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The 2017-2020 wave results of the World Values Survey are out (h/t Thulean Friend). You can access them and look at the data here. They do waves of surveys encompassing a few dozen countries every five years, making the WVS a highly useful resource for comparative sociology*. One such question is repeatedly ask is if... Read More
This interesting and seemingly comprehensive survey of free speech attitudes at US colleges was posted a few weeks ago: 2020 College Free Speech Rankings (also reproduced here). Useful complement to the FIRE Disinvitation Database. Although it's well known that there has been a large-scale shift against the concept of free speech on the Left over... Read More
As the protests become more marginal and zmagar-dominated, they are also drawing an ever increasing mass of Russian Bioleninists. Not very important in the grand scheme of things, but it's amusing to observe. *** The Encounter: The liberal hipster Yuri Dud', who was recently in Poland, also ran into some Based Polish Nationalists there: But... Read More
CUTIES (2020) Rating: 3/5 You can access all of my latest book, film, and video game reviews at this link, as well as an ordered, categorized list of all my film reviews and ratings here:   The latest conservative triggering is over a French film called Cuties (Mignonnes). Having premiered this January without incident, it... Read More
h/t "Horace Finkelstein" for the meme What I think is a major missed market opportunity: Bring poutine to Russia. Cheap, satiating calories Latitudinal compatibility (Canada) - as with technologies and many other things, it's often been observed that culinary foodways tend to spread most successfully across latitudes Fast food Can make Putin-related puns There are... Read More
There's some people who seem to believe that displaying or posting the white-red-white flag commonly used in Belorussian opposition protests is supposed to "trigger" Russians and/or Russian nationalists, or something. But really, why should even - or especially - Russian nationalists prefer one larp flag - that of the BSSR from 1951-1991... ... over another... Read More
"Listva" Bookshop Opens Up in Russian Capital
Black Hundreds CEO Dmitry Bastrakov giving the opening speech. On August 8, 2020 Moscow saw the opening of the bookshop Listva in Moscow. This is their first expansion outside the original Listva bookshop in Saint-Petersburg, where - incidentally - I had been invited to give a lecture on dysgenics last November. There will now be... Read More
Night in Novogrudok, Belarus (2017) by Pavel Gamburg. Even though we tend to take it as a given, it isn't exactly obvious why Belarus should be so much more "Russophile" than the Ukraine. The lands of White Russia were "regathered" into the Russian Empire well more than a century after Left-Bank Ukraine (the lands east... Read More
Major new study from PEW on religion in 2020. It is amazing to think that basically equivalent numbers of Russians and Poles connect morality to God, that would have seemed a very bizarre situation a couple of decades ago, when Russia was associated with pseudo-lesbian pop duo Tatu while Poles would make the cross when... Read More
Big Habbening on Twitter. Large-scale Bitcoin scam affecting high profile Blue Checkmark accounts, from Obama to Elon Mask. Hacker made off with something like $10 million. Even some minor circumstantial evidence that legendary Nazi troll hacker weev was behind it. All the Blue Checkmarks have been silenced until @jack figures out what is going on.... Read More
At the end of the day, the battle was lost in 1453. The best chance there was to reclaim Constantinople for Christendom was in 1917. Admiral Kolchak was to command an amphibious assault on the Bosphorus, spearheaded by regiments named after Tsargrad and Admiral Nakhimov (amongst others). Instead, it was Russia that was taken over... Read More
New monument to the Soviet soldiers who perished in the Battles of Rzhev (1942-43) during the Great Patriotic War. Putin and Lukashenko attended the opening ceremony in Rzhev yesterday. The lower half of the statue dissipates into a flock of cranes, referencing a famous song that is based on a poem by Dagestani writer Rasul... Read More
Yandex.Taxi is Russia's Uber. According to its terms of service, a driver can refuse a passenger a ride for any reason; he or she is deducted a fine and that's the end of the matter. But, like many laws and regulations, this apparently no longer applies to Black passengers. Drivers are obligated to give them... Read More
As I keep saying, the #BLM lunacy is transcontinental, spreading from the imperial center to the colonies. France renames a school from Colbert, the founder of dirigisme and one of the founders fathers of economic protectionism, whose reforms allowed the Sun King to achieve Napoleonic Wars-level mobilization rates and fight half of Europe... to Rosa... Read More
California is liberal, sure, but it is much more heterodox/"PC-totalitarian" than New England, where the Puritans of yore have merely put on problem glasses. California is more of a colorful playground for all sorts of eccentrics. Personally, I would characterize it as a nation-state sized coffee salon, even by American standards - just look at... Read More
The Cathedral of the Armed Forces at Patriot Park was consecrated yesterday. Though I'd say its interior aesthetics look more like something out of Morrowind, not Warhammer 40K.
