The Unz Review Digest - May 25, 2017
By a very wide margin, our most popular featured article this last week was the Saker’s discussion of the current state of the nuclear balance of terror between the U.S. and Russia, and his conclusion that the long-standing situation of Mutual Assured Destruction fully remains in force despite claims made, including in this very webzine, that recent enhancements in American targeting technology might enable a successful first strike. After all, any scenario in which the overwhelming bulk of Russian strategic forces were suddenly destroyed but the remaining 5% were easily able to inflict tens of millions of American casualties would hardly be an attractive one to rational American policy-makers, though at times that assumption of rationality seems far from certain.
A wide variety of different topics dominated the remainder of the list, with second place captured by Philip Giraldi’s analysis of whether our “Deep State” is indeed targeting Donald Trump for political removal. Next came John Derbyshire’s suggestion that perhaps the single greatest factor likely to impact world civilization during this century is the projected quadrupling of the population of Sub-Saharan Africa, an issue which receives virtually no attention outside the most rightwing fringe of web-based media outlets. Meanwhile, Fred Reed suggested that we may soon begin to see the widespread introduction of effective sex-robots, with considerable impact on the troubled state of gender and marital relations.
In fifth place, Steve Sailer thoroughly deconstructed the latest round of denunciations of social scientist Charles Murray by left-liberal journalists and pundits who fail to allow their total ignorance of the science they are attacking to stay their hand. Given that this piece attracted such strong traffic in the the first 24 after publication, it seems likely to reach the top stop within the next couple of days.
Finally, as a holdover from last week was Anatoly Karlin’s discussion of the doubtful arguments regularly used to attempt to rehabilitate the historical behavior of Germany in the Second World War together with his suggestion that many of the accusations made against the Soviets under Stalin largely constituted Cold War propaganda. As might be expected, these controversial positions provoked a huge outpouring of heated debate, amounting to over 600 comments and nearly 65,000 words.
From Vox: Getting worked up over Charles Murray being allowed on a podcast seems a little bizarre. (Here's the podcast.) Under the faux indignation and clickbait headline, however, this is about as good an attempt as any to shore up the Conventional Wisdom that the racial differences in average intel
One of Steve Sailer’s many clever commenters has brilliantly named it WhateverGate—the frantic legalistic churning about who said what to whom in President Trump’s circle, and whether the thing that was or was not said warrants impeachment. Or whatever. But impeachment. Every week, I think things can’t get any crazier—the hysteria has to burn itself... Read More
Why is it a “conspiracy theory” to think that a disgruntled Democratic National Committee staffer gave WikiLeaks the DNC emails, but not a conspiracy theory to think the emails were provided by Russia? Why? Which is the more likely scenario: That a frustrated employee leaked damaging emails to embarrass his bosses or a that foreign... Read More
“Traitor!” screamed Keith Olbermann after Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, though Olbermann himself was calling for Comey’s resignation months ago . [Olbermann: Yates An ‘American Hero,” Trump A ‘Traitor,’ by Amber Athey, Daily Caller, May 9, 2017] Protesters scream the president is a “traitor” at public rallies [‘Trump is a traitor!’ Protester forcefully... Read More
Here’s what I saw unfold in the media during the 24 hours from Monday to Tuesday afternoon (May 15-16). On Monday, I saw blaring headlines throughout the day on Twitter about how Trump had betrayed some “highly-classified” intelligence secrets to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during their meeting last week. I was busy and paid... Read More
If One Arm is Right, the Other Will Be Left, No?
