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  • @fitzGetty
    ... the HM error should have been corrected by now - people read the archives ... a gross error in the first 4 words blights and undermines everything ...

    Yes, should be Her Majesty. Need to find a way to show that the change has been made, and that people are reading the corrected version.

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  • … the HM error should have been corrected by now – people read the archives … a gross error in the first 4 words blights and undermines everything …

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    Yes, should be Her Majesty. Need to find a way to show that the change has been made, and that people are reading the corrected version.
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  • @reiner Tor
    I just listened to another SovMusic recording of Zhukov in 1955, and at least it’s probably the same person. Come to think of it, the French guy probably also got the recording from SovMusic, I don’t think he had any other source. In other words, we just have to believe SovMusic, but I think it’s reliable enough.

    That’s what I thought, too. Sovmusic, doing the jerbs libraries won’t do. : )

    here’s someone in the comment section saying the recording most probably dates from May 7, 1940. http://www.sovmusic.ru/forum/c_read.php?fname=otrivok3

    here’s someone indicating the speech (and presumably the footage, because they talk about video re-compression so it fits on a standard DVD blank) is on the “Great Cyril and Method Encyclopedia 2006″ DVD: http://fenixclub.com/index.php?showtopic=5417

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  • @ussr andy
    the speech (fragment) is:

    Каждый из нас, советских генералов и адмиралов, беззаветно предан народу, делу Ленина-Сталина, великому Сталину. Я думаю, что не вызову ничьих возражений, если скажу от имени всех моих товарищей: высокие звания, присвоенные нам Советским правительством, мы постараемся оправдать!
     
    I don't know if it's genuine (if Zhukov said that) nor if it's actually Zhukov's voice in the song. About The only place it occurs on the internet is here: http://www.sovmusic.ru/text.php?fname=otrivok3
    One would've thought all speeches by people like Zhukov are transcribed and put on the internet. Perhaps someone with access to historic literature can verify.

    the movie is:

    -Хорошо. Очень хорошо. Замечательно. Что такое?
    -Товарищ генерал, немецкая делегация прибыла.
    -Что, уже?
    -Они в прихожей (?) * Товарищ полковник, я не знаю [...] *
    -Пусть господа немного подождут.
    * -В чем дело? -Посмотри там в шкафу! -Есть! *
    -Товарищи, за мной. * inaudible * надевайте. Мои генералы ещё на фронте, вы должны заменить мне мой штаб. Ведите себя так, как будто вы - мой штаб. Всё должно выглядеть совершенно натурально. Выполняйте! Быстро, товарищ, забирайтесь. Давайте же! Давай... Молчок! Просите! Мы знакомы.
    -Мы несколько раз виделись в Кремле, до войны. Я был тогда атташе немецкого дипломатического корпуса.
    -Господин генерал, какие известия?
    -Я сообщаю вам, что Адольф Гитлер и его жена покончили с собой.
    -Нам это известно. * Смирно! Вольно! *
    -Это невероятно. Я уполномочен правительством вступить с вами в переговоры о заключении мира между нашими государствами, понёсшими самые большие потери в этой войне.
    -Господин генерал, вы бы сами заключили бы со мной мир в подобной ситуации?
    -Такова моя задача.
    -Тогда доложите вашему новому правительству следущее: Берлин должен безоговорочно капитулировать. Все капитулирующие должны сложить оружие. Вот тогда и поговорим.
    -На безоговорочную капитуляцию моё правительство не пойдёт.
    -Сложившаяся ситуация не предполагает альтернативы.

     

    I just listened to another SovMusic recording of Zhukov in 1955, and at least it’s probably the same person. Come to think of it, the French guy probably also got the recording from SovMusic, I don’t think he had any other source. In other words, we just have to believe SovMusic, but I think it’s reliable enough.

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    That's what I thought, too. Sovmusic, doing the jerbs libraries won't do. : )

    here's someone in the comment section saying the recording most probably dates from May 7, 1940. http://www.sovmusic.ru/forum/c_read.php?fname=otrivok3

    here's someone indicating the speech (and presumably the footage, because they talk about video re-compression so it fits on a standard DVD blank) is on the "Great Cyril and Method Encyclopedia 2006" DVD: http://fenixclub.com/index.php?showtopic=5417

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  • @ussr andy
    the speech (fragment) is:

    Каждый из нас, советских генералов и адмиралов, беззаветно предан народу, делу Ленина-Сталина, великому Сталину. Я думаю, что не вызову ничьих возражений, если скажу от имени всех моих товарищей: высокие звания, присвоенные нам Советским правительством, мы постараемся оправдать!
     
    I don't know if it's genuine (if Zhukov said that) nor if it's actually Zhukov's voice in the song. About The only place it occurs on the internet is here: http://www.sovmusic.ru/text.php?fname=otrivok3
    One would've thought all speeches by people like Zhukov are transcribed and put on the internet. Perhaps someone with access to historic literature can verify.

    the movie is:

    -Хорошо. Очень хорошо. Замечательно. Что такое?
    -Товарищ генерал, немецкая делегация прибыла.
    -Что, уже?
    -Они в прихожей (?) * Товарищ полковник, я не знаю [...] *
    -Пусть господа немного подождут.
    * -В чем дело? -Посмотри там в шкафу! -Есть! *
    -Товарищи, за мной. * inaudible * надевайте. Мои генералы ещё на фронте, вы должны заменить мне мой штаб. Ведите себя так, как будто вы - мой штаб. Всё должно выглядеть совершенно натурально. Выполняйте! Быстро, товарищ, забирайтесь. Давайте же! Давай... Молчок! Просите! Мы знакомы.
    -Мы несколько раз виделись в Кремле, до войны. Я был тогда атташе немецкого дипломатического корпуса.
    -Господин генерал, какие известия?
    -Я сообщаю вам, что Адольф Гитлер и его жена покончили с собой.
    -Нам это известно. * Смирно! Вольно! *
    -Это невероятно. Я уполномочен правительством вступить с вами в переговоры о заключении мира между нашими государствами, понёсшими самые большие потери в этой войне.
    -Господин генерал, вы бы сами заключили бы со мной мир в подобной ситуации?
    -Такова моя задача.
    -Тогда доложите вашему новому правительству следущее: Берлин должен безоговорочно капитулировать. Все капитулирующие должны сложить оружие. Вот тогда и поговорим.
    -На безоговорочную капитуляцию моё правительство не пойдёт.
    -Сложившаяся ситуация не предполагает альтернативы.

     

    Thanks! Unfortunately there’s no “thank you” button (paging Ron Unz, maybe it wouldn’t take a lot of effort to introduce one?), but I really appreciate it. Back then I searched for both these for a long time, but I couldn’t transcribe properly even a small portion and so my effort was fruitless.

    I have no idea if the speech is genuine, but at least two sources seem to confirm that, Sovmusic and the guy who created the martial industrial track. I will listen to a few Zhukov speeches to check if it’s even possible. I guess it doesn’t have an audible foreign accent or else you’d have mentioned it, so at least it’s not someone like Mikoyan or Beria but someone whose mother tongue was Russian.

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  • @reiner Tor
    OT

    I've long searched for a text of it, but now I just realized here someone might be able to help me. I used to listen to martial industrial music a lot (it's basically similar to a kind of war movie soundtrack, using sound samples from movies, documentaries, original historical recordings, classical music, etc.), and some of them uses Russian original sound samples. I always wanted to have the text written down, but I couldn't find them anywhere, and unlike with for example French, I couldn't find anyone who could do that for me. I don't much listen to it anymore (OK, occasionally I still do), but I still want the text. (I guess I have OCD?)

    So, any native Russian speaker willing to help me, could you please write down the text of the second track of this album? (I think it's a speech by Marshal Zhukov, at least that's what the guy behind March of Heroes emailed me, but he didn't know anything further.) It starts around the 7:50 mark. (The link should take you automatically there.) It's a 3:24 long track, but the sample from the speech repeats several times, I think it's maybe half a minute long. It shouldn't take more than a few minutes to write down for a native speaker.

    (I don't think March of Heroes is that left wing as claimed on Youtube, by the way. Their next album uses a Hitler speech as well. The guy himself insisted to me that he was nonpolitical, and that seemed quite reasonable. Most martial industrial projects are nonpolitical, though some are explicitly right wing.)

    The other thing I wanted to is the Russian text from this scene of the movie Downfall/Der Untergang.

    I need the Russian Cyrillic text (as a positive contribution of communism, I can still read Cyrillic), not some translations. (Weirdly, I have found dozens of translations for the Downfall scene, but no original text. Maybe it could easily be found by searching the Russian web.)

    the speech (fragment) is:

    Каждый из нас, советских генералов и адмиралов, беззаветно предан народу, делу Ленина-Сталина, великому Сталину. Я думаю, что не вызову ничьих возражений, если скажу от имени всех моих товарищей: высокие звания, присвоенные нам Советским правительством, мы постараемся оправдать!

    I don’t know if it’s genuine (if Zhukov said that) nor if it’s actually Zhukov’s voice in the song. About The only place it occurs on the internet is here: http://www.sovmusic.ru/text.php?fname=otrivok3
    One would’ve thought all speeches by people like Zhukov are transcribed and put on the internet. Perhaps someone with access to historic literature can verify.

    the movie is:

    -Хорошо. Очень хорошо. Замечательно. Что такое?
    -Товарищ генерал, немецкая делегация прибыла.
    -Что, уже?
    -Они в прихожей (?) * Товарищ полковник, я не знаю [...] *
    -Пусть господа немного подождут.
    * -В чем дело? -Посмотри там в шкафу! -Есть! *
    -Товарищи, за мной. * inaudible * надевайте. Мои генералы ещё на фронте, вы должны заменить мне мой штаб. Ведите себя так, как будто вы – мой штаб. Всё должно выглядеть совершенно натурально. Выполняйте! Быстро, товарищ, забирайтесь. Давайте же! Давай… Молчок! Просите! Мы знакомы.
    -Мы несколько раз виделись в Кремле, до войны. Я был тогда атташе немецкого дипломатического корпуса.
    -Господин генерал, какие известия?
    -Я сообщаю вам, что Адольф Гитлер и его жена покончили с собой.
    -Нам это известно. * Смирно! Вольно! *
    -Это невероятно. Я уполномочен правительством вступить с вами в переговоры о заключении мира между нашими государствами, понёсшими самые большие потери в этой войне.
    -Господин генерал, вы бы сами заключили бы со мной мир в подобной ситуации?
    -Такова моя задача.
    -Тогда доложите вашему новому правительству следущее: Берлин должен безоговорочно капитулировать. Все капитулирующие должны сложить оружие. Вот тогда и поговорим.
    -На безоговорочную капитуляцию моё правительство не пойдёт.
    -Сложившаяся ситуация не предполагает альтернативы.

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    Thanks! Unfortunately there’s no “thank you” button (paging Ron Unz, maybe it wouldn’t take a lot of effort to introduce one?), but I really appreciate it. Back then I searched for both these for a long time, but I couldn’t transcribe properly even a small portion and so my effort was fruitless.

    I have no idea if the speech is genuine, but at least two sources seem to confirm that, Sovmusic and the guy who created the martial industrial track. I will listen to a few Zhukov speeches to check if it’s even possible. I guess it doesn’t have an audible foreign accent or else you’d have mentioned it, so at least it’s not someone like Mikoyan or Beria but someone whose mother tongue was Russian.
    , @reiner Tor
    I just listened to another SovMusic recording of Zhukov in 1955, and at least it’s probably the same person. Come to think of it, the French guy probably also got the recording from SovMusic, I don’t think he had any other source. In other words, we just have to believe SovMusic, but I think it’s reliable enough.
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  • @Greasy William

    Russian ethno-nationalists were a sorry lot, and often pretty much treasonous to boot
     
    What do you mean? Your fans want you to elaborate on this. Is America hating Andrei an ethno-nationalist?

    Randal: I was re-reading some of our exchanges and I want to apologize to you for the nasty and immature personal attacks I have sent your way on multiple occasions. I shouldn't have made things personal and I now feel pretty bad about it. In the future I will try to call out your love Iran without resorting to childish insults.

    The operative word here is "try", but, you know, baby steps.

    ” I want to apologize to you for the nasty and immature personal attacks I have sent your way on multiple occasions. I shouldn’t have made things personal and I now feel pretty bad about it.”

    This is encouraging. I thought I had detected a softening in your tone over time. Congratulations from the peanut gallery!

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  • OT

    I’ve long searched for a text of it, but now I just realized here someone might be able to help me. I used to listen to martial industrial music a lot (it’s basically similar to a kind of war movie soundtrack, using sound samples from movies, documentaries, original historical recordings, classical music, etc.), and some of them uses Russian original sound samples. I always wanted to have the text written down, but I couldn’t find them anywhere, and unlike with for example French, I couldn’t find anyone who could do that for me. I don’t much listen to it anymore (OK, occasionally I still do), but I still want the text. (I guess I have OCD?)

    So, any native Russian speaker willing to help me, could you please write down the text of the second track of this album? (I think it’s a speech by Marshal Zhukov, at least that’s what the guy behind March of Heroes emailed me, but he didn’t know anything further.) It starts around the 7:50 mark. (The link should take you automatically there.) It’s a 3:24 long track, but the sample from the speech repeats several times, I think it’s maybe half a minute long. It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to write down for a native speaker.

    (I don’t think March of Heroes is that left wing as claimed on Youtube, by the way. Their next album uses a Hitler speech as well. The guy himself insisted to me that he was nonpolitical, and that seemed quite reasonable. Most martial industrial projects are nonpolitical, though some are explicitly right wing.)

    The other thing I wanted to is the Russian text from this scene of the movie Downfall/Der Untergang.

    I need the Russian Cyrillic text (as a positive contribution of communism, I can still read Cyrillic), not some translations. (Weirdly, I have found dozens of translations for the Downfall scene, but no original text. Maybe it could easily be found by searching the Russian web.)

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    the speech (fragment) is:

    Каждый из нас, советских генералов и адмиралов, беззаветно предан народу, делу Ленина-Сталина, великому Сталину. Я думаю, что не вызову ничьих возражений, если скажу от имени всех моих товарищей: высокие звания, присвоенные нам Советским правительством, мы постараемся оправдать!
     
