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01 — Intro. And Radio Derb is on the air in 2015! Yes, listeners, this is your epiphanically genial host John Derbyshire with our first broadcast of the New Year.
This week's Radio Derb is almost wholly given over to the National Question. Who are we? What are the big social fissures that work against national unity and patriotism?
In the run-up to December 31st, when they drop that big glass ball in New York City's Times Square, we got some insights into the National Question out of that very same city, New York.
New York is my home state, so I take a particular interest. I'm always wary of dwelling too much on New York issues, though, as to the 97.5 percent of Americans who are not New Yorkers, to do so might seem parochial; and that's even more the case for our listeners abroad.
This time, though, I believe a New York focus is justified. Allow me to explain.
02 — Two grand jury decisions, two dead cops. The Saturday before Christmas, two New York City cops were shot dead, from behind, while sitting in their patrol car — "execution style," as the tabloids say.
The killer was a 28-year-old black man, surname Brinsley, forename one of those unpronouncable alphabet-soup concoctions that radical blacks give their kids so as to put as much cultural distance as possible between the child and the hated white culture.
Two utility workers witnessed the killing and flagged down a passing patrol car. These cops followed Brinsley into a subway station; but he shot himself dead as they closed in on him.
It turned out that in the early hours of that day Brinsley had shot his ex-girlfriend at her apartment in Baltimore, though non-fatally. It also turned out that he had broadcast his intentions towards cops on social media, writing, quote, "I'm putting wings on pigs today … They take one of ours, let's take two of theirs."
The "one" Brinsley was referring to was presumably black scofflaw Eric Garner, who died in an ambulance last July after resisting arrest and being wrestled to the ground by New York City cops. A grand jury declined to indict the principal cop in that arrest.
Let me lay out the whole timeline here. Brinsley murdered those cops December 20th. The grand jury decision on the Garner case came down December 3rd, seventeen days before Brinsley murdered the two cops. The grand jury decision in the Ferguson, Missouri case of Michael Brown had come down just nine days before that.
The two grand jury decisions fired up the kinds of people who believe that white cops, like those in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases, persecute black men and kill them when they think they can get away with it.
Who exactly are those kinds of people? Most blacks, of course, cherishing their precious fantasies of victimhood; but more important, white liberals seething with hatred for white non-liberals. I call that second group the more important because most journalists belong to it, along with most academics, most clergymen, and most media celebrities. Also the communist Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio.
Yes folks: Those two grand jury decisions opened a new front in the Cold Civil War. Following those decisions, regiments of the right kind of white people rode whooping and hollering into battle against the wrong kind of white people, to which latter category white cops are presumed to belong by default. Blacks joined in the melée, looking for looting opportunities and revenge against the hated crackers.
(The phrase "looting opportunities" there should of course be taken to include corporate shakedowns as practiced by Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and their lesser imitators — what you might call "the higher looting.")
A key engagement in the New York theater of war took place on December 13th. It deserves a segment all to itself.
03 — Dispatches from the Cold Civil War. Yes, Saturday, December 13th. That's about halfway on the timeline between the Garner grand jury decision on the 3rd and DeShawnTavious Brinsley's murder of two cops on the 20th. On that halfway date, December 13th, there was a protest demo in New York City.
This was a huge event, numbers estimated at 25 or 30 thousand. The main demonstration was in downtown Manhattan; but a group several thousand strong broke off to march across the Brooklyn Bridge, chanting things like:
What do we want? Dead cops! When to we want them? Now!
NYPD, KKK — How many kids did you kill today?
Up on Brooklyn Bridge the demonstrators encountered two cops. They assaulted the cops savagely.
There was good surveillance coverage of the march, and the cops fortunately survived, so identifying the perps in those assaults was pretty easy. Several arrests were made in the days that followed.
The names of the people arrested are easy to pronounce, much easier than TrayvonDeAndreJamelle Brinsley's.
