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Around 1990-91 I started writing op-eds for newspapers as a hobby. The pay wasn’t much $75 to $150 per 750 word essay, but it was fun to get paid. But that brought up the question of whether I should use my real name or pick a pseudonym. Going with a realistic sounding pseudonym (e.g., Mark Twain rather than Publius) sounded most prudent. But I really wanted to cash checks for my writing, and I couldn’t figure out how to do that. So I didn’t.

Now, all these years later, I wish I had gone with a pseudonym.

What’s the best guide to keeping your confidentiality while getting paid?

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  1. Cortes says:

    Use a patronymic.

    Steve Mc? Your dad’s first name.

    Easy to explain for official purposes.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @reactionry
  2. Pretend you’re trans! Stephanie Sewer reporting!

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @eggplant
  3. Dtbb says:

    This note is legal tender for all debts public or private.

  4. Anonymous[529] • Disclaimer says:

    Set up a company and have checks paid to the company.

    • Agree: Lot, Paleo Liberal, TWS
  5. I assume you just have to reach an agreement with the publication for the byline and the checks are cut to your real name. I knew a guy who worked at the same newspaper as me back in the day. He’d use his own name for straight news stories, but he was also a coin collector and he wrote a column on numismatics under a pseudonym due to the entirely reasonable concern that the column would occasionally reveal him to be in possession of some very valuable items and he did not wish to be linked to that information under his real name in order to reduce the risk that he would be burgled.

  6. @Cloudbuster

    Incorporating is also a possibility. Say you want to write as Publius. You create Publius Opinions, LLC. and the check is written to the corporation.

    • Replies: @TBA
  7. Anon[701] • Disclaimer says:

    If you want to stay unknown to your client publishers, they need to have an auditable place to pay. Maybe a corporation with your attorney in all officer roles? Maybe some kind of trust, like lottery winners sometimes form?

    If you trust your publishers, just use a pen name, but get paid in your real name. However, all the staff will be SJWs, so the secret won’t last.

    Stuff like Bitcoin will eliminate a lot of potential publishers, since they’re not used to it.

    You’d need to do your research via Tor Browser, or at least a VPN, since people will be trying to ID you. The Fake Steve Jobs guy fell for a honeytrap where a tip was sent in linking to a URL created for the purpose, and the fake tipster watched the server logs for that page and located FSJ in the Boston area.

    I don’t know any email providers that let you create accounts via Tor and not have a backup email account. Yandex used to. You need an anonymous email to create an anonymous Twitter account. If you have a website, invisible stuff like analytics programs and Google AdSense give you away, so you have to avoid them. Images and PDF files have hidden meta data, for instance GPS data in some cases.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    , @Anonymous
    , @Lot
  8. For what you do, I really can’t say. I’ve read that for fiction, if you want a paycheck in your name you write something like, ‘By Max Power, to be paid to Eustice Clausowitz,’ and that will also insure the copyright in your name.

    Really, the need for anonymity in writing (while being paid) has mostly only cropped up in the internet age, where saying something controversial, heterodox, problematic to your day job, etc. can be traced rather easily back to you.

    And there’s nothing to say that the person who knows your real name (via PayPal, the publisher, whatever) won’t spill it anyway. It took a meticulous reader (and would-be extorntionist) to guess that that Richard Bachman was actually Stephen King in the preinternet age.

    While I’m thinking about it, are Allahpundit and Ace of Spades still pseudonous? I believe the latter is still mainly self employed as a blogger, whereas Allah works to the owners of HotAir.

  9. Has anybody ever really seen or heard Steve, anyway? How do we know he isn’t actually an AI that Ron created as a part of one of his coding projects.

  10. Tyrion 2 says:

    Has anything in particular prompted you writing this?

    • Replies: @Rufus
  11. Dave Pinsen says: • Website

    Your mention of Publius raises the question of whether it’s possible for anyone as widely read as him to stay pseudonymous. It wasn’t in his case.

  12. Twinkie says:

    You should set up trusts for lots of reasons. Privacy is one of them. Another cool reason is so that all your family members, I mean trust officers, can shoot the machine guns that are registered to the trust.

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    , @TWS
  13. @Hypnotoad666 is like the third of forth place this blog has been hosted at. I’m not sure why he changed from this delightful site:

    …but the domain is up for sale. What the heck?

  14. Anonymous[372] • Disclaimer says:

    Look on the bright side, having SWAT teams sent to your home on a semi-regular basis means you’ve finally made it as a big league political blogger.

  15. @Anon

    If you trust your publishers, just use a pen name, but get paid in your real name. However, all the staff will be SJWs, so the secret won’t last.

    Yep. So that’s no solution. Here’s what I did back when I wrote for papers. My sister’s married name happens to be fairly ‘generic’. I wrote my more ‘edgy’ pieces under her name and sent the checks went to her. I identified myself as a black woman and let me tell you I was untouchable. My sister needed the money so I sent the checks to her (from the PO Box I’d registered) and everyone was happy.

    Not sure this would still be possible–but I could even supply her SSN if required. So–find someone who needs the money. Shouldn’t be hard.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  16. Anon[701] • Disclaimer says:

    Note that corporate officers are public information, a search away at each state’s Secretary of State website. There’s a gray technique that some attorney’s don’t mind doing, for a fee, in which a day before filing the annual officers list the attorney and his or her staff are elected as officers, the form is mailed in, and then the company owner is elected back into the officer roles.

    I think there are some kinds of trusts that allow confidentiality. The attorney will nevertheless be public, so you might have to find an attorney in a city distant from your residence

  17. Why do you wish your real name was not known? Threats and hassles?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  18. @RichardTaylor

    I don’t mind them, but I don’t think other people should have to worry about them.