    I don't know if it's genuine (if Zhukov said that) nor if it's actually Zhukov's voice in the song. About The only place it occurs on the internet is here: http://www.sovmusic.ru/text.php?fname=otrivok3
    One would've thought all speeches by people like Zhukov are transcribed and put on the internet. Perhaps someone with access to historic literature can verify.

    the movie is:

    -Хорошо. Очень хорошо. Замечательно. Что такое?
    -Товарищ генерал, немецкая делегация прибыла.
    -Что, уже?
    -Они в прихожей (?) * Товарищ полковник, я не знаю [...] *
    -Пусть господа немного подождут.
    * -В чем дело? -Посмотри там в шкафу! -Есть! *
    -Товарищи, за мной. * inaudible * надевайте. Мои генералы ещё на фронте, вы должны заменить мне мой штаб. Ведите себя так, как будто вы - мой штаб. Всё должно выглядеть совершенно натурально. Выполняйте! Быстро, товарищ, забирайтесь. Давайте же! Давай... Молчок! Просите! Мы знакомы.
    -Мы несколько раз виделись в Кремле, до войны. Я был тогда атташе немецкого дипломатического корпуса.
    -Господин генерал, какие известия?
    -Я сообщаю вам, что Адольф Гитлер и его жена покончили с собой.
    -Нам это известно. * Смирно! Вольно! *
    -Это невероятно. Я уполномочен правительством вступить с вами в переговоры о заключении мира между нашими государствами, понёсшими самые большие потери в этой войне.
    -Господин генерал, вы бы сами заключили бы со мной мир в подобной ситуации?
    -Такова моя задача.
    -Тогда доложите вашему новому правительству следущее: Берлин должен безоговорочно капитулировать. Все капитулирующие должны сложить оружие. Вот тогда и поговорим.
    -На безоговорочную капитуляцию моё правительство не пойдёт.
    -Сложившаяся ситуация не предполагает альтернативы.

     

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  • @reiner Tor

    Hardly anyone I know buys or reads ‘books’
     
    No surprises here.

    I had a huge argument with an IT friend who should know better about this, but in the end its pointless arguing with people who don’t read or care about real culture. It’s a sad world when the only universal cultural references are trashy American dramas and 3rd-rate video games.
    Even if you look at British TV from 30 years ago it was assumed the average person had some familiarity with history and literature.

    The main intellectual was the overly esoteric (and today increasingly unhinged) Konstantin Krylov and the obscurantist Galkovsky, whose bizarre historical conspiracy theories (e.g. that the USSR was a colony of London) enjoyed a central position due to the lack of intelligence in that culture.

    Incidentally, what’s your beef with Nikolai Starikov? He might be a political prostitute, but in the end so is Zhirinovsky, and they’re the only moderately sane Russians in their field with any mass-following. I recall he wrote sensibly enough on Ukraine and the migrant-crisis.

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  • Like her Royal Highness, The Queen, I have two birthdays, though only as a scribbler. The first is my “Psychological Comments” blogspot birthday, 22nd November 2012, and the second is 12 December 2016, when I joined Unz.com. My republican sentiments, in the French rather than American sense of that word, suggest that as a good...
  • Oh dear, doc.

    https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/jan/10/ucl-to-investigate-secret-eugenics-conference-held-on-campus

    I hope this goes well with you, whatever “this” might turn out to be.

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  • January 9, 2017 marks the day I began blogging a decade ago.   I suppose now's as good a time as any to launch my second panhandling drive. If you like the words that I write, and want me to write more of them, you can personally make that happen:   My first (non-intro) post:...
  • Could the increasing inanity/censorship of social media drive resurgence of a blogging?

    It is not hard to imagine that those that are censoring Youtube, Facebook, Twitter or Google searches are not going to stop there. Their final goal is to censor everything, I already see the day where sites like this will be shut down, and it is not just like how they censor things for Germany or China locally, in the end I see a global censoring central authority that will increasingly shut down sites like they have already done with the Dailystormer.

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  • Anatoly: what do Russian liberals think of Trump? Are they as obsessed with him as western Euro liberals are?

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  • @Anatoly Karlin
    That Britain was first to the Industrial Revolution - a development substantially enabled by its very early entry into mass literacy, which you could look at as intelligence expansion - counted for far more than who controlled Wallachia or Wallonia at any particular point in time.

    Anyhow, the entire point is moot, since Putin's clique lost it anyway.

    Who controls Wallonia is an important question for Wallonia and its neighbors. And twice in the 20th century, in 1914 and 1940, this question was of a paramount importance to the whole world. Ukrainian question exists at least since the 17th century and will continue to exist for a long time yet. And there is a fair chance that we may yet get a global conflagration out of it.

    Industrial Revolution is fine but today’s technohype has nothing to do with it. I too used to be a techno optimist when I was younger but as time went by I started noticing that most of the wild promises were falling by wayside. This will happen to you too. In 25 years you’ll be like, where is muh IQ augmentation? Nowhere! It will either join AI, nuclear fusion, and cure for cancer as a things that are 25 years in the future and forever will be. Or else it will be totally forgotten amid the new hype of the time.

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  • @Anatoly Karlin
    That Britain was first to the Industrial Revolution - a development substantially enabled by its very early entry into mass literacy, which you could look at as intelligence expansion - counted for far more than who controlled Wallachia or Wallonia at any particular point in time.

    Anyhow, the entire point is moot, since Putin's clique lost it anyway.

    That Britain was first to the Industrial Revolution – a development substantially enabled by its very early entry into mass literacy, which you could look at as intelligence expansion – counted for far more than who controlled Wallachia or Wallonia at any particular point in time.

    Wallonia?
    That was one of the first industrialized regions of Europe.
    Important enough for the British to keep it out of the control of other major powers.
    France would have remained a greater power if they had retained it.

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  • @Thorfinnsson

    IQ augmentation will join personal rocketship cars, nuclear-powered household appliances
     
    I am a CRISPR skeptic, but it doesn't seem unreasonable that genetic engineering of humans is feasible.

    Rocket-powered cars is a joke from cartoons as far as I know. The actual prediction was personal flying cars. General aviation has largely been destroyed by lawyers, so anything that flies is now too expensive.

    Nuclear powered vacuum cleaners is a bit much, but it would be perfectly feasible to power trucks or aircraft with nuclear reactors. This prospect has been destroyed by hysterical, irrational fear of atomic energy. Nuclear power is a great argument against democracy.

    Thanks, much appreciated.

    You did exert a huge influence on me, and you might be gratified to know on at least one other person from there, who I believe you know as well.

    Looking forwards to meeting up!

    This prospect has been destroyed by hysterical, irrational fear of atomic energy. Nuclear power is a great argument against democracy.

    Not to mention killing off our best realistic means of blasting large payloads into orbit, which is really rather indispensable if you’re serious about things like building a Mars base.

    Fortunately Russia is slightly less demented in this department.

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  • Anatoly Karlin
    I’ve been reading you from the beginning, and I believe that you know who I am. I hope that I influenced you, and regardless of whether or not that is true I am proud and impressed by your progress.

    Your writing and content are excellent.

    Even back when you were agnostic about HBD, your content was excellent and displayed many highly innovative ideas.

    Your biggest area of wrongism is now totally forgotten–which was taking peak oil seriously as a problem. Not blaming you either, as I read The Oil Drum as well and thought it was a cause for real concern.

    I hope I get the opportunity to meet you when I visit Moscow, which will perhaps be next year.

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  • @inertial

    In the long-term, the political hysterias of today (Ukraine, Russiagate, Trump, etc.) will fade into irrelevance, but the future dynamics of genetic editing + IQ augmentation will pretty much determine who gets to rule the 21st century
     
    The Ukraine issue will remain relevant decades and centuries after IQ augmentation will join personal rocketship cars, nuclear-powered household appliances, and other hilariously optimistic tech predictions of the past.

    http://s3.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/pictofact/3/0/3/237303_v1.jpg

    IQ augmentation will join personal rocketship cars, nuclear-powered household appliances

    I am a CRISPR skeptic, but it doesn’t seem unreasonable that genetic engineering of humans is feasible.

    Rocket-powered cars is a joke from cartoons as far as I know. The actual prediction was personal flying cars. General aviation has largely been destroyed by lawyers, so anything that flies is now too expensive.

    Nuclear powered vacuum cleaners is a bit much, but it would be perfectly feasible to power trucks or aircraft with nuclear reactors. This prospect has been destroyed by hysterical, irrational fear of atomic energy. Nuclear power is a great argument against democracy.

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    Thanks, much appreciated.

    You did exert a huge influence on me, and you might be gratified to know on at least one other person from there, who I believe you know as well.

    Looking forwards to meeting up!

    This prospect has been destroyed by hysterical, irrational fear of atomic energy. Nuclear power is a great argument against democracy.
     
    Not to mention killing off our best realistic means of blasting large payloads into orbit, which is really rather indispensable if you're serious about things like building a Mars base.

    Fortunately Russia is slightly less demented in this department.
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  • Please keep doing your essential work on Russia. Irreplaceable.

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  • @Brabantian
    Some sub-themes here ... AK tho relatively young is yet showing himself as an 'older generation' guy versus the Generation Z crowd, who are riffing on memes and 4chan and quickly cycling thru a rapdily-shifting profile of social media platforms and tools

    For some time now, I've felt that books are a bit of an old-fogey item, a way to bury any truth in them ... Saw statistics where the average 'book' today sells something like 142 copies ... hundreds of thousands of nearly-zero-sales books out there, given any idiot can 'publish' now, by posting a file to amazon which will be printed by a giant machine into a book if someone 'orders' it ... Hardly anyone I know buys or reads 'books'



    Don't quite get the YouTube craze for political discourse content ... tho some such items indeed are clever and funny, especially when using visuals or sounds that require or leverage the video platform

    But plain talking heads, ugh ... A whole lot of YouTubing is really tedious just because of the format ... taking 5 minutes to make a minor point that would just be a few seconds of reading text

    Because of the slowness and time-consumption, video can rather be a burial of the truth, too, like a 'book' ... I have wondered if that is why the Powers That Be allow and sponsor some expression on the CIA Google Tube, audience is intrinsically restricted due to time factor, truth is buried despite superficially being available

    A rarely-done but helpful practice is dual-posting text along with video, as done by that eccentric Jewish convert to Orthodox Christianity, USA 'street evangelist', 'Brother' Nathaniel Kapner

    Hardly anyone I know buys or reads ‘books’

    No surprises here.

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    I had a huge argument with an IT friend who should know better about this, but in the end its pointless arguing with people who don't read or care about real culture. It's a sad world when the only universal cultural references are trashy American dramas and 3rd-rate video games.
    Even if you look at British TV from 30 years ago it was assumed the average person had some familiarity with history and literature.

    The main intellectual was the overly esoteric (and today increasingly unhinged) Konstantin Krylov and the obscurantist Galkovsky, whose bizarre historical conspiracy theories (e.g. that the USSR was a colony of London) enjoyed a central position due to the lack of intelligence in that culture.
     
    Incidentally, what's your beef with Nikolai Starikov? He might be a political prostitute, but in the end so is Zhirinovsky, and they're the only moderately sane Russians in their field with any mass-following. I recall he wrote sensibly enough on Ukraine and the migrant-crisis.
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  • Some sub-themes here … AK tho relatively young is yet showing himself as an ‘older generation’ guy versus the Generation Z crowd, who are riffing on memes and 4chan and quickly cycling thru a rapdily-shifting profile of social media platforms and tools

    For some time now, I’ve felt that books are a bit of an old-fogey item, a way to bury any truth in them … Saw statistics where the average ‘book’ today sells something like 142 copies … hundreds of thousands of nearly-zero-sales books out there, given any idiot can ‘publish’ now, by posting a file to amazon which will be printed by a giant machine into a book if someone ‘orders’ it … Hardly anyone I know buys or reads ‘books’

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    Don’t quite get the YouTube craze for political discourse content … tho some such items indeed are clever and funny, especially when using visuals or sounds that require or leverage the video platform

    But plain talking heads, ugh … A whole lot of YouTubing is really tedious just because of the format … taking 5 minutes to make a minor point that would just be a few seconds of reading text

    Because of the slowness and time-consumption, video can rather be a burial of the truth, too, like a ‘book’ … I have wondered if that is why the Powers That Be allow and sponsor some expression on the CIA Google Tube, audience is intrinsically restricted due to time factor, truth is buried despite superficially being available

    A rarely-done but helpful practice is dual-posting text along with video, as done by that eccentric Jewish convert to Orthodox Christianity, USA ‘street evangelist’, ‘Brother’ Nathaniel Kapner

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    Hardly anyone I know buys or reads ‘books’
     
    No surprises here.
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  • @inertial

    In the long-term, the political hysterias of today (Ukraine, Russiagate, Trump, etc.) will fade into irrelevance, but the future dynamics of genetic editing + IQ augmentation will pretty much determine who gets to rule the 21st century
     
    The Ukraine issue will remain relevant decades and centuries after IQ augmentation will join personal rocketship cars, nuclear-powered household appliances, and other hilariously optimistic tech predictions of the past.

    http://s3.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/pictofact/3/0/3/237303_v1.jpg

    That Britain was first to the Industrial Revolution – a development substantially enabled by its very early entry into mass literacy, which you could look at as intelligence expansion – counted for far more than who controlled Wallachia or Wallonia at any particular point in time.

    Anyhow, the entire point is moot, since Putin’s clique lost it anyway.

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    That Britain was first to the Industrial Revolution – a development substantially enabled by its very early entry into mass literacy, which you could look at as intelligence expansion – counted for far more than who controlled Wallachia or Wallonia at any particular point in time.
     
    Wallonia?
    That was one of the first industrialized regions of Europe.
    Important enough for the British to keep it out of the control of other major powers.
    France would have remained a greater power if they had retained it.
    , @inertial
    Who controls Wallonia is an important question for Wallonia and its neighbors. And twice in the 20th century, in 1914 and 1940, this question was of a paramount importance to the whole world. Ukrainian question exists at least since the 17th century and will continue to exist for a long time yet. And there is a fair chance that we may yet get a global conflagration out of it.

    Industrial Revolution is fine but today's technohype has nothing to do with it. I too used to be a techno optimist when I was younger but as time went by I started noticing that most of the wild promises were falling by wayside. This will happen to you too. In 25 years you'll be like, where is muh IQ augmentation? Nowhere! It will either join AI, nuclear fusion, and cure for cancer as a things that are 25 years in the future and forever will be. Or else it will be totally forgotten amid the new hype of the time.
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  • You mean in Europe and the US? I don’t get the impression much has changed in Russia since 2011 in this regard, or has it?

    Have things deteriorated in the Caucasus since then, or you just weren’t aware of how bad mass stan-immigration to Russia was then?

    Obviously things have deteriorated most visible in the West, especially in Western Europe, while in Russia things have even improved in some respects (for instance, there was an artificial drop in Gastarbeiters during the post-2014 recession, though this is going to reverse in the next few years as the economy booms again).

