One thing I noted early on is the ideological heterogeneity of the coronavirus response internationally. Yeah, you can dispute precise positionings in the political compass of "coronaskeptics" below, but it illustrates my point. Conversely, that "coronaskepticism" is implicitly right-wing (& vice versa) is just a plebbit meme, if one that many right-wingers themselves - almost... Read More
One interesting thing I observed is that there doesn't seem be any discernible ideological pattern to the decisiveness/quality of Corona responses across the world. Trump and Bolsonaro have performed atrociously, dismissing Corona as a hoax or a nothingburger before switching to proclaiming its too late to do anything anyway and "What About The Line", before... Read More
Simon Hix has published graphs showing the percentage share accruing to different ideological families in European elections since 1918. The first thing that strikes one is how constant things have been, all things considered. There was a Radical Right spike in the early 1930s, and a longer-term Radical Left resurgence following the war that petered... Read More
I'm a sucker for classification graphs, so I was delighted to see that "Another Reactionary Blog" had compiled a "map" of the neo-reactionary / "Dark Enlightenment" thinkers. It's reproduced below: I'm not disappointed not to see myself there, as I blog about a lot of different things making classification quite hard. If I had to... Read More
Though I've written a lot on technological, energy, and geopolitical futures, this has largely been to the neglect of ideology. Part of the reason is that making accurate predictions on this topic is far harder, because of the inherent intangibility of belief systems. Nonetheless, it is necessary, because of their overwhelming influence on the historical... Read More
Thesis. The current capitalist-industrial System is incapable of surmounting the limits to growth on planet Earth because markets and technology, today's salvation gospel, are no deus ex machina to the energy-and-pollution predicament of industrial civilization. Nor is this System in principle capable of preventing ecological overshoot because growth in physical throughput is the very basis... Read More
Consequent to my post Categorizing the Russia Debate and the lively debate it spawned, it occurred to me that much of Russia's tortured and intriguing history could be rationalized as a self-reinforcing loop within a belief matrix. This can even be extended further to many other societies - I will also have similar posts up... Read More
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.