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Propelled by the national furor surrounding the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination, September was easily a record-breaking month for The Review, with our webzine falling just shy of 3 million pageviews, and October has been very strong as well.

Over the last three or four months, our publication has gained considerable ground, partly due to my very popular American Pravda series, and according to the Alexa.com rankings, we now have two-thirds the website traffic of The New Republic, a venerable publication whose origins stretch back more than a century. Just over a year ago, TNR had well over 300% of our readership, but now it is ahead by merely 50%. Meanwhile, we have easily surpassed several prominent and long-time stalwarts of the alternative Left and the alternative Right, with our recent daily traffic now 150% that of Counterpunch and 250% the level of Takimag.

There are clearly advantages to being willing to take on all sorts of extremely controversial topics that other publications, both liberal and conservative, are completely unwilling to touch.

On a personal note, I was very pleased to see that The New York Times recently mentioned the crucial role played by my 2012 article The Myth of American Meritocracy in launching the current lawsuits regarding the existence of Asian Quotas at Harvard and other Ivy League universities, and that the Times even generously provide a direct link to the copy on our webzine, bringing in thousands of new readers. This led me to publish a follow-up article, noting that very few of the prominent scholars and journalists who had praised my analysis were willing to discuss those of my findings they privately regarded as the most astonishing and important.

In a separate article, The New York Times did sharply criticize claims that any aspects of high human intelligence might be associated with genetic differences or even that the concept of race has any scientific validity, and specifically denounced The Review for promoting such heretical notions. Our ace blogger Steve Sailer responded at length to this doubtful critique, drawing considerable traffic and hundreds of comments for his rebuttal.

 

Given these several successes, I think some expansion of our small webzine is warranted, and I’d also like to try to foster the creation of a corresponding UR community.

Another important goal would be to try to make our publication a little more financially self-sustaining, but without the irritating advertisements or paid-content walls that are a terrible blight on many websites and therefore remain totally unacceptable to me.

Over the years, numerous supporters have suggested that I establish some system for allowing contributions, but implementing these always seemed too inconvenient to be worth the effort, although our individual bloggers do take donations. But I recently became aware of an easy-to-use crowd-funding platform called Patreon, which allows supporters to set up automatic monthly payments to a webzine, and I’ve decided to try offering it as an experiment.

Even aside from the financial benefits, it would be very nice for us to have clear proof that a reasonable number of our regular readers are willing to demonstrate their personal commitment to our publication, which provides the sort of Far Left and Far Right views totally excluded from the regular media and rarely found anywhere else.

The Unz Review Patreon Page will allow our supporters to easily set up a recurring monthly payment either using a credit card or a PayPal account. The Patreon system apparently allows for anonymity.

The minimum amount for Regular Members would be $10 per month, which should not be too onerous for most individuals to handle, though we urge those in difficult financial circumstances not to strain their budgets. Pledging this amount will make you an official member of the UR Community, and give you direct access to the Patreon UR Community Forum, which we will soon initiate.

Those willing to pledge $20 per month or more will be granted Silver Membership, allowing them access to the Discord text and voice messaging system associated with our Patreon community.

Over the years, various commenters have asked for a means of easily communicating with each other outside of a comment-thread and I think this new system may fill this need. I’m rather old-fashioned myself and have never used Discord—or even regular text-messaging—but I’ve generally heard favorable things about it.

Obviously, pledges larger than $20 per month will also be very welcome.

Our initial goal is to accumulate total pledged support of $2,000 per month, which should not be unreasonably difficult given that our webzine currently attracts many tens of thousands of regular monthly readers.

The funds we raise will be used partly to support our existing writers and partly to expand our content offerings and circle of contributors, perhaps including additional forms of content.

Thanks again for your readership and your support, and please help us meet our Membership goals.

 
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  1. Anon[144] • Disclaimer says:

    It’s strange to see a monthly $20 fee required to use the site’s Discord “room”. That is no good thing.

    That apart, in obtaining a sharp sept-up in readership by saying truths — some of them among the least spoken out truths — you are doing some kind of miracle.

  2. I’m rather old-fashioned myself and have never used Discord—or even regular text-messaging—but I’ve generally heard favorable things about it.

    Semi-weekly panel Discord discussions consisting of Steve, me, Giraldi, and other columnists answering your questions live in exchange for contributions via donationalerts.ru while Ron livestreams multi-hour sessions of Europa Universalis IV are the next big thing in the pipeline as we continue to boldly embrace the latest in 21st century monetization technologies.

    • Replies: @Silva
    , @trev006
    , @Vendetta
  3. Muse says:

    This is an idea whose time has come. I really cannot explain how influential this site has been on my thinking. For this, I am truly grateful. I arrived here a number of years ago following Sailer’s move to Unz after following him since I guess 2005? Found Steve via old Griffe du Lion posts or perhaps Razib.

    Regardless, I was afraid to even read the material at the time because it seemed heretical, and looking back, it was and it remains so. I think the most profitable thing you could do is set up a commercial blogging site. Your software for publishing, commenting and facilitating the discussion of ideas is the best I have seen. It beats sites like blogspot hands down.. just a thought.

    I suppose a contribution here would do less harm than the money I send to the NYT for three papers each weekend, most of which I cannot bear to read.

  4. Silva says:
    @Anatoly Karlin

    Why donationalerts.ru ? The EU IV part reads like a joke to me, no offense to our hero’s leisure time intended; will there be a market for that?

    I, too, may be interested in paying to use Ron’s blogging software.

    • Replies: @Anatoly Karlin
  5. Anon[121] • Disclaimer says:

    What Unz.com needs is an Arts and Culture Section.

  6. I hate to complain and Patreon is a good idea, but Bitcoin would be a nice option as well. I send $10 in Bitcoin to a certain wallet and get a code to let me into the premium content area or whatever. This would help some of us protect our anonymity, Patreon not being secure in that regard as they need a credit card or PayPal, which ultimately reveal identity to whomever runs those platforms.

    • Replies: @m___
  7. Alfa158 says:

    Patreon has been purging Crimethink sites. I would be happy to subscribe, but it is possible that Ron will eventually have to use his skills and resources to create his own online donation service just as he has created archives that provide access to purged heretical thought.

    • Agree: Wade, pyrrhus
  8. Dan Hayes says:

    To provide anonymity, how about contributing by personal check or US postal money order to cover say 1 year’s coverage?

    If doable, please provide addressee, address, etc.

    • Replies: @anon
  9. I would like to help.
    I avoid Paypal after what they did to wikileaks.
    What Alfa158s idea ?

    • Replies: @jim jones
  10. “… our publication, which provides the sort of Far Left and Far Right views ….”

    Good luck with that: The former will gain you little praise, and the latter will lead UR to being booted off Patreon as soon as the Twitterati take notice of it and starting flaming.

    • Replies: @pyrrhus
  11. TheBoom says:

    Ron, just don’t get too attached to Patreon or a subscription model. They, PayPal, GoFundMe and others have banned many of the alt right. Visa and Mastercard also ban thought criminals. I don’t see any way you will have long term success on Patreon given the content of the American Pravda series. You will probably end up only being able to take Bitcoin as others have found out.