There was for example Eric Linkser, a 29-year-old white guy who is a professor of English at the City University of New York. Then there's Cindy Gorn, also white and also 29, a Columbia University grad student. Then we have Rob Murray, 43 years old and yes, white as the driven snow, a union organizer. Oh, here's another one: Zachary Campbell, 32 years old and, sure enough, as white as those alabaster cities that gleam on the fruited plain. Mr Campbell, when not kicking policemen in the head, is a graduate student and instructor in Spanish at Rutgers University.
A few more incidents like this and our prestige universities are going to come up seriously short on teaching staff.
I wouldn't want to leave you with the impression that there was no diversity at all among the marchers arrested for beating up cops on the Brooklyn Bridge December 13th. The estranged wife of the aforementioned arrestee Zachary Campbell was also arrested. Her name is Maria Garcia, and she is what the New York Times style book would like me to describe as a "white Hispanic." In her day job Ms Garcia, 36 years old, is a program co-ordinator at the Queens Museum of Art.
And the two cops who were victims of the assault also showed a smidgen of diversity. One of them was Lt. Patrick Sullivan, a name about as stereotypically New York City cop as it could possibly be. The other, however, and in fact the more seriously injured of the two, was Lt. Philip Chan, of Chinese ancestry.
I'm not totally clear about what the Social Justice line is on white college professors and art museum bureaucrats beating up Asian-American policemen. I'm sure it somehow illustrates the righteous revenge of the oppressed laboring masses against their class enemies, but I can't quite fathom the logic. Perhaps someone could clarify this for me.
On the whole, though, those minor fragments of diversity aside, this was, as I said, another battle in the Cold Civil War of good whites against bad whites. Photographs of the December 13th demonstration show that there were black auxiliaries in there too, perhaps hoping to come away with a new pair of sneakers or a widescreen TV; but when time comes to award medals for this campaign (or whatever equivalent thing anarchists do to acknowledge their battle-scarred heroes), the ones who'll be getting the citations, promotions, and praise from the generals will be white, as white as the paper Al Sharpton's tax returns would be printed on, if he bothered to submit any.
04 — De Blasio plays "The Talk" card. OK, to continue these dispatches from the front …
The timeline once again: November 24th, the Ferguson grand jury decision. Nine days later, December 3rd, the New York grand jury decision in the Eric Garner case. Seventeen days after that, December 20th, the murder of two New York City cops by AntwonLeMalikDepravious Brinsley.
In those latter seventeen days various authority figures worked to stoke the fires of white guilt and black victimhood: Barack Obama, of course, who emitted some squid ink about, quote, "accountability," and people, quote, "not being treated equally under the law." Obama's sinister white-hating Attorney General Eric Holder murmured softly that his Justice Department will, quote, "conduct a complete review of the material gathered during the local investigation" — in other words, double jeopardy all round against white cops.
Most to the fore during those seventeen days, though, was New York's communist Mayor Bill de Blasio.
De Blasio is not gifted with much in the way of imagination or originality. He is not in fact gifted with much at all, unless you count height — he stands six foot five — and an exceptionally seamless dedication to every radical-left cause believed in by every halfwit 19-year-old college anarchist in 1980.
This poverty of imagination was illustrated at de Blasio's press conference following the New York grand jury decision December 3rd. Mrs de Blasio is black, so their son Dante is mulatto, and this gave the Mayor the opportunity to play The Talk card.
Yes, the plodding fool told us, quote:
Chirlane and I have had to talk to Dante for years about the dangers that he may face … We've had to literally train him … in how to take special care in any encounter he has with the police officers who are there to protect him. I've had to worry over the years. Chirlane's had to worry. [That's Mrs de Blasio.] Is Dante safe each night? There are so many families in this city who feel that each and every night. Is my child safe? … Are they safe from the very people they want to have faith in as their protectors?