Racists, Russians, gamers, and now Karens are America's most persecuted minority. So if you tick four of those boxes, you can be sure that the Man will really be out for you. So far as I know, this is the first time in history that Valve - the parent company of Steam, the world's most... Read More
May 26, 2020 saw the death of Jon Hellevig, one of the most interesting and colorful figures at the intersection of the Moscow expat and "Russia watching" worlds. (Before you ask, as it's topical in the news - no, not COVID-19). The Swedish-Finnish descendant of three Tsarist generals - his great-great-grandfather Gripenberg was a governor... Read More
This Bogdan Vechirko story is just perfect on so many levels of "meme convergence": > Be Ukrainian nationalist from Vinnytsia. > Leave for work in a Western country, just like any Ukrainian nationalist would given the chance. > Work intermittently as truck driver in US since 2015. > Become #MAGA chud. > Launch your very... Read More
So this is what Virgil was planning while "dead". Come to think of it, isn't this, like, the ultimate proof of White Supremacy. We even do the chimpouts better. Burning down a pigsty is much cooler than looting some gay store. In other news, Twitter's gone to war with the bad orange man: Will The... Read More
There are at least many views on the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of lockdowns. The balance of the evidence suggests that they do work, though the effect is confounded in complex ways by people spontaneously engaging in risk-reducing (but GDP-lowering) behavior. Be that as it may, the point is becoming moot, since they are ending across... Read More
CONTAGION (2011) Rating: 4/5 You can access all of my latest book, film, and video game reviews at this link, as well as an ordered, categorized list of all my book reviews and ratings here: Contagion (2011), which I watched in February - my only film so far this year - chronicles the spread of... Read More
One popular trope is that the US splits into its constituent "American nations" in the aftermath of some disaster or apocalyptic event. Alfred Twu has been tracking this for Corona, best thread here. Logical. In a country where states have so much power, much of the response would likewise be at the state level, with... Read More
This five part movie about the adventures of an Astartes spec-ops squad in the Warhammer 40k universe is my favorite cinematic product of 2020. It's hard to know where to even start - the atmospherics, animation, pacing, special effects, the sounds and music - they are all perfect. Perhaps my single favorite thing is how... Read More
The Virgin hazmat suit recluse vs. the Chad public shrine licker: However, the actual Iranian government - literally run by mullahs - was less appreciative of their devotion. The shrine lickers were arrested and are facing sentences of 74 lashes and/or imprisonment. And yes, they also closed down the mosques. Ironically, actual theocracies may have... Read More
One of the nicest sites on the Internet for data freaks is Max Roser's Our World in Data, which produces lavishly illustrated graphs on a wide variety of political, economics, and society-related topics. The links to the original data sources are also very useful. I found something similar (if much smaller scale) for Russia at... Read More
I was in Saint-Petersburg this November 18-25, and I thought I would round off the trip by stopping by the historic towns of Tver and Torzhok on the way. Thanks to the new High-Speed Rail infrastructure, this is pretty easy, and this along with the urban beautification campaign launched by its new, HSE-educator mayor Alexander... Read More
I have long wanted to make a "pilgrimage" to Borovsk, home to the museum-apartment of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, one of the three major thinkers - along with Nikolay Fyodorov and Vladimir Vernadsky - who could be said to be the fathers of Russian Cosmism, which is the precursor to modern transhumanism. Fortunately, to reach Borovsk, the... Read More
You may remember me writing about my visit to Volokolamsk in 2017, which did not leave the best impression. However, even these out of the way towns are steadily getting better, as my subsequent visit this summer would demonstrate. *** Some typical views driving about Volokolamsk. This is a monument to the Bus Driver. The... Read More
After an epic search for one of the ten Teremok restaurants in Moscow that serve the Немясо (Beyond Meat) patty... ... I finally found one and sampled it. It was OK, I guess. Quite edible. Might even be good with condiments. But it tastes *nothing* like meat, contra MSM pundits. Consequently, I am now convinced... Read More
This is one of the main topics of discussion in the endless "Ukraine debates" on this blog, though not one that I usually participate in due to lack of qualification in this subject. That said, I recently saw a very interesting article that I believe definitively answers the question. While supporters of the Ukraine's Polish... Read More