  12. anon[398] • Disclaimer says:
    @Muse

    Your software for publishing, commenting and facilitating the discussion of ideas is the best I have seen. It beats sites like blogspot hands down.. just a thought.

    agree 100%

    note that the guy who runs BitChute was trying to create an open source commenting sytem to compete with Disqus that presumably would be freer from censorship but i dont think he received the funding he was hoping for.

    i tried to sign up to comment on Blogspot a few days ago but they now require a phone number to send a verification text so i declined

  13. @Silva

    You haven’t heard the half of it! Steve was energetically advocating for doing away with the text version of the website entirely, claiming that only boomers read it these days anway and claiming our audience will expand tenfold when we move towards making our arguments in the form of politicized video game playthroughs. Even I was taken aback by the visionary boldness of that idea! Ron is on board, but believes the transition should be gradual. Most of the American writers including Steve are also all downshifting to Fred Reed’s pad in Mexico to take advantage of the sweet geoarbitrage.

    … Ok, I was just trolling, in case that’s not yet clear. Still, streams and podcasts are an interesting idea that might be realized sooner or later.

    Enabling cryptocurrency donations would also be a good idea though there might be some tax issues to consider.

    • Replies: @Muse
  14. anon[398] • Disclaimer says:
    @Dan Hayes

    To provide anonymity, how about contributing by personal check or US postal money order to cover say 1 year’s coverage?

    you can be anonymous thru PayPal by using a Mastercard non-reloadable gift card, which allows you to put in a fake name, address, zip code, etc.

    it worked for me thru PayPal the one time i tried it

    • Replies: @Anon
  15. TheBoom says:

    You might want to incorporate video in the subscription area and (given the commenters are almost all men) have beautiful nude women read the columns aloud. Just in case men get a little tired of reading.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  16. Max Payne says:

    What the hell is Discord?

    I want to believe Unz.com on Patreon has a chance but in this climate… cryptos might be the way to go. I’m sure there are…. creative ways to dodge taxes.

  17. @Muse

    I’ve always been curious about the path that people walked to find Steve Sailer, especially those of us who have been reading him for some time, i.e. more than a decade.

    Here’s my path:

    AEI article by Charles Murray with a mention of Griffe du Lion who had a link or a mention of Fred Reed who had a link to iSteve who eventually joined Unz.

  18. Most of the right-wing material at Unz.com is republished from VDARE and The Occidental Observer.

    Right wing donors would be wise to support VDARE and The Occidental Observer rather than giving to Unz.com

    Also, why scorn advertiser money? Better to utilize that income stream than to burden the very small donor base of the American far right.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  19. Patreon has banned Lauren Southern, Wife with a Purpose, Jihad Watch, and other crimethinkers. They’ll never get a plugged nickel from me.

    I have great appreciation and respect for what you’ve built here, Mr. Unz, but your considerable talents would be better put to use in building an alternative to Patreon with free speech as a core value.

    • Replies: @anon
    , @Pericles
  20. Muse says:
    @Anatoly Karlin

    I like the written word best. I find some topics require a second reading and some rumination to fully understand. Furthermore, the act of writing out what you think you mean in the comments section allows you to refine your understanding as you put forth your observation or opinion. This is why a robust editing function is nice.

    The act of writing also seems to be more left brain than right, and helps me separate my initial emotional reaction and allow a more analytical kind of understanding.

  21. Ron,

    I once took the domain name thumbsupforabuck.com and began building an application that was to function like a regular “like” button. One line of code would embed a thumbs up icon in any webpage, but when a reader liked an article and clicked on the thumbs up, they would automatically donate a dollar in the background to the author of the piece. I wanted to make it easier for writers to earn a living writing–even if calling out the powerful. (My inspiration for building it was Steve Sailer. I’ve long considered him our most important essayist–until just recently when I discovered your American Pravda stuff. It’s blowing me away; Steve now has to share the pedestal.)

    Anyway, the application would be fairly simple to build. Readers could log in using Google, Facebook, Disqus, or the native login, and the financial transactions would be handled by Stripe or some other third party payment processing app.

    I think the application would increase the amount of money writers could make because 1) it would capitalize on the immediate response to a good article when, I believe, people would feel most inclined to reward the author financially, 2) users could remain logged in as they traveled around the Internet, making the act of donating easier and faster, 3) the amount of the donation per click could be adjusted to the particular financial circumstances of the reader, maximizing reader participation and frequency of use, and 4) readers could click more than once for double, triple donating on especially powerful pieces.

    The app could allow for a website to take a small percentage of each donation, which would encourage websites to try new authors and take on controversial topics, and reduce the tendency of websites and writers to become echo chambers, since agreement is not the same thing as appreciation.

    It could be used with any content on the web, thereby protecting conservative authors and websites against deplatforming.

    Readers would buy “likes” in packets of, for example, ten for a cost of, say, $10.80. The app would process the purchase then hold the amount in the reader’s account, transferring it a click at a time to various authors as readers bounced around the Internet. When a particular author reached a specified threshold, say 100, in his or her account, the application, still using Stripe, would send 100 dollars to the author’s bank account.

    I wasn’t able to put a serious effort into the project due to other obligations at the time, but I think it’s still a good idea.

    Craig
    202 427 6290

  22. Elsewhere says:
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    My journey:

    Some commenter on The Atlantic would frequently spam something like “Read VDARE every day!” One day I checked it out and realized that I agreed with the perspective (and I got more educated on immigration). I noticed that I enjoyed Steve Sailer the best of all the VDARE writers, so I more frequently went directly to his blogspot site. Soon after he moved to UNZ.

    I still sometimes read interesting articles on VDARE, but I enjoy the commentariat that we have here. This site has since introduced me to American Renaissance (which I don’t read much anymore), The Occidental Observer, and Chateau Heartiste.

  23. $10 or $20 a month seems reasonable. Indeed, I gave that shark Anatoly Karlin a lot more when I lost a Football bet earlier this year.
    However, living on the east side of Oceanus Atlanticus, Paypal NO, Credit Card NO.
    But, it would be perfectly feasible to pay monthly by Direct Debit from my Debit Card. (The main US banks have prevented Debit Cards in the States, so they can maximize profits from Credit Cards).
    Are you able to arrange for Foreign Subscribers to pay by Debit Card ? Obviously, there would have to be security measures for Continental Europeans. Wouldn’t want reiner tor, jilles dykstra etc done for “Holocaust Denial” or whatever

  24. Anon[298] • Disclaimer says:

    It would be much too damaging to me personally were Patreon hacked and my credit card publicly associated with a donation to a crimethink publication such as this. Assumingly Patreon didn’t blacklist UR for crimethink prior to being hacked. Better if we could donate via cryptocurrency as well, particularly an anonymous crypto such as monero. Bitcoin contains a public audit log, and so must be ruled out for the privacy conscious.

  25. Ola says: • Website
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    In 2002 I read the book We and them: The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences about the genetic diversity of humans, which I found entirely unconvincing and intentionally misleading.

    I did some googling and came upon Fred Reed, Steve Sailer and some other web pages. Steve impressed me the most by far, a consistently interesting writer that I have followed since then.

  26. @Craig Nelsen

    That’s a great idea (not a great name :-) but that’s a detail).

