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This has apparently been getting harder (h/t Betlo): The panel also noted that it is now more difficult to recruit intelligence sources inside Russia than it was during the Soviet era. During the Soviet era, the CIA relied upon “volunteers” who would approach American intelligence officers, Bearden said, but the pool of Russians willing to... Read More
Moscow 2018. Can't believe it has been almost a month since the last Open Thread. Quick updates: Was in the UK for a couple of weeks (as you presumably gathered). Apart from the march in London, I also took the opportunity to tick off Canterbury and the Tank Museum in Bovington. Unfortunately, I was not... Read More
Either Iran fulfills the following, or it gets the "strongest sanctions in history": Since this is two more demands than the Austrian ultimatum to Serbia in 1914, and they are in principle unfulfillable anyway, why not go the full hog and make some further additions: Convert to Evangelical Christianity Host a gay pride parade in... Read More
The blogger Audacious Epigone has done yeoman's work over the past couple of years documenting the surprising "basedness" of Generation Z(yklon). With the collapse of the Alt Right and Trump turning out to be a damp squib, it might well be that Gen Z is the last best hope for America to remain a somewhat... Read More
The key problem isn't Washington DC's direct sanctions - Russia's trade with the US is small, any restrictions can be easily substituted for or retaliated against, while harsher measures would require an unrealistic degree of international cooperation to be effective. As I have written, the main problem is American secondary sanctions: It appears that Russia... Read More
The doubtless success of the “primer” for Kholmogorov’s Solzhenitsyn treatise has compelled both the author and the translator to publish another “juicy bit” from the sprawling work. This part of the article analyzes Solzhenitsyn’s rejection of the Enlightenment that led him to lambast Andrey Sakharov’s project of a gradual “convergence” between Communism and Capitalism, causing... Read More
So we now finally have some limited clarity on the outcome of this year's first Syria crisis. US frigates, B-1 bombers, and French/UK fighters launched around 100 cruise missiles at Syria, incidentally taking care to launch from far away and stay outside the radius of Russia's A2AD bubbles. Ben Nimmo. There are also disputes over... Read More
I don't think I have a reputation for panicking. But I do think that we are now at probably the most dangerous point in world affairs since Russian and NATO troops faced off at Pristina Airport in 1999, if not since the Cold War. It is now clear that there will almost certainly be strikes... Read More
On April 6, the US Treasury Department extended sanctions against a number of Russian billionaires, including: Heads of state owned energy giants Sechin (Rosneft) and Miller (Gazprom) Putin's circle of silovarch chums and friendly billionaires, e.g. Kirill Shalamov (Putin's former son-in-law), Fursenko, Patrushev, Zolotov, Dyumin (a long rumored successor) The "oligarchs" (which they are not)... Read More
Certainly seems so to me. AltRight.com's Vincent Law was pretty optimistic at the start of 2017: "Overall assessment of the situation: Feels great, man." Only problem is - it appears that he either left them or was fired, which means that AltRight.com is no longer even worth following (Greg Hood is good but posts too... Read More
Via Cicerone, based on data from the CDC for 2016. Audacious Epigone has already written a post to which I have little to add in way of political analysis. You can compare these figures to native European TFR's here.
