So as you might have heard Facebook has banned The Unz Review from its entire site. You can’t link to it on your Wall, in closed groups, or even mention it in private communications.
It has become The Website That Must Not Be Named, like South Front just a few days ago – another website that is critical of US foreign policy.
Yes, I suppose it’s “unfair.” As Ron Unz points out, we weren’t advising our readers to drink bleach, or calling for jihad against 5G towers. So far as just “science” and “facts and logic” go, many of us have been superlative, even if I do say so myself – supporting travel restrictions, calling for mass testing-tracing, and demanding universal mask wearing (something that Western health authorities are finally doing as well, their MSM-enabled hesitance having already cost 10,000’s of lives), while constantly being validated on our pessimistic predictions. Indeed, the very idea that a website that simultaneously publishes Chomsky and Eric Striker might have any kind of common editorial position is bizarre. On the Corona Question itself, viewpoints have ranged from “It’s Just the Flu Brah” (e.g. Israel Shamir said it was a hoax; Craig Murray compared it to the 1957 Hong Kong flu; Heiner Rindermann said the lockdowns weren’t worth the economic cost), to the rather more realistic/alarmist (cross out as per your preferences) coverage produced by Steve Sailer, Ron Unz, and yours truly.
- BTW, on this note, I gathered up a list of my keynote Corona articles here: https://akarlin.com/archive/#CoronavirusCOVID-19
From the geopolitical angle, I was speculating that it might have been produced by a bioerror at Wuhan’s BSL-4 facilities as early as January 27, i.e. well before it became cool (though I always stressed that zoonotic events do banally happen all the time and this was ultimately the most likely explanation). On the other end of the scale, relatively speaking, was Ron Unz, Godfree Roberts, and several other guest authors who theorized that it was an American bioweapons attack, including the very article by Ron Unz that was likely what precipitated our banning from Facebook. I would further note that the only columnist here who energetically propounded a theory that turned out to be wrong, and kept doing so long after it became obvious to everyone but the most obstinate, no longer seems to be reprinted here.
But it’s also sort of irrelevant. There is now a bipartisan commitment to “confronting” China, one that will probably lead to the Great Bifurcation of the world economy this decade (Corona-chan merely accelerated existing trends). I recall Boomer Bannon said something to the effect that the US only has 5-10 years left to “contain” China before it becomes the world’s premier superpower (this was in the mid-2010s, so margins are now short). FTR I think it’s way too late already, but clearly the deep state disagrees and it is going to run roughshod over dissenters now and in the coming years and many of them are going to have more problems that getting banned from some social media site.
So what’s even the point of being angry with The Zucc? If the “men in dark suits” can order around US Presidents, as Putin observed then, then ordering around some limp-wristed weakling is well within their capabilities. It’s not, after all, like Zucc is Durov, a true Chad who fasts every weekend, takes ice baths, and walks around with sunglasses 24/7 who sent both FSB and CIA rats alike scurrying with their tails between their legs. Besides, he might not be all that ardent of Sinophile himself, after all the efforts he made to ingratiate himself with CPC honchos and they ended up cockblocking his expansion plans in China anyway.
The Virgin Zucc
The Chad Durov
(And then they’ll tell you physiognomy is “pseudoscience”).
Nonetheless, continuing to offer Facebook the privilege of making powerful poasts on their platform while they censor my own articles would make me a CUCK. And getting cucked by The Zuck of all people is extra humiliating.
So I’m stopping my participation here until and unless they reverse their ban on sharing Unz Review articles.
I will continue exercising my freedom of speech at the Russian platform VK, you can follow me there: https://vk.com/akarlin88
You can also follow me on:
I am not going to insist people follow me, since Facebook has practical utility for many (legacy + network effects). But for politics you’d probably want to go to VK if you need a Facebook-like platform.
Well yes, Russia has Yandex (Google), VK (Facebook). German nationalists use VK, incidentally.
And many dissidents all over the place use Telegram (which is blocked in Russia itself).
The future of global free speech relies on the spite of hostile Great Powers lol.
— 🇷🇺 ANATꙮLY 🤔 KARLIN (@akarlin88) June 26, 2019
After the decriminalization of Article 282 it’s even safe for Russian nationalists.
On a slightly different topic, apologies for the paucity of posting of late. Don’t worry, I have yet to be “blessed” by Our Lady. I’ll have another flood of big posts in a few days.