    Would be happy to (try to) help if you want to go ahead with it.

  27. @Citizen of a Silly Country

    I think I first read Steve Sailer in the late 90s via links from the Robot Wisdom weblog by Jorn Barger.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jorn_Barger

  28. 10 $ a month is a bit too expensive for me at the moment. I’d like an opportunity to support the site by paying a couple bucks a month, but maybe it’s too difficult to implement such micro payments. 10 or 20 bucks once a year could be ok too.

    • Replies: @European-American
  29. anon[169] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mike in Boston

    I have great appreciation and respect for what you’ve built here, Mr. Unz, but your considerable talents would be better put to use in building an alternative to Patreon with free speech as a core value.

    agree

    maybe have a chat with that Cody Wilson guy from Hatreon first to see what obstacles you would be facing though.

  30. Anon[349] • Disclaimer says:
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    I never read Steve Sailer until just recently, but my familiarity with him extends back nearly a decade to when I used to read Marginal Revolution. My impression of him then was that he was a racist and not worth reading. I began reading him regularly only just recently, after being drawn to UR after @bronzeagemantis on twitter linked to an essay in the American Pravda series. Have been a daily reader since then.

    • Replies: @anon
  31. anon[169] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    is he still a racist?

    • Replies: @Anon
  32. Anon[235] • Disclaimer says:
    @anon

    He’s a heretic. I don’t purport to know his inner beliefs.

  33. I like this idea and will take part in it.

  34. TheBoom says:
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    Someone referred me to Fred Reed when I lived in Mexico. That led me to Unz. Sailer got me to stick around and now Unz is my go to site especially for the commenters, Steve, Ron and Anatoly. Fred I don’t pay much attention to anymore

    • Replies: @Anon
  35. trev006 says:
    @Anatoly Karlin

    EUIV?

    Wow, you guys know how to hook a customer!

  36. T. Weed says:

    I agree with Dan Hayes, #8, above. I canceled my subscription to the American Conservative because they fired Giraldi and got rid of Unz, but I’d be willing to “subscribe” to Unz Review, i.e., send an annual check, to someplace.

  37. Anon[316] • Disclaimer says:
    @anon

    Do you have a suggestion for us on where to buy an anonymous preloaded MasterCard and what brand? There seem to be dozens of them and when I briefly looked into this a few years ago, online sources were all spammy and confusing. I see people use walmart prepaid cards the most in person.

    • Replies: @anon
  38. Anon[316] • Disclaimer says:
    @TheBoom

    He’s pretty old and disconnected from the USA now, but classic 2000-2005 era Fred Reed is pretty good.

    • Replies: @TheBoom
  39. Anon[316] • Disclaimer says:
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    Steve was fairly mainstream around 1995-2005 and linked to by mainstream conservative bloggers frequently like InstaPundit and Volokh Conspiracy, and even sometimes by Yglesias. His UPI articles were also found in many newspapers (UPI is nearly dead now, but used to be like a smaller version of the AP). I also read a few of his national review articles on deadtrees.

  40. @Craig Nelsen

    I read as “thumbsuckforabuck.com”

  41. anon[165] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    Do you have a suggestion for us on where to buy an anonymous preloaded MasterCard and what brand?

    the brand is just MasterCard (non-reloadable) Gift Card – i think it might be called Vanilla

    if you’re in the U.S. they should be available at any of the chain stores like Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, etc etc – even Home Depot and Lowe’s might have them. Large grocery chains also should have them.

    i wouldn’t bother with buying them online unless absolutely necessary. The way it works is that when you buy the card, tell the cashier how much you want to put on it. It costs however much you put on it plus $5. There are no monthly fees so if you put $100 on it today and dont spend anything there will be $100 still on there next year. Activate it online before use by selecting a Zip Code for it – (login to website called VanillaOne iirc). Then i would choose a fake name and address if necessary and if you will use for more than one site probably write down the fake name and address for next use. If for some reason it doesn’t work on some online website then you can still use it at your local grocery store like an ATM or debit card etc so not much risk – you’re only out the $5, all the rest that you put on it is recoverable

    Visa non-reloadable Gift Card might also work this way but i haven’t tried it myself.

    note that this method is likely more anonymous than even BitCoin because there is some lefty on twitter that likes to try to track bitcoin donations to Alt-Righters, not sure if he would monitor for donations to Unz though

  42. Anon[582] • Disclaimer says:

    I think I followed Derb here after his excommunication from National Review and then discovered Steve and Ron’s impressive work. Still love Derb, too, but wish he would write more.

  43. Seriously, an envelope of cash is the safest way to be a subversive these days.

    • Agree: Liza
  44. m___ says:
    @Boswald Bollocksworth

    Your comment is quite evident, the suggestion of Patreon lowers the intellectual level of unz.com by two grades. Probably the dumbest thing Ron has said on the site. And we quote his initial words below.

    The Unz Review Patreon Page will allow our supporters to easily set up a recurring monthly payment either using a credit card or a PayPal account. The Patreon system apparently allows for anonymity.

    There is more then one activist, alternative source of information, any number of political un-corrected thrown off Paypal, the CreditCards system, Patreon and the etceteras and wannabees. Ron Unz of course knows this.

    And that is only one reason for not putting up with the above. Even worse than CloudFlare as provider (backbones, routers, hardware intermediate corporate player, might be “anonymous to the user, but they do exist and are the first level of control), and subcontracted “analysis” of data-streams at unz.com. Anonymity what?

    To try: outsourcing only to automated systems, who require no intermediate layer of human peeps. Bitcoin, or more precise the block chain database code behind it, on principle could become such a thing if they are not completely subverted. Any exchange that bypasses the Central Bank, Swift, and provide opportunity for Western Elites cooking the books, and tightening crowds and mass control, as in a conflicting stance, using “directly” foreign currency accounts abroad without intermediates to the end destination (The Unz Review) comes in second place. The “tax issues” are none-issues, it only shifts the conflict point of being inside a corrupt system or making the stance to be outside of it in sincere denouncement. Very impracticable? Of course, but that will be the fleeing goal, making it more difficult by jumps in time.

    Now again, it is all about leveling, …to page views (make things (the world, the systemics, the use of,) easy) …or, to significant content.

    Ultimately, conduits of information to the majority and even critical subgroups of deplorable and middle class society might have had their best of times. It is all about eugenics for the elites now, they are partly conscious, and better globally organized, to realize that recycling their own, their ideas is going to be a matter of survival.

    Easily won and smoothly done only by pulling in “innovative method en battle hardened, historical tools. Hard (policing, ghetto-isation), chemical (pharmaceutics, legal drug use, sugar, hormonal control of the vegan masses), toxicity and pollution, genetics (progress of understanding and editing), AI (only accessible to corporate alikes), crowd control will take prevalence. These is almost as little intrusive as mind control through words and visuals. The tendency can be read, the market for “media” is bear.

    As a fact, the deplorable will never understand, but breeding has become disgenic, “breeding into oblivion” comes to mind. There is no use whatsover, it is a complete liability, to have an eight billion crowd roaming the little planet. Let alone, catering the next junk idea to it. The pamphleteers have themselves a shrinking market to crow to.