    Still, I have a friend here who made the observation that for all the current differences in perception – Merkel as a globalist stooge, Putin as an icon of the Alt Right – historians in fifty years might regard both of them in similar terms: As politicians who helped enable the Islamization of their respective countries. I am not sure that he is entirely wrong.

    However, another major change is the exponential rise in prosecutions under 282, about which I have blogged a great deal. (Note that outright Neo-Nazis with swastika flags were free to (and did) march under Putin’s reign up until the early 2010s or so, so explaining this as a measure to protect the feelings of WW2 veterans – as the kremlins often do – is cynical hogwash). Those observations are increasingly risky to make from a legal viewpoint, so society is much worse positioned to respond to the next wave of mass immigration.

    What do you mean? Your fans want you to elaborate on this.

    I remember that a number of Russian ethno-nationalists fought for the Ukrainian side during the war.

    Russian nationalism half a decade ago was represented by people like Belov/Potkin, Maltsev, Demyushkin, etc. with their completely toxic mix of advocating Russia’s disintegration (that is, things like independent Ingria, not just throwing out DICh), fullbore Putin Derangement Syndrome, Naziphilia, Westophilia (!), and alliances of convenience with Jewish Echo of Moscow liberals (!!!). Moreover, unlike the liberals, who at least were (and are) highly intelligent and produce lots of interesting content, their culture was dumb as a pile of rocks. The main intellectual was the overly esoteric (and today increasingly unhinged) Konstantin Krylov and the obscurantist Galkovsky, whose bizarre historical conspiracy theories (e.g. that the USSR was a colony of London) enjoyed a central position due to the lack of intelligence in that culture.

    One of the good things about the Ukrainian conflict is that it smoked those people (Belov/Maltsev/Demyushkin) out for good – and conveniently also showed that they were a small minority within the nationalist sphere. The old intellectual crazies have also been sidelined. Now Russian nationalism is associated more with Donbass veterans on the streets, and intellectuals like the Sputnik and Pogrom circle and Egor Kholmogorov in the “coffee salons.” This is a great change, and is making nationalism much more palatable for normies.

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  • @Anatoly Karlin
    Sure, I was basically a vanilla Russian civic nationalist back then.

    Then again, many things were very different back then, anyway. Russian ethno-nationalists were a sorry lot, and often pretty much treasonous to boot. And ethnic politics hadn't yet devolved to the hellish state they are at today.

    Even so, I was an immigration skeptic from the very beginning (2008): "As such, in my opinion the Japanese method of substituting capital for labor on the factory floor (it has more than a third of the world’s stock of industrial robots) is generally smarter than importing a diverse mob of car-burners (although perhaps I have an insufficient appreciation of the spiritual benefits of multiculturalism)."

    Russian ethno-nationalists were a sorry lot, and often pretty much treasonous to boot.

    Were? Not anymore?
    Didn’t you call Navalny an Ukrainian nationalist not long ago?
    I remember that a number of Russian ethno-nationalists fought for the Ukrainian side during the war.

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  • In the long-term, the political hysterias of today (Ukraine, Russiagate, Trump, etc.) will fade into irrelevance, but the future dynamics of genetic editing + IQ augmentation will pretty much determine who gets to rule the 21st century

    The Ukraine issue will remain relevant decades and centuries after IQ augmentation will join personal rocketship cars, nuclear-powered household appliances, and other hilariously optimistic tech predictions of the past.

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    That Britain was first to the Industrial Revolution - a development substantially enabled by its very early entry into mass literacy, which you could look at as intelligence expansion - counted for far more than who controlled Wallachia or Wallonia at any particular point in time.

    Anyhow, the entire point is moot, since Putin's clique lost it anyway.
    , @Thorfinnsson

    IQ augmentation will join personal rocketship cars, nuclear-powered household appliances
     
    I am a CRISPR skeptic, but it doesn't seem unreasonable that genetic engineering of humans is feasible.

    Rocket-powered cars is a joke from cartoons as far as I know. The actual prediction was personal flying cars. General aviation has largely been destroyed by lawyers, so anything that flies is now too expensive.

    Nuclear powered vacuum cleaners is a bit much, but it would be perfectly feasible to power trucks or aircraft with nuclear reactors. This prospect has been destroyed by hysterical, irrational fear of atomic energy. Nuclear power is a great argument against democracy.

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  • @Yevardian
    Ironically, your initially agnostic/neutral opinion on HBD, combined with the quality of your blog, is what convinced me to seriously consider it in the first place. I only found your blog by complete accident in 2013 whilst looking for Israel Shamir articles on Anatoly Chubais. Incidentally I'd never had any interest in the manosphere before finding it via your blog either.

    I have to say I think much of your best content was written on Sublime Oblivion, you haven't done many "big-picture" analyses or more philosophical articles in a while.
    A book is long overdue. If a meme-writer like The Saker can sell a book of randomly selected articles you certainly can.

    German-Reader: You mean in Europe and the US? I don’t get the impression much has changed in Russia since 2011 in this regard, or has it?

    Yeah I wondered about that line too. Have things deteriorated in the Caucasus since then, or you just weren't aware of how bad mass stan-immigration to Russia was then?

    The funny thing is I also found Unz.com through Israel Shamir. It was back when MSM was running articles about how Julian Assange was crazy because he read Israel Shamir’s writings. Up until August 2016 I had no idea this site even existed until I googled Israel Shamir.

    Since then it’s been a real treat to read all of the excellent bloggers featured here. Cheers to Anatoly for the great blog and to Ron Unz for creating this excellent site!

    P.S. I beleive this was the article that started it all:

    https://forward.com/news/national/347546/why-does-wikileaks-have-a-reputation-for-anti-semitism/

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  • @Anatoly Karlin
    Sure, I was basically a vanilla Russian civic nationalist back then.

    Then again, many things were very different back then, anyway. Russian ethno-nationalists were a sorry lot, and often pretty much treasonous to boot. And ethnic politics hadn't yet devolved to the hellish state they are at today.

    Even so, I was an immigration skeptic from the very beginning (2008): "As such, in my opinion the Japanese method of substituting capital for labor on the factory floor (it has more than a third of the world’s stock of industrial robots) is generally smarter than importing a diverse mob of car-burners (although perhaps I have an insufficient appreciation of the spiritual benefits of multiculturalism)."

    Ironically, your initially agnostic/neutral opinion on HBD, combined with the quality of your blog, is what convinced me to seriously consider it in the first place. I only found your blog by complete accident in 2013 whilst looking for Israel Shamir articles on Anatoly Chubais. Incidentally I’d never had any interest in the manosphere before finding it via your blog either.

    I have to say I think much of your best content was written on Sublime Oblivion, you haven’t done many “big-picture” analyses or more philosophical articles in a while.
    A book is long overdue. If a meme-writer like The Saker can sell a book of randomly selected articles you certainly can.

    German-Reader: You mean in Europe and the US? I don’t get the impression much has changed in Russia since 2011 in this regard, or has it?

    Yeah I wondered about that line too. Have things deteriorated in the Caucasus since then, or you just weren’t aware of how bad mass stan-immigration to Russia was then?

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    • Replies: @Archimedes
    The funny thing is I also found Unz.com through Israel Shamir. It was back when MSM was running articles about how Julian Assange was crazy because he read Israel Shamir's writings. Up until August 2016 I had no idea this site even existed until I googled Israel Shamir.

    Since then it's been a real treat to read all of the excellent bloggers featured here. Cheers to Anatoly for the great blog and to Ron Unz for creating this excellent site!

    P.S. I beleive this was the article that started it all:

    https://forward.com/news/national/347546/why-does-wikileaks-have-a-reputation-for-anti-semitism/

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  • : How long do you think it would take for us to figure out how to do CRISPR without provoking a negative immune reaction from many people’s bodies?

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  • Russian ethno-nationalists were a sorry lot, and often pretty much treasonous to boot

    What do you mean? Your fans want you to elaborate on this. Is America hating Andrei an ethno-nationalist?

    Randal: I was re-reading some of our exchanges and I want to apologize to you for the nasty and immature personal attacks I have sent your way on multiple occasions. I shouldn’t have made things personal and I now feel pretty bad about it. In the future I will try to call out your love Iran without resorting to childish insults.

    The operative word here is “try”, but, you know, baby steps.

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    " I want to apologize to you for the nasty and immature personal attacks I have sent your way on multiple occasions. I shouldn’t have made things personal and I now feel pretty bad about it."

    This is encouraging. I thought I had detected a softening in your tone over time. Congratulations from the peanut gallery!
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  • @Anatoly Karlin
    Sure, I was basically a vanilla Russian civic nationalist back then.

    Then again, many things were very different back then, anyway. Russian ethno-nationalists were a sorry lot, and often pretty much treasonous to boot. And ethnic politics hadn't yet devolved to the hellish state they are at today.

    Even so, I was an immigration skeptic from the very beginning (2008): "As such, in my opinion the Japanese method of substituting capital for labor on the factory floor (it has more than a third of the world’s stock of industrial robots) is generally smarter than importing a diverse mob of car-burners (although perhaps I have an insufficient appreciation of the spiritual benefits of multiculturalism)."

    And ethnic politics hadn’t yet devolved to the hellish state they are at today.

    You mean in Europe and the US? I don’t get the impression much has changed in Russia since 2011 in this regard, or has it?

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  • @Jon0815

    The Russia commentary now is dominated by folks who make La Russophobe (remember it?) look like the apex of nuance and reason.
     
    Recently I happened to read an old interview you did with La Russophobe, and discovered that your views have evolved somewhat since 2011... it was strange to see you declaring that you couldn't support Navalny until he firmly disavowed ethnic Russian chauvinism, and praising Putin for stressing the multiethnic nature of the Russian Federation!

    Sure, I was basically a vanilla Russian civic nationalist back then.

    Then again, many things were very different back then, anyway. Russian ethno-nationalists were a sorry lot, and often pretty much treasonous to boot. And ethnic politics hadn’t yet devolved to the hellish state they are at today.

    Even so, I was an immigration skeptic from the very beginning (2008): “As such, in my opinion the Japanese method of substituting capital for labor on the factory floor (it has more than a third of the world’s stock of industrial robots) is generally smarter than importing a diverse mob of car-burners (although perhaps I have an insufficient appreciation of the spiritual benefits of multiculturalism).

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    And ethnic politics hadn’t yet devolved to the hellish state they are at today.
     
    You mean in Europe and the US? I don't get the impression much has changed in Russia since 2011 in this regard, or has it?
    , @Yevardian
    Ironically, your initially agnostic/neutral opinion on HBD, combined with the quality of your blog, is what convinced me to seriously consider it in the first place. I only found your blog by complete accident in 2013 whilst looking for Israel Shamir articles on Anatoly Chubais. Incidentally I'd never had any interest in the manosphere before finding it via your blog either.

    I have to say I think much of your best content was written on Sublime Oblivion, you haven't done many "big-picture" analyses or more philosophical articles in a while.
    A book is long overdue. If a meme-writer like The Saker can sell a book of randomly selected articles you certainly can.

    German-Reader: You mean in Europe and the US? I don’t get the impression much has changed in Russia since 2011 in this regard, or has it?

    Yeah I wondered about that line too. Have things deteriorated in the Caucasus since then, or you just weren't aware of how bad mass stan-immigration to Russia was then?

    , @Mitleser

    Russian ethno-nationalists were a sorry lot, and often pretty much treasonous to boot.
     
    Were? Not anymore?
    Didn't you call Navalny an Ukrainian nationalist not long ago?
    I remember that a number of Russian ethno-nationalists fought for the Ukrainian side during the war.
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  • @Beavis and Butthead
    Yo yo yo, what do you think about the beyond (2017). Since you're a transhumanabedinisist and such. Watching right now.

    On another note, what are your thoughts, and the general receptions of Rezun’s writings on soviet military history and GRU?

    From personal experience, and sailer’s lame articles on poland, I guess it takes a native to understand even the the most superficial truths about the internal politics of the countries of foreign soviet bloc.

    Not seen it & probably not going to; no serious historian takes Rezun seriously (my old comment on him).

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  • The Russia commentary now is dominated by folks who make La Russophobe (remember it?) look like the apex of nuance and reason.

    Recently I happened to read an old interview you did with La Russophobe, and discovered that your views have evolved somewhat since 2011… it was strange to see you declaring that you couldn’t support Navalny until he firmly disavowed ethnic Russian chauvinism, and praising Putin for stressing the multiethnic nature of the Russian Federation!

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    Sure, I was basically a vanilla Russian civic nationalist back then.

    Then again, many things were very different back then, anyway. Russian ethno-nationalists were a sorry lot, and often pretty much treasonous to boot. And ethnic politics hadn't yet devolved to the hellish state they are at today.

    Even so, I was an immigration skeptic from the very beginning (2008): "As such, in my opinion the Japanese method of substituting capital for labor on the factory floor (it has more than a third of the world’s stock of industrial robots) is generally smarter than importing a diverse mob of car-burners (although perhaps I have an insufficient appreciation of the spiritual benefits of multiculturalism)."
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  • Yo yo yo, what do you think about the beyond (2017). Since you’re a transhumanabedinisist and such. Watching right now.

    On another note, what are your thoughts, and the general receptions of Rezun’s writings on soviet military history and GRU?

    From personal experience, and sailer’s lame articles on poland, I guess it takes a native to understand even the the most superficial truths about the internal politics of the countries of foreign soviet bloc.

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    Not seen it & probably not going to; no serious historian takes Rezun seriously (my old comment on him).
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  • Like her Royal Highness, The Queen, I have two birthdays, though only as a scribbler. The first is my “Psychological Comments” blogspot birthday, 22nd November 2012, and the second is 12 December 2016, when I joined Unz.com. My republican sentiments, in the French rather than American sense of that word, suggest that as a good...
  • @CanSpeccy

    Why not assume that the other party is intelligent, but temporarily not in possession of the full facts?
     
    Evidently because many believe it easier to win the argument by asserting that the other party is temporarily (or permanently) not in possession of their full faculties.

    The readiness with which most people resort to ridicule or abuse is interesting. It tells us something about the way humans use their brains. The objective is never (or only rarely) to establish truth. The point is to win the struggle. Hence the age old human inclinati0n to bash out the brains of whoever gets in one's way. (How many present day descendants is Ghengis Khan said to have? Forty million, is it?)

    This is something one has to come to grips with in fully understanding the human mind and its capabilities. Those 20-minute paper and pencil, so-called, intelligence tests really do evaluate only a tiny portion of the human mental capability. There is a whole scheming, acting, manipulating, warrior, seducing, raping, inciting machine behind the eyes, which sure doesn't give a damn about the rules of logic. There was nothing logical or high IQ about Alexander slashing the Gordian knot, but it was genius all the same.

