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Dmitry Hvorostovsky, one of the Russia's best and most beloved artists, died this week of brain cancer.   * Andrew Higgins: Why Putin’s Foes Deplore U.S. Fixation on Election Meddling One of the few points on which many svidomy Ukrainians and progressive Americans differ with Russian liberals is that while the former basically view Putin... Read More
I am pretty bad with these puns. But this one might just be SSC-worthy. One of my goals for the rest of Anti-Bolshevik Month is to write a comprehensive alternate history in which the Russian Republic survives WW1. Randall Parker's question on Twitter: "Imagine a time traveler goes back to 1913 and kill Hitler, Stalin,... Read More
Communist Russophilia in all its glory. I have some important work non-blog related tasks to do up until Nov 16 so there'll be a temporary halt to my posts deconstructing the Red ideology, but rest assured that this important mission will be resumed. Speaking of that. Recently met up with a couple of elderly relatives,... Read More
It will be the centenary of the October Revolution in a couple of days - the original color revolution that finished off a great and rapidly modernizing empire and handed power to a gang of Russia-hating criminals. To mark the occasion, the next two weeks I will be documenting the dismal failure of sovok across... Read More
Spanish Occupation Government strikes back! So as you're probably aware, The Unz Review had a prolonged server crash. The data was unrecoverable, so Ron had to revert to an earlier backup, losing about a day's worth of comments. Apologies about that, but really, it's GoDaddy's fault. None of us are very happy with them. One... Read More
* The legendary Major General Issam Zahreddine was blown up by a land mine in Deir ez-Zor. What damn bad luck. Surviving an ISIS siege for three years, only to go like that. * Iraq takes back Kirkuk. Seemingly prearranged return to the status quo of 2014. * Haaretz: White Nationalist Richard Spencer Gives Israel... Read More
  * James Thompson: Men 4 Points Ahead? Latest issue of Mankind Quarterly entirely devoted to male/female differences in IQ. * I contributed some radical policy suggestions to Hank Pellissier's new Transhumanist Party. * Greg Cochran: Biopolitics * On that topic, should you wait to have children for embryo selection for intelligence to come online?... Read More
Hank Pellissier has created the Transhuman Party in the US, in response to allegations of authoritarianism and cronyism in the original organization headed by Zoltan Istvan. I don't follow the futurist/transhumanist scene as closely as I did before - as almost all of you know, I am no longer in the Bay Area, and I... Read More
David A. Hardy This week I was mainly occupied with writing a massive (6,300 words) overview of the history of IQ testing in Russia and what we currently know about the geography of Russian intelligence. I don't think I am exaggerating when I say that it's probably the most comprehensive popular article on the subject... Read More
Dog days of summer, not much going on. Apart from Julian Assange RT'ing my Society 282 article. As luck would have it, that particular week was the one time this year I was at our dacha, where my mobile Internet doesn't work, so I missed out on all the James Thompson: The 99 steps of... Read More
Will be going off to my dacha this week so probably not much poasting. This week's events have been dominated by the Charlotteville clashes, and the resulting cyberpurge of the Alt Right and mass felling of Confederate monuments. Now comes news of the resignation of Steve Bannon. It will certainly be fun to see the... Read More
Went to the North Korean restaurant in Moscow the other day to fight American imperialism. The food at the Koryo Korean Restaurant was actually rather good - I assume it must have improved considerably since Varlamov's review from 2013. The kimchi was properly fermented, as it ought to be (it has been about a year... Read More
Today I learned an American journalist friend was stabbed in Moscow. (Not, he was not anti-Putin, quite the contrary in fact, so it won't be highlighted in the Western media). Fortunately the injury seems to be quite minor, though I wish him the best for a speedy recovery regardless. So about crime. All things considered,... Read More
This week's Open Thread. * Russian sanctions "Trump doesn't want to be friends with China, the elites won't let him be friends with Russia, and the EU doesn't want to be friends with Trump." - Egor Kholmogorov. As pithy a summary of this last week's clusterfuck as any. Germany (!) considers the US sanctions to... Read More
This is the weekly Open Thread. This week I also participated in a podcast with Robert Stark about transhumanism and effective altruism. *** * Baptiste Dumoulin & Emil O. W. Kirkegaard - The Decline of Brussels: Immigration and social inequality in Belgium * Via James Thompson who is at the ISIR conference in Montreal: Vladimir... Read More
On a quixotic quest to find a cheap watering hole around central Moscow. So far the best price/quality ratio I've found is 190 ruble beer (Siberian Corona) at the Duckstar's chain. There are 150 ruble beers at the Kristiss cafe by the Patriarch Ponds but it's really bottom-tier stuff. My favorite central Moscow bar for... Read More
One of the many underappreciated aspects of commie blocks: It's almost like living high up in a forest. Went out for July 4 to some American expat bars. The ones who are still here are usually Western media-hating vatniks. One of the many underappreciated aspects of the sanctions. Week's links. * Many statistical methods were... Read More
I'll be busy the next few days, there won't be many poasts, so I suppose now is as good as any for a big linkfest covering the past month. Adventures in Afrotriumphalism Russia Becoming *More* Russian Russians and Westerners (Mostly) Agree on the Most Influential Russian Writers I also published the notes and slides for... Read More
As some of you are aware, last week I was traveling in Saint-Petersburg. I went upon the invitation of a local politics club, but decided I stay several days to explore the city. I haven't been to SPB since 2002, so this doubled as an opportunity to see how the northern capital has changed in... Read More
Currently traveling, posting this from my cell phone so discuss the UK general elections, the ROG inspired spat between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, or whatever. So Jeremy Corbyn has soared to a point where he's neck and neck with Theresa May after being 20 points behind. Reminder the Conservatives called this election to expand their... Read More