There's nothing particularly new or interesting per se in the 37 page indictment of 13 Russian nationals, including its head Evgeny Prigozhin, for "meddling" in the US elections through online trolling. The existence of the Internet Research Agency - or "Olgino", as it is known in Russia, after the location of the first "troll factory"... Read More
Russia's greenness is immediately amusing set against the crimson autistic screeching of the West, but still, there's interesting details hidden in detailed actual report. For instance, Israeli approval increased the most of any significant country, by 14% points (only Liberia and Macedonia increased by more), to 67% total approval. Meanwhile, while Russia's approval did increase,... Read More
Freedom in the World 2018 is out now: "Democracy in Crisis." This makes the deep state neocon goons who run that outfit very sad. My prediction from 2017: Last minute misgivings aside, this has indeed happened. While FH still thinks Civil Rights in the US are at 1/7 (where 1 is best and 7 is... Read More
Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4 Sometime in the 1990s, a critical mass of the American cognitive elite - that part of it which controls the bullhorns, anyway - must have decided that gay marriage was great. Now those people are usually well-spoken and articulate, with very high verbal IQs, while their opponents... tend to leave... Read More
Some numbers: There are about 300,000 babies born to foreign citizens in the US every year, of which the vast majority will be accruing to Central American illegals. Only an estimated 40,000 occurs due to birth tourism. There are no hard statistics on this. However, some cursory searching gave me this thesis by Brandon J.... Read More
Russian Ministry of Defense: Security system of the Russian Khmeimim air base and Russian Naval CSS point in the city of Tartus successfully warded off a terrorist attack with massive application of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) through the night of 5th – 6th January, 2018. As evening fell, the Russia air defence forces detected 13... Read More
Last week, I wrote about the 10 ways in which life in Russia is better than America. Now it's time for Uncle Sam to have his due.   Typical Moscow sleeper suburb. Although Russian prices are 2x cheaper than America's, the blunt fact is that wages are also 4x-5x lower. Consequently, the standard of living... Read More
1. I do not consider it likely that North Korea will have the means to successfully deliver nukes to population concentrations in S. Korea, Japan, or the US. As far as I know this is expert consensus. It has had impressive successes in both nuclear weaponry and long-range rocketry in the past year, but there... Read More
It has now been exactly a year since I returned to Russia. One of the questions I get asked the most from Russians and foreigners alike is whether I enjoy living here, or whether I am disappointed. My answer is that it fell within my "range of expectations". I like to think that this is... Read More
But just because American GIs fought Nazis didn't necessarily make them Maoist thugs, as @tcjfs pointed out. And another user, @pnin1957, brought up statistics suggesting that the American GIs who stormed the beaches of Normandy would have been veritable shitlords today. These are the results of a 1942 survey of white enlisted personnel in the... Read More
Might as well get this out of the way now so as not to sully the New Year cheer. Here's a pessimistic (for some) but plausible (I think) way things will develop in the next couple of years. 1. Trump cedes key positions to globalists and neocons. This has already happened; for all intents and... Read More
At the tail end of the Cold War, there was an incredible atmosphere of Americanophilia throughout the USSR, including amongst Russians. Blue - approve of USA; orange - disapprove. Around 75%-80% of Russians approved of the United States around 1990, versus <10% disapproval. By modern standards, this would have put Russia into the top leagues... Read More
FOX: Yes, the likes of Breitbart are going to (justifiably) ask what exactly Sayfullo Saipov was doing on a diversity visa in the United States. But at least there's some kind of visa involved, even though America is on the other side of the world from Central Asia. Russia doesn't even bother with a visa... Read More
So the other day ACLU Tweeted its intention to secure the existence of civil liberties and a future for free speech. Ironic joking and SJW meltdowns over photos of White children with American miniature flags aside, the politically correct peeps at ACLU (who apologized for their social justice faux pas immediately afterwards) were actually far... 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
So Bannon the Cannon has been... fired. All this time you were thinking you were voting against Zuckerberg's vision... ... you were actually voting for Kushner's. Goy, bye!
Time to pull this sucker down. Rich, slave-owning white men with no popular mandate who took up arms against their legitimate government deserve no sympathy, and belong to the dustbin of history. I am talking about the Founding Fathers, of course. That was sarcasm. Probably... I mean, this is Leftist/SJW hystrionics taken to their logical... Read More
I 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... Read More
I once wrote a long article about a Korean War II. But this one chart tells essentually the same tale. I suspect it will be a harder nut to crack than Iraq in 2003, or even 1991. It is an ultranationalist (not a Communist) regime with a formidable secret police, so you're not going to... Read More
So it's been a few days since the Syria Strikes, everyone and his dog have thrown in their two cents, and there has been a set of confusing and contradictory reactions from US officials and pretty much everyone else involved in this saga. The more the contradictions pile on, the less clear the picture becomes.... Read More
Funny thing is, just the other day I was on a podcast where I joked/predicted that Antifa would try to beat up Richard Spencer's merry band of Alt Right anti-war protesters. Buzzfeed: As AltLeft noted today, "I never anticipated that we would be organizing and participating in actual anti-war demonstrations, but here we are." What... Read More
Emil Kirkegaard dug through a PEW dataset to find out who supports big government. This is in line with the finding that 94% of American libertarians are non-Hispanic whites: Here are the US Census Bureau projections about America's future demographic makeup: Charles Murray isn't going to be happy about this. His is a doomed ideology.