    We suspect that the timing and crowdfunding suggestion by Ron Unz is to mask real finance flows, and untenability of denying financing. A sorry patch that is.

    Just for the record, if we are not thrown of the comment row, that in itself would be confirmation of the conventional powers that be endorsment of the unz.com experiment (alas sandbox, lab environment).

  45. Pericles says:
    @Mike in Boston

    your considerable talents would be better put to use in building an alternative to Patreon with free speech as a core value.

    Just be aware that Mastercard is #woke and may shut you down if you’re serious about that core value.

    There have been some previous attempts at launching Patreon-replacements that have been crushed under the boot of the totally non-political financial system. (It’s not really a difficult technical problem, is it.)

    • Replies: @anon
  46. anon[389] • Disclaimer says:
    @Pericles

    There have been some previous attempts at launching Patreon-replacements that have been crushed under the boot of the totally non-political financial system. (It’s not really a difficult technical problem, is it.)

    or if you’re gaining a little traction as a YouTube replacement like BitChute was, (((they))) just claim that your business model is risky for potential chargebacks even though you never had any so far – and then claim that your investors aren’t interested in doing business with such risky ventures

    i used to wonder how (((they))) control so many fields, now i begin to see

  47. Mr.Tom says:

    Recurring gift payments, via credit card?
    With regrets, that’s not going to work for me.

    I would, however, be happy to make “one-time”
    (i.e., non-recurring) gift(s) if/when I am
    able and so-inclined. This is what I do for the P.C.R. site
    (which at present allows this via Stripe as well as PayPal).

    But at a glance, it does not look like the Patreon
    web page for Unz.com allows for one-time gifts.

    Do correct me if I am mistaken.
    Thank you and best wishes to one and all.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  48. pyrrhus says:
    @The Alarmist

    I’m afraid so…don’t use Patreon, find an alternative, or invent one.

  49. TheBoom says:
    @Anon

    Fred was very good through his early days in Mexico then he got a divorce from reality when it has anything to do with Mexico. He now has to work the Mexico and Mexican propaganda into almost every article no matter the subject. I don’t know what flavor it was but he definitely drank the Mexico kool-aid.

    I’ve mentioned before on Unz that one of the most memorable aspects of living Mexico was the dramatic difference between how gringos, like Fred, and Mexicans see Mexico and Mexicans. Gringos love, love Mexicans and Mexico. They view it as a paradise and much safer than the US. All but one Mexican I met when I lived there wanted to live in the US. They didn’t trust other Mexicans and viewed their society as hopelessly corrupt from top to bottom.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  50. If my comment offends—so be it. I am astonished and chagrined regarding the feeble donor response and lame comments regarding what is a ridiculously modest request by a producer of significant value (Ron, et al), for what wouldn’t even cover monthly secretarial assistance. I have been LOOKING for an opportunity to support the site, which when referred to my small clutch of like minded individuals, unanimously returns, “It’s now the first site I check daily.” Are you guys serious?! Is your distorted sense of self-importance so inflated that you truly believe YOU will be targeted, if “outed,” for supporting someone ELSE baring (?) THEIR neck for you and yours?

    Decades ago, when I expressed an interest in MENSA, an acquaintance (and Mensan) chuckled and informed me that meetings were often attended by brilliant people who couldn’t support themselves—don’t waste your time (Thank YOU, FalconN!). Later (and for two decades) in my ongoing quest, I encountered “little ‘o’,” Objectivists who were hell bent for “going on strike,” when in my opinion they hadn’t accomplished or contributed anything to “strike” from! Further confirmation was my baffling “celebrity” for being a foundryman and having started and currently running a fly speck small business (a real live Hank Rearden!). Please God, let THIS group be different (AND worthy of what is offered them!).

    Clearly I’m agitated and DO NOT want to join the ranks of so many who talk a good game (to whom I would suggest spend some time in front of a mirror asking, “what do I really STAND for?”), SO, I’m 10xing my original personal contribution and adding a monthly amount from my business that leaves very little needed from the rest of you skinflints. Check the Patreon tally shortly (currently at a WHOPPING $158/mo). If hellfire rains on me, for contributing AND drawing attention to myself for doing so, know that I willingly martyr myself and will keep you posted. Being a career foundryman, I’m accustomed to the smell of burning flesh—most often my own!

    Ron, thanks so much for offering your parody of the SNL parody, “Lowered Expectations,” but raise the damn bar!

    P.S. Lorne Michaels explanation for why SNL didn’t do ANYTHING relating to the Harvey Weinstein story after it broke, was “It’s a New York thing.” Yeah … got it. Oh, and Jeffrey Epstein? Until it enters public domain and Ron adds it to his book listing, you’ll need to (and SHOULD) buy a copy of “Filthy Rich.”

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  51. Anonymous[175] • Disclaimer says:

    They will shut you down within a month and a half. You shouldn’t do it anyways, after they’ve censored everybody.

  52. I read this site daily — multiple times a day actually — so I’ll pony up the $10 per month. It beats paying for a subscription to the Atlantic! What a waste that was!

    Unz is a treasure trove of unconventional wisdom and thought. Since the conventional wisdom is so foolish and public thought is so constipated these days, this is exactly what we need.

    Maybe I’ll even donate to Sailer even though he never puts my comments through in a timely manner. I guess they are pretty lame sometimes. But, damn if there aren’t much lamer comments he fast-tracks. I’m sure he knows what he’s doing.

    Anyway, I urge others who read Unz to do donate what they can also.

    Let a hundred flowers bloom!

  53. @Mr.Tom

    Pure poetry, Mr. Tom.

    (Why did you write this way? I really did expect things to rhyme or at least a meter or something.)

  54. @John Gruskos

    Right wing donors would be wise to support VDARE and The Occidental Observer rather than giving to Unz.com.

    I’m in partial agreement. I hate to support the Commies that appear regularly on unz, but appreciate Mr. Unz’s courage and skill in getting these varied viewpoints here on this site with it’s extremely good usablitity.

    Speaking of that last thing, that’s why I appreciate the total lack of ads here. Sure, one can do them more “right” than say, Takimag – it has one that WILL NOT GO AWAY, and is so annoying, that I may just quit reading his decent writers (some of ‘em) period. I think this new obnoxious moving-picture ad takes the place of the clever trick of opening a new browser tab not as a pop-up, but almost like the “parent” of the window one reads the post in – it’s some kind of html trick that just pissed me off due to I don’t like being tricked.

    Back to your subject, though, John. I do give to VDare and guys like them obviously need the money more than Unz does. However, were there an easy way to support just certain writers here, that’d be cool. I’ve done that, but I want to write more on the anonymity thing in reply to some of the other commenters here.

    • Replies: @Miro23
  55. @FlintWheel4

    I, for one, am not offended. I do agree that $10 a month is pretty miniscule compared to about anything. (I don’t really want to put myself in the one guy’s shoes – saying it was too much – but people pay $4 each morning for a cup of fancy-assed coffee, but I am headed into Gloria Bunker mode now, so enough of that … “for the price of a cup of coffee each day, you can buy Ron Unz some furniture for his house, and help tone up his distended belly…”) ;-}

    On the anonymity thing though, I think Mr. Unz is being naive here, especially for a computer guy. I thank the guys that chimed in about the prepaid cards, as that kind of thing is one decent way to go, provided you don’t buy your pre-paid cards with another credit card … don’t laugh people!