End quote. The anti-white crowd love this business about The Talk. They just can't let it go, in spite of the efforts by people like me to point out that on the cold statistics of crime, it's nonblack kids who most need a Talk — a talk about the stupendous levels of violent crime among American blacks, a disproportionate amount of that crime directed against nonblacks.
This particular playing of The Talk card didn't go over so well with New York's finest. December 12th the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association put up a form on its website for city cops to sign. The form requests that in the event the cop is killed in the line of duty, de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, another crazy leftist, please stay away from the funeral.
Next day, the 13th, came the Brooklyn Bridge fracas I've already covered.
De Blasio held a one-hour closed-door meeting with leaders of the demonstration the following Friday. He afterwards described the demonstrators as, quote, "motivated from the heart." This meeting, by the way, took place in the offices of a labor union, the SEIU — the very same union, as it happens, that employs cop-assaulter Rob Murray at a salary — did I mention his salary? — of $105,000 a year.
The day after that meeting JamalQuanDeShante Brinsley murdered the two cops. All de Blasio's furrowed-brow waffle about The Talk, all his kissing up to the cop-beaters on the Brooklyn Bridge, all his sly little slanders and insults against his own city's police force, it all came back to bite him. Never did a man more deserve biting.
05 — When cops get mad. From the story so far you can gather that New York City cops were righteously angry with Mayor de Blasio even before the two cops were murdered by ShabazzMuhammedBellCurvius Brinsley on December 20th. After the murders they went incandescent.
The bodies of the two murdered cops were taken to Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn the day they were shot. Scores of off-duty cops gathered at the hospital to show solidarity and to grieve their murdered colleagues. When Mayor de Blasio showed up to pay his respects, he had to work his way through the crowd. Seeing de Blasio, the cops all turned their backs on him.
Mayor de Blasio lay low for two days after that. He did show up for Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral Sunday morning, but scuttled out afterwards before reporters could get to him.
(If you're wondering what de Blasio, a hard leftist and presumably just about as religious as his heroes Lenin, Mao, and Castro — if you're wondering what he was doing at Mass, I note he is a baptised Catholic, although not a practicing one. Attendances of this kind come under the heading "ceremonial deism," the kind of thing our political leaders are expected to do whatever their personal feelings. It's a kind of political courtesy, and as far as I can see a harmless and useful one.)
Then on Monday the 22nd the Mayor came out and gave an ill-tempered press conference at which he blamed all the bad feeling on — wait for it — the media! Yes: according to Mr Mayor, all that anti-cop sentiment was the fault of CNN and the New York Times. Hey, stopped clocks are right twice a day, aren't they?
Things went downhill from there. The Police Department announced new work rules for patrolmen, ordering them for example to work only in pairs, and to apply extra caution in exchanges with the public.
At the first of the two cop funerals on December 27th, 23,000 cops from all over North America showed up to pay their respects. De Blasio gave a prepared tribute, shown to the great mass of assembled cops on open-air screens set up for the purpose outside the funeral church. As he appeared on the screens, the thousands of cops again turned their backs on him — an impressive and dignified protest.
At year's end statistics emerged showing a massive slowdown by New York city cops. For the week starting December 22nd, compared with last year, overall arrests were down 66 percent. Summonses for low-level violations like public drinking — offenses at the heart of the "broken windows" policing theory that has dominated police practice for 20 years now — these low-level summonses were down ninety-four percent. So were traffic violations. If you want to blow through a red light in New York City, now's your chance.
Police spokesmen insisted, plausibly I think, that these reductions were a consequence of the new work rules, to guard against further assaults on the cops, not spiteful refusal to co-operate with city political authorities.
What to make of all this? Next segment.
06 — Policing on a knife edge. First off, like many another conservative, I'm a tad ambivalent about the police in any shape or form. When Sir Robert Peel established Britain's first city-wide police force in London in 1829, he met strong opposition from citizens who believed an organized police force to be a harbinger of continental despotism and a threat to ancient Anglo-Saxon liberties.
