That Russia Troll Farm An Act Of War?

According to the indictment by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Russian trolls, operating out of St. Petersburg, took American identities on social media and became players in our 2016 election.

On divisive racial and religious issues, the trolls took both sides. In the presidential election, the trolls favored Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein Read more >>

Russian Meddling Case Shows Americans Won’t Tolerate Foreigners Messing In Our Elections! (Unless They’re Mexican,...

The world’s sole superpower won’t bother you if you illegally occupy our territory and parade under foreign flags, but God help you if you publish an illegal meme. The increasingly ludicrous Robert Mueller investigation has charged thirteen Russians with violating electoral laws after they allegedly pretended to be Americans, promoted phony news stories and ran troll social networking accounts [ Takeaways from Robert Mueller’s indictment of Russian nationals who meddled in presidential election , by Ray Locker and Richard Wolf, USA Today, February 16, 2018]. This sudden Main Stream Media interest in preventing foreign interference in American elections gives President Trump an opportunity—which no other political figure has the courage to seize.

The Russian effort was not simply “pro-Trump.” They also allegedly organized rallies against Trump once he was elected, tried to boost Bernie Sanders and the Green Party’s Jill Stein, and tried to exploit “radical groups… and oppositional social movements” including Black Lives Matter. [ Here are the biggest takeaways from the Russia indictments , by Jennifer Williams, Vox, February 16, 2018]

As none of the defendants will ever be extradited by Russia or brought to trial, we may never know the real story.

The MSM/Opposition Party is trying desperately to promote this as a bombshell but it’s more like a drop in the bucket compared to the vast sums assembled and spent on advertising in the American presidential campaign [ The Trump-Russia collusion narrative is dead , by Fred Fleitz, Fox News, February 17, 2018]. If this is the power of the Kremlin to disrupt American society, the U.S. government has very little to worry about--especially as our own federal government is running similar operations in other countries, including Russia. [ Russia Isn’t The Only One Meddling In Elections. We Do It Too . By Scott Shane, New York Times, February 17, 2018]

But Americans themselves should be deeply worried. The excuse of “combating the Russians” will likely be used to suppress any voices that dissent from the Establishment line on immigration, trade or foreign policy. Papers like the Washington Post have already tried to frame a host of websites (including!) as “Russian propaganda.” The anti-“Fake News” crusade launched immediately after the election was a coordinated attempt to de-legitimize President Trump’s victory. Read more >>

John Derbyshire On WHAT’S WRONG WITH CHINA–A Study Of Unchanged National Character

WHAT’S WRONG WITH CHINA by Paul MidlerThe Chinese sure can be exasperating.  Paul Midler writes in his new book What’s Wrong with China:
No one is sure when it began, but the phrase “I’m having a bad China day” has become synonymous with the expatriate experience … Those who become testy in this country are not limited to the cholerically predisposed. China has a way of also taking easygoing milquetoasts and turning them into hotheads. The phenomenon is so common that long-term expatriates have coined various terms: The Laowai Wigout, The Expat Snap, and Angry Foreigner Syndrome are three such expressions floating around the bigger metropolitan areas.

( Laowai is the common—informal, non-hostile—Chinese term for a foreigner, equivalent to Japanese gaijin. Pronunciation here.  During my own China days in the early 1980s the common expat term for the syndrome under discussion here was “China Fatigue.” I, a representative of the easygoing milquetoast demographic, recall experiencing one or two episodes.)

Paul Midler is an Old China Hand. He has lived and worked in China for more than twenty years, mainly as a business consultant helping foreign firms in their dealings with Chinese manufacturers. His wife is Chinese. His 2009 book Poorly Made in China (reviewed by me here) is wonderfully informative on the Chinese way of doing business.

These two books of his are in a fine old tradition, to which Midler pays homage in the very title of this one.

I encountered that tradition myself when studying Chinese in London thirty-eight years ago. I had a reader’s ticket to the magnificent library of SOAS, the School of Oriental and African Studies, and spent whole days there, in the stacks of the China section.

I can read Chinese only with difficulty, though; so after two or three hours of intense cognitive effort I would, for relaxation, drift over to the shelves of English-language books about China.

The items that most got my interest there were the memoirs and diaries of foreigners living in China during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—the late-imperial and republican period.

The SOAS library has a great collection of these, almost all by authors whose names have sunk into oblivion: missionaries, merchants, diplomats, adventurers, and oddities like the botanist Robert Fortune.  (Who was one of the most upbeat: “In no country in the world is there less real misery and want than in China.”  That was written in the mid-1840s.)

One particularly striking book in that genre is Rodney Gilbert’s What’s Wrong with China, first published in 1926.  I was so taken with this book, I acquired a copy of my own from the second-hand shelves at Probsthain’s oriental bookstore, around the corner from SOAS.

I still have that copy: so there are now two books on my own shelves with exactly the same title but by different authors, published 92 years apart.

Rodney Gilbert wrote with a frankness about race that would make his book utterly unpublishable nowadays, and he sometimes slipped into the supercilious diction of a Victorian lady complaining about the servants. At one point he actually does complain about his servants.

Also, Gilbert’s partiality for his own race occasionally led him into error. He recounts, for instance, the episode from the Battle of Maldon in a.d. 991 when the Anglo-Saxon leader allowed his Viking enemies to ford a waterway and form up for battle before he attacked them. No Chinese leader, said Gilbert, would ever show such chivalry.

Wrong! In fact there is a closely parallel incident in Chinese history from the Battle of Hongshui (638 b.c.), the source of a well-known remark of Mao Tse-tung’s.

If you can get past all that, though, Rodney Gilbert, writing a long lifetime ago, had some penetrating insights into China’s history, culture, and national character. Read more >>

John Derbyshire On American Gun Violence: It’s Who We Are. But Electing Pro-Gun Presidents Does Reduce Gun Ownership!...

Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, available exclusively on

Another school shooting, another flurry of pointless arm-flapping from the commentariat, every commentator mounting his favorite hobby-horse and galloping off to the races. Most popular: Stricter federal gun control!

Couple of problems with that, most notably: It's not what Americans want. Alex Tabarrok at Marginal Revolution tweeted out a very nifty little video showing the spread of "Shall-Issue" and "Unrestricted Issue" right-to-carry laws — laws that make access to handguns easier — state by state across the U.S.A. from 1986 to the present.

Executive summary: Well-nigh the whole country was blanketed with "May-Issue" and "No-Issue" states thirty years ago, the most restrictive types of state law. Forward thirty years to the present. Pretty much the whole country is now "Unrestricted" or "Shall-Issue," with a healthy minority of states in the "Unrestricted" category. Only a few hell-holes like New York State and California are still "May-Issue" restrictionists, and the "No-Issue" category has disappeared completely. The last "No-Issue" state was Illinois, which freed up its gun laws in 2013.

That's the American people voting via their state representatives. they don't want tighter gun control laws.

So the paucity of useful and/or interesting comment on the Florida shooting was obvious. Can I do any better? I'll try.

First off, I'd note that these school shootings are a distinctly American thing. Yes, I know about the Australia shootings in 1996. That wasn't a school, though. In fact if you go to the Wikipedia page titled "List of massacres in Australia" and try Ctrl-F "school," you get no hits, although there are thirty massacres listed just for the past hundred years. Read more >>
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