    Look, this is how you must think about it. Trace though how you got your money, how you transfered it, and what information came with it. If there are computer databases involved with ANY of it, you are not anonymous. Companies like Patreon may SAY you are, but when big Feral Gov says, look up something in some of the rows in the “customers” table, they will say “How high many rows, SIR?!”

    I’ve sent money to Mr. Sailer independently, but it’s all tricky because I can see many writers not wanting to give out snail-mail addresses for their own (partial) anonymity. Think through whatever method you want to use as whether you are really going to REMAIN anonymous based on that transaction. That is, if you really care. It’d be nice to get back to a state in this country in which we don’t need to care about that, again.

  56. @TheBoom

    Hey, TheBoom, you’ve got your, uhh, finger on the “pulse” of what makes the world run, I’ll give you that! Whom would you suggest first? You need a hot body and a sexy voice. They don’t ALWAYS go together. I’m trying to think of one for Dr. Ron Paul, and I just don’t know if the case for the elimination of the Federal Reserve can be made sexily. It’s worth a try though.

  57. @Muse

    I suppose a contribution here would do less harm than the money I send to the NYT for three papers each weekend, most of which I cannot bear to read.

    May I ask you a quick question, Muse?

    Let’s see, how to phrase this nicely … WTH, man?!

  58. @TheBoom

    To you and #316: About Fred Reed, to me, it’s not just the advertising for the joys of his newfound Mexicanity that bugs me. I can put up with some of that. He’s an ex-pat. It’s easy to live a nice life on the US dollar in lots of places around the world still … until it won’t be. I don’t begrudge him that.

    What pissed me off to no (OK, THE) end, is his constant criticism of anyone here in America that tries to DO something about the problems here that Reed himself rightly complains about. There are 2 posts on Peak Stupidity on “Fred Reed’s Lifelong Siesta” a life of curmudgeonry and complaining. Part 1 and Part 2.

    • Replies: @TheBoom
  59. @Paul Yarbles

    OK, last comment on this thread for the time being, and thanks to the piece of software that moderated it in a timely manner.

    Mr. Yarbles, I’ve written this before in reply to iSteve commenters, but it’s speculation though. (Mr. Unz could tell us the answer, but that’d compromise his security a tad, I believe.)

    I too, have had comments wait to appear for 1/2 a day and very rarely (< 1 %) for over a day! In fact, just two days back, I tried to correct myself on a stupid boo-boo, but the correction came in during Mr. Sailer's sleepy time. He has to sleep like the rest of us, but must be one of those late-night guys to an extreme. That's his business, as is also the part about his moderating the comments himself. On lots of the rest of unz posts, the moderation seems to happen quickly at any time of day.

    I could be wrong, but I think you and I are not "trusted" commenters in some sense, as we've seen plenty of new comments get posted at all hours, even when ours don't. Don't take "trusted" the wrong way – it may have to do with email. That's the part that I can never seem to get the answer to.

    I hope that helps. Give the guy money. Give other guys money, if you can, but NOT THE COMMIES. We don't need the whole 1000 flowers blooming campaign if it happens like the last time, in Red China. See, in fine print, Chairman Butcher Mao had written “to be followed by the 100 riding lawnmowers campaign”.

  60. @Paul Yarbles

    Paul, one last thing. per that last comment of mine, I see you were one of the guys that made a corective reply to me on that thing about an old atlas. Do you see what I mean? I corrected myself (I see now) ~ 20 minutes later, but not in time get moderated. You 5 or so were right in correcting me, but it wasn’t much of a conversation on my end.

  61. Cassandra says:

    I found this site while researching a subject no one was covering and now am a regular reader. I recommend and forward articles from here to others.

    As far as I’m concerned, this site is invaluable.

  62. FKA Max says:

    The sidebar formatting issue, which moves the sidebar to the bottom of the page on the Unz Review Video home page http://www.unz.com/video/ , seems to have re-appeared.

    This glitch seems to be persisting as well:

    I just noticed that the webzine sidebar in the “Books” section http://www.unz.com/book/ appears not to update and seems to be stuck in July, 2018.

    http://www.unz.com/announcement/has-the-adl-gone-into-hiding/#comment-2545564

    And the “Forum Suggestions” link/button ( this is link that appears http:/// ) , which can be found here http://www.unz.com/forum/ , seems to be broken.

    The “Selected Tweeters” page http://www.unz.com/tweeters/ works great again.

    Thank you very much.

  63. Miro23 says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I’m in partial agreement. I hate to support the Commies that appear regularly on unz, but appreciate Mr. Unz’s courage and skill in getting these varied viewpoints here on this site with it’s extremely good usability.

    Never mind the Commies, they argue their views and you can reply to them & the usability is very good.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  64. @Miro23

    Sure, Miro, I’m just not gonna give them any money. To each according to his needs, you know, and all that – they don’t need ANY of my money. I’d rather give directly to the writers that make some good sense. In the meantime, I use the site lots, and Ron Unz ain’t exactly hurting for money.

    • Replies: @Miro23
  65. Anon[129] • Disclaimer says:

    I would urge a great deal of caution in using Discord or encouraging anyone on this site to meet up with each other in real life or exchange personal information. I say this as I like Unz.com and don’t want anyone pulling a fast one on people who don’t known anything about technology.

    Antifa opsec groups monitor controversial sites like this one and create intelligence files on people for later use. They attempt to match “ringleaders” to real people. For example, a poster at Counter Currents Publishing made the mistake of using his real first name while also running a Facebook page for such meet ups. He got doxxed; they even had a surveillance team follow the guy for 6 months before making his activities public. The incident forced him to publicly beg forgiveness and possibility ruined his life as a medical doctor. It certainly ruined his social life among SJWs.

    I have a good reason to believe that Discord is compromised from within as several people using that service have been doxxed, apparently by these antifa opsec groups via data – perhaps publicly purchased or even leaked to them via corrupt employees (or even the NSA itself…which would fit their mo as I’ve heard rumors of a clandestine opsec team they run on troublemakers, usually cartel…but sometimes not). Of course, there are other ways to doxx people who use that site, usually by infiltration of a poster pretending to be on “your” side. I’ve even seen a couple of peculiar comments on Unz.com that have led me to believe this site is being monitored in a similar manner. And I know for a fact the FBI and various state agencies use antifa fronts to collect information on citizens for the purposes of investigation. It is a similar technique to document laundering. They end up passing the information to a third party for them to then filter it back, making the information look as though it originated from a legitimate source.