    • Replies: @Danindc
    , @Pat Kittle
    , @Dr. X
  19. @Mr McKenna

    A married sister sounds like a good solution, especially if she married somebody rich. On the other hand, this sounds like tempting fate: it’s not a great idea to come up with plans that would work flawlessly as long as your loved one behaves perfectly and doesn’t choose her husband or children over you. Putting temptations in the path of those close to you doesn’t always work out well.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    , @donut
    , @reactionry
  20. @Cloudbuster

    Yep, that’s what I used to do when I wrote for the fishwrappers.

  21. TBA says:

    I don’t know the law, but aren’t major stockholders public information, even for small corporations? If so, someone could easily find out the name of the one owner.

  22. You racists will be found out and doxxed. We destroyed Ricky Vaughn. Your real identity will be discovered, “Steve.”

  23. I recommend Anonymouse. Or, better, Anonymouse2.

  24. Let’s ask Corvinus.

    • Replies: @ic1000
  25. @Steve Sailer

    Must admit I’m mystified here. What would the temptation be? As I mentioned, I was helping her by letting her keep the money. She was helping me by cashing the checks and letting me use her name.

    Do you mean some temptation to ‘out’ me? It wasn’t that high-profile a paper, and besides she’d be an accomplice. She was divorced by then and needed the money anyway.

    The real fly in the ointment is that with the bigger papers, you’d have edit sessions on the telephone. But this was in the early 90s and who knows, maybe edits are done by text/chat/email now. Though with a good editor (as I had a few times) the instantaneous back-and-forth during a phone edit was really productive–and energizing.

  26. @Tiny Duck.

    Note this is TD with a period! And he even gave Steve a period too,
    because this TD is our guy 🙂

  27. Danindc says:
    @Steve Sailer

    This is one of the main reasons your readers need to be donating more. Either that or one large donor comes through with a huge check. These “hassles” require hazard pay. It would be nice and well deserved if you had the ability to “insulate, insulate, insulate” as one of your favorite writers once said.

    Hey big money folks out there – how about instead of writing that huge check to the State Tech football team you send it on over to Steve.

  28. @Steve Sailer

    If you don’t mind, tell us about some “threats and hassles” that have come your way.

    It probably wouldn’t hurt to have a public record of them.

  29. Form an LLC. An attorney or someone like that can serve as the registered agent if anyone looks up the LLC filings.

    Then set up a bank account in the name of the LLC.

    I would suggest naming the LLC after your pseudonym. e.g. Mark Twain LLC. That way there will be no confusion over cashing the check if someone simply makes a check out to your pen name.

    It doesn’t cost very much to do this.

    • Agree: Stan d Mute, TheBoom
  30. What about actors? Don’t they operate under two names simultaneously and legally?

  31. Anon[157] • Disclaimer says:

    No, not shareholders, not for small closely held corporations. Only for publicly traded guys and other corporations that the SEC requires to file.

    The biggest problem is that if you want to use one name and build up a following, a lot of your personal biography comes out over time and you become doxable. And if you’ve ever written under your real name, you’ve left a trail of pet words, phrases, anecdotes, arguments, and so on, that fingerprint you and are searchable. JAnd there are quirky misspellings, punctuation rules you somehow failed to learn, stuff like that.

    One tactic is to create a fake biography, a bible of your character, but with different facts from your real life. Drop these into your writing in an unforced manner, little by little. An advanced technique is to change sex, and add some relevant stuff relating to that in your bible. It’s hard to pull off though, long term. And it makes it more embarrassing if you’re caught.

  32. ic1000 says:

    When has pseudonymity been a problem for those in tune with the Spirit of the Age? Well, I guess one could legitimately worry about Come The Counterrevolution, pace Chile or Argentina, as unlikely as that seems in The Current Year.

  33. I’m curious. Why do you think you’d be better off using a pseudonym?

    Would you prefer to have had a job you weren’t able to get due to writing op-eds under your real name?

    Did people actually bother you over your op-eds and blog posts? Have you received threats? If that’s too much, have you met anyone who did receive threats, then, for holding opinions similar to yours and publishing them under their real name?

    I know, it’s indiscreet to ask something like this, and rude to throw someone another (personal) question in response to a question. I don’t care. I’m still curious.

  34. VD says:

    I started getting paid for my writing one year after you, Steve. And I did use a pseudonym. Trust me, it would have made absolutely no difference for you. Once the Internet appeared, anonymity was not possible.

    All the best,
    Vox Day

    formerly of:
    St. Paul Pioneer Press
    Chronicle Features
    Universal Press Syndicate
    Atlanta Journal/Constitution
    Computer Gaming World
    Electronic Entertainment

  35. Anonymous[202] • Disclaimer says:

    What’s the best way to maintain anonymity on the Internet, so even the evil tech companies and ISPs don’t know your name?

    • Agree: Couch Scientist
  36. Anonymous[202] • Disclaimer says:

    Images and PDF files have hidden meta data, for instance GPS data in some cases.

    I didn’t know that images and PDF files have hidden meta data.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    , @Lot
  37. Some people are blessed with generic ass names. If your name was Steve Jones you could have the best of both worlds.

  38. Sean says:

    You now wish you didn’t have Skin In The Game. As Nassim Taleb, courage is the one virtue that cannot be faked.

  39. Dr. X says:
    @Steve Sailer

    …and California’s a bitch of a state for CCW.

  40. Tim says:

    My brother had lunch with the real Steve. He said, “Steve is a very personable guy”.

  41. It is my understanding (not based on personal experience) that it is generally possible to deposit a check made out to a pseudonym into a personal bank account. Of course the check writer will then know your account number.

