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With readership and comments regularly setting new records, our small webzine is now undergoing some expansion of its personnel and content.
First, I’m very pleased to announce that Peter Frost, whose anthropology-focused columns have become such an important part of our webzine over the last six months, has now decided to officially join The Review and henceforth will be publishing his articles directly on our own website. His powerful recent piece on the establishmentarian dogma of “antiracism” has accumulated a remarkable 132 comments and is still going strong after more than a week, with the numerous participants having contributed well over 30,000 words of detailed and spirited—but remarkably respectful—arguments on various sides of the issue.
Also, we will henceforth be regularly publishing the columns of Michael Hudson, a highly regarded academic economist of international reputation, who played an important role in ensuring that the Icelandic government avoided the disastrous financial banking bailouts that marked a milestone in unmasking the kleptocratic regimes ruling America, Britain, and many other Western nations.
But biggest development is that Anatoly Karlin will be joining The Review as a resident blogger/columnist. His greatest expertise lies in Russia, Human Biodiversity, and Demographics, and we have already incorporated his extensive archives from AKarlin.com and Da Russophile blogsites, which amount to a remarkable three million words of very high quality articles and comments written over the last few years.
An an example of his outstanding past work, we are republishing as Monday’s Feature his November article on the surprisingly healthy nature of Russia’s demographic situation, which presents a quantitative picture at total variance with the one vaguely—and endlessly—reverberating within the ignorant echo chamber of our innumerate American mainstream media. I daresay even the world’s most elite media outlets, such as The New York Times and The Economist, only rarely publish an article of such detailed quality on such an important international topic. I suspect that if Norman Macrae were still alive, there would surely be cross words spoken in London.
But this particular article is only one of many analytical gems in Anatoly’s oeuvre. I first encountered his work a couple of years ago when he took issue with my major Race/IQ article in a very detailed 3,500 word analysis, and I eventually responded in the comment s to one of his follow-up columns. Afterward, I began following his later articles quite closely, with numerous discussions in his excellent comment-threads, especially on his analysis of Chinese academic performance, a subject that in which I have had considerable interest for over thirty years.
As some might remember, a year or two earlier the world’s leading media outlets had carried numerous major stories on the astonishing academic performance of Chinese students on the international PISA tests, administered by the OECD. Although China is still merely a middle-income country, much less wealthy than Mexico and merely a generation or two removed from dire poverty and near starvation, Shanghai’s students had far outperformed those of Japan, Germany, the US, and every other nation in the world. International headlines had been the natural consequence.
However, Western pundits suggested that the results were highly misleading, since Shanghai was perhaps China’s wealthiest and most elite metropolis, and hence the academic performance was surely an anomaly, totally unrepresentative of Chinese students overall: is the academic performance of high school students in Palo Alto or Princeton typical of America as a whole. Admittedly, Shanghai is hardly a small, wealthy town—its population numbers around 20 million—but there was endless public speculation on how well—or how poorly—the children of the hundreds of millions of rural Chinese with annual incomes of $1000 per year had fared on the test.
Click here for the remarkable answer. Perhaps my comment even provides a clue about why The New York Times just recently laid off over 10% of its entire staff. And be sure to read Anatoly’s future articles (or exhaustively mine his archives) if you want to better understand the quantitative realities of our world.
Welcome aboard, Anatoly.
Postscript: I discovered there was a bug that had rendered the comments to Anatoly’s archived articles invisible to most readers, along with the older comments to other articles. That bug has now been fixed and all older comments should henceforth be visible.