    My advice: DO NOT meet up outside of this platform unless you are already a public figure. Do not exchange any personal information with anyone. Do not truthfully talk about any aspect of your life outside this or any other online platform, including your geographic area as the government has a database of driver’s licenses and social media profiles. Use a VPN. Don’t use Discord at all. Do not use Facebook as the app tracks all of your searches even when it is closed; this information could conceivably be leaked by politically-motivated Facebook employees, and even if you delete the information it is not gone as it exists on multiple servers, including a secret one the NSA uses that compiles all such data from sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft Xbox Live accounts (you’d be surprised how many dumbass criminals have these things). If you donate, use only a cryptocurrency. Do not use any social media if you are a regular contributor to this site; delete the account as even picture information from your mobile phone uploaded as a profile picture for otherwise private accounts has been used to successfully doxx people in the past via GPS information. Do not visit any controversial website without masking your IP and preferably not using a mobile phone as GCHQ intercepts many of these signals through an underground Atlantic ocean cable and attempts to decrypt web traffic from monitored “hate” sites; they build databases of people, matching information to social media profiles downloaded en masse clandestinely and with the help of the NSA’s AI facial recognition software. Do not use a real email address for this site without being sure to always log into it using a laptop and a VPN.

    Also, Paypal won’t support Unz.com for long. Same for the rest as some posters have pointed out. However, I would advocate trying these services if only to bait them into censoring you. It will be good optics for you when they do.

    Ron Unz would be better off working with a Chinese bank to arrange for a competing financial platform. The up side to that is the Chinese might very well clandestinely support your endeavor if they thought your ideas might prove destabilizing in the United States. I would…if I were such an agent.

    • Agree: European-American
  66. MarkinLA says:

    I will be happy to send a postal money order for the whole year, say 150 dollars but where to mail it to? I don’t like the idea of recurring charges on my credit card for some place that will be attacked as crime thought. Not that they can do anything to me, but I recently had my e-mail and credit card hacked and fixing things is a pain in the ass. My current e-mail is not the same as that attached to my handle.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes
  67. Anonymous[270] • Disclaimer says:
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    My path: Saw a link to Steve’s article on Usenet back in late 1990s. Was shocked by the “racist” content but kept reading because some of the facts/science cited sounded solid. This eventually led to reading and reassessing much of the existing literature on IQ and population genetics. Have been a regular iSteve reader ever since.

    • Replies: @anon
  68. TheBoom says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    “What pissed me off to no (OK, THE) end, is his constant criticism of anyone here in America that tries to DO something about the problems here that Reed himself rightly complains about.”

    Yes. Specifically along that line of thought, I find it intellectually and morally dishonest for Fred to note that diversity is not an improvement and that the US was better (as displayed in his nostalgic memories of childhood) as a predominantly white nation, while condemning everyone as racist who does not want the US to become Mexico Norte. Fred knows that Mexico would never stand for this type of invasion

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  69. Miro23 says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    @Achmed E. Newman
    I’m in partial agreement. I hate to support the Commies that appear regularly on unz, but appreciate Mr. Unz’s courage and skill in getting these varied viewpoints here on this site with it’s extremely good usability.

    Never mind the Commies, they argue their views and you can reply to them & the usability is very good.

    @Miro23
    Sure, Miro, I’m just not gonna give them any money. To each according to his needs, you know, and all that – they don’t need ANY of my money. I’d rather give directly to the writers that make some good sense. In the meantime, I use the site lots, and Ron Unz ain’t exactly hurting for money.

    If you follow Marx ( “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need”), Ron should forever provide Unz Review free because he has the ability and the money. As far as I know, Ron isn’t a Marxist.

    In the Democracy of Unzland, users have the right to free speech and the obligation to pay the (minimal) running costs. If they don’t want to pay then they can stay with the MSM where special interests will provide all the propaganda garbage for free.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  70. anon[332] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    This eventually led to reading and reassessing much of the existing literature on IQ and population genetics.

    did you really have to do that to know the truth?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  71. @Miro23

    Unz.com was not made to be a profit-making business though. If Mr. Unz wants it to be, that’s fine, and there are various ways he can make income. I don’t see advertising as really making it all pay very easily though.

    I believe Mr. Unz made the site in order to spread his political beliefs, just as I have, with Peak Stupidity. The wife nags me “what are you spending time on this crap for? It’s not making any money!” Haha, unlike, some people, cough, cough, Fred Reed, cough, I don’t worry about what she’s got to say about it. Though I need to work on the formatting BADLY, at least (just like on unz) there are no annoying ads.

    If Mr. Unz did want to put ads up, I’m in no position to complain, UNLESS I’m a paying customer. I’ll just pay some of the writers, as I wrote twice already, and screw the Commies like Godfree and Englehart (read them both twice – too much stupidity for one man, let alone two).

    In the Democracy of Unzland, users have the right to free speech and the obligation to pay the (minimal) running costs. If they don’t want to pay then they can stay with the MSM where special interests will provide all the propaganda garbage for free.

    BULL. They have no right – that’s Mr. Unz discrection, and he’s been great in this respect. They also have no obligation – not a legal one, and not necessarily a moral one. Anybody can read this site, whether he pays or not – that’s the internet. It’s been up for 25 years – how could you not know that?

    • Replies: @Miro23
  72. Miro23 says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    In the Democracy of Unzland, users have the right to free speech and the obligation to pay the (minimal) running costs. If they don’t want to pay then they can stay with the MSM where special interests will provide all the propaganda garbage for free.

    BULL. They have no right – that’s Mr. Unz discrection, and he’s been great in this respect. They also have no obligation – not a legal one, and not necessarily a moral one. Anybody can read this site, whether he pays or not – that’s the internet. It’s been up for 25 years – how could you not know that?

    OK, Unz Review looks like a Democracy with open debate and no censorship, but the difference is that Unz users can’t vote out Ron and elect someone else to run it. In this regard Ron is really a media owner.

    As a media owner he’s asking for a user contributions to cover his costs. I agree that it’s an internet tradition to get everything for free (e.g. writing, music, news etc.) but why should Ron pay for it all?

    That’s not to say that UR doesn’t have investment value. If it continues growing at its present rate it could be a lot more influential and turn into a valuable media property.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  73. @Miro23

    If it continues growing at its present rate it could be a lot more influential and turn into a valuable media property.

    That’d be a good thing indeed. Let’s leave the financial support argument aside for now. Just all the web page “views”, “hits”, etc. are good. There are ways to cheat (via bot and all that), but people can’t argue with legitimate high numbers, when they call you a fringe group.

  74. jim jones says:
    @Michael Collins

    Paypal has now banned Gab after the Pittsburgh shooting

  75. Anonymous[270] • Disclaimer says:
    @anon

    Kind of. Rejection of the propaganda I accepted for so long had to be based on solid science. Was not willing to be fooled twice.

  76. anonymous[323] • Disclaimer says:

    Ron – Regarding your recent series of essays on Jews, have you asked yourself a few principled questions just to run a modest sanity check on yourself? Here are a couple of self-directed questions that I humbly suggest as straightforward examples:

    • “Given my stated belief that Jews worship Satan, would I be willing to consider reading primary Jewish religious texts in order to confirm whether that claim is true?”

    • “Given my stated inclination that the Holocaust was a hoax, would I be willing to consider the veracity of WWII era census data, photos, survivor testimony and documents such as Goebbels’ diaries as evidence of Nazi perpetrated genocide?

    If on a gut level, you would *NOT* ask yourself such highly reasonable questions (and answer in the affirmative), among other fair minded questions, can you see how your readers might question your motives and your judgement?

    Given the enormous amount of time and energy you have put into building your body of written work over many years, why on earth would you put your credibility and reputation at risk – as you must be aware on some level you are doing – without taking such reasonable, sanity check precautions?