  42. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:

    Use a pen name get a check in the pen name endorse the back of the check with the pen name and deposit in your real name account account

  43. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:

    I found Steve long ago when he lived in Chicago

  44. Jimi says:

    Choose a variation of your name and make all deposits via ATMs which in my experience will deposit checks as long as the name is “close enough.”

    Steve Sailer can become Stephen McSailor.

  45. How did the writer of The Art of the Deal get paid for writing under the pseudonym of Donald Trump?

  46. What’s the best guide to keeping your confidentiality while getting paid?


  47. Anon[751] • Disclaimer says:

    Stephanie Slateer has a better ring.

    Or Alexander Jefferson or Thomas Hamilton.

  48. Anon[421] • Disclaimer says:

    Quillette publishes quite a bit of stuff under pseudonyms, and I see it at the Federalist also. I think I would trust Quillette especially, considering that it’s a one-woman operation on the business side.

  49. Rufus says:
    @Tyrion 2

    Yes. He loathes homosexuals.

    • Replies: @Tyrion 2
    , @J.Ross
  50. @Jonathan Mason

    The correct answer is: ” You are stupid or ignorant. “

    • Troll: Chrisnonymous
  51. What’s wrong with incorporating yourself?

    • Replies: @reactionry
  52. @TBA

    No, not in my state, at least. You can have your attorney be the registering agent and that’s the only name available to the public.

  53. Very tricky these days when (1) the publications will insist on having your SS number so your income is reported to the IRS and (2) most publications won’t want to pay you at all.

    • Replies: @Lot
  54. Now, all these years later, I wish I had gone with a pseudonym.

    why? Using a pseudonym really limits your credibility. If you are serious about a career as an influential political op-ed writer, you have to put your real name on the line.

    The only famous pseuodononymous writer I can think of is slatestarcodex. In the past there was Micahel Anton (Publius Decius Mus) and Megan McArdle who went by the pseudonym Jane Galt for years, but their pseudonyms couldn’t last with fame.

    I’m using a pseudonym, because I take my non-political day job as a data scientist, seriously. And I raise my kids and don’t want harassment. And I chose to prioritize those instead of seriously pursuing a career as a political writer.

  55. What’s lurking back there? Were you, like me, a… gulp!… Democrat?

  56. Andy says:

    Steve, I commend you for NOT writing anonymously. I understand it probably brought you some problems, but someone has to tell the truth without hiding in a pseudonym.

    • Replies: @TheBoom
  57. @Tiny Duck.

    Am I alone in entertaining the suspicion that Steve any Tiny Duck are the same person?

    • Replies: @fish
    , @SunBakedSuburb
  58. anon[502] • Disclaimer says:

    Michael Cohen took care of that stuff.

  59. Why not use a DBA “doing business as”, for check cashing purposes?

  60. Lot says:

    “Images and PDF files have hidden meta data, for instance GPS data in some cases.”

    Adobe Acrobat lets you “clean” files quite easily of all metadata. And image files there are free utilities, and doing it yourself manually is also easy.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  61. Lot says:
    @Toño Bungay

    “most publications won’t want to pay you at all.”

    Yeah that’s the big issue.

    And readers are more willing to pay someone who isn’t anonymous as well.

  62. jb says:

    We need to distinguish between two different goals here: 1) pseudonymity (it’s possible you could be doxxed, but at least you aren’t deliberately spewing your real name all over the Internet); and 2) anonymity (nobody can find out who your are). Steve, were you talking about one of these or both?

    Separate question for the peanut gallery: I’ve been mulling over the idea of setting up my own blog. I don’t need to make money from it, and it would be nice if I could arrange total anonymity. Can anyone point me to some guidelines for how to go about this?

    • Replies: @Lot
    , @another fred
  63. Anonymous[529] • Disclaimer says:

    Adobe Acrobat lets you “clean” files quite easily of all metadata. And image files there are free utilities, and doing it yourself manually is also easy.

    How to do this?

    • Replies: @Chris Renner
    , @Lot
    , @Kyle
  64. donut says:
    @Steve Sailer

    LOL . Tell me about it .

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
  65. fish says:
    @Tiny Duck.

    Ohs Tinys…….

    We destroyed Ricky Vaughn. Your real identity will be discovered, “Steve.”

    Teh character playyed by dat Charlie Shine guy in Mjor League?


  66. fish says:

    Ohs Torontos……

    Am I alone in entertaining the suspicion that Steve any Tiny Duck are the same person?

    Dats cain’t be’s tru!

  67. KunioKun says:–3616425.html

    I always assumed celebrities all had some alias mechanism to lead a halfway normal life.

  68. @TBA

    What Cloudbuster said. Many states don’t require ownership of LLCs to be disclosed, just that there be a registered agent who can receive correspondence from the government, etc.

    The costs are also fairly modest IIRC – maybe $100 for an annual LLC filing and $100 for the registered agent service.

    • Replies: @TheBoom
  69. How sad that it’s come to this. I know the 1st Amendment, technically, is meant to protect you from the government and not from private parties such as your employer. But by golly, it sure doesn’t work that way for the 14th; out of a guarantee against the “state…abridging” “privileges or immunities”, we got the EEOC and lawsuits against wedding cake bakers.

    If we took free speech as seriously as we take black interests, the gov would have nuked Google over James Damore.

  70. Bill B. says:

    When I used to write for newspapers I found that many would not countenance a pseudonym (that I wanted because my main outlet was fussy about exclusivity).

    When I was able to use one I found it very awkward to operate when calling sources for a story under that pseudonym.

    I also strongly felt that one’s work lost impact if it flew under different flags because readers liked familier bylines that they trusted and grew to understand.