    That is why I am skeptical of AI. It's too damn logical, for one thing, and if it gets in my way I'll bash its brains out with a pipe wrench. In other words, AI is a dumb servant, not the intellectual master of mankind, and so it will long, I hope, remain.

    Real progress in the understanding of intelligence requires, I suggest, a redefinition of what intelligence is.

    So because I accept that blacks are on considerable average less smart than whites or jews I’m malignantly trying to eliminate them from earth surface??

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  • @FKA Max
    Thank you, Mr. Thompson.

    I think the "empty podia" thumbnail picture for the "Chisala's Last Word" article http://www.unz.com/jthompson/chisalas-last-word/ is still broken. This is the error message (Click on the broken image and you will be able to read the error message): The image http://www.unz.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/empty-podia.jpg cannot be displayed because it contains errors.

    Maybe you need to completely re-upload the image file to fix the problem/error, if that is not too much of a hassle.

    The "Small Incident in London, Not Many Dead" http://www.unz.com/jthompson/small-incident-in-london-not-many-dead/ article just does not seem to have a thumbnail picture at all, even though it was a featured article on the Unz Review. All featured articles usually have a thumbnail picture, but this one doesn't have one, or it was later removed, because I can still remember when the article was first published/featured that it had a thumbnail picture (it was other pedestrians helping/caring for one of the injured victims, iirc; maybe it was too graphic of a photo and was therefore removed or maybe there was a problem with the copyright?), and that is why the thumbnail picture is broken/does not exist.

    I think you and your readers will enjoy this video of Boris Johnson:

    Boris Johnson explains how to speak like Winston Churchill

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLak2IzIv7U

    Unlike Churchill ...


    “But, on whether Winston’s 57-year-long marriage was a career-motivated sham or the real deal, I would like to persuade you that it was the real deal.”

    She also said that Sir Winston was “a rarity among alpha males” who rose to lead their country because he was not a “sexual predator”.

    “He wasn’t a Bill Clinton with interns, he wasn’t a JFK with actresses,” she said. “He wasn’t even a John Major with a certain Tory MP.”
     

    - http://www.unz.com/jthompson/the-secret-in-your-eyes/#comment-1803147

    ... Boris Johnson seems to be quite the ladies' man, which is another indication, in my opinion, that he must be much more intelligent/cunning than he often leads on to be:

    Pierre Rolin: How I was cuckolded by Boris Johnson

    "Amazing, I'm supposed to be a smart guy, made a billion dollars for people, but I had no knowledge, and I was completely snowballed." - https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/pierre-rolin-how-i-was-cuckolded-by-boris-johnson-6562629.html

    … otherwise free speech should rule, and it has. Keep saying what you really think.

    British libertarians cucked/caved on free speech, very disappointing!

    He was removed as Honorary President of the Ludwig von Mises Centre in December 2017, the organisation citing Bloom’s anti-Semitic tweets.[6]
    [...]
    In December 2017, Bloom wrote a tweet identifying Goldman Sachs as an “international Jewish bank” (in response to a tweet about Brexit by the bank’s CEO Lloyd Blankfein)[52]. The tweet was described as anti-Semitic by a number of observers.[53]

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

    Lady Porter feels no real loyalty and allegiance towards the native British working class because she is no part of the native British people, the Duke of Westminster is/was, and that is why she also wanted to get rid of “an outdated class system”. Native elites are a protective mechanism which prevents foreign elites, which usually do not have the natives’ best interest at heart, to take over their countries.[...] Most of her charitable giving is focused on Israel, not the UK

    http://www.unz.com/jthompson/alma-mater-2018/#comment-2102613

    I never said the U.K. and its system is perfect, and that there is not room for improvement, but I believe the problem is not the rigid British class system, since the U.S. doesn’t have one of those, but rather Wall Street‘s and the City of London‘s push for greater and greater Financialization .

    http://www.unz.com/jthompson/alma-mater-2018/#comment-2104614

    You can go to their announcements and either down-vote or up-vote them, depending if you agree or disagree:

    We note recent comments on Twitter from Godfrey Bloom. We declare that his comments do not in any sense reflect the opinions of Mises UK or any of its other officers. We do not wish to be associated with them. We therefore remove him with immediate effect as President.

    https://misesuk.org/2017/12/18/announcement/

    We repost Sean Gabb’s statement on anti-Semitism which he made while Director of the Libertarian Alliance. We wish to make it clear that Mises UK regards this statement as canonical:

    https://misesuk.org/2017/12/18/anti-semitism-2/

    This is what Prince Charles said/wrote about the “Jewish lobby”:

    Prince Charles decried White House’s failure to take on ‘Jewish lobby’ over Israel

    http://mondoweiss.net/2017/11/charles-decried-courage/

    Source: http://www.ottawajewishbulletin.com/2017/11/prince-charles-blames-foreign-jews-for-mideast-unrest-in-1986-letter/

    General Godfrey Bloom‏ @goddersbloom

    General Godfrey Bloom Retweeted Lloyd Blankfein

    International Jewish bank recommends second vote & we should vote Remain.
    mmmmmmmmmmmm.

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  • I’m glad you’re here but for God’s sake don’t let anniversary posts become a tradition.

    Now get off the ball and get back to work.

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  • @James Thompson
    Yes, I had noticed that images of posting were blank on Facebook, but it seems to have recovered now.

    Thank you, Mr. Thompson.

    I think the “empty podia” thumbnail picture for the “Chisala’s Last Word” article http://www.unz.com/jthompson/chisalas-last-word/ is still broken. This is the error message (Click on the broken image and you will be able to read the error message): The image cannot be displayed because it contains errors.

    Maybe you need to completely re-upload the image file to fix the problem/error, if that is not too much of a hassle.

    The “Small Incident in London, Not Many Dead” http://www.unz.com/jthompson/small-incident-in-london-not-many-dead/ article just does not seem to have a thumbnail picture at all, even though it was a featured article on the Unz Review. All featured articles usually have a thumbnail picture, but this one doesn’t have one, or it was later removed, because I can still remember when the article was first published/featured that it had a thumbnail picture (it was other pedestrians helping/caring for one of the injured victims, iirc; maybe it was too graphic of a photo and was therefore removed or maybe there was a problem with the copyright?), and that is why the thumbnail picture is broken/does not exist.

    I think you and your readers will enjoy this video of Boris Johnson:

    Boris Johnson explains how to speak like Winston Churchill

    Unlike Churchill …

    “But, on whether Winston’s 57-year-long marriage was a career-motivated sham or the real deal, I would like to persuade you that it was the real deal.”

    She also said that Sir Winston was “a rarity among alpha males” who rose to lead their country because he was not a “sexual predator”.

    “He wasn’t a Bill Clinton with interns, he wasn’t a JFK with actresses,” she said. “He wasn’t even a John Major with a certain Tory MP.”

    http://www.unz.com/jthompson/the-secret-in-your-eyes/#comment-1803147

    … Boris Johnson seems to be quite the ladies’ man, which is another indication, in my opinion, that he must be much more intelligent/cunning than he often leads on to be:

    Pierre Rolin: How I was cuckolded by Boris Johnson

    “Amazing, I’m supposed to be a smart guy, made a billion dollars for people, but I had no knowledge, and I was completely snowballed.”https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/pierre-rolin-how-i-was-cuckolded-by-boris-johnson-6562629.html

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    ... otherwise free speech should rule, and it has. Keep saying what you really think.
     
    British libertarians cucked/caved on free speech, very disappointing!

    He was removed as Honorary President of the Ludwig von Mises Centre in December 2017, the organisation citing Bloom's anti-Semitic tweets.[6]
    [...]
    In December 2017, Bloom wrote a tweet identifying Goldman Sachs as an "international Jewish bank" (in response to a tweet about Brexit by the bank's CEO Lloyd Blankfein)[52]. The tweet was described as anti-Semitic by a number of observers.[53]
     
    - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godfrey_Bloom

    Lady Porter feels no real loyalty and allegiance towards the native British working class because she is no part of the native British people, the Duke of Westminster is/was, and that is why she also wanted to get rid of “an outdated class system”. Native elites are a protective mechanism which prevents foreign elites, which usually do not have the natives’ best interest at heart, to take over their countries.[...] Most of her charitable giving is focused on Israel, not the UK
     
    - http://www.unz.com/jthompson/alma-mater-2018/#comment-2102613


    I never said the U.K. and its system is perfect, and that there is not room for improvement, but I believe the problem is not the rigid British class system, since the U.S. doesn’t have one of those, but rather Wall Street‘s and the City of London‘s push for greater and greater Financialization .

     

    - http://www.unz.com/jthompson/alma-mater-2018/#comment-2104614

    You can go to their announcements and either down-vote or up-vote them, depending if you agree or disagree:

    We note recent comments on Twitter from Godfrey Bloom. We declare that his comments do not in any sense reflect the opinions of Mises UK or any of its other officers. We do not wish to be associated with them. We therefore remove him with immediate effect as President.
     
    - https://misesuk.org/2017/12/18/announcement/

    We repost Sean Gabb’s statement on anti-Semitism which he made while Director of the Libertarian Alliance. We wish to make it clear that Mises UK regards this statement as canonical:
     
    - https://misesuk.org/2017/12/18/anti-semitism-2/

    This is what Prince Charles said/wrote about the "Jewish lobby":

    Prince Charles decried White House’s failure to take on ‘Jewish lobby’ over Israel

    http://mondoweiss.net/2017/11/charles-decried-courage/

    http://www.ottawajewishbulletin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Charles-Letter.jpg

    Source: http://www.ottawajewishbulletin.com/2017/11/prince-charles-blames-foreign-jews-for-mideast-unrest-in-1986-letter/

    General Godfrey Bloom‏ @goddersbloom

    General Godfrey Bloom Retweeted Lloyd Blankfein

    International Jewish bank recommends second vote & we should vote Remain.
    mmmmmmmmmmmm.
     
    https://twitter.com/goddersbloom/status/942664507939319809
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  • @Curle
    “The readiness with which most people resort to ridicule or abuse is interesting. It tells us something about the way humans use their brains. The objective is never (or only rarely) to establish truth. The point is to win the struggle.”

    Or to preserve the hegemony of the discourse.

    Or to preserve the hegemony of the discourse.

    Yes, the object of the game is to win in as many domains as possible.

    That’s why IQ is of little importance. In general, you cannot predict the outcome of any contest among people of normal intelligence based on the IQ of the contestants. That is because there are so many other mental and physical qualities that matter at least as much.

    Judgement, for example, is a mental quality that IQ tests do not measure, yet it determines who will be king.

    See, for example, Donald Trump turn Megyn Kelly’s attack-dog question about women into a joke that entirely changed the emotional dynamics of the situation. (That, incidentally, was when I, showing some judgement, predicted Trump would win both the nomination and the election.)

    In a subsequent debate, Trump made a similarly astute, on the spot, judgement to turn a rival into a friend and ally. That was when he stood with Ben Carson in the wings, after Carson missed his entrance cue.

    Then there was low energy Jeb! The leading contender, knocked out with two words.

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  • @RaceRealist88
    Tell that to Peter Frost.

    For those like me who hadn’t noticed that little spat, here’s Ron Unz’s side: http://www.unz.com/pfrost/a-look-back-over-2015/#comment-1266262

    I’m a remarkably easy-going fellow about such things, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to allow my own (very polite) comments on technical issues to be censored on my own website.

    I daresay virtually any other website proprietor on the Internet would have summarily terminated a columnist who behaved in such an unreasonable manner. I merely revoked his moderation privileges.

    I didn’t find the disputed comment all that persuasive, personally, but certainly nowhere near deletion-worthy. On the other hand, large volumes of persistently wrong-headed comments can spam a thread so that better comments are crowded out of being read. It would be good to have a rule against being tiresomely repetitious, particularly when wrong.

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  • @FKA Max
    Congratulations from me too, Mr. Thompson!

    The general survival strategy is: don’t appear to be too clever. It causes resentment.
     

    "A wise guy playing the fool to win", Sunday Times, 16 July 2000, p. 17.
     
    - https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Boris_Johnson#2000

    Boris Johnson, people always ask me the same question, they say, 'Is Boris a very very clever man pretending to be an idiot?' And I always say, 'No.' - Ian Hislop on Parkinson, first broadcast 19 November 2006

    Most politicians, as far as I can work out, are pretty incompetent, and then have a veneer of competence, you do seem to do it the other way around. - Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear, Season 2, Episode 4
     

    - https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Boris_Johnson#Quotes_about_Boris_Johnson

    Boris Johnson gets stuck on a zip wire in London's Victoria Park

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxDwxNcURTU

    Boris v Dave: The history of their rivalry - BBC Newsnight

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qq6ycnTgWNM


    P.s.: Did you see this comment of mine, Mr. Thompson?: http://www.unz.com/jthompson/chisalas-last-word/#comment-2108705

    Yes, I had noticed that images of posting were blank on Facebook, but it seems to have recovered now.

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    Thank you, Mr. Thompson.

    I think the "empty podia" thumbnail picture for the "Chisala's Last Word" article http://www.unz.com/jthompson/chisalas-last-word/ is still broken. This is the error message (Click on the broken image and you will be able to read the error message): The image http://www.unz.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/empty-podia.jpg cannot be displayed because it contains errors.

    Maybe you need to completely re-upload the image file to fix the problem/error, if that is not too much of a hassle.

    The "Small Incident in London, Not Many Dead" http://www.unz.com/jthompson/small-incident-in-london-not-many-dead/ article just does not seem to have a thumbnail picture at all, even though it was a featured article on the Unz Review. All featured articles usually have a thumbnail picture, but this one doesn't have one, or it was later removed, because I can still remember when the article was first published/featured that it had a thumbnail picture (it was other pedestrians helping/caring for one of the injured victims, iirc; maybe it was too graphic of a photo and was therefore removed or maybe there was a problem with the copyright?), and that is why the thumbnail picture is broken/does not exist.

    I think you and your readers will enjoy this video of Boris Johnson:

    Boris Johnson explains how to speak like Winston Churchill

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLak2IzIv7U

    Unlike Churchill ...


    “But, on whether Winston’s 57-year-long marriage was a career-motivated sham or the real deal, I would like to persuade you that it was the real deal.”

    She also said that Sir Winston was “a rarity among alpha males” who rose to lead their country because he was not a “sexual predator”.

    “He wasn’t a Bill Clinton with interns, he wasn’t a JFK with actresses,” she said. “He wasn’t even a John Major with a certain Tory MP.”
     

