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A couple of months ago, I made an acquaintance with a provincial carpenter. This was rather convenient, since I would soon need to furnish my new apartment. I could either get a good quality but MDF-based factory made bed for around $300, or I could pay him $500 and get a very high quality bed... Read More
I'll go back to posting proper material soon enough, but in the interim, here's another open thread. *** * Glenn Greenwald: Trump DoJ prosecution of Assange is unprecedented threat to press freedoms but many vindictive Democrats support it * Atlantic: Declining marginal returns to science? In past few decades importance of new discoveries fell even... Read More
The Commieblock: Hopefully AquariusAnon appreciates this. I am very happy to see that Guillaume Durocher has joined The Unz Review. Only the best people! Here is a short intro to what he'll be writing about: You can browse his archives at Occidental Observer, Counter-Currents, and Radix. I a
One pretty good proxy for a country’s technological sophistication is its stock of supercomputers, which enable detailed simulations of phenomena as disparate as global climate, protein folding, and nuclear weapons reliability. It is also easily quantifiable, since the website Top500 releases lists of the world's top 500 supercomputers biannually. Countries Count System Share (%) Rmax... Read More
Robert Stark recorded this podcast a couple of weeks ago, in which the German nationalist Constantin von Hoffmeister also participated. You can listen to it here: Topics discussed:
Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism. By putting our own interests first, with no regard for others, we erase the very thing that a nation holds dearest, and the thing that keeps it alive: its moral values. - Emmanuel Macron (2018). He who does not love his mother... Read More
While I have read quite a few books on WW1, only a couple really "stand out": Niall Ferguson (1998) - The Pity of War: Explaining World War I [download] does justice to its subtitle, boldly reinterpreting most of the standard narrative through vivid statistical argumentation. For instance, the claims that there was widespread enthusiasm for... Read More
Latest via Alexander Gabuev, who is one of the best Russian China watchers. Highlights include: Sanctions busting trade & investment innovations; manufacturing, inc. civil aircraft (CR929) and heavy lift helicopters; Glonass/Beidou integration; experience exchange in AI, surveillance, social credit; replacing US as China's soybeans supplier, with investment in agriculture in the Russian Far East. Russia... Read More
The guy who temporarily replaces him is a powerlifting PC gamer. POWERFUL nomination! Instead of this gay drug war we can now get down to the really important issues, such as criminalizing in-game microtransactions.
From a recent report by the arch-neocon Henry Jackson Society: Those Russian informants would presumably be the 52% of Russians in Britain who voted for Puter in 2018. Congratulations to the Dark Lord of the Kremlin, Who Sees and Hears All, on raising this percentage from 28% in 2012. This was sarcasm, BTW. You would... Read More
What do the current legal travails of a Russian "oligarch" (he has zero power) in Monaco actually have to do with him having gotten involved in a real estate transaction ("money laundering") with Bad Orange Man a decade ago? Let's have a look at housing prices in Florida: As one can see, they did indeed... Read More
Now that the midterms have panned out as the predictions market expected, here's what we can now expect: *** Good Things: 1. It was mostly GOPe cucks getting slaughtered, not Trumpist nationalists (e.g. Steve King stayed, though on a razor thin margin). At least this means that nationalism has real staying power. 2. Cabinet picks... Read More
Odds of Republicans winning according to: House Senate FiveThirtyEight 13.0% 84.2% PredictWise 34% 78% Hypermind 20% 92% Oddschecker 33% PredictIt 36% 88% Augur 36%
Gwern in a review of Bradshaw's Cat Sense: ...Thus, the widespread adoption of early neutering by the most responsible cat owners risks pushing the domestic cat's genetics back gradually toward the wild, away from their current domesticated state. A study that I conducted in 1999 suggests that such extrapolation cannot be dismissed as science fiction.... Read More
Blogging October has been an exceedingly successful. While September was my all time record month (thanks largely to my post on The Idiocy of the Average), with 46,000 unique visits and 154,000 pageviews, this past month came close despite the absence of any viral posts - 37,000 visits and 145,000 pageviews. I am now consistently... Read More
There's a few theories that I push over and over again when discussions on European social trends come up: Communism was a "deep freezer" that conserved antediluvian ("based" in our lingvo) social attitudes in Eastern Europe, at least relative to countries under the American sphere of influence. These attitudes express themselves particularly strongly on LGBT,... Read More
Hot on the heels of the Center for Immigration Studies report comes a study from the PEW polling organization, which estimates that there were 250,000 births to illegal immigrants in the US in 2016. Given the vast challenges in estimating births to illegals, the degree of agreement between the two organizations - which have rather... Read More
The Center for Immigration Studies appears to have had a rather productive October. Apart from their report on illegal immigrant births, they have also produced a report on general immigration to the US as of 2016. As of 2016, immigration was at its highest level since 1999, when it peaked at 1.797 million. What's striking,... Read More
A recent Center for Immigration Studies report estimates that 297,073 of the 3,971,146 births in the US in 2014 accrued to illegal immigrants, or 7.5% of the total. This is a primarily Latino phenomenon. This is obvious just from the five states which, at more than 10%, have the highest percentage of births accruing to... Read More