  77. Ron Unz says:
    @anonymous

    Ron – Regarding your recent series of essays on Jews, have you asked yourself a few principled questions just to run a modest sanity check on yourself? Here are a couple of self-directed questions that I humbly suggest as straightforward examples:

    Sure, that’s perfectly reasonable. Indeed, the whole reason that many of my articles were so very long is that I wanted to provide a reasonably comprehensive discussion of the background and substantial evidence.

    I actually replied rather directly to some of these questions in my ADL column of a couple of weeks ago:

    I was equally unimpressed that they so hotly denounced me for substantially relying upon the writings of Israel Shahak, whom they characterized as viciously “anti-Semitic.” As I had repeatedly emphasized, my own total lack of Aramaic and Hebrew necessarily forces me to rely upon the research of others, and the late Prof. Shahak, an award-winning Israeli academic, certainly seems a fine source to use. After all, famed linguist Noam Chomsky had lauded Shahak’s works for their “outstanding scholarship,” and numerous of our other most prominent public intellectuals such as Christopher Hitchens, Edward Said, and Gore Vidal had been similarly lavish in their praise. Furthermore, one of Shahak’s co-authors was Norton Mezvinsky, a prominent American academic specializing in Middle Eastern history, himself hardly an obscure figure given that both his brother and sister-in-law served in Congress and his nephew later married Chelsea Clinton. And as far as I’m aware almost none of Shahak’s explicit claims about the Talmud or traditional Judaism have ever been directly challenged, while the online availability of his first book allows those so interested to conveniently read it and decide for themselves.

    The ADL similarly denounced me for taking seriously the theories of Ariel Toeff, another Israeli academic. But Prof. Toeff, son of the Chief Rabbi of Rome, certainly ranks as one of the world’s leading scholarly authorities on Medieval Jewry, and working together with his graduate students and other colleagues, he had devoted many years of effort to the research study in question, drawing upon extensive primary and secondary sources produced in eight different languages. I found his 500 page book quite persuasive, as did Israeli journalist Israel Shamir, and I have seen no credible rebuttals.

    (Various links embedded in the article)

    http://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-the-adl-in-american-society/

    All these prominent scholars and intellectuals, most of them Jewish, seemed like pretty credible people, and I carefully read their various books and articles, which quite impressed me. Perhaps they were all just inventing their factual statements in some sort of bizarre conspiracy, but I really don’t see why.

    If you or the ADL or anyone else can find academics of comparable stature to explicitly refute those claims, I’ll be glad to carefully consider that contrary evidence.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  78. Vendetta says:
    @Anatoly Karlin

    Discord is a compromised platform. They have been known to leak the contents of dissident right rooms to the ADL and antifa types. Bear that in mind while using. Probably best to make sure Ron, Steve, and the rest are aware of that beforehand.

    If used strictly for recording these discussion calls and all participants are aware of this fact ahead of time, there shouldn’t be much risk in using it.

    I would strongly caution against allowing access to the Discord as a benefit for patrons unless there are very visible warnings and disclaimers that nothing you say or post in there should be considered secure and private.

    I don’t know if it would be within the scope of Ron’s resources or web development skills to build a Discord clone of his own, but having a service like that under friendly management instead would be a very welcome development.

  79. Anonymous[151] • Disclaimer says:

    If you create a Patreon I’ll be sure to report it for hate-speech.

    https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/The_Unz_Review

    https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Anatoly_Karlin

    https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/John_Derbyshire

    You’re anti-Semitic, white nationalist and holocaust denier crackpots.

  80. Anonymous[249] • Disclaimer says:
    @Muse

    As a reader who has ACTUALLY SENT MONEY (not enough) to several writers on this site, I would be seriously disturbed by the introduction of “social media.”

    Re financial support – KEEP IT ANONYMOUS.

    SERIOUS SUGGESTION – Introduce simple chat software with serious privacy features, including multiple personalities with easy management capabilities for users.

    Provide technical and general help against doxxing.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  81. @Anonymous

    rationalwiki.org/wiki/The_Unz_Review

    … The Editor-in-Chief of The Unz Review is Ron Unz, who is ethnically Jewish.[3] …

    I’m reporting RationalWiki for antisemitism.

  82. @anonymous

    “Given my stated belief that Jews worship Satan, would I be willing to consider reading primary Jewish religious texts in order to confirm whether that claim is true?

    “Shabbatai Tzvi enthroned.”
    Institution: The Amsterdam Jewish publication Tikkun depicts Shabbatai Tzvi crowned as the messiah. Amsterdam, 1666

    • Replies: @anonymous
  83. @Anonymous

    You missed out the most “powerful” one of them all: https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Steve_Sailer

    Steve Sailer (born 1958) is a racist, misogynist, white supremacist, anti-Semite, Islamophobe, homophobe, classist, ableist, transphobe, transmisogynist, xenophobe, pseudo-scientist and all-round champion dickhead who can arguably be credited—if such a resumé can be to someone’s credit—as the godfather of pseudo-scientific online hate.

    • LOL: Ron Unz
    • Replies: @anon
    , @JLK
  84. anon[405] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anatoly Karlin

    lol, did Steve write that himself?

  85. anon[405] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    If you create a Patreon I’ll be sure to report it for hate-speech.

    little poozies can’t handle Free Speech

  86. anonymous[110] • Disclaimer says:
    @Hippopotamusdrome

    Your comment is an example of a non sequitur. There is no logical connection between the link you posted and the comment to which you attempted to respond. (Shabbetai Zvi was self-deluded into thinking he was the Messiah and then later converted to Islam. Certainly not the first time, nor the last, that someone believed they were the Messiah.) Not relevant to the comment above.

  87. anonymous[110] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ron Unz

    So you effectively answered ‘no’ when asked if you have run a sanity check on yourself. I’ve replied accordingly in the thread here (Comment 599 on the page):

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/anti-semitic-far-right-terrorist-attacks-synagogue/#comment-2597092

  88. @TheBoom

    Indeed. We really can’t rely on any of these controlled platforms. I would suggest self-hosting the combination of Matrix and Riot (both FOSS) as an alternative to Discord.

    More seriously, the way things are going, it may only be a matter of time before unz.com starts having issues with hosting providers. It’s clear that the silicon valley cabal were itching to act against Gab, and the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting gave them their excuse (by the same standard Twitter and Youtube should already have been pulled on many previous occasions).

    I would even suggest Ron set-up a Tor hidden service, just to maintain availability in the event the plug gets pulled on his domain.

  89. schrub says:

    Ron:

    I suggest you contact Brother Nathaniel about how to fund your site.

    http://brothernathanaelchannel.com/

    He has had quite of bit of experience (to say the least) in the realm of de-funding and de-platforming. As a result, he has had to develop means to receive anonymous donations (including accepting cyber currency ). He is also very computer literate.

    The latest attacks on Gab have has shown that getting involved with conventional payment sources (and hosting sites for that matter) can be a VERY BIG mistake. At a minimum, you can have your funds frozen for extended periods of time.

    All claims about any sort of anonymity on these conventional payment sites are now totally fictional.