The results of Sir Robert's particular policing philosophy proved him right and the opposition wrong in terms of crime reduction; but the suspicion of an armed government force patrolling city streets lingered. You still get a whiff of it today in the comments of libertarians like Rand Paul.
Among traditionalist conservatives that suspicion has returned stronger than ever, as today's big-city police are the armed enforcers of the multicultural state. I note in this context that one of the police officers murdered on December 20th was Hispanic; the other was Chinese-American.
Like our military, our big-city police forces are as politically correct as any elementary-school classroom or corporate Human Resources department, with outcomes for conservative-minded white citizens not always happy. For further elucidation on this point I refer you to Nicholas Stix's fine article at VDARE.com, December 26th, headline: Police Turn Their Backs On De Blasio — But They'd Already Turned Their Backs On The White Working Class.
Sir Robert Peel made his point at last: a modern big city needs a police force if it's to be habitable. That's especially the case in cities with large, antisocial sub-populations of high criminality, like American blacks. It's the case even without such, though, as we've seen when there have been police strikes, like the ones in Boston and Liverpool after World War One. When I lived in Liverpool in the late 1960s, older residents were still talking about the 1919 police strike, with many lurid first-hand stories.
The ideal is of course a well-trained and disciplined police force whose officers have a strong sense of public duty and take pride in protecting their fellow citizens. That ideal can certainly be attained. It exists on a knife-edge, though, an unstable equilibrium, always liable to tip over into corruption and incompetence when officers feel they have lost public or political support. That happened in New York City in the late 1960s under the mayoralty of John V. Lindsay — a limousine liberal like Bill de Blasio. For details I refer you to the 1973 movie Serpico.
De Blasio is therefore playing with fire by destabilizing that balance of trust and professionalism. Unfortunately it won't be he and his wealthy, well-connected friends who get burned: it'll be the ordinary citizens of New York.
You could argue that those citizens will be getting what they deserve. Less than a quarter of them bothered to vote in the mayoral election that brought de Blasio to office. Only one New York voter in six cast a vote for de Blasio. All right: but it's still tragic to see what has been so precariously attained thrown away by careless, arrogant, stupid ideologues.
I beg New York police officers to wait out the remaining three years of this Mayor's disastrous term; to hold on to their integrity and pride until the city at large comes to its senses and again elects someone big enough for the job. Please don't throw away what's been won.
07 — Black psycho invents fake holiday for sucker white liberals. One of the more embarrassing manifestations of American white liberal guit is Kwanzaa, the bogus holiday invented by the black communist psychopath Ron Karenga in 1966.
Kwanzaa has been mocked and debunked so comprehensively, by so many capable writers, it's a wonder the white liberals still cling to it. For recent samples of those debunkings, I refer you to the December 29th pjmedia blog by Canadian conservative Kathy Shaidle, title "Kwanzaa: TV Station Reports on Non-Existent Parade for Imaginary Holiday," then Thomas Martel's Christmas Day commentary at VDARE.com, title "GOP Kwanzaa Watch Begins …," and best of all the December 23rd column by Ann Coulter, a tour de force of well-informed polemical writing, title: "Happy Kwanzaa! — The Holiday Brought to You by the FBI."
Sample quotes from Ms Coulter's piece. Quote:
In one barbarous outburst, Karenga's [black supremacist organization] United Slaves shot two Black Panthers to death on the UCLA campus … Karenga himself served time, a useful stepping-stone for his current position as a black studies professor at California State University at Long Beach.
End quote. The actual offenses for which Karenga served time were felonious assault and false imprisonment, after he kidnapped and tortured two women, both black.
Karenga's invented holiday is a nutty blend of schmaltzy '60s rhetoric, black racism and Marxism … Kwanzaa praises collectivism in every possible area of life … When Karenga was asked to distinguish Kawaida, the philosophy underlying Kwanzaa, from "classical Marxism," he essentially said that, under Kawaida, we also hate whites.
