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Just came back from a workshop on "Intelligence and Culture as Factors of National Competitiveness" organized by the Institute of Psychology RAS. The most interesting presentation was by Konstantin Sugonyev, which may be published in a forthcoming paper. It concerned the following test: https://recrut.mil.ru/career/soldiering/test.htm This is a test on the Russian Defense Ministry's website, where... Read More
The Russian bureaucracy is, admittedly, a lot better than it used to be. In comparison to the state of affairs even just a decade ago, there are fewer papers to fill out, staff are more courteous, and many more tasks can be done online. The contrast relative to the 1990s is even starker, when outright... 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
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
It's live here: https://www.reddit.com/r/russia/comments/66q52x/hi_rrussia_anatoly_karlin_writer_for_the_unz/ /r/russia is one of the best forums on the Internet for people interested in Russia. You can reply in either English or Russian. Most of the people there are basically Russian patriots, though considerably more socially liberal and better acquainted with the West than the Russian average. However, there are plenty... Read More
As one of the world's leading activists against the Putin regime, I had no choice but to show up on Tverskaya Street today, to fight for your freedom and mine. As expected, turnout wasn't particularly high. Although the area around the Pushkin Monument was crowded, it only extended to half a block in every direction.... 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
Robert Stark has just released his latest podcast in which we discussed all sorts of topics including My American Decade along with co-host "PillEater." http://www.starktruthradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Anatoly-Karlin-Futurism.mp3 Robert Stark is a journalist who specializes in interviewing various interesting figures from the Alt fringes. So you could I suppose view him as The Unz Review on podcasts. Here... Read More
The SF Bay Area. As I am leaving the United States for an indeterminate period of time, now would likely not be a bad time to share some of my impressions of what is still, when all is said and done, an extraordinarily effective, dynamic, and successful nation. It would be redundant to compare to... Read More
This October, I will be following the "advice" of some of my most ardent critics and literally "going back to Russia." I'm joking, of course. I don't care for those trolls. That argument was always self-refuting because I had left in Russia in the early 1990s as a dependent. My parents had left because the... Read More
Today I was at a talk with Robin Hanson to promote his book THE AGE OF EM hosted by the Bay Area Futurists. As an academic polymath with interests in physics, computer science, and economics, Hanson draws upon his extensive reading across these fields to try to piece together what such a society will look... 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
Organized by IEET and Brighter Brains (Hank Pellissier). I'll be participating in one or perhaps two of them. My positions, briefly: Immigration/Open Borders - Opposed, and not even just from an HBD/"waycist" perspective. See Immigration and Effective Altruism. UBI - For it, and not even just from an automation perspective. See The Ethnic Politics of... Read More
Here are my US Presidential elections of 2016 results from what is possibly the most comprehensive quiz/polling site on the issue: I have to say that this tool is quite accurate. For instance, in my 2012 results, it identified Barack Obama as the (realistically) best candidate I could support. If I was 100% American I... 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.