    That said if I return to journalistic writing (as I might) I could be tempted to bifurcate into my actual name and a pseudonym for when I might stray from liberal tram lines.

    One advantage of writing for what is left of traditional media is that anonymity is more secure. And the pay is so bad these days that payment issues are less vital.

  71. JimB says:

    Ron’s smart but not that smart.

  72. Bill P says:

    You’d need a contract with a non-disclosure agreement. You’d have to pay a person or company to handle the money for you and send you the checks while promising not to disclose your identity.

    These days that would probably make a good business, but I wouldn’t put it past Paypal and credit card companies to try to shut it down. In addition, the company would probably have to avoid electronic data storage due to security concerns, and that would be kind of labor intensive and therefore expensive.

  73. Knaves! No one has mentioned bitcoin!

    Tell your publisher to send bitcoin over the lightening network, that should keep you nice and anonymous.

    Also do all your writing on an ancient librebooted laptop running GNU/Linux, tor over a Burger King WiFi network for sending submissions.

  74. JimB says:

    Actually, this sounds like a great question for Ron. Could he set up a website company like which preserves the anonymity of all its writers and commenters in the way it accepts and pays for submissions.

  75. @Anonymous

    I’m using Acrobat XI Pro; “Tools”-> “Protection” -> “Remove Hidden Information” will find and delete the metadata.

    (Unfortunately Adobe seems to move everything around when they come out with a new version, but that might help you get started.)

  76. Sammler says:

    FWIW, your use of your real name has made your work more influential — possibly much more. I’m sorry the cost to you has been high.

    Thanks and apologies from all of us without the courage.

  77. Tyrion 2 says:

    You’re weird. I imagine that Steve, like most rational people, is basically ambivalent to homosexuals.

  78. One problem with trying to write incognito these days is that word pattern recognition software could probably figure out your identity, especially with such a body of work to sample from.

    If someone really wanted to they could probably reverse engineer an app that told you how to change up your usual word choice patterns to frustrate the software. But if Mr. X is warning against “invading the world, inviting the world,” they might sleuth out your identity.

    But I guess it depends whether you want to be true deep undercover, or just have plausible deniability and keep your real name away from the run-of-the mill kooks and trolls.

    Another option would be to employ someone else as a front — like screenwriters did back in the McCarthy blacklist days.

  79. @Hypnotoad666

    I’m going to set up a stake-out at Steve Sailer’s p.o. box to see if Tiny Duck shows up.

    • Replies: @reactionry
  80. J.Ross says: • Website

    Maybe you can’t any more. Whatever system you could use in the past would depend on an understanding with the publisher. That publisher is either replaced or nominally assisted by open-mouthed soft-faced phronetically-deficient New Yorker-reading NPR-believing science-loving soy-binging NetFlix-subscribing TED Talking CIA-defending journalism-majoring poz who would love nothing more than exposing Ee Vull Naz Ees and have done so plenty of times already (not necessarily in exposing pseudonyms but in leaking and disrupting business relationships).

  81. @Torontotraveller

    No, you are not alone. Even the name “Steve Sailer” sounds suspiciously like a 70s good vibes musical act.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  82. @donut

    LOL. You’re nothing but flour, sugar, and lard.

    • Replies: @donut
    , @donut
  83. J.Ross says: • Website

    On what do you base this?

  84. Asking for a young friend?

    Seriously, I think the person w/ the sister had the right idea. Except instead of sister, go with a grandparent on mother’s side. Of course, a great-grandparent would be even more ideal, but I’m not sure this generation of whites have those any more.

    In either case, going with a grandparent is less likely to impact their taxes, they are better at keeping secrets if for no other reason they are forgetful about important details, and even if they do get blamed for something you wrote, who cares — they don’t have future un-employability to contend with.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  85. Use Tor Browser for ALL of internet needs related to this identity.

    Use protonmail for email.

    Use a service like blogspot, WordPress etc for you writing, rather than hosting your own.

    Get paid in the cryptocurrency Monero, which allows anonymous payments, rather than the more traceable Bitcoin. Monero can then be turned into Bitcoin, and then real money.

  86. @Cortes

    Use a patronymic.

    Steve Mc? Your dad’s first name.

    Steve ibn Ernest?

    Esteban Ernestez (Stephen Sondheim once used “Esteban Rio Nido”.)

    Etienne du Sérieux

    Стефан Pевностнович Швейцарцы

    Στέφανος Σοβαρόπουλος

    Sutībun Honki (本気 スティーブン )

    Stefan Ernst!

  87. Lot says:

    Acrobat has a feature called “sanitize” and “clean.” The free Adobe Reader might not though.

    To remove image metadata, just google it, lots of free software does it.

    You can also open it with an inage viewer, copy and paste it into Microsoft Paint (preinstalled with windows), then save it in paint as a new image file.

    • Agree: Kyle
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  88. Lot says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    “Stefan Ernst!”

    Stefan Urquelle.

  89. Lot says:

    It mostly isn’t all that hidden.

    For many file types, some but not all of the metadata can be viewed with Windows by right clicking on the file and selecting properties, then looking at the tabs.

    It is possible to have software deeply embed metadata so it is hard to find and remove. I don’t think this is too common or an issue with standard desktop business software.

    The government caught Reality Winner however because she didn’t know the government’s printer software put unique ID data into printouts, and her collaborator Glenn Greenwald didn’t either.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  90. Have the checks go to a partnership, LLC, or an S-corp that you set up. Takes 5 minutes to get an FEIN online.

  91. Cortes says:
    @Reg Cæsar


    There’s a section in Norman Davies’s “Europe: A History” dealing with the decline of the patronymic which has a couple of paragraphs about the effects of the Prussian admission of Jews on condition they adopted a surname system with the names to be from a list of rather whimsical and easily identifiable as non traditionally German names. Entertaining.