    - http://www.unz.com/jthompson/the-secret-in-your-eyes/#comment-1803147

    ... Boris Johnson seems to be quite the ladies' man, which is another indication, in my opinion, that he must be much more intelligent/cunning than he often leads on to be:

    Pierre Rolin: How I was cuckolded by Boris Johnson

    "Amazing, I'm supposed to be a smart guy, made a billion dollars for people, but I had no knowledge, and I was completely snowballed." - https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/pierre-rolin-how-i-was-cuckolded-by-boris-johnson-6562629.html

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  • @Anonymous
    How do you think the age of the readership was determined?

    “How do you think the age of the readership was determined?”

    Inspection of their teeth.

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  • @John Achterhof
    Thanks for all of the interesting work, James. Great to see that a large part of your readership is in the 18-34 range. I would have guessed a median age for your rather dry and challenging writings nearer to my own age - around 50. Also pleased to see that you have plenty of material in mind for future articles.

    How do you think the age of the readership was determined?

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    "How do you think the age of the readership was determined?"

    Inspection of their teeth.
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  • @Anonymous

    Interesting problem. The general survival strategy is: don’t appear to be too clever. It causes resentment. Admit failures, ask for advice, particularly in other people’s areas of expertise or local knowledge. When you make suggestions, preface them by saying that they have probably been thought of and tried before. Finally, let others take the credit for those suggestions.
     
    Spanish Jesuit Fr. Baltasar Gracian, S.J. (d. 1658) wrote the perfect manual on how to conduct oneself in life and business. It’s just as useful in this day and age. Here are just three of the three hundred aphorisms in his The Art of Worldly Wisdom (Christopher Maurer translation):

    7 Don’t outshine your boss. Being defeated is hateful, and besting one’s boss is either foolish or fatal. Superiority is always odious, especially to superiors and sovereigns. The common sort of advantages can be cautiously hidden, as beauty is hidden within a touch of artful neglect. Most people do not mind being surpassed in good fortune, character, or temperament, but no one, especially not a sovereign, likes to be surpassed in intelligence. For this is the king of attributes, and any crime against it is lèse-majesté. Sovereigns want to be so in what is most important. Princes like to be helped, but not surpassed. When you counsel someone, you should appear to be reminding him of something he had forgotten, not of the light he was unable to see. It is the stars who teach us this subtlety. They are brilliant sons, but they never dare to outshine the sun.

    114 Never compete. When you vie with your opponents, your reputation suffers. Your competitor will immediately try to find your faults and discredit you. Few wage war fairly. Rivalry discovers the defects that courtesy overlooks. Many people had a good reputation until they acquired rivals. The heat of opposition revives dead infamies and digs up the stench of the past. Competition begins by revealing faults and rivals take advantage of everything they can and all they ought not to. Often they gain nothing by offending others, only the vile satisfaction of revenge. Revenge blows the dust of oblivion from people’s faults. Benevolence was always peaceable, and reputation indulgent.

    239 Don’t be overly clever. Better to be prudent. If you sharpen your wits too much, you will miss the point, or break your point: that is what happens to common subtlety. Common sense is safer. It is good to be intelligent, but not to be a pedant. Much reasoning is a kind of disputing. Better a substantial judgment that reasons only as much as it needs to.

     

    Well now there’s some advice I could have used in this life…

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  • @FKA Max
    Congratulations from me too, Mr. Thompson!

    The general survival strategy is: don’t appear to be too clever. It causes resentment.
     

    "A wise guy playing the fool to win", Sunday Times, 16 July 2000, p. 17.
     
    - https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Boris_Johnson#2000

    Boris Johnson, people always ask me the same question, they say, 'Is Boris a very very clever man pretending to be an idiot?' And I always say, 'No.' - Ian Hislop on Parkinson, first broadcast 19 November 2006

    Most politicians, as far as I can work out, are pretty incompetent, and then have a veneer of competence, you do seem to do it the other way around. - Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear, Season 2, Episode 4
     

    - https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Boris_Johnson#Quotes_about_Boris_Johnson

    Boris Johnson gets stuck on a zip wire in London's Victoria Park

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxDwxNcURTU

    Boris v Dave: The history of their rivalry - BBC Newsnight

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qq6ycnTgWNM


    P.s.: Did you see this comment of mine, Mr. Thompson?: http://www.unz.com/jthompson/chisalas-last-word/#comment-2108705

    That (only slightly underhanded) compliment from Jeremy Clarkson was skilful and trenchant. I used to enjoy his show, way back then.

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  • @CanSpeccy

    Why not assume that the other party is intelligent, but temporarily not in possession of the full facts?
     
    Evidently because many believe it easier to win the argument by asserting that the other party is temporarily (or permanently) not in possession of their full faculties.

    The readiness with which most people resort to ridicule or abuse is interesting. It tells us something about the way humans use their brains. The objective is never (or only rarely) to establish truth. The point is to win the struggle. Hence the age old human inclinati0n to bash out the brains of whoever gets in one's way. (How many present day descendants is Ghengis Khan said to have? Forty million, is it?)

    This is something one has to come to grips with in fully understanding the human mind and its capabilities. Those 20-minute paper and pencil, so-called, intelligence tests really do evaluate only a tiny portion of the human mental capability. There is a whole scheming, acting, manipulating, warrior, seducing, raping, inciting machine behind the eyes, which sure doesn't give a damn about the rules of logic. There was nothing logical or high IQ about Alexander slashing the Gordian knot, but it was genius all the same.

    That is why I am skeptical of AI. It's too damn logical, for one thing, and if it gets in my way I'll bash its brains out with a pipe wrench. In other words, AI is a dumb servant, not the intellectual master of mankind, and so it will long, I hope, remain.

    Real progress in the understanding of intelligence requires, I suggest, a redefinition of what intelligence is.

    “The readiness with which most people resort to ridicule or abuse is interesting. It tells us something about the way humans use their brains. The objective is never (or only rarely) to establish truth. The point is to win the struggle.”

    Or to preserve the hegemony of the discourse.

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    Or to preserve the hegemony of the discourse.
     
    Yes, the object of the game is to win in as many domains as possible.

    That's why IQ is of little importance. In general, you cannot predict the outcome of any contest among people of normal intelligence based on the IQ of the contestants. That is because there are so many other mental and physical qualities that matter at least as much.

    Judgement, for example, is a mental quality that IQ tests do not measure, yet it determines who will be king.

    See, for example, Donald Trump turn Megyn Kelly's attack-dog question about women into a joke that entirely changed the emotional dynamics of the situation. (That, incidentally, was when I, showing some judgement, predicted Trump would win both the nomination and the election.)

    In a subsequent debate, Trump made a similarly astute, on the spot, judgement to turn a rival into a friend and ally. That was when he stood with Ben Carson in the wings, after Carson missed his entrance cue.

    Then there was low energy Jeb! The leading contender, knocked out with two words.

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  • @Anonymous

    Interesting problem. The general survival strategy is: don’t appear to be too clever. It causes resentment. Admit failures, ask for advice, particularly in other people’s areas of expertise or local knowledge. When you make suggestions, preface them by saying that they have probably been thought of and tried before. Finally, let others take the credit for those suggestions.
     
    Spanish Jesuit Fr. Baltasar Gracian, S.J. (d. 1658) wrote the perfect manual on how to conduct oneself in life and business. It’s just as useful in this day and age. Here are just three of the three hundred aphorisms in his The Art of Worldly Wisdom (Christopher Maurer translation):

    7 Don’t outshine your boss. Being defeated is hateful, and besting one’s boss is either foolish or fatal. Superiority is always odious, especially to superiors and sovereigns. The common sort of advantages can be cautiously hidden, as beauty is hidden within a touch of artful neglect. Most people do not mind being surpassed in good fortune, character, or temperament, but no one, especially not a sovereign, likes to be surpassed in intelligence. For this is the king of attributes, and any crime against it is lèse-majesté. Sovereigns want to be so in what is most important. Princes like to be helped, but not surpassed. When you counsel someone, you should appear to be reminding him of something he had forgotten, not of the light he was unable to see. It is the stars who teach us this subtlety. They are brilliant sons, but they never dare to outshine the sun.

    114 Never compete. When you vie with your opponents, your reputation suffers. Your competitor will immediately try to find your faults and discredit you. Few wage war fairly. Rivalry discovers the defects that courtesy overlooks. Many people had a good reputation until they acquired rivals. The heat of opposition revives dead infamies and digs up the stench of the past. Competition begins by revealing faults and rivals take advantage of everything they can and all they ought not to. Often they gain nothing by offending others, only the vile satisfaction of revenge. Revenge blows the dust of oblivion from people’s faults. Benevolence was always peaceable, and reputation indulgent.

    239 Don’t be overly clever. Better to be prudent. If you sharpen your wits too much, you will miss the point, or break your point: that is what happens to common subtlety. Common sense is safer. It is good to be intelligent, but not to be a pedant. Much reasoning is a kind of disputing. Better a substantial judgment that reasons only as much as it needs to.

     

    Balthasar Gracian for sure is a good writer, I too read and like him.

    But – big but: Beware! – : – Communications expert Gracian – as so many others of his tribe (Heinrich Seuse…Heinrich Heine, Jan Hus, Thomas Müntzer, …the earthly miracle and outstanding wandering scolar Quirinus Kuhlmann – I’d include Oscar Wilde and Ludwig Wittgenstein and Gottlob Frege, too) – Gracian too hit a long and often times pretty rough road:

    He got in troubles with the Jesuits,

    he lost the allowence to publish, then to teach,

    he faced a house arrest,

    lost his sanity and died, poor, rejected and neglected.

    – Most important lesson from his life: It’s dangerous to be a communications expert! And kinda futile too. Heine once (laughing, or with a – maybe sardonic – smile)) claimed, Hegel would have said, while lying in his deathbed: “There was only one person who understood me – but not quite, in the end, and not really either.”
    Ahh – of course, Goethe and, if you don’t mind (I told you this is dangerous territory) – Habermas, in his 1999 esay collection Truth and Justification: “There is a widespread consensus today, that language and reality penetrate one another in a for us rather unpenetrable way.”***
    Hehe – this he wrote after a whole life spent, trying to achieve at least a little bit of profound insight into these matters of our communicative actions!!

    ***My translation – to be read with a grain of salt

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  • what does ‘plurality of procreative obsequiences’ translate to in my iq=50 world ?

    i came up with genetically inferior

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  • @dearieme
    If the Jesuits had paid more attention maybe they wouldn't have been thrown out of so many countries.

    A prophet without honour, eh?

    Indeed!

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  • I have spent much more time reading comments.

    Problematic.

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  • @Anonymous

    Interesting problem. The general survival strategy is: don’t appear to be too clever. It causes resentment. Admit failures, ask for advice, particularly in other people’s areas of expertise or local knowledge. When you make suggestions, preface them by saying that they have probably been thought of and tried before. Finally, let others take the credit for those suggestions.
     
    Spanish Jesuit Fr. Baltasar Gracian, S.J. (d. 1658) wrote the perfect manual on how to conduct oneself in life and business. It’s just as useful in this day and age. Here are just three of the three hundred aphorisms in his The Art of Worldly Wisdom (Christopher Maurer translation):

    7 Don’t outshine your boss. Being defeated is hateful, and besting one’s boss is either foolish or fatal. Superiority is always odious, especially to superiors and sovereigns. The common sort of advantages can be cautiously hidden, as beauty is hidden within a touch of artful neglect. Most people do not mind being surpassed in good fortune, character, or temperament, but no one, especially not a sovereign, likes to be surpassed in intelligence. For this is the king of attributes, and any crime against it is lèse-majesté. Sovereigns want to be so in what is most important. Princes like to be helped, but not surpassed. When you counsel someone, you should appear to be reminding him of something he had forgotten, not of the light he was unable to see. It is the stars who teach us this subtlety. They are brilliant sons, but they never dare to outshine the sun.

    114 Never compete. When you vie with your opponents, your reputation suffers. Your competitor will immediately try to find your faults and discredit you. Few wage war fairly. Rivalry discovers the defects that courtesy overlooks. Many people had a good reputation until they acquired rivals. The heat of opposition revives dead infamies and digs up the stench of the past. Competition begins by revealing faults and rivals take advantage of everything they can and all they ought not to. Often they gain nothing by offending others, only the vile satisfaction of revenge. Revenge blows the dust of oblivion from people’s faults. Benevolence was always peaceable, and reputation indulgent.

    239 Don’t be overly clever. Better to be prudent. If you sharpen your wits too much, you will miss the point, or break your point: that is what happens to common subtlety. Common sense is safer. It is good to be intelligent, but not to be a pedant. Much reasoning is a kind of disputing. Better a substantial judgment that reasons only as much as it needs to.

     

    If the Jesuits had paid more attention maybe they wouldn’t have been thrown out of so many countries.

    A prophet without honour, eh?

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    Indeed!
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  • @Anonymous

    Interesting problem. The general survival strategy is: don’t appear to be too clever. It causes resentment. Admit failures, ask for advice, particularly in other people’s areas of expertise or local knowledge. When you make suggestions, preface them by saying that they have probably been thought of and tried before. Finally, let others take the credit for those suggestions.
     
    Spanish Jesuit Fr. Baltasar Gracian, S.J. (d. 1658) wrote the perfect manual on how to conduct oneself in life and business. It’s just as useful in this day and age. Here are just three of the three hundred aphorisms in his The Art of Worldly Wisdom (Christopher Maurer translation):

    7 Don’t outshine your boss. Being defeated is hateful, and besting one’s boss is either foolish or fatal. Superiority is always odious, especially to superiors and sovereigns. The common sort of advantages can be cautiously hidden, as beauty is hidden within a touch of artful neglect. Most people do not mind being surpassed in good fortune, character, or temperament, but no one, especially not a sovereign, likes to be surpassed in intelligence. For this is the king of attributes, and any crime against it is lèse-majesté. Sovereigns want to be so in what is most important. Princes like to be helped, but not surpassed. When you counsel someone, you should appear to be reminding him of something he had forgotten, not of the light he was unable to see. It is the stars who teach us this subtlety. They are brilliant sons, but they never dare to outshine the sun.

    114 Never compete. When you vie with your opponents, your reputation suffers. Your competitor will immediately try to find your faults and discredit you. Few wage war fairly. Rivalry discovers the defects that courtesy overlooks. Many people had a good reputation until they acquired rivals. The heat of opposition revives dead infamies and digs up the stench of the past. Competition begins by revealing faults and rivals take advantage of everything they can and all they ought not to. Often they gain nothing by offending others, only the vile satisfaction of revenge. Revenge blows the dust of oblivion from people’s faults. Benevolence was always peaceable, and reputation indulgent.