In giving prominence there to Ann Coulter I don't mean to slight the other commentators I mentioned, both very good. Kathy Shaidle has in fact made something of a career of mocking Kwanzaa. She is the author of a satirical poem about Karenga and his made-up holiday. I only have time to quote one stanza, quote:
"Umoja! Ujima! Kujichagulia, too!
And so on. Somehow, though, this fake holiday, derived from no religion or genuine custom, inspired by no ideas but a coarse, crude, debased version of Marxism, somehow it staggers on. I guarantee that if you are listening to Radio Derb in the U.S.A., somewhere a few miles from you this past few weeks, children in some elementary school have been taught to sing a Kwanzaa song.
You can get people to believe anything, apparently. The level of stupidity in the world is scary.
We can take some comfort from the fact that Kwanzaa observance seems to be declining. Here's a report out of the Associated Press, December 26th, headline: Interest in Kwanzaa declining, experts say. Sample quote:
Some blacks rejected the concept of Kwanzaa all along, considering it a pagan holiday and taking issue with its founder, a black nationalist and an ex-con (convicted of torturing two women).
End quote. As often happens, those blacks are showing more sense than the white liberals who fawn on them.
08 — Final Solution to the white prole problem. I just have time for one segment here from the foreign news.
In our December 20th broadcast I alerted you to the very interesting mini-crisis in the politics of Sweden.
Just to reprise briefly: Sweden's a parliamentary system but neither Left nor Right holds a majority of the seats in the parliament coming out of September's election. The left has the most seats with 46 percent; the right has fewer with 40; and the Sweden Democrats, who want immigration restrictions, hold the balance with 14 percent of the seats. So the Left has been governing this past three months from a plurality, not a real majority.
On December 3rd they lost a key vote on their budget proposal. The Right voted against it because it was too Left; the Sweden Democrats voted against it because it funded continuing high levels of Third World immigration. The Left Prime Minister, name of Stefan Löfven, called for another election in March — the second election in six months.
Well, that was the story we reported two weeks ago, in the happy anticipation that the Sweden Democrats would pick up even more seats in March.
Vain are the hopes of sons of men! Last Saturday, December 27th, Prime Minister Löfven announced that he'd cut a deal with the Right, to pass a budget more agreeable to them. There will therefore be no need for a March election.
As the New York Times said, quote:
The importance of Saturday's deal is to isolate the Sweden Democrats, who had said that they would use the proposed March elections as a referendum on immigration.
Just so. Left and Right have united in a common interest, to keep the Third Worlders flooding in to Sweden. Call it the Immigration Imperative: the determination of establishment politicians to sacrifice every other principle they hold in order to keep the numbers coming — to drown the hated low-class whites in an ocean of diversity. Call it the Final Solution to the white prole problem.
In the politics of Western nations today, "Left" and "Right" are increasingly empty terms. They no longer mark any real division on principle. The division now is between a faction that seeks the dilution, ultimately the extinction, of the white founding stock of our nations through mass immigration, multiculturalism, and ethnomasochist indoctrination, and an opposing faction, a truly conservative faction, that seeks to conserve traditional demographics and national cultures.
Sweden is the canary in the coalmine here. Do not doubt that in Britain, for example, if UKIP becomes a real threat, the Labour and Conservative parties will throw their principles to the winds and unite against the upstart. Likewise in France or Germany.
In the U.S.A., fortunately for the establishment, there is no threat equivalent to the Sweden Democats or UKIP. Democrats and Republicans can go forward blithely pretending that they represent different sets of principles. In actual fact, so far as the demographic character of the nation our children and grandchildren will inhabit, their intentions are precisely the same.
09 — Signoff. That's all I have for you this week, listeners. Thanks for joining me, and I wish you all you wish for yourselves in 2015.
Tune in again next week for more reactionary commentary from Radio Derb!
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