The World Bank has just released its Ease of Doing Business report [PDF] for 2018. You can also look at the global rankings and download the historical data [excel]. I have written about why this index is pretty useful: First, elites pay a lot of attention to it. Several countries – including Russia, Kazakhstan, and... Read More
I wrote about upcoming changes to Russian immigration policy a few days ago. Its main point boiled down to creating simplified naturalization procedures for people facing political persecution, with a clear eye to the Ukraine, as well as for highly qualified foreigners. I had two criticisms. First, simplified naturalization for "humanitarian reasons" doesn't do anything... Read More
Guillaume Durocher has an English language write-up of the disquieting conclusions reached by researchers at the nationalist French website Fdesouche. These assertions are based on the percentage of Muslim first names granted at birth, statistics for which can be downloaded from INSEE (France) and Statbel (Belgium). Here are the original articles: Baromètre 2018 du taux... Read More
This graph shows support for gay marriage in Estonia by age group and language (blue - Russian; red - Estonian). The older people lived in one homophobic country. Amongst younger people, Estonians tuned into Estonian language media, which I imagine is highly Europeanized, or even went straight to the source (English language media). Russians tuned... Read More
Here are some basic things worth bearing in amidst the various powerful takes floating around. Campaign rhetoric is one thing - the reality of navigating international geopolitics is another. It is worth noting that while Americanophilia started off high at the start of many Brazilian right-wing administrations, it never consistently stayed high - not even... Read More
Almost none of Romania's celebrity intellectuals have yet been translated into English (presumably, the fact that most of them - Eminescu, Iorga, Eliade, Cioran, Țuțea - are reactionaries or fascists of some stripe or another played a role in that). Hopefully, this may yet change, at least with respect to Țuțea. This post features a... Read More
Joseph Tainter - The Collapse of Complex Societies (1998) Rating: 5/5 Notes: Can be downloaded here. Access my other reviews here: TLDR: Joseph Tainter argues that the root cause of civilizational collapse is because of over-investment into and declining marginal returns on complexity. Societies invest in complexity to solve their problems and typically need to... Read More
Engels writing in 1868: Soviet propaganda map: "Tsarist Russia: Prison of Peoples. The Predatory Ambitions of Tsarist Imperialism." Notably, it is from 1936.
You can discuss the Brazilian elections in this thread. The polls say that it will almost certainly be Bolsonaro. PredictIt is giving him a 95% chance. *** Brazil seems to be an exception to the pattern in the rest of the world where the richest and most intelligent reject the Far Right. But is this... Read More
I just had a look at the website of the Pittsburgh "Tree of Life" synagogue that Robert Bowers shot up. Here is what it has to say about Israel's borders: And about America's: In other words, the outlook of their rabbis is identical to that of Julia Ioffe, who condemns Trumpists as anti-Semitic nationalists for... Read More
PSA from Patriarch Kirill II on the Ukrainian question in Moscow. Just your normal billboard ad. :) INSOMNIAC RESURRECTED Longtime Russia watchers may recall the Austere Insomniac blog, which used to offer excellent analysis on the Ukraine and was first to introduce the term "svidomy" into the English language. Unfortunately, it later closed down, but... Read More
Some headlines and quotes that tell an unfamiliar story. * ZeroHedge: Putin Hints At New Russia-Saudi Axis: "No Reason To Spoil Saudi Ties Over Khashoggi Killing (Oct 18) * Angered By Saudi Plan to Purchase Russian S-400, Trump Admin Exploiting Khashoggi Disappearance to Force Saudis to “Buy American” * OilPrice.net:
Kommersant report on rumored upcoming changes to Russian legislation on immigration policy: "Russia should be open not only to ethnic Russians and Russian speakers, but all those who are loyal to it and are prepared to integrate. The President will get the right to specify certain groups of foreigners and allow them to undergo a... Read More
So EU citizens can no longer insult the Prophet Mohammed: Obviously that isn't going to be applied to insulting Christian figures anytime soon. To the contrary, those few European countries that still have blasphemy on the books are fast doing away with it. Here is how Talha says things might look like in a (real)... Read More
Chart from the recently released White House report Opportunity Costs of Socialism: The Nordics in their own countries (except Norwegians) are about 15% poorer than the American average. The American Nordics are 25% richer than the American average, as are oil-rich Norwegians. The Nordics in the US are almost certainly a more elite group than... Read More
Izvestia (Dec 13, 1941) honors Vlasov amongst eight other heroes of the Battle of Moscow. Anybody who has spent any amount of time questioning the standard Soviet narratives about the first half of the 20th century will invariably be called a Vlasovite at some point. So far as neo-Stalinists are concerned, the turncoat general is... Read More
I have at times idly wondered about the relationship dynamics here, considering that IQ and crime *quantitative* data is one of the central planks of the Alt Right. I am glad to see Nina has managed to finally resolve these "contradictions." Richard Spencer is pretty rich, or at least his family is, anyway. Large holdings... Read More
Khashoggi wasn't some sort of dissident or human rights activist; he wasn't even your run of the mill neoliberalism.txt crusader. He was a Muslim Brotherhood supporter, palled around with Osama bin Laden, and served as media advisor to Turki al-Faisal, one time-head of the Saudi Mukhabarat and so not a nice guy by definition. Nor... Read More
Could this be the strongest case of the Assad curse yet??