    239 Don’t be overly clever. Better to be prudent. If you sharpen your wits too much, you will miss the point, or break your point: that is what happens to common subtlety. Common sense is safer. It is good to be intelligent, but not to be a pedant. Much reasoning is a kind of disputing. Better a substantial judgment that reasons only as much as it needs to.

     

    I am a great admirer of his writing. Had I been the translator I would have stuck closer to the second part of the original Spanish title: “The Art of Prudence.”

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  • Thanks for all of the interesting work, James. Great to see that a large part of your readership is in the 18-34 range. I would have guessed a median age for your rather dry and challenging writings nearer to my own age – around 50. Also pleased to see that you have plenty of material in mind for future articles.

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  • Why not assume that the other party is intelligent, but temporarily not in possession of the full facts?

    Evidently because many believe it easier to win the argument by asserting that the other party is temporarily (or permanently) not in possession of their full faculties.

    The readiness with which most people resort to ridicule or abuse is interesting. It tells us something about the way humans use their brains. The objective is never (or only rarely) to establish truth. The point is to win the struggle. Hence the age old human inclinati0n to bash out the brains of whoever gets in one’s way. (How many present day descendants is Ghengis Khan said to have? Forty million, is it?)

    This is something one has to come to grips with in fully understanding the human mind and its capabilities. Those 20-minute paper and pencil, so-called, intelligence tests really do evaluate only a tiny portion of the human mental capability. There is a whole scheming, acting, manipulating, warrior, seducing, raping, inciting machine behind the eyes, which sure doesn’t give a damn about the rules of logic. There was nothing logical or high IQ about Alexander slashing the Gordian knot, but it was genius all the same.

    That is why I am skeptical of AI. It’s too damn logical, for one thing, and if it gets in my way I’ll bash its brains out with a pipe wrench. In other words, AI is a dumb servant, not the intellectual master of mankind, and so it will long, I hope, remain.

    Real progress in the understanding of intelligence requires, I suggest, a redefinition of what intelligence is.

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    “The readiness with which most people resort to ridicule or abuse is interesting. It tells us something about the way humans use their brains. The objective is never (or only rarely) to establish truth. The point is to win the struggle.”

    Or to preserve the hegemony of the discourse.

    , @Santoculto
    So because I accept that blacks are on considerable average less smart than whites or jews I'm malignantly trying to eliminate them from earth surface??
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  • I think one of the more significant factors of the page view data is the age groups. You appear to be reaching more young people with your content. I am certainly no expert but that seems promising. Most boomers and gen Xers were christened in the Church of the Blank Slate and even the right leaning ones are unwilling to even consider the alternative. The (admittedly small overall) sample of younger readers suggests they are more willing and or able to accept truths that are heretical to the prevailing dogma. Keep up the good work.

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @James Thompson
    Interesting problem. The general survival strategy is: don't appear to be too clever. It causes resentment. Admit failures, ask for advice, particularly in other people's areas of expertise or local knowledge. When you make suggestions, preface them by saying that they have probably been thought of and tried before. Finally, let others take the credit for those suggestions.
    The other option is: emigrate. Argentina used to be the place a century ago, and look how that turned out.

    Interesting problem. The general survival strategy is: don’t appear to be too clever. It causes resentment. Admit failures, ask for advice, particularly in other people’s areas of expertise or local knowledge. When you make suggestions, preface them by saying that they have probably been thought of and tried before. Finally, let others take the credit for those suggestions.

    Spanish Jesuit Fr. Baltasar Gracian, S.J. (d. 1658) wrote the perfect manual on how to conduct oneself in life and business. It’s just as useful in this day and age. Here are just three of the three hundred aphorisms in his The Art of Worldly Wisdom (Christopher Maurer translation):

    7 Don’t outshine your boss. Being defeated is hateful, and besting one’s boss is either foolish or fatal. Superiority is always odious, especially to superiors and sovereigns. The common sort of advantages can be cautiously hidden, as beauty is hidden within a touch of artful neglect. Most people do not mind being surpassed in good fortune, character, or temperament, but no one, especially not a sovereign, likes to be surpassed in intelligence. For this is the king of attributes, and any crime against it is lèse-majesté. Sovereigns want to be so in what is most important. Princes like to be helped, but not surpassed. When you counsel someone, you should appear to be reminding him of something he had forgotten, not of the light he was unable to see. It is the stars who teach us this subtlety. They are brilliant sons, but they never dare to outshine the sun.

    114 Never compete. When you vie with your opponents, your reputation suffers. Your competitor will immediately try to find your faults and discredit you. Few wage war fairly. Rivalry discovers the defects that courtesy overlooks. Many people had a good reputation until they acquired rivals. The heat of opposition revives dead infamies and digs up the stench of the past. Competition begins by revealing faults and rivals take advantage of everything they can and all they ought not to. Often they gain nothing by offending others, only the vile satisfaction of revenge. Revenge blows the dust of oblivion from people’s faults. Benevolence was always peaceable, and reputation indulgent.

    239 Don’t be overly clever. Better to be prudent. If you sharpen your wits too much, you will miss the point, or break your point: that is what happens to common subtlety. Common sense is safer. It is good to be intelligent, but not to be a pedant. Much reasoning is a kind of disputing. Better a substantial judgment that reasons only as much as it needs to.

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    I am a great admirer of his writing. Had I been the translator I would have stuck closer to the second part of the original Spanish title: "The Art of Prudence."
    , @dearieme
    If the Jesuits had paid more attention maybe they wouldn't have been thrown out of so many countries.

    A prophet without honour, eh?
    , @Dieter Kief
    Balthasar Gracian for sure is a good writer, I too read and like him.

    But - big but: Beware! - : - Communications expert Gracian - as so many others of his tribe (Heinrich Seuse...Heinrich Heine, Jan Hus, Thomas Müntzer, ...the earthly miracle and outstanding wandering scolar Quirinus Kuhlmann - I'd include Oscar Wilde and Ludwig Wittgenstein and Gottlob Frege, too) - Gracian too hit a long and often times pretty rough road:

    He got in troubles with the Jesuits,

    he lost the allowence to publish, then to teach,

    he faced a house arrest,

    lost his sanity and died, poor, rejected and neglected.

    - Most important lesson from his life: It's dangerous to be a communications expert! And kinda futile too. Heine once (laughing, or with a - maybe sardonic - smile)) claimed, Hegel would have said, while lying in his deathbed: "There was only one person who understood me - but not quite, in the end, and not really either."
    Ahh - of course, Goethe and, if you don't mind (I told you this is dangerous territory) - Habermas, in his 1999 esay collection Truth and Justification: "There is a widespread consensus today, that language and reality penetrate one another in a for us rather unpenetrable way."***
    Hehe - this he wrote after a whole life spent, trying to achieve at least a little bit of profound insight into these matters of our communicative actions!!

    ***My translation - to be read with a grain of salt

    , @Anonymous
    Well now there's some advice I could have used in this life...
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  • Hello James, or Dr. Thompson.

    I am usually reading your posts, am thinking this is my first time to reply to one. Usually, nothing to add.

    They are informative, buft this post is a little bizzare, since it is only about your Web stats. maybe Mr.. Unz was short of a wiling otherr, so ithe as i- is-.

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  • Thompson….Scotsman…or Irishman?….please don’t tell me that you are Ibo…or Uruba…..

    Seamus=Jacob from the Old Testament….updated to your first name….

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  • @JackOH
    Thanks, Prof. Thompson, and, ditto, FKA and Welt. "Emigration", to points within the United States at least, seems to be a commonplace response by bright and less bright folks to declining opportunities in my area. My home county's population is down by 25% from its 1970 peak, and is about what it was in 1930.

    Bright folks who've successfully coped seem to work on the corny saw, "when they hand you a lemon, make lemonade." They more or less obsessively cultivate abilities that allow them a sphere of authority and recognition. Tutoring, adjunct teaching, substitute teaching. Civic activism, and other voluntarist work. Very tiny businesses, not just for additional income, but to maintain personal equilibrium. One very bright guy I know of was trapped in a very bad government job, and turned his fountain pen restoration hobby into a tiny business that gained a national presence.

    FWIW-it's a real kick in the arse for society's problem-solvers, its professional, technical, and managerial people, to be kicked to the curb. There's a lot of professional pride to be swallowed before moving forward.

    After having been fired a number of times “it isn’t working out”, “we have no work for you” etc. etc. I decided that I didn’t want to be Joe employee for my last working years until retirement.

    I had often been complimented on my work, “doing for a dollar what anyone else can do for ten”, and “elegant solutions”…

    I got the appropriate license and E&O insurance, and hung out my shingle. And never looked back!

    The tax breaks for a sole proprietorship working from a private residence can be quite worthwhile.

    Best of all, every client was happy to see me and paid my bill without question. (Except my very first client who tried to stiff me. Small claims court was my friend.)

    It takes discipline and good budgeting skills to pull this off but I really enjoyed this part of my career until I retired at the age of 70. HdC

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  • Mr Thompson,
    Your articles have been consistently enjoyable and improve my and many others lives.
    I try to invest my intelligence like I do my money, in what gives me back an increase in the same. You are the Bitcoin of Unz.com. Keep it up Mentor!

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  • @James Thompson
    Interesting problem. The general survival strategy is: don't appear to be too clever. It causes resentment. Admit failures, ask for advice, particularly in other people's areas of expertise or local knowledge. When you make suggestions, preface them by saying that they have probably been thought of and tried before. Finally, let others take the credit for those suggestions.
    The other option is: emigrate. Argentina used to be the place a century ago, and look how that turned out.

    The German-Swiss (and some folks in southern Germany) speak dialect, whenever possible. It’s impressive to see, how this – choice – often times smoothens things out.

    Dialect & humor. And talk in a rather straightforward manner, I’d add (look out for rhythm (coming to the point – – just in time)). (I talk a lot with all kinds of people). And an advice by the clinician Erich Fromm: Watch out to make good use of your voice: It’s a tool – a very precious tool. (For others it might be clothing – or body movement – the way, in which you move…

    Exept for that – your blog is something I like a lot. That I don’t have to pay for it, feels a bit like a real utopia, so to speak.

    Thanks a lot (to Ron Unz too)!

    (I do recommand your work to others).

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  • Happy anniversary Doctor Thompson!

    This is a great blog and your contributions are greatly appreciated!
    Freely allowing posters to express their views is highly refreshing. Getting even objectionable comments out onto the blog is at the very least a starting point for personal development. Subjects which are outside the limits of polite conversation are the same subjects in which grownups will most closely resemble the developmental level of kindergartners. Censorship is typically not an adaptive path to healthy development.

    On your blog we have a front row view of the approaching Genetic Singularity and the Singularity!
    Funny thing is that when I look around my media space no one wants to touch any of this. It is all
    bread and circuses. Yet, the blogs on psychometrics/AI have been your biggest winners!

    What happens when AlphaGo Zero enters a feedback cycle? I, for one, want to be fully conscious when our AI overlords have assumed a position of global leadership. Also looking forward to those 1500 IQ people making a showing; perhaps some of them could stop by the thread!

    2017 has been quite a year for ramping up the GWAS discoveries into IQ and EA; I don’t expect things will slow down much next year. For most of human history a whole lot of nothing happened.

    Looking forward to continuing the adventure in 2018!
    Keep up the great work!

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  • @James Thompson
    Interesting problem. The general survival strategy is: don't appear to be too clever. It causes resentment. Admit failures, ask for advice, particularly in other people's areas of expertise or local knowledge. When you make suggestions, preface them by saying that they have probably been thought of and tried before. Finally, let others take the credit for those suggestions.
    The other option is: emigrate. Argentina used to be the place a century ago, and look how that turned out.

    Thanks, Prof. Thompson, and, ditto, FKA and Welt. “Emigration”, to points within the United States at least, seems to be a commonplace response by bright and less bright folks to declining opportunities in my area. My home county’s population is down by 25% from its 1970 peak, and is about what it was in 1930.

    Bright folks who’ve successfully coped seem to work on the corny saw, “when they hand you a lemon, make lemonade.” They more or less obsessively cultivate abilities that allow them a sphere of authority and recognition. Tutoring, adjunct teaching, substitute teaching. Civic activism, and other voluntarist work. Very tiny businesses, not just for additional income, but to maintain personal equilibrium. One very bright guy I know of was trapped in a very bad government job, and turned his fountain pen restoration hobby into a tiny business that gained a national presence.

    FWIW-it’s a real kick in the arse for society’s problem-solvers, its professional, technical, and managerial people, to be kicked to the curb. There’s a lot of professional pride to be swallowed before moving forward.

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    After having been fired a number of times "it isn't working out", "we have no work for you" etc. etc. I decided that I didn't want to be Joe employee for my last working years until retirement.

    I had often been complimented on my work, "doing for a dollar what anyone else can do for ten", and "elegant solutions"...

    I got the appropriate license and E&O insurance, and hung out my shingle. And never looked back!

    The tax breaks for a sole proprietorship working from a private residence can be quite worthwhile.

    Best of all, every client was happy to see me and paid my bill without question. (Except my very first client who tried to stiff me. Small claims court was my friend.)

    It takes discipline and good budgeting skills to pull this off but I really enjoyed this part of my career until I retired at the age of 70. HdC
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  • @James Thompson
    Interesting problem. The general survival strategy is: don't appear to be too clever. It causes resentment. Admit failures, ask for advice, particularly in other people's areas of expertise or local knowledge. When you make suggestions, preface them by saying that they have probably been thought of and tried before. Finally, let others take the credit for those suggestions.
    The other option is: emigrate. Argentina used to be the place a century ago, and look how that turned out.

    This is excellent advice, but I can’t resist adding that admitting failures and asking for advice are practices that a guy will have figured out for himself if he is truly as bright as he thinks he is.

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  • Like her Royal Highness, The Queen, I have two birthdays,

    That is odd.

    Let me humbly suggest another widely-admired figure with two birthdays:

    Jesus of Nazareth.

    December 25 (most of us) and January 7 (those Eastern Christians I sometimes hear about).

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  • @James Thompson
    Interesting problem. The general survival strategy is: don't appear to be too clever. It causes resentment. Admit failures, ask for advice, particularly in other people's areas of expertise or local knowledge. When you make suggestions, preface them by saying that they have probably been thought of and tried before. Finally, let others take the credit for those suggestions.
    The other option is: emigrate. Argentina used to be the place a century ago, and look how that turned out.

    Congratulations from me too, Mr. Thompson!

    The general survival strategy is: don’t appear to be too clever. It causes resentment.