The National Bolshevik (NatsBol) meeting was at the Monument to the Heroes of the Revolution of 1905-1907, festooned with the black-red flags of movement, though the chiliastic chic of Limonov's monthly rant was somewhat checked by the Mickey D. golden arch and the skyscrapers of the Moscow financial district in the background. Eduard Limonov is... Read More
* Reports just coming in that there has been a terrorist attack in Manchester. Manchester a pretty well-off city, by the standards of the English North-West, though the city's penchant for hedonism has given the city the lowest female life expectancy in England. 16% of the population are Muslims. Not as vibrant as Luton or... Read More
don't really have much to add beyond what I said on RT Crosstalk, and what Alexander Mercouris wrote here and here. The month long reprieve Trump had gained with his Syrian human sacrifice is over, and the Swamp creatures are back, baying for his blood with renewed zeal. What is most remarkable, and cannot be... Read More
* Russian nuclear weapons expert Pavel Podvig is giving an AMA at /r/Russia right now. * Christians, in an Epochal Shift, Are Leaving the Middle East Eurabia is demographically implausible during this century. Greater Lebanon, however, is. * The curious rise of the ‘white left’ as a Chinese internet insult Although the emphasis varies, baizuo... Read More
About time to update my sidebar (current one dates from November 2015). Blogroll: Added a few sites, removed a few. Version with slightly more links here: http://akarlin.com/links/ My linking policy is that if your blog is at least somewhat active and interesting, and if you link to me, or if you make a... contribution (just... Read More
This appears to be my 1,000th post at The Unz Review (including the archives from my old blogs). Coincidentally, it will also be my 100th post this year, which would represent an almost threefold increase in intensity relative to 2015-2016. So I guess now is as good a time as any to launch my first... Read More
There are some theories floating around on the internets as to whether I am a bagel or even "a Turk of sorts and probably a muzzie actually." Now that I have finally become who I am, it is time to reveal who I am. Actually I was always an open book on this matter, but... Read More
I was privileged to meet one of the columnists at The Unz Review. Feel free to guess who. Ironically, we met up at Jean-Jacques cafe on Nikitsky Boulevard, the favorite watering hole of the rukopozhatnaya kreakl crowd (handshake-worthy/"respectable" "creative" hipsters). It's a solid enough place, though - slightly pretentious French style lunch with wine for... Read More
I watched the God Emperor's ascension to the Golden Throne at a bar night for American expats in Moscow. The mood there was largely pro-Trumpist, though obviously there was a self-selection mechanism involved. Everyone disliked HRC, though there were a fair number of Bernouts. I got into a discussion with a reasonably influential official from... Read More
Not even a week in Moscow, and I get contacted by a Zvezda TV journalist requesting an interview about life in America and why I returned to Russia. In a deserted billiards room, I began talking about my theory that there is a civility-friendliness spectrum, with Britain on one end of it, Russia on the... Read More
Rapidly becoming who I am. So I have fulfilled the demands of some of my most committed detractors and self-deported myself back to Russia. My first sociological observation on landing in Domodedova this Tuesday, and perhaps the one most germane to Unz.com readers, was that about 100% of the airport cleaning stuff were Uzbeks and... Read More
I am leaving for Moscow tomorrow (today?). There is a surfeit of excellent people in London, and I have met some of the very best during my time here, including the Russia analyst Alexander Mercouris, the psychometrist James Thompson (who recently moved to this website), the futurist Anders Sandberg, and a few others who would... Read More
I have been extremely busy the past month, hence not a lot of blogging. Hopefully that will be resolved soon. For now, here is a recap of some of the things I've been up to. On May 6, Richard Spencer and the Bay Area Alt Right organized a "safe space" for Europeans at Sproul Plaza,... Read More
Will be happening tomorrow. Unlike with the debate on open borders, which we won, I am far more skeptical of our c
This January I said I would aim to do an open thread once every week. I was off by an order of magnitude or so. Well, better late than never. My partner Mike Johnson and I, arguing the anti-Open Borders positions against Scott Jackisch and Randal Koene, won. Not bad considering H+ demographics! Though there... Read More
Hopefully these open threads will turn into a permanent feature. I intend to post one every Friday, then take the sabbath off secure in the knowledge that my readers will have something to discuss in the meantime. Seems to work pretty well for Razib and Scott Alexander. I have finished reading Lewis Dartnell's The Knowledge,... Read More
Discuss all things Euromaidan here and vote in the poll (tick as many options as you like). My own opinion is "Protests die down as Yanukovych reasserts control," for reasons that I will expound upon in a forthcoming post. But I have made many of the arguments already on my Twitter feed where I, like... Read More
A couple of polls to provide the fodder for the subsequent discussions. Feel free to provide an exact figure (to one decimal place) for Navalny's percentage share in the comments and we can have a little competition along the lines of the one we had for the Presidential elections. Background - Sobyanin vs. Navalny in... Read More
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This Open Thread is permanently glued to the front page. Anything goes as long as it's connected in some way to Russia (if not then use the Open Thread at AKarlin). From now on all off-topic comments should be posted here, as I will no longer hesitate about deleting them from other posts.
As with the previous such post, this thread will primarily serve as a meeting ground where S/O readers can discuss the impending US fiscal crisis. As usual, I try to provide some context and avenues for discussion: 1. On August 2nd, give or take a few days, the US Treasury will run out of money.... Read More
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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.