Or so the fake news industry wants you to think. Latest exhibit in a vast museum: This Reuters "investigation" of the share of Russian ownership in Trump properties in southern Florida. Assuming the average Russian bought between one and two Trump properties, that means they 63*2/2044 = 3.1%-6.2% of them. $98.4 million / $2 billion... Read More
This is one beautiful defenestration: In the Oct. 10, 2016 call, from right after the Access Hollywood tape of Trump was leaked in the weeks leading up to the election, Ryan does not specify that he will never defend Trump on just the Access Hollywood tape—he says clearly he is done with Trump altogether. “I... Read More
Data Source: FIRE. Before 2008, campus disinvitations were slightly tilted towards the Right. But after I came to the US, it became overwhelmingly dominated by the Left. Campus disinvitations also became much more frequent in absolute terms. SJWism only really got going around 2012-2013, so the rise of the campus Pink Guards seems to have... Read More
This isn't even half of it. For instance, last July, there was this: He is completely correct, of course. He is also reasonably sane on Russia, at one point pointing out that if Putin really was a dictator, he'd have had Kasparov whacked a long time ago. In reality, as I pointed out, life for... Read More
Here is why the US needs a Big Beautiful Wall in one graph: Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua are the top four source countries of illegal immigrants to the US. The American White percentage of the population has been dropping relentlessly for more than half a century, in large part due to immigration itself.... Read More
In my 2017 predictions, I wrote: Latest polls: The gap is only 2 points now. Republicans, at least are returning the favor. The New Cold War might well be petering out in a premature end. The Germans are far less happy with Trump, though. Feel free to spy on their Chancellor to your heart's content,... Read More
Russian human rights lawyer Matthew Tszen speculates: I still think it was organized largely after the fact by a panicking Soros, but this is an interesting theory. It would tie in well with my speculations that a great deal of fireworks - both literal and figurative - were painstakingly choreographed to go off on Hillary... 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." 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 are... Read More
Trump has fulfilled the prophesies of Kek. That was clear pretty early on, as soon as it became clear he was winning Florida and the markets started tumbling as they realized the false song of globalism was about to end. That is because Trump and his protectionist platform was almost certainly going to perform much... Read More
Final EC Prediction - Will be very happy to be wrong. I do think there is a Shy Trumpist factor, which will really make itself felt in rustbelt Michigan, but I fear that it might be canceled out by higher Hispanic turnout, especially in Florida and Nevada. The person who likes to bomb a couple... 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
Eurasian News Agency ENA (8am Moscow/1am EST) The Republicat regime has been shaken to its core in the wake of a brazen massacre of fifty members of the Orlando LGBT tribe at a gay club by an apparently lone gunman of the Wahhabi sect. Regime stalwart Marco Rubio, present at the scene, emerged shaken but... Read More
Interviewer - That’s because, that’s societies fault, we got to educate people about it. M.A. - Life is too short for me to be catching hell for something like that, I’d rather be with my own, and have a beautiful daughter, beautiful wife, both look like me and we are all happy and I don’t... Read More
According to the latest figures from Gallup, only 1% of Russians approve of the US leadership. This is quite impressive. Not often you get such extreme figures. Although the percentage of truly committed "zapadniks" in Russia is not high, around 15% at most, I do think the data must have taken a sharp turn down... Read More
The future of the West is not a limitless tending upwards and onwards for all time towards our present ideals, but a single phenomenon of history, strictly limited and defined as to form and duration, which covers a few centuries and can be viewed and, in essentials, calculated from available precedents. With this enters the... Read More
These are the results of a recent YouGov/Handelsblatt poll on which leader the citizens of the G20 countries want to see as the next US President. Russia is the only country where more people, by a considerable margin, support Donald Trump becoming US President (31%) than support Hillary Clinton (10%). This might come as a... Read More
With results for all its precincts now in, it emerges that Brighton Beach (aka "Little Odessa") voted 84.1% for Trump - his sixth highest result in all of NY's ~300 neighborhoods. The also heavily Sovok Jewish neighborhood of Seagate-Coney Island voted 81.4% for Trump. (The big gray area on the map above is a single... 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.