    “A wise guy playing the fool to win”, Sunday Times, 16 July 2000, p. 17.

    https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Boris_Johnson#2000

    Boris Johnson, people always ask me the same question, they say, ‘Is Boris a very very clever man pretending to be an idiot?’ And I always say, ‘No.’ – Ian Hislop on Parkinson, first broadcast 19 November 2006

    Most politicians, as far as I can work out, are pretty incompetent, and then have a veneer of competence, you do seem to do it the other way around. – Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear, Season 2, Episode 4

    https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Boris_Johnson#Quotes_about_Boris_Johnson

    Boris Johnson gets stuck on a zip wire in London’s Victoria Park

    Boris v Dave: The history of their rivalry – BBC Newsnight

    P.s.: Did you see this comment of mine, Mr. Thompson?: http://www.unz.com/jthompson/chisalas-last-word/#comment-2108705

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    That (only slightly underhanded) compliment from Jeremy Clarkson was skilful and trenchant. I used to enjoy his show, way back then.
    , @James Thompson
    Yes, I had noticed that images of posting were blank on Facebook, but it seems to have recovered now.
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  • @Anonymous
    Congrats, James. This is why the sky is the limit:

    Ron Unz and I agreed that moderation of comments would be extremely light. If someone was really intending to foment violence would drop them, but otherwise free speech should rule, and it has. Keep saying what you really think.
     

    Tell that to Peter Frost.

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    • Replies: @EH
    For those like me who hadn't noticed that little spat, here's Ron Unz's side: http://www.unz.com/pfrost/a-look-back-over-2015/#comment-1266262

    I’m a remarkably easy-going fellow about such things, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to allow my own (very polite) comments on technical issues to be censored on my own website.

    I daresay virtually any other website proprietor on the Internet would have summarily terminated a columnist who behaved in such an unreasonable manner. I merely revoked his moderation privileges.
     
    I didn't find the disputed comment all that persuasive, personally, but certainly nowhere near deletion-worthy. On the other hand, large volumes of persistently wrong-headed comments can spam a thread so that better comments are crowded out of being read. It would be good to have a rule against being tiresomely repetitious, particularly when wrong.
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  • Congratulations!

    Why not assume that the other party is intelligent, but temporarily not in possession of the full facts? That way you can correct their errors quickly, without incurring their understandable wrath when you question their mental ability.

    There is also the option of seeing (or thinking) that the other party is not amenable to reason and remaining silent.

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  • @JackOH
    Many thanks for your contributions here, Prof. Thompson. Your 7 Tribes of Intellect post really clicked for me. (I'm a non-specialist, but I appreciate very much your links and references to other scholarly sources.)

    Is it possible to meaningfully speak of how those 7 tribes relate to one another? I'm thinking of all those times I've spoken "up" to people I thought bright, and spoken "down" to people I thought less bright. Likewise, I think of all the times I've been spoken "up" to by people who thought I was bright, and "down" to by people who thought me less bright. In other words, there's popular recognition that intellectual tribes actually exist.

    Is it possible to speak of "survival strategies" for bright people who've been given the heave-ho from the jobs they do best, and are forced to take whatever work is available, and for which they're over-qualified, or maybe "mis-qualified"? I mean "survival strategies" in a straightforward, popular self-help sense, such as editing out big words from one's resume. I've commented a bit about bright people I know who've been knocked about badly by loss of position and income, and have received good replies to my comments.

    Interesting problem. The general survival strategy is: don’t appear to be too clever. It causes resentment. Admit failures, ask for advice, particularly in other people’s areas of expertise or local knowledge. When you make suggestions, preface them by saying that they have probably been thought of and tried before. Finally, let others take the credit for those suggestions.
    The other option is: emigrate. Argentina used to be the place a century ago, and look how that turned out.

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    Congratulations from me too, Mr. Thompson!

    The general survival strategy is: don’t appear to be too clever. It causes resentment.
     

    "A wise guy playing the fool to win", Sunday Times, 16 July 2000, p. 17.
     
    - https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Boris_Johnson#2000

    Boris Johnson, people always ask me the same question, they say, 'Is Boris a very very clever man pretending to be an idiot?' And I always say, 'No.' - Ian Hislop on Parkinson, first broadcast 19 November 2006

    Most politicians, as far as I can work out, are pretty incompetent, and then have a veneer of competence, you do seem to do it the other way around. - Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear, Season 2, Episode 4
     

    - https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Boris_Johnson#Quotes_about_Boris_Johnson

    Boris Johnson gets stuck on a zip wire in London's Victoria Park

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxDwxNcURTU

    Boris v Dave: The history of their rivalry - BBC Newsnight

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qq6ycnTgWNM


    P.s.: Did you see this comment of mine, Mr. Thompson?: http://www.unz.com/jthompson/chisalas-last-word/#comment-2108705

    , @Weltanschauung
    This is excellent advice, but I can't resist adding that admitting failures and asking for advice are practices that a guy will have figured out for himself if he is truly as bright as he thinks he is.
    , @JackOH
    Thanks, Prof. Thompson, and, ditto, FKA and Welt. "Emigration", to points within the United States at least, seems to be a commonplace response by bright and less bright folks to declining opportunities in my area. My home county's population is down by 25% from its 1970 peak, and is about what it was in 1930.

    Bright folks who've successfully coped seem to work on the corny saw, "when they hand you a lemon, make lemonade." They more or less obsessively cultivate abilities that allow them a sphere of authority and recognition. Tutoring, adjunct teaching, substitute teaching. Civic activism, and other voluntarist work. Very tiny businesses, not just for additional income, but to maintain personal equilibrium. One very bright guy I know of was trapped in a very bad government job, and turned his fountain pen restoration hobby into a tiny business that gained a national presence.

    FWIW-it's a real kick in the arse for society's problem-solvers, its professional, technical, and managerial people, to be kicked to the curb. There's a lot of professional pride to be swallowed before moving forward.
    , @Dieter Kief
    The German-Swiss (and some folks in southern Germany) speak dialect, whenever possible. It's impressive to see, how this - choice - often times smoothens things out.

    Dialect & humor. And talk in a rather straightforward manner, I'd add (look out for rhythm (coming to the point - - just in time)). (I talk a lot with all kinds of people). And an advice by the clinician Erich Fromm: Watch out to make good use of your voice: It's a tool - a very precious tool. (For others it might be clothing - or body movement - the way, in which you move...

    Exept for that - your blog is something I like a lot. That I don't have to pay for it, feels a bit like a real utopia, so to speak.

    Thanks a lot (to Ron Unz too)!

    (I do recommand your work to others).

    , @Anonymous

    Interesting problem. The general survival strategy is: don’t appear to be too clever. It causes resentment. Admit failures, ask for advice, particularly in other people’s areas of expertise or local knowledge. When you make suggestions, preface them by saying that they have probably been thought of and tried before. Finally, let others take the credit for those suggestions.
     
    Spanish Jesuit Fr. Baltasar Gracian, S.J. (d. 1658) wrote the perfect manual on how to conduct oneself in life and business. It’s just as useful in this day and age. Here are just three of the three hundred aphorisms in his The Art of Worldly Wisdom (Christopher Maurer translation):

    7 Don’t outshine your boss. Being defeated is hateful, and besting one’s boss is either foolish or fatal. Superiority is always odious, especially to superiors and sovereigns. The common sort of advantages can be cautiously hidden, as beauty is hidden within a touch of artful neglect. Most people do not mind being surpassed in good fortune, character, or temperament, but no one, especially not a sovereign, likes to be surpassed in intelligence. For this is the king of attributes, and any crime against it is lèse-majesté. Sovereigns want to be so in what is most important. Princes like to be helped, but not surpassed. When you counsel someone, you should appear to be reminding him of something he had forgotten, not of the light he was unable to see. It is the stars who teach us this subtlety. They are brilliant sons, but they never dare to outshine the sun.

    114 Never compete. When you vie with your opponents, your reputation suffers. Your competitor will immediately try to find your faults and discredit you. Few wage war fairly. Rivalry discovers the defects that courtesy overlooks. Many people had a good reputation until they acquired rivals. The heat of opposition revives dead infamies and digs up the stench of the past. Competition begins by revealing faults and rivals take advantage of everything they can and all they ought not to. Often they gain nothing by offending others, only the vile satisfaction of revenge. Revenge blows the dust of oblivion from people’s faults. Benevolence was always peaceable, and reputation indulgent.

    239 Don’t be overly clever. Better to be prudent. If you sharpen your wits too much, you will miss the point, or break your point: that is what happens to common subtlety. Common sense is safer. It is good to be intelligent, but not to be a pedant. Much reasoning is a kind of disputing. Better a substantial judgment that reasons only as much as it needs to.

     

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  • Many thanks for your contributions here, Prof. Thompson. Your 7 Tribes of Intellect post really clicked for me. (I’m a non-specialist, but I appreciate very much your links and references to other scholarly sources.)

    Is it possible to meaningfully speak of how those 7 tribes relate to one another? I’m thinking of all those times I’ve spoken “up” to people I thought bright, and spoken “down” to people I thought less bright. Likewise, I think of all the times I’ve been spoken “up” to by people who thought I was bright, and “down” to by people who thought me less bright. In other words, there’s popular recognition that intellectual tribes actually exist.

    Is it possible to speak of “survival strategies” for bright people who’ve been given the heave-ho from the jobs they do best, and are forced to take whatever work is available, and for which they’re over-qualified, or maybe “mis-qualified”? I mean “survival strategies” in a straightforward, popular self-help sense, such as editing out big words from one’s resume. I’ve commented a bit about bright people I know who’ve been knocked about badly by loss of position and income, and have received good replies to my comments.

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    Interesting problem. The general survival strategy is: don't appear to be too clever. It causes resentment. Admit failures, ask for advice, particularly in other people's areas of expertise or local knowledge. When you make suggestions, preface them by saying that they have probably been thought of and tried before. Finally, let others take the credit for those suggestions.
    The other option is: emigrate. Argentina used to be the place a century ago, and look how that turned out.
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  • Congrats, James. This is why the sky is the limit:

    Ron Unz and I agreed that moderation of comments would be extremely light. If someone was really intending to foment violence would drop them, but otherwise free speech should rule, and it has. Keep saying what you really think.

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    Tell that to Peter Frost.
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  • @dearieme
    "Like her Royal Highness, The Queen, I ...": dear God, Dr T. Do you mean Her Majesty The Queen?


    BTAIM, thank you for your splendid efforts. I particularly admire your courtesy and patience.

    Majesty, that was the word I was looking for. Thanks.

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  • “Like her Royal Highness, The Queen, I …”: dear God, Dr T. Do you mean Her Majesty The Queen?

    BTAIM, thank you for your splendid efforts. I particularly admire your courtesy and patience.

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    Majesty, that was the word I was looking for. Thanks.
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  • Dr. Thompson,

    I came to your old blog via your fascinating and accessible 7-Tribes posting. Hopefully you’ll expand on it some day. The tips about behaviors are real gems. I’ve continued reading your every post and have commented occasionally. Typically the statistics are above my head, for I was too engrossed in my own superiority when such maths were being taught. Nevertheless, everyone can learn, and I have, and I hope that you have many more productive years ahead.

    Congratulations on your achievement!

    Best Regards,
    Marc Thompson, Clever Fool
    Austin, TX

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  • Congratulations, Dr. Thompson, and thanks for all your interesting and insightful work.

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  • We seem to be doing pretty well, if SimilarWeb stats are anything to go by. The Unz Review is clearly the dominant website amongst the "Intellectual Dissident Right" (we are far ahead of VDARE, Takimag, and are even catching up on the normies at The American Cuckservative). It is also strongly competitive amongst the "Intellectual...
  • @Emil O. W. Kirkegaard
    My stats are inflated by the hosted PDFs. Since I don't keep detailed stats logs, I can't give those just for the blog (English) without PDFs.

    Stats dump
    http://emilkirkegaard.dk/en/?p=6970

    awstats are useless because everything is counted as a visit, including remote calls to scripts and bots. Use statcounter

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  • Russian nationalists and "patriots" - much like the "Alt Right" and Alt Lite in the United States - each have their own media ecosystems, though overlap is inevitable. As in the United States, "patriotism" is at least an order of magnitude more prevalent than nationalism (indeed, it is one of the defining strands of Putinist...
  • @Anatoly Karlin

    As for his anti-racism, what’s wrong with that?
     
    Because "anti-racism" in Soviet/Eurasianist parlance denotes things such as open borders with Central Asia, prison terms for people criticizing the massive flow of subsidies to the North Caucasus, and gazillions of aid to failed Third World tinpot dictatorships fighting "Western imperialism" (while in practice putting it into their Swiss bank accounts).

    I admire your perseverance.

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  • @Mao Cheng Ji
    What about this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUM6S8kcEZA ?
    This is what I perceive as typical Russian pizdezh. Deliberate contrarianism, twisting things around. The Hawking thing too, definitely.

    As for the western civilization, "cultural values and false, dehumanizing model of the world", that sounds very much like his standard denunciation of liberalism. And what of it? He is, after all, a radical traditionalist, a reactionary. An entertaining reactionary. It's good.

    As for his anti-racism, what's wrong with that?

    As for his anti-racism, what’s wrong with that?

    Because “anti-racism” in Soviet/Eurasianist parlance denotes things such as open borders with Central Asia, prison terms for people criticizing the massive flow of subsidies to the North Caucasus, and gazillions of aid to failed Third World tinpot dictatorships fighting “Western imperialism” (while in practice putting it into their Swiss bank accounts).

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    I admire your perseverance.
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  • @Mao Cheng Ji
    What about this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUM6S8kcEZA ?
    This is what I perceive as typical Russian pizdezh. Deliberate contrarianism, twisting things around. The Hawking thing too, definitely.

    As for the western civilization, "cultural values and false, dehumanizing model of the world", that sounds very much like his standard denunciation of liberalism. And what of it? He is, after all, a radical traditionalist, a reactionary. An entertaining reactionary. It's good.

    As for his anti-racism, what's wrong with that?

    As for his anti-racism, what’s wrong with that?

    It is opposed to Karlin’s race realism.

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  • @Daniel Chieh
    Is this some sort of weird joke or do you actually believe this?

    Is this some sort of weird joke or do you actually believe this?

    I may exaggerate for effect but I do not lie.

    The situation in Russia is under control. :)

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  • @Onanymous

    government propaganda
     
    Everything coming out of Russia is government propaganda. All these Russian “nationalists”, “communists”, “liberals”, “patriots”, are mere Kremlin puppets. Real opposition cannot exist there — it immediately would go six feet under.

    Is this some sort of weird joke or do you actually believe this?