  90. JLK says:
    @Anatoly Karlin

    Steve does better on Metapedia.

  91. I’m not a particularly rich fellow, but as long as these articles are available for all to read, I’ll certainly do my best to donate a buck here or there to this great source.

  92. @Anonymous

    Hilarious in light of the fact that multiple crackpots in the commboxes have accused Anatoly of being a secret Jew.

  93. Just signed on for $10 per month.

  94. @Anonymous

    Also have no interest in social-media aspect of the expanded Unz.com.

  95. JackOH says:

    Ron, there seem to be real concerns by some folks about having their reading of Unz Review, their commenting, their financial support, and so on revealed in a harmful way to damage their careers and reputation.

    I think you handle that pretty well in your masthead, mission statement, and FAQs. But, let me just lightly suggest something more direct might allay some of the concerns. Maybe something like a 1000-word piece, “Will Reading Unz Review Wreck Your Career?” I think you can successfully point to the Black folks and women and Jews and Muslims who are some of the commentariat, plus the enormous diversity of views of people who bring nuanced, even scholarly thoughts to the understanding of some issue.

    I’m not sure that would be a good idea; not sure that would be a bad idea.

    Have you thought of Unz.com T-shirts, sweatshirts, and baseball caps? I know—they’re kinda trailer trashy, but it is how people with ideas connect to workaday folks. Hint: get good quality, and, if possible, have them made in the U. S.

    • Replies: @JackOH
  96. JLK says:

    A few suggestions.

    If you are opposed to censoring the comments, I’d suggest guidelines on tenor. I noticed that Norman Finkelstein is one of the contributors. He is already a victim of authoritarianism within his own religious/ethnic community. Do you want him feeling uncomfortable here?

    Reach out more to some of the left wing sites that are being marginalized by Google’s “Good Censor” and similar efforts and see if they are interested in running articles here. For example, I don’t agree with much of what the World Socialist Web Site writes, but the writing is high quality and full of ideas. The truth missing from the mainstream media is a synthesis of what is missing on the left, the right and certain topics that are hard to define in left-right terms.

    It may be a challenge to convince the left-wingers to participate because there is likely to be hostility to some of the other topics discussed here. Chase them out, though, and the site risks being pigeonholed.

    If you are going to open a forum, prepare for spamming of various sorts and try to keep the level of dialogue high. I’ve seen over the year how internet forums can been attacked. The ones full of bigots, name callers and bad spellers are often left alone (or just monitored, assuming they aren’t honey pots in the first place), but the ones achieving a critical mass of perceptive posters seem to get more attention. I’ve seen forums swamped by bots in particular.

  97. Anon[137] • Disclaimer says:

    “I don’t agree with much of what the World Socialist Web Site writes, but the writing is high quality and full of ideas.”

    I think Unz ran an article from that site about military plans for censorship a few weeks ago. It was both eye opening and scary, once you looked past the typical political rhetoric.

    • Replies: @anon
  98. anon[271] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    I think Unz ran an article from that site about military plans for censorship a few weeks ago. It was both eye opening and scary, once you looked past the typical political rhetoric.

    who gives that order?

  99. anon[997] • Disclaimer says:

    site suggestion

    some of the threads start reaching 300, 400+ comments

    what about an option to only load the last 50 comments so that the pages are much easier for the browser to handle and also load more quickly? then if you need to look at some earlier messages just have an option to load previous 50 or popup specific ones?

  100. Svigor says:

    Paul Craig Roberts / American Regime Defector
    The Difference Between Climate Change Caused By Humans and Those of Milankovitch Cycles
    Is America Finished?
    Is the Western World Too Insane to be Worth Saving?

    Ron, just fire this old hack of a troll already. No comments + shitty trolling headlines = useless doddering old fart of a troll.

    • Replies: @anon
    , @Lot
  101. anon[259] • Disclaimer says:
    @Svigor

    yeah, not sure why any of the authors would be able to prevent comments

    they don’t have to read them

  102. Dissident says:

    Has anyone else been getting the message “Error: Please type a comment” when attempting to register “AGREE”/Etc. on a comment?

    Also, the email notifications for replies to one’s comments remain highly spotty; for Steve Sailer’s blog, I get them for only some of the replies that are made to my comments. For Anatoly Karlin’s, none.

  103. @European-American

    I just realized there is a Patreon page set up and that we can give a custom monthly amount of our choosing. So I signed up and am donating… 1 dollar a month. Hope every little bit counts! Thanks for your work and I hope I’ll have more to give in the future.

  104. JackOH says:
    @JackOH

    “Have you thought of Unz.com T-shirts, sweatshirts, and baseball caps?”

    DVDs? Something like Who Is Ron Unz?, a 42- or 58-minute bio (TV-friendly lengths) with outtakes from previous TV or personal appearances, if available. Bumper stickers?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  105. Anonymous[399] • Disclaimer says:
    @JackOH

    How about a Ron Unz action figure? And one of those little beanie caps that Jews wear, whatever they are called, but the Unz cap would have a solar-powered propeller. It could be worn with a Ron Unz wingsuit for a little extra lift.

    On a serious note, I’d be very interested to see a discussion/debate between Ron Unz and Victor Davis Hanson on California today and in the future. The two seem to live in very different California realities.

    • Replies: @Lot
    , @JackOH
    , @anon
  106. Lot says:
    @Svigor

    Good luck with that, Roberts combines belief in nutty conspiracy theories of the far right and Counterpunchy far left. His presence on Unz.com, like Israel Shamir, is overdetermined. Though Shamir is even more overdetermined because he’s also a Putinist and ethnomasochist purported Jew.

    There was a period in the early 2000s when Roberts wrote for AntiWar.com and was really good: after he got off the GOP establishment train but before he boarded the crazy train.

    I tried to talk sense into him at first, but then realized he was too far gone.

  107. Lot says:
    @Anonymous

    The Latinos Ron sees at the Palo Alto Burger King have never once committed a crime against him, despite 8,712 encounters with them since he started compiling his data in 1995.

    Based in his calculations, they therefore have IQs of 108, have been unfairly excluded from Stanford, and have violent crime rates lower than Marin County Japanese matrons.

  108. JackOH says:
    @Anonymous

    Yeah, Unz . . . takes off. LOL.

    Lot has something there. Late night comedy sketches riffing on Unzian wonkery.

  109. @Muse

    ‘…I suppose a contribution here would do less harm than the money I send to the NYT…’

    There’s an understatement.

  110. anon[199] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    On a serious note, I’d be very interested to see a discussion/debate between Ron Unz and Victor Davis Hanson on California today and in the future. The two seem to live in very different California realities.

    Ron is still snoozing on The Latino Problem

  111. Anon[426] • Disclaimer says:

    I use this commentary space as a feedback place for once.
    I’d like, Mr. Unz, if Mr. Gilad Atzmon were part of the authors published on the e-zine.

    Also, a Japanese, a Chinese, and Indian, and a Zionist columnist would be welcome.

    And what about Brazil/Argentina/South America?

    Worthy people can be found in any geographical and political class, I trust.

    (And: there’s nobody addressing properly questiona relating to Spain Italy Greece Portugal Austria Germany.
    Only a good piece on France on occasions.)

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