  92. Pericles says:

    Another option might be to employ an agent to handle this stuff. Perhaps you can find an inexpensive legal professional who is legally bound not to disclose such information?

    I see that a Nevada corporation with a nominee director appears to provide a lot of confidentiality.

  93. This was much easier twenty years ago: The advent of 9-11 gave the perfect excuse to screw down people’s identities in general, and the tax man used the opportunity to further nail things down on the money front. I still use an AKA from years ago, and when asked when I changed my name, all I can say is, “I didn’t, I just used this as an alternate version of my name.” You could do that twenty years ago.

  94. Steve, is it possible to get a full archive of your work? I see that Isteve is gone, I’d always planned to scrape the site but never did. I’d gladly pay for a full archive. What would it cost to put the site back up, assuming you have an archive?

  95. @Tyrion 2

    Glad to know you think you’re more rational than the likes of Dante Alighieri. Do you remember which circle is yours?

    • Replies: @Tyrion 2
  96. bitcoin address not an option?

  97. TheBoom says:

    I commend you for NOT writing anonymously. I understand it probably brought you some problems, but someone has to tell the truth without hiding in a pseudonym.

    In a sane world, I would agree with you but we are just in the early stages of the crackdown on thought crimes. Since Steve doesn’t have a day job, he is less vulnerable except for deplatforming from all financial transactions.

    However, his family may soon be made to suffer. The left is starting to attack people connected to thought criminals who haven’t publicly denounced the perp. Recently a man was fired when his wife was doxxed as an alt right commentator. Steve may eventually find his wife unemployable and his family physically harassed and maybe assaulted. Things are going to likely get very bad for those of us who do not comply with the acceptable narratives if the current trends continue and the past history of the left is a predictor of the future.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
  98. TheBoom says:
    @Chris Renner

    Many states don’t require ownership of LLCs to be disclosed,

    I looked into setting up an LLC at one point and found the rules vary by state regarding formation and anonymity. If I remember right Florida was cheap ($100), could be set up online and offered anonymity.

  99. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    It used to be easy enough to paper trip a whole new identity, but unless you are mestizo, oriental, or a black with a 100+ IQ, it’s pretty tough now.

    One gambit if you have cash (figure ten grand or more) might be to get an ID in a Latin hispanophone country, with a passport and come back in on a tourist visa and “overstay”. or go back and have your money wired to your Latin account. It’s fairly easy to fly to Canada and sneak back in the US if you don’t mind long drives: there are still many border crossings that are sporadically manned. I made a couple of Garand runs in the late 70s in my dad’s old Pontiac that way.

    It would help to be semi-fluent in Spanish, but being white would be no problem in Argentina which is Southern Euro White in large part, but still Latin enough to be corrupt to where ten large in US hundreds would enable your abogado to get you papered under any name you like. I’d go for something like “Ernesto Guerrero Neumann”, Hispanic White father, German mother. A birth cert (retroactive), passport, and Spanish enough to get a US tourist visa and you are in.

    You could always “borrow” the ID of a retard or a nursing home invalid, especially if it were a common name, and use that for a few years unless you got really famous and the money involved got the IRS going. If you got all their info and paid the taxes on a Col. Parker basis the IRS might not give a shit, but if your writing were provocative enough they might be told by a Democrat administration to start digging.

  100. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    Most laser printers do something like this. The metadata can be found and changed by anyone with some 68K assembler skills on the old HP or Apple PostScript printers if you can find one of those.

    My advice? Find an old Diablo 630 and some plastic print wheels. After using on a document needing real security, burn the print wheel. Oki dot matrix printers are still made as well, those should be pretty fungible and lacking metadata embeddability. Or just scarf up discarded inkjets and patch them up, use them and burn them after each use needing real security.

    • Replies: @Lot
  101. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Boswald Bollocksworth

    Fast food restaurant chains use MAC address managed systems that retain a lot and are slow and cranky. Most also make you use THEIR DNS servers which probably generate and keep log files as well.

    Find a momsicle and popsicle place or a hotel with open wifi in the lobby.

  102. Get paid via a literary agent. Or a lawyer.

  103. Fmillik says:

    Form a separate legal entity (like an LLC), have the separate entity open a checking account, have the separate entity get paid, it pays you.

    In other words, talk to a lawyer. We got tons of chicanery.

  104. Anon[268] • Disclaimer says:

    A couple of random thoughts:

    I’ve written under a pen name, and my technique for choosing a name was to research the most common surname in America (you can do this by birth cohort or overall at the Census website), and then I used a first initial (not a name) of the most common given name. That produced a Google-resistant name, because there are so many people with that name.

    Another thing: I changed my name when I was young. In California at the time, and I don’t know the current law, you can change your name by “usage.” I went to the DMV and told them I had changed my name, and they made me a new driver’s license. Then I went to Social Security and got a new card matched to my number there. After that I just notified everyone else, like credit card companies, and I had the core two documents, so it wasn’t any trouble.

    My name change was relatively trivial: swapping in the nickname that everybody called me by for my birth name. I don’t know if I would have met with more resistance if I changed to a completely different name. Again, I don’t know the current laws, but on the other hand, you can easily change your name and sex just by telling the DMV you’re doing it. So maybe it’s even easier now. You can say you’re changing your sex to something that wouldn’t change your “pronouns” or appearance, like nonbinary or genderqueer. I do remember that the motive could not be to avoid creditors, but that was not a pre-enforced thing that required a court appearance before a name change: You’d just get in trouble later if it came up in a legal matter.