This worthy and public-spirited column seldom dives into the thickets of military hardware, which it regards as excessively technical. However, the arms race between China and Washington is of enough gravity that its more exotic armaments may be of interest. Herewith, the truly dangerous weaponry of the contending sides. C-919 A Chinese narrow-body intended to... Read More
In my coverage of the French elections, I've been vaccilating between optimism and pessimism. Obviously, Le Pen's result - 34% of the vote - was unprecedentedly good, and her popularity seemed to be especially strong amongst French youth. On the other hand, it was perhaps not as good a result as could have been expected,... Read More
I have decided to share with you something which I originally sent out to the key members of the Saker community: my recommendation on how to keep your private communications private in the age of “Big Brother” aka NSA, ECHELON, GCHQ, Unit 8200, etc. I have been interested in the topic of encryption for many... Read More
Here is Justin Murphy describing his background, research, and activism: So Murphy is an academic on the left. He is therefore part of the establishment, a card-carrying member of the institutional structure that dominates intellectual discourse in the West. But, unlike the vast majority of his academic brethren, he is quite aware that the left... Read More
Economist Tyler Cowen of Marginal Revolution interviews Stanford economist Raj Chetty and borrows a number of his questions from my appreciative 2015 critique in Taki's Magazine, "Moneyball for Real Estate," of the flaws in Chetty's methodology in his huge and much publicized study of how income mobility over the generations varies by county across the... Read More
Take the Salt Water Challenge
Marwan Barghouti has stopped drinking water. He started his hunger strike thirty-six days ago, together with 1,500 other Palestinians who are being held in Israeli prisons. Each day the strikers have been drinking water mixed with salt, the salt needed to keep their electrolytes functioning to stay alive, but their health has reached a critical... Read More
Today’s college campuses are hotbeds of anti-intellectual insanity—a world of micro- aggressions, trigger warnings, safe spaces, speech codes, cultural appropriations and mandatory sensitivity training where the slightest impolite utterance, regardless of intent or heartfelt apologies can result in harsh punishment. Can this be reversed? The answer is “yes” but this will require a devious pathway... Read More
For the past several months, Democrats have based their "Resist 45" movement on unsubstantiated assertions that the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian intelligence officials to undermine the 2016 Presidential Election thereby 'stealing' the White House from Hillary Clinton. Day after day we've all suffered through one anonymously sourced, "shock" story after another from the New... Read More
So, here we are, a little over one hundred days into “The Age of Darkness” and the “racially Orwellian” Trumpian Reich, and, all right, while it’s certainly no party, it appears that those reports we heard of the Death of Neoliberalism were greatly exaggerated. Not only has the entire edifice of Western democracy not been... Read More
The most recent of incident of Cultural Marxist commissars refusing to admit that dissidents are to be treated as fellow citizens is the crazed female professor who accosted the NPI’s Richard Spencer while he was exercising at a Alexandria gym. She, recognizing him from coverage of the election campaign, started haranguing him and calling him... Read More
President Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia tomorrow, mere hours after US bombers attacked pro-Assad militiamen whom the US military say were threatening a base in southern Syria where US and British Special Forces are training rebel fighters. It would be naïve to imagine that the timing of the US attack, the first intentionally made against... Read More
God bless Donald Trump for sacking James Comey! Just a few days before this decisive step, Justin Raimondo of Antiwar.com called James Comey "the most powerful man in America". Comey was pushing the US into an unnecessary war with unwilling Russia. Answering a question by Lindsey Graham, the notorious warmonger, he said that Russians are... Read More
For weeks now I have been getting panicked emails with readers asking me whether the USA had developed a special technology called “super fuses” which would make it possible for the USA to successfully pull-off a (preemptive) disarming first strike against Russia. Super-fuses were also mentioned in combination with an alleged lack by Russia of... Read More
Sometimes paranoia is justified
President Donald Trump is not exactly known for his self-restraint. The recent firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey was not handled with any delicacy and has unleashed a firestorm of criticism coming from across the political spectrum. And since Comey’s abrupt dismissal the backstabbing has become even worse, with many coming... Read More
The fact that black immigrants to the United States have shown achievements that are superior to native black Americans has been a phenomenon studied since at least the 1970's. At first it was just the Caribbean blacks who were a subject of this unexpected outcome. As black Africans kept immigrating into the US, they showed... Read More