Sergiev Posad is a city of slightly more than 100,000 people that is 75 km to the north-east of Moscow. Unlike the other cities on my list, I am not going to say much about Sergiev Posad's socioeconomic status. I was there for a day, and it was filled up with purely "touristic" things. As... Read More
The city of Novgorod has played a central role in the emergence of the Russian state since its founding in 862, as per the Primary Chronicle. That was the approximate date of the appearance of the first settlement at Rurikovo Gorodishche, around 2 km south of the present day city: "And so Rurik acquired sole... Read More
Bryansk was founded in 1146, just a year before Moscow - at least, that was when it was first cited in a chronicle, which is the standard way of dating Russian cities. Its name, which was originally "Debryansk", approximates to "wooded hillside" in Old Russian. That is an accurate description of its physical geography, as... Read More
My latest trip to London was to visit the infamous "psychology conference"... and, ofc, to debrief with my MI6 handler. I also used the opportunity to tick off many of the last big museums in London that I had yet to visit, as well as Brighton and St. Albans. Previous posts: England 2016 (London, Oxford,... Read More
In my autistic drive for completion - at any rate from the end 2016, when I shared my impressions of London (Portsmouth, Oxford) in this blog's first ever Open Thread before repatriating to Russia - the next couple of posts will be about my two visits to Blighty since. Why London? Well, I need to... Read More
Kolomna is a small city about 120 km to the south-east of Moscow. Our dacha is in that general area, so I pass through it a few times a year. Just like Moscow and Volokolamsk, Kolomna was founded in the 12th century, and could almost be considered to have been an informal second capital during... Read More
Volokolamsk is a small, medieval Russian town about 120 km west of Moscow, where I spent about a couple of years before being taken to the West. As a strategic portage point on the River Lama - the name Volokolamsk literally means "portage on the Lama" (волок на Ламе) - it figured in numerous battles,... Read More
The past weekend saw the ninth Geek Picnic. This is an annual Russian science/sci-fi festival where technologists and futurists come together to hear lectures presentations, see tech exhibits, and do other futuristic things. I decided to come to this one to see what's it's all about. Some of you may have followed my Twitter thread... Read More
I began blogging in 2008. This was the Golden Age of the blogosphere, though by that time, in retrospect, its peak was already behind it. One example: Below is a fair representation of right-alternative ("Dark Enlightenment") bloggers in the early 2010s: Fast forward a decade and the scene has changed. Sure, many of the old... Read More
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD RATING: 3/5. You can access all of my latest book, film, and video game reviews at this link, as well as an ordered, categorized list of all my book reviews and ratings here: *** I am interested in China. I am not so much interested in films. But I am very interested... Read More
David Rozado has created the website Media Analytics where you can track the frequency of various words in the New York Times from 1970-2017. This would appear to be a very useful tool for tracking the Zeitgeist. You can do something similar in Google Books, but it only runs to 2000. Anyhow, here is his... Read More
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD RATING: 5/5. So all you losers whining about the Battle of Winterfell, or: The Charge of the Dothraki Brigade. You're approaching this as you would a real medieval battle, criticizing show writers D&D for giving Winterfell such an absurd order of battle (cavalry go first; trebuchets out in front; palisades right behind... Read More
Hanania, Richard. 2015. “Does Apologizing Work? An Empirical Test of the Conventional Wisdom.” (h/t Emil) Politicians and other public figures often apologize after making controversial statements. While it is assumed that they are wise to do so, this proposition has yet to be tested empirically. There are reasons to believe that apologizing makes public figures... Read More
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD RATING: 3/5. I largely lost interest in Game of Thrones by the end of Season 5 (the only TV series I follow through the excellent cable alternative qBittorrent). So much so that it was not until just a week ago that I realized Season 8 had already started. As I explained in... Read More
Anatoly Karlin
About Anatoly Karlin

I am a blogger, thinker, and businessman in the SF Bay Area. I’m originally from Russia, spent many years in Britain, and studied at U.C. Berkeley.

One of my tenets is that ideologies tend to suck. As such, I hesitate about attaching labels to myself. That said, if it’s really necessary, I suppose “liberal-conservative neoreactionary” would be close enough.

Though I consider myself part of the Orthodox Church, my philosophy and spiritual views are more influenced by digital physics, Gnosticism, and Russian cosmism than anything specifically Judeo-Christian.