    So you could use the name “Steve Sailer” as a pseudonym while changing your real name to “Michael Smith.” Property records, everything on your credit record. But you’d almost have to get the whole family to go along, because and sites like that show “related persons,” and they are pretty accurate about it. Most of those P.I. sites will remove your name if requested, but I think you have to constantly check back to make sure it doesn’t reappear.

    Rachel Dolenzal has done a pretty good job of disappearing by changing her name to something the opposite of Michael Smith: She chose some African bullshit name that is too hard to pronounce and remember, so even though it is publicly known, a supermarket cashier wouldn’t know it if given a credit card.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  105. Tell the truth. You were writing letters for Penthouse. You should have just used your initials like everyone else.

    • Replies: @reactionry
  106. @Boswald Bollocksworth

    Nah, with a published wallet address, you’re transparent, see, eg:

    The reason bitcoin was thought anonymous was that once, you could /make/ wallets anonymously. But I believe that if you want a legit one – one you can transfer cash into and out of – you have to use your real identity – tax reasons, I’m sure. But once it’s on the blockchain it’s all very public and traceable. ‘Monero’ is the coin that’s really anonymous.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Autochthon
  107. @Massimo Heitor

    In revolutionary times, people understand why.

    Speranza aka Jane Wilde for one.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  108. Tell the truth. You were writing letters for Penthouse. You should have just used your initials like everyone else.

    S.S. aren’t the best initials to use in Steve’s line of work.

  109. @Boswald Bollocksworth

    …over a Burger King Wi-Fi network…

    This bit is important, people! As muvh as som may favour other providers, neither the Hamburglar nor that red-headed bitch with pigtails are to be trusted…at all!

    Here’s a fun, related fact: Chick-fil-et (or, rather, whomever they farm
    such nonsense out to) have removed from their roll of blacklisted hate sites full of hatefully hateful hatred and hate.

  110. @Mr McKenna

    Your answer to Steve sounds somewhat obtuse. He’s addressing the general principle behind your case, not every last particular.

  111. @Mr McKenna

    When the transmob comes after your sister and her new husband, and when brother-in-law is going to lose his job or his clients, sister might be ready to fess up that she isn’t really the one who kicked the hornets’ nest, and you wouldn’t really wish their wrath upon her anyway.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
  112. @Couch Scientist


    Silence Dogood, Harry Meanwell, Alice Addertongue, Richard Saunders, and Timothy Turnstone

    • Replies: @Anon
  113. Lot says:

    “Most laser printers do something like this.”

    I don’t think it is actually most of them. More like 25%. Maybe I remember wrong.

    “and changed by anyone with some 68K assembler skills”

    Darn mine are a bit rusty.

    “Or just scarf up discarded inkjets and patch them up, use them and burn them after each use needing real security.”

    That’s equally impractical.

  114. Anonymous[529] • Disclaimer says:

    Thank you.

  115. Lot says:

    Total anonymity from whom? From the NSA, impossible if they really cared.

    The best you can probably do without special technical skills and a lot of effort is: install wordpress from a european web hosting company you pay by mail. Pay for a European VPN the same way if you don’t trust your ISP. Use the most basic current version of wordpress on mostly default settings, minimal or no third party plugins.

    • Replies: @jb
  116. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    I’ve written under a pen name, and my technique for choosing a name was to research the most common surname in America (you can do this by birth cohort or overall at the Census website), and then I used a first initial (not a name) of the most common given name. That produced a Google-resistant name, because there are so many people with that name.

    Smith and Jones automatically provoke suspicion and Doe is actually a rare name, as is Roe. You might as well use Bagodonuts.

    Most common surnames in US:

    Pick one from the top 20 but not a Spanish one, but not Smith or Davis or Jones. Johnson is more common but for some reason doesn’t provoke as much suspicion. Pick a common first name then test to see how many people with that combination come up, as you could pick an odd pair.

    • Replies: @Autochthon
  117. Jason Liu says:

    Having a very generic name. Doxxers can Google “Jason Liu”, go through 100 pages of results, and not find me.

  118. I was a bit confused at most of the responses, which focus on technical details, then I rereade Steve’s post, which said his biggest concern was how to cash the check, which meant he was focusing on details as well.

    I’m surprised. Then or now, media outlets rarely publish anonymous writers. Full stop. Steve wouldn’t have been able to have the career he had back in the 90s, writing for National Review, etc, if he’d been writing anonymously. Now, if he’d wanted to adopt a pen name, a pseudonym that was your legal writing name that you were paid under, maybe. I’m not even sure you can do that for opinion writing in a media outlet. But if you could, you’d still have all the same problems writing about IQ and race. You couldn’t start writing under another pseudonym once everyone was mad at that one.

  119. As far as setting up an anonymous blog, that’s quite easy. Create a gmail account and then go to wordpress.

    I recommend using two browsers, one for your blog and one for your personal use.

    • Replies: @Lot
  120. @Couch Scientist

    Thanks for the explanation. As ‘mitigating’ factors, sort of, I’d note that in the cases I described the paper wasn’t terribly high-profile (as I mentioned) and that my sister’s married name was (as I also mentioned) very generic, on the order of “Mary Smith” and (more to the point) this was the early 90s before the internet-fueled lynch mobs came about. It’s possible–likely even–that none of this would spare me or my sister in today’s world. I miss the internet of 1995, btw.

    • Replies: @Couch Scientist
  121. Anon[332] • Disclaimer says:
    @The Cruncher

    There’s no difference between “legit” Bitcoin wallets and wallets you make on your PC. They are both in the blockchain the minute somebody transfers Bitcoin to them. You should never depend on a wallet at an online service, which get regularly hacked. You should take payments to your own wallet, and when you want to cash out you can transfer the money to an online service and immediately wire it to a bank.