Couple of telling Breitbart headlines. * 42% of children in West Germany comes from migrant background It's a double whammy. While the US continues to remains very attractive for white Americans, this doesn't seem to be the case for Germany and native Germans. Not only are immigrants coming in, but Germans are going out. That,... Read More
Might be reflective of the national cultural Zeitgeist. For instance, China's is rather appealing, stressing duty, honor, courage, national defense: The US video features some random pointless adventure in the Middle East: Here is a classic Russian military recruitment video, released in May 2014: Translation: "This is … the first day of your new life.... Read More
A year ago I wrote about a huge PEW opinion poll of religious belief in Eastern Europe. As it happens, one of the questions dealt with the question of which Patriarch the Orthodox believers of each country consider to be the highest authority in Orthodoxy. There is a grand total of one country where EP... Read More
The INF Treaty was signed at a time when the US and the USSR were the world's dominant military powers and nobody else even came close. Today, it is China that is undoubtedly the world's second strongest conventional military Power. And while the US still retains dominance in the South China Sea according to reputable... Read More
From the latest DoJ indictment of Russian trolls [pdf]: LOL. Anyhow, the excerpts suggest that Russian trolls have a surprisingly sophisticated understanding of American trigger points. That said, I don't quite see how this kind of "Internet research" qualifies as conspiring to "commit offense against" or "defraud" the United States (18 U.S. Code § 371).
Map of Greeks and Armenians in Turkey, before and after the genocides/expulsions of the 1910s-20s, and consequent demographic growth (via /r/Mapporn). As I noted before, I can't think of any other major region where the strategic population balance changed so drastically during the course of the past century. Around 1914, there were 15.0 million Muslims... Read More
Kiev Pechersk Lavra. This is what Nicetas, Archbishop of Nicomedia, wrote in the 12th century about the Great Schism (1054) between Catholicism and Orthodoxy: Difference between then and now? A millennium ago, the Vicar of Christ presided over a flock that was about as demographically predominant within Christendom as the Russian Orthodox Church is within... Read More
Pakistani columnist Zaigham Khan writes: Today, Bangladesh radiates a very different image. Its GDP is growing at a whopping 7.1 percent, creating jobs, throwing up a vibrant middle class and reducing poverty. For six years in a row, Bangladesh’s GDP growth has remained greater than 6 percent and most economists expect this run to continue.... Read More
My very busy period has mostly come to an end so I should have more material soon. One of the best blogs on the Ukraine a few years ago was The Austere Insomniac (even if at least one commenter here will beg to differ). Good news! It's been resurrected: *** * Bolsonaro is now 90%... Read More
Most things in life are strongly g loaded, from obvious things such as socio-economic success and chess ability to less obvious ones such as an appreciation for Indian cuisine or quality terrorism. Assassinations are no different. Assassination quality seems to be a function of national IQ, plus the levels of remuneration and prestige with the... Read More
This is the conclusion of recent Higher School of Economics study on researcher salaries in Russia. Here are the details for Jan-Jun 2018: All workers in scientific organizations: 64,000 rubles ($1,000), up 40% y/y Researchers: 86,000 rubles ($1,300), up 70% y/y Academic staff: 94,000 rubles ($1,500), up 100% (!) y/y Average salary of all workers... Read More
Anatoly Karlin
About Anatoly Karlin

I am a blogger, thinker, and businessman in the SF Bay Area. I’m originally from Russia, spent many years in Britain, and studied at U.C. Berkeley.

One of my tenets is that ideologies tend to suck. As such, I hesitate about attaching labels to myself. That said, if it’s really necessary, I suppose “liberal-conservative neoreactionary” would be close enough.

Though I consider myself part of the Orthodox Church, my philosophy and spiritual views are more influenced by digital physics, Gnosticism, and Russian cosmism than anything specifically Judeo-Christian.