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    Is this some sort of weird joke or do you actually believe this?
     
    I may exaggerate for effect but I do not lie.

    The situation in Russia is under control. :)
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  • The Kurginyan cult has just succeeded in getting Rostov-na-Donu to cancel plans to erect a statue to Solzhenitsyn. In my experience the anti-Solzhenitsyn cause is a popular one, even with the youf.

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  • @Onanymous

    government propaganda
     
    Everything coming out of Russia is government propaganda. All these Russian “nationalists”, “communists”, “liberals”, “patriots”, are mere Kremlin puppets. Real opposition cannot exist there — it immediately would go six feet under.

    The “no true opposition” fallacy.

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  • By K-selected, do you mean intellectual? Then you should say so.

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  • We seem to be doing pretty well, if SimilarWeb stats are anything to go by. The Unz Review is clearly the dominant website amongst the "Intellectual Dissident Right" (we are far ahead of VDARE, Takimag, and are even catching up on the normies at The American Cuckservative). It is also strongly competitive amongst the "Intellectual...
  • The “diversity” – a word that’s been so badly bastardized – of articles published on UNZ makes this my other go to site besides Drudge Report and Social Matter. I was blown away by the American Pravda series in particular from UNZ.

    A lot of good authors and reposts from viewpoints that you don’t know exist till you click on it and down the rabbit hole you go. I recall one link from here on “geopolitics” which I never gave any real look at lead me to a post on looking at China’s geopolitical perspective via their island disputes with the Philippines.

    I can only hope this site grows and grows.

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  • Russian nationalists and "patriots" - much like the "Alt Right" and Alt Lite in the United States - each have their own media ecosystems, though overlap is inevitable. As in the United States, "patriotism" is at least an order of magnitude more prevalent than nationalism (indeed, it is one of the defining strands of Putinist...
  • @neutral
    Do any of them ever talk about jews? Or is "Atlanticist" a kind of way to talk about jews without getting in trouble from government censors?

    Do any of them ever talk about jews?

    Well, go ask/read through the archives of Israel Shamir. :) He’s far closer to the Prokhanov circle of “Soviet nationalists” than I am.

    Or is “Atlanticist” a kind of way to talk about jews without getting in trouble from government censors?

    No. Atlanticists are Atlanticists.

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  • @melanf

    It is important to note that just as the Right Altsphere in the United States can’t compete with the collective Vox, so Russian nationalists, Far-Rightists, and sundry “national patriots” and “national conservatives” of whatever flavor are far more marginal relative to neoliberalism.txt’s Russia branch.
     
    "VZ.ru" is government propaganda (or very close to it). These views are absolutely dominating the TV.

    government propaganda

    Everything coming out of Russia is government propaganda. All these Russian “nationalists”, “communists”, “liberals”, “patriots”, are mere Kremlin puppets. Real opposition cannot exist there — it immediately would go six feet under.

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    The "no true opposition" fallacy.
    , @Daniel Chieh
    Is this some sort of weird joke or do you actually believe this?
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  • @Mao Cheng Ji

    and the Atlanticist evils of surfing (no, seriously).
     
    Sometimes you sound like you have no sense of humor whatsoever.

    But really, you're an American, right? You don't have the knack for Russian pizdezh; the second meaning here. Similar to 'trolling', but far better, more elaborate, and can be maintained for hours, by several participants. Dugin is extremely good at it. He's a talent.

    Sometimes you sound like you have no sense of humor whatsoever.

    It’s Karlin’s version of pizdezh, I guess :)

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  • Do any of them ever talk about jews? Or is “Atlanticist” a kind of way to talk about jews without getting in trouble from government censors?

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    Do any of them ever talk about jews?
     
    Well, go ask/read through the archives of Israel Shamir. :) He's far closer to the Prokhanov circle of "Soviet nationalists" than I am.

    Or is “Atlanticist” a kind of way to talk about jews without getting in trouble from government censors?
     
    No. Atlanticists are Atlanticists.
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  • @Andrei Martyanov

    “VZ.ru” is government propaganda (or very close to it).
     
    Closer to "very close to it". They do allow periodically all kinds of opinions there and some of those opinions are valuable.

    They do allow periodically all kinds of opinions there and some of those opinions are valuable.

    In the television also show all kinds of opinions (including radical opposition)

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  • @melanf

    It is important to note that just as the Right Altsphere in the United States can’t compete with the collective Vox, so Russian nationalists, Far-Rightists, and sundry “national patriots” and “national conservatives” of whatever flavor are far more marginal relative to neoliberalism.txt’s Russia branch.
     
    "VZ.ru" is government propaganda (or very close to it). These views are absolutely dominating the TV.

    “VZ.ru” is government propaganda (or very close to it).

    Closer to “very close to it”. They do allow periodically all kinds of opinions there and some of those opinions are valuable.

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    They do allow periodically all kinds of opinions there and some of those opinions are valuable.
     
    In the television also show all kinds of opinions (including radical opposition)
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  • @Mao Cheng Ji

    and the Atlanticist evils of surfing (no, seriously).
     
    Sometimes you sound like you have no sense of humor whatsoever.

    But really, you're an American, right? You don't have the knack for Russian pizdezh; the second meaning here. Similar to 'trolling', but far better, more elaborate, and can be maintained for hours, by several participants. Dugin is extremely good at it. He's a talent.

    Dugin is extremely good at it. He’s a talent.

    That’s about the only talent he has. Actually, Limon at some point of time made a supposition that Dugin is not even Russian ethnically. I have my own reasons to believe that this could be true.

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  • @Anatoly Karlin
    Well I searched the comments on that phrase and most (Russians) don't seem to think he's trolling either.

    In any case, we he trolling about this?

    I am a supporter of blacks. White civilization – its cultural values and false, dehumanizing model of the world, built by them – there were no benefits. Everything is leading to the start of anti-White pogroms on a planetary scale. Russia is saved only by the fact that we are not pure white.
     
    or this?:

    https://twitter.com/akarlin88/status/896360025710628864

    or the "Globalist, Satanic AI Takeover Plan" he discussed with Alex Jones?

    or my personal favorite, this agricultural institute graduate's Very Learned Opinion about the fraud that is Hawking's physics?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3NDi1SYaYw

    What about this one:

    ?
    This is what I perceive as typical Russian pizdezh. Deliberate contrarianism, twisting things around. The Hawking thing too, definitely.

    As for the western civilization, “cultural values and false, dehumanizing model of the world”, that sounds very much like his standard denunciation of liberalism. And what of it? He is, after all, a radical traditionalist, a reactionary. An entertaining reactionary. It’s good.

    As for his anti-racism, what’s wrong with that?

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    As for his anti-racism, what’s wrong with that?
     
    It is opposed to Karlin's race realism.
    , @Anatoly Karlin

    As for his anti-racism, what’s wrong with that?
     
    Because "anti-racism" in Soviet/Eurasianist parlance denotes things such as open borders with Central Asia, prison terms for people criticizing the massive flow of subsidies to the North Caucasus, and gazillions of aid to failed Third World tinpot dictatorships fighting "Western imperialism" (while in practice putting it into their Swiss bank accounts).
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  • It is important to note that just as the Right Altsphere in the United States can’t compete with the collective Vox, so Russian nationalists, Far-Rightists, and sundry “national patriots” and “national conservatives” of whatever flavor are far more marginal relative to neoliberalism.txt’s Russia branch.

    “VZ.ru” is government propaganda (or very close to it). These views are absolutely dominating the TV.

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    “VZ.ru” is government propaganda (or very close to it).
     
    Closer to "very close to it". They do allow periodically all kinds of opinions there and some of those opinions are valuable.
    , @Onanymous

    government propaganda
     
    Everything coming out of Russia is government propaganda. All these Russian “nationalists”, “communists”, “liberals”, “patriots”, are mere Kremlin puppets. Real opposition cannot exist there — it immediately would go six feet under.
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  • How much of a leftist is Limonov? He supports YPG in Syria instead of Assad and has some western leftist cheerleaders (Gary Brecher/Mark Ames).

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  • @Mao Cheng Ji

    and the Atlanticist evils of surfing (no, seriously).
     
    Sometimes you sound like you have no sense of humor whatsoever.

    But really, you're an American, right? You don't have the knack for Russian pizdezh; the second meaning here. Similar to 'trolling', but far better, more elaborate, and can be maintained for hours, by several participants. Dugin is extremely good at it. He's a talent.

    Well I searched the comments on that phrase and most (Russians) don’t seem to think he’s trolling either.

    In any case, we he trolling about this?

    I am a supporter of blacks. White civilization – its cultural values and false, dehumanizing model of the world, built by them – there were no benefits. Everything is leading to the start of anti-White pogroms on a planetary scale. Russia is saved only by the fact that we are not pure white.

    or this?:

    or the “Globalist, Satanic AI Takeover Plan” he discussed with Alex Jones?

    or my personal favorite, this agricultural institute graduate’s Very Learned Opinion about the fraud that is Hawking’s physics?

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    What about this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUM6S8kcEZA ?
    This is what I perceive as typical Russian pizdezh. Deliberate contrarianism, twisting things around. The Hawking thing too, definitely.

    As for the western civilization, "cultural values and false, dehumanizing model of the world", that sounds very much like his standard denunciation of liberalism. And what of it? He is, after all, a radical traditionalist, a reactionary. An entertaining reactionary. It's good.

    As for his anti-racism, what's wrong with that?

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  • and the Atlanticist evils of surfing (no, seriously).

    Sometimes you sound like you have no sense of humor whatsoever.

    But really, you’re an American, right? You don’t have the knack for Russian pizdezh; the second meaning here. Similar to ‘trolling’, but far better, more elaborate, and can be maintained for hours, by several participants. Dugin is extremely good at it. He’s a talent.

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    • Replies: @Anatoly Karlin
    Well I searched the comments on that phrase and most (Russians) don't seem to think he's trolling either.

    In any case, we he trolling about this?

    I am a supporter of blacks. White civilization – its cultural values and false, dehumanizing model of the world, built by them – there were no benefits. Everything is leading to the start of anti-White pogroms on a planetary scale. Russia is saved only by the fact that we are not pure white.
     
    or this?:

    https://twitter.com/akarlin88/status/896360025710628864

    or the "Globalist, Satanic AI Takeover Plan" he discussed with Alex Jones?

    or my personal favorite, this agricultural institute graduate's Very Learned Opinion about the fraud that is Hawking's physics?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3NDi1SYaYw
    , @Andrei Martyanov

    Dugin is extremely good at it. He’s a talent.
     
    That's about the only talent he has. Actually, Limon at some point of time made a supposition that Dugin is not even Russian ethnically. I have my own reasons to believe that this could be true.
    , @Onanymous

    Sometimes you sound like you have no sense of humor whatsoever.
     
    It's Karlin's version of pizdezh, I guess :)
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  • We seem to be doing pretty well, if SimilarWeb stats are anything to go by. The Unz Review is clearly the dominant website amongst the "Intellectual Dissident Right" (we are far ahead of VDARE, Takimag, and are even catching up on the normies at The American Cuckservative). It is also strongly competitive amongst the "Intellectual...
  • Thanks for doing this. Does necpluribusimpar rank? I suppose Spotted Toad doesn’t qualify? He’s pretty alt, but not so much right.

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  • @reiner Tor

    e.g. his imperialism and vapidity
     
    He's also a Stalin apologist.

    But I think his imperialism is misunderstood. Basically, if an alt-right government came to power in the whole Eurosphere, and accepted all white countries into NATO (but maybe kicked out Turkey), would this count as Spencer's "White Empire"? Maybe it's not politically viable to have Ukraine and Russia (or Poland and Russia, or Croatia and Serbia) in the same alliance (however, how viable is it to have Romania and Hungary or France and Germany in the same alliance? yet there we are), but I also very much doubt how a total separatism for all European countries would work. Basically smallstate nationalisms are used against each other by the globalists, and they will probably always primarily be directed against each other. Even if not, last time it was proposed by a runner-up presidential candidate, how popular was exactly leaving the Eurozone in France? People don't want to rock the boat and discard integration. People enjoy the ability to travel within Europe. Therefore - so goes the reasoning - the EU will probably stay. It is actually popular, unlike mass immigration.

    So I'm not sure Spencer's ideas are so misguided. I'm also not sure if it's politically advisable to advertise those ideas in the way he does, but if the White Racialist Party received a majority in both houses of US Congress and won the presidency, the White Empire would already be a reality. He's not an imperialist in the sense that he wants to conquer new lands. He just wants to keep what he already has (and integrate Russia, too).

    It's only irrealistic because Spencer or any kind of White Racialist Party will never have a chance of even becoming a major party in the US, much less getting a majority. But you could tell that about any other kind of idea - it's very likely that you (or people you like more than Spencer) will also never come to power.

    The most likely future is one which involves a multiculturalist totalitarianism until it all collapses under its own weight. It will also probably come much later than we imagine. It might never come: maybe the distopia will always be that of the boots of a high-IQ ruling class stamping forever on racist white faces. Maybe the ruling class will always keep things together, using ever more coercion and ever advanced technologies. I'm sure the dumb immigrant masses (whose groups hate each other, like Berbers and other Maghrebis, or Turks and Arabs, or Turks and Kurds, etc. etc.) won't cause that many problems, at least as long as there's a will.

    But I think his imperialism is misunderstood.

    To me it’s a rematch of the Anarchist vs Marxist battle in the late 1800s. How do you be a nationalist in a world made global by technology? It’s either some kind of anarcho-syndicalist federated nationalism or a single union.

    I believe high levels of average relatedness (somewhere in between too much and too little) leads to good outcomes so as an ex left-liberal i prefer the first option but i can see where he’s coming from.

    His problem with the union idea is although “White” identity (in a political not a genetic sense) is being rapidly created by the dominant culture it currently only exists in small pockets so he’s running a bit too far ahead of the curve imo.

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  • @DFH

    Dick Spencer gets promoted by the MSM because he’s an easy and gay opponent
     
    I dislike Spencer for various reasons (e.g. his imperialism and vapidity) but he's hardly the worst person to be a spokesman. He's at least articulate and presentable and doesn't have the manner of a loon. If I wanted to undermine the movement, I would give as much time as possible to random minor neo-Nazi/KKK people or possibly Anglin.

    I would give as much time as possible to random minor neo-Nazi/KKK people or possibly Anglin

    Anglin’s too dangerous at what he is good at – extreme satire – to do that. Showing people partial quotes with all the humor removed could work but pointing people at him directly would backfire massively.

    Hence the Daily Stormer’s (currently) unique status.

    Otherwise yes the media like to pay meth heads to dress up as caricature skinheads to make them feel better.

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