  122. Tyrion 2 says:
    @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan

    I imagine that Inferno is so full of his personal enemies that there isn’t any space left.

  123. I have to go along with the group who is saying that if they really want to find you, they are going to find you.
    I think the best bet is to hide in plain sight, and that would at least provide a barrier to random and probably even medium level kooks out to harass you.
    Married women using their maiden name is a good one. Another is to go the Jon Bon Jovi route. His legal name is Jon Bongiovi. A non fiction market might go for both, as they both legitmately address a need for practicality (in her case, maintaining a profession name and the recognition that goes along with it; in the second, simplified spelling to make it easier for readers to look up your professional work).
    So, hello Steve Sailor.

  124. It just dawned on me, here in the middle of a sleepless night, that Steve may need to write for, oh, some prominent employer — without his name causing a stir. Y0u see, if it got out that Nazi White Supremacist Devil Steve Sailer were working for the White House, for example, all Hell would break loose, as they say.

    So, Steve needs a way to get paid without causing a stir.

    Well, our great half-blood president B. Hussein Obama sent $Billions by private jet to Iran. My advice is to get paid in cash. (I’ve paid contractors that way, but don’t hold it against me; it was up to them to pay their taxes. I firmly believe in freedom and cash. Stay away from my money!)

    So, why can’t Steve Miller and his band just put some Benjamins on a jet to LAX for Steve?

    Get paid in cash, use a nom de plume for whatever you put on Donald’s teleprompter, and be done with it.

    • Replies: @reactionry
  125. donut says:

    Um hmm . Tell me , how does that make you feel ?

  126. @Twinkie

    Hide the fact you own 80 acres in the boondocks.

    • Replies: @reactionry
  127. donut says:

    Uh huh , yeah . You don’t know deal yet do you . But how could you , since you jumped in mouth first . LOL

  128. @The Cruncher

    Wow! Not only is that Bambanek asshole close to heart of the business community – perhaps the Oriental one? – but he has compiled some ace OSINT stuff as well – not to mention one slick personal Website!

    He could stand to eat a salad, though.

    This March I will be returning … to teach my Threat Intel course and a new course on blockchain forensics. Best part is the breakfast burritos.

    (Read: “Arrive early before I eat them all.”)

  129. @Anonymous

    Johnson is more common but for some reason doesn’t provoke as much suspicion.

    It’s because GloboHomo is really fond of Johnsons; you could even say GoboHomo has a weak spot for Anonymous Johnsons, and just cannot resist them….

  130. Bill B. says:


    Scruffy Brit arrives at Ernest Hemingway’s Paris hotel room shortly after the liberation:

    Hemingway: Who the hell are you?

    Brit: I am Eric Blair.

    Hem: Who? Go away silly Brit.

    Brit: I am George Orwell.

    Hem: Why the hell didn’t you say so? Have a drink.

  131. @jb

    Can anyone point me to some guidelines for how to go about this?

    Just do a search for how to blog anonymously. Lots of advice.

    Here’s one. Coincidentally, I was looking at this today.

  132. @SunBakedSuburb

    I can imagine you skulking around a post office set in a blighted zip code (not matching one found in the magic dirt of a sunbaked suburb) while TD ducks into an alley marred by signage of “Post No Bills” – as he strives to avoid trolls going nuclear on him with a “Duck & Cover” maneuver – before finally peering through the tiny window of a p.o. box as Peeking Duck (sorry).

    • Replies: @Hippopotamusdrome
  133. @Redneck farmer

    Boondocks – Drang Nach East Woods?

    I thought that he had forty acres and a drug mule and was living chic[sic] by jowl with Clint Eastwood.

  134. @Portlander

    Steve! You can use me. I am old and I don’t give a s**t! 5% is all I ask!

  135. @Mr McKenna

    Yes, things are different now and there are some very vicious people out there.

  136. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Addertongue I love it!!

    Addertongue Alden that’s my new name.

  137. Lot says:
    @education realist

    Gmail (and all other major free webmails) requires a working cell phone number now for normal sign up.

    There is a workaround however: the android new account setup process. So factory restore your old android phone or tablet, and then you can get a gmail without a phone number confirmation.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  138. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    So get a burner phone.

  139. Kyle says:

    Open the desired image on your phone and then screen shot it. That should replace your meta data correct?

  140. @Buzz Mohawk

    A Babel Fish Rots From The Head Down

    Steve “Ace” Sailer should just stick with “White Devil” – it’s how they know him…

  141. @Steve Sailer

    [caution: a little less than 300 words o’ weirdness]

    Steve (Shaw)Shanks One Into The Fuhrerbunker?
    To “Sybil” Sailer: You’re So Vane, I’ll Bet You Think This Seance Is About You, Don’t You, Don’t You?

    One of signature lines of “The Shawshank Redemption” is , “Do you trust your wife?” Andy Dufrense (Tim “Baskin” Robbins), convicted (framed) as the cold-blooded killer of his wife and her lover, a (shudder) golf pro, informs prison guard Captain Hadley (Clancy “The Clown” Brown -also starring in an upcoming biopic of John Wayne Gacy) that he (Hadley) can avoid paying any taxes whatsoever on 35k inherited from his brother by signing said sum over to his wife. Dufrense was sentenced in 1947, so it’s reasonable to assume that events in that hoosegow took place during an era of cheap land, burgeoning home ownership (often with men as the sole breadwinners), a rising middle class and relatively inexpensive golf courses (golf cap/hat tips to SS here of course). It has often been asserted that “nobody” paid taxes at a top marginal rate of around 90%, but such windfalls as lottery winnings and inheritances must have led to at least some exceptions.

    While in jail Andy was anything but a cuck conservator.

    Cynthia and Sybil Vane of Nabokov’s “The Vane Sisters” couldn’t be trusted even when dead, given Sybil’s spectral telegraphs to the “unreliable narrator,” but Steve Sailer could ignore those “acrostics” and indulge in at least a little cross-dressing and then get some fake ID’s and “socials” (from wherever illegals get them) in order to assume their identities (and perhaps income) of those dead, “weak” sisters. However, as VN cautioned, “This particular trick can be tried only once in a thousand years…” – or Tausendjähriges – as in Sailer’s quip about the “third [David] Reich.”

    • Replies: @reactionry
    , @Anonymous
  142. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    It has often been asserted that “nobody” paid taxes at a top marginal rate of around 90%, but such windfalls as lottery winnings and inheritances must have led to at least some exceptions.

    Black prizefighters and entertainers tended to overpay because of poor or nonexistent financial advice, as did sweepstakes winners in general. Also, there was Elvis, whose manager, illegal immigrant and possible fugitive from a Dutch murder charge Col. Tom Parker, had Elvis pay full boat to “keep the IRS from asking questions”. Of course this in and of itself should have been suspicious in the extreme but the IRS is not necessarily as smart as people think.

    It took them decades to figure out that laundromats could be checked for gross income to very accurate numbers by their water, power and gas bills. For years laundromats were money laundries first and foremost and usually owned by white people up to little good: overnight the business went all oriental. (Also, no one builds new laundromats any more and the old ones slowly deteriorate until one day they shut down leaving junk machines, at least around here. )

    If Americans were more like orientals and middle easterners, and actively sought to fuck the IRS more, tax revvenues would plummet, and the government would have to go to something like VAT as in France.

    • Replies: @reactionry
  143. @Cortes

    Patronymic Popeilnomics
    Or: Ruthlessly Vetting Etting?

    Perhaps Steve Sailer or Tiny Duck could lessen the chance of detection by turning the collar way up after buttoning up his overcoat and then Googling Gogol to get Akaky Akakievich [C]ashmachkin – a name well “suited” for cashing checks into filthy lucre.
    All us Sailer’s bitches should form up a pack and sing to him a scatological and creepily possessive,
    “Button up your overcoat
    When the wind is free
    Oh, take good care of yourself
    You belong to me

    It might be better to (like a dog that returns to its vomit or vet) go back to Nabokov’s “Sounds” to get a glimmer of a friendlier sounding patronymic in
    “I saw from the bridge the panama and rounded shoulders of Pal Palych, who was sitting below on a projection of the bathing booth, with a fishing rod in his fist.”
    That suggests the marketing of a product for which anonymity might be desired by buyer as well as seller, the Ron “Unz” Popeil Pocket Pool Pal Fisherman

  144. Just use your initials. That should go over well when writing about race.

  145. jb says:

    I don’t expect the NSA to care. I mean total anonymity from mere mortals who might want to dox a blogger who strays from the straight and narrow.

  146. TWS says:

    That’s how I do it. I make sure the name on the by line is my nom de plume and the checksgo to me. Just me and the agent know.

  147. TWS says:

    Ron would have adjusted his ‘Steve’ model long ago. Steve comes up with far too many ‘wrong’ conclusions. Ron sees no data outside his model.

  148. TWS says:

    I feel like Joe Pesci in, ‘My Cousin Vinnie’. You can do that?

  149. TWS says:
    @Tiny Duck.

    You’re getting much better. Consider a few more typos and grammar errors and a reference to the, ‘smart brothas’. A- For sure. Well done.

  150. @Chrisnonymous

    Steve Sailer: Non-Person?

    B-b-but corporations aren’t people!

  151. @Buzz Mohawk

    Maybe “A Funny Thing Happened [to Sailer] on the Way to the [Penthouse] Forum.”

    Maybe not so funny: this post, “Limousine Liberals” and “Penthouse Bolsheviks.”

    (I’ll leave it those more knowledgeable than me as to whether “Limousine Libertarians” is much of a thing)

  152. AndrewR says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    How on earth do you know his dad’s name?

  153. @Hippopotamusdrome

    Har – looks like TD would have failed a Unified Field Sobriety Test even if only asked to perform a simple duckwalk.

  154. @Massimo Heitor

    Pseudoerasmus is another notable author who has managed to get some attention while staying relatively unknown.

  155. @Anonymous

    That’s interesting stuff on laundering (hard-to-trace coins) money through laundromats. My wife’s late parents once knew a man who suffered something worse than an IRS audit when he ignored mob guys who had told him not to have pinball machines in his store without their permission.

    There’s a scene in “To Live and Die in LA’ in which a non-commercial dryer is used for finishing touches on counterfeit bills – which is better (Caution: and longer) than I remembered :

    Wandering further off topic, an iSteve commenter recently posted a poem which ends with a Japanese guy taking a white guy’s garden. (John Derbyshire recently wrote something about the hazards of “importing a new class of [Asian] overlords”?) The late Jonathan Winters was able to pull off a sick joke without looking like a jerk (something which I can’t probably do here) – something like – “What did I do during the service (WWII)? Well, I shot a Japanese gardener [laughter ensues]…..not proud of it though…” -(was able to find one version buried in a bit online)

    I think that there were rumors about Japanese-Americans using gardens to send signals to pilots of the Japanese Empire and there’s a suggestion of that in Michelle Malkin’s “In Defense of Internment.”

    FWIW, a Spock might have said, the episode of Twilight Zone in which George Takei plays a Japanese-American (not many years post WWII) is arguably “fascinating.”

    I can mention this because blah blah blah the mother of one of my nephews (now a physician blah blah blah) blah blah was born in Kobe, Japan blah blah ; )

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