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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
This young woman of mixed heritage (Ethiopian father, Belorussian mother) is on the "Coordinating Council" set up by the Belarusian opposition to manage the transition from Lukashenko until new Presidential Elections. "Alana Gebremariam is an activist of the Youth Bloc" according to her bio on the official site. She was at one point arrested for... Read More
Robin Hanson is one of the central people in this entire rationality/effective altruism network, along with Scott Alexander and Eliezer Yudkowsky. For him to be canceled, by a vote of 6 vs. 1 out of eight at that, for a set of modestly controversial thought experiments - that is, the basis of all philosophy -... Read More
We all know this, but always good to have priors confirmed. Ok, Ekin, Yi Qian, Brendan Strejcek, and Karl Aquino. 2020. “Signaling Virtuous Victimhood as Indicators of Dark Triad Personalities.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, July. We investigate the consequences and predictors of emitting signals of victimhood and virtue. In our first three studies,... Read More
A few weeks ago, I appeared on Post-Politika, a small Russian liberal debate/discussion YouTube channel with a thousand subscribers. A friend produced a highlight of my takes; the full video can be found here - Unfortunately it was all in Russian, with no translation. But the gist of it was that they invited three people... Read More
Dr. Priyamvada Gopal is (was) a Reader in "postcolonial literature" and "critical race studies" at Churchill College in the University of Cambridge. But then, a couple of days ago, she made a politically controversial and highly racially charged statement: She is no longer a Reader. Because the day afterwards, she was made a full Professor:... Read More
It's not just brats denouncing their "regressive" parents to popular acclaim on Twatter and Plebbit. We are now seeing case after case of people getting fired from work on the basis of political quasi-crimes (e.g. racist or more often "racist" statements) committed by their spouses or relatives. One mob has succeeded in getting a Lebanese... 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
Over the past ~5 years, there have been intermittent debates amongst the HBD crowd as to what will come first. Widespread HBD acceptance, due to the "free market of ideas" leading to a kind of "enlightened" radical centrist utopia in which liberal-left goodie-goodness is anchored in a benign paternalism borne of HBD realism (i.e. what... Read More
These SJWs started cropping up on the Internet around 2010. By the mid 2010s, a phenomenon I had previously thought was confined to the Internet exploded onto university campuses. Since then, many of them have graduated and have began their march through the rest of the institutions. This dynamic of Old Libs getting challenged -... Read More
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
I unironically support #ShutDownSTEM, technological dominance is a dangerous thing in the hands of woke millenarian regimes, at this point it'd sooner be safer even with explicit theocracies like Iran.
Zach Goldberg, eminent scholar of the Great Awokening, writes: However, as with all political religions, failure to immanentize just means that the faithful weren't praying hard enough. So double down.
Less than a year after their coup, the Sovnarkom of the RSFSR abolished university entrance exams on August 2, 1918. The admissions process of 1918/19 was annulled and universities were ordered to open up to everybody, with no tests for subject knowledge or even literacy. Thus came to an end one of the few unmitigated... Read More
Many readers will be familiar with soaring polarization in American politics, a phenomenon that first received mass attention in 2014 and has since become known as the "Great Awokening." These trends are also reflected in popular culture, such as movies and video games. In recent years, it seems that there has been a growing gulf... Read More
"Intelligence researcher" doesn't exactly have a reputation as a safe, uncontroversial profession. There are perhaps 200 people in the world who do that full-time. Despite this small population, we seem to get a story - often multiple stories - of them getting denounced, defamed, deplatformed, threatened, and even physically attacked every single year. Thanks to... 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
On the previous Open Thread, spandrell asked me about my favorite Indian restaurant in London. I don't really have the means to comprehensively answer that question (though I did do that for Moscow), but I will try my best. I have an inordinate fondness for the Gujarati Rasoi stall at the Borough Market. It's the... Read More
*** In approximately 36 hours I will departing for London to debrief with my MI6 handlers attend a certain controversial conference. You can look forwards to copious reporting on the latest in IQ research within the week. International travel is not cheap, especially as I didn't manage to convince my institution to pay for it.... 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
As per Zach Goldberg, a politics researcher at Georgetown State: Now to be sure, they may just about be right about Hispanics; at least Ron Unz argues so - while I used to be convinced, others have made good counter arguments, so I don't really know. But they're certainly at the same order of magnitude,... Read More
How shall we put this... royally cucked?
Not a very eventful week. But I think the upcoming one will be more productive, and speaking of blogging in particular, with a couple of longreads. TIL I learned am a US-based Orthodox zealot. Moderation note: I am tired of Gerard2's scatalogy-laced attacks on AP clogging up every second thread. AP, please stop replying to... Read More
I am amused to see that the I continue to remain an incidental object of Irish SJW discourse following Michael Connolly's publication of an HBD-realist view on development economics. Matthew Murphy: Liam McCubbin-Cramton: I am already somewhat familiar with this name, as Karlin is a notorious anti-Semite and confidant of American white supremacist Richard Spencer.... Read More
A couple of days ago, the Irish conservative journal The Burkean published an essay by its editor Michael O'Dwyer Connolly about the failure of the Convergence Hypothesis: Reasonably anodyne, patently commonsense - even if the article borrows perhaps a bit too gene
I'll go back to posting proper material soon enough, but in the interim, here's another open thread. *** * Glenn Greenwald: Trump DoJ prosecution of Assange is unprecedented threat to press freedoms but many vindictive Democrats support it * Atlantic: Declining marginal returns to science? In past few decades importance of new discoveries fell even... Read More
The Commieblock: Hopefully AquariusAnon appreciates this. I am very happy to see that Guillaume Durocher has joined The Unz Review. Only the best people! Here is a short intro to what he'll be writing about: You can browse his archives at Occidental Observer, Counter-Currents, and Radix. I a
The "House of the White Crane" teahouse is in contention with Cafe Receptor for the SWPLiest establishment in Moscow. Anyhow, apologies for the lack of posting. But in between my new job, finding/acquiring the ten or so documents needed for paperwork for said job, some new contract work, and the end of my refurbishment/moving into... Read More
Hollywood Reporter: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Negative Buzz Amplified by Russian Trolls, Study Finds It obviously has nothing at all to do with any issues hinted at by the discrepancy between its 4.5/10 user rating and 8.5
I have more chilli peppers than I know what to do with (about 20 kg worth of it). Any ideas? My "Stupid People" post has been phenomenally successful, generating almost 1,000 comments and more visits than other post of mine at the UR since The Road to World War III this April. It also generated... Read More
Sarah Manavis (New Statesman): How architecture-themed Twitter accounts became a magnet for white nationalism Another account floating around in the architectural Twitter orbit is Wrath of Gnon. A self-described traditionalist, it is the account that was posting quotes from Leon Krier, Roger Scruton, and Theodore Dalrymple liked by ArchitectureRevival. These were posted alongside standard architecture... Read More
To IQ research (h/t whyvert): Strictly speaking, this isn't exactly accurate - Lynn and Vanhanen peg Somali IQ at around 72 - but it's certainly closer to the mark than the politically correct European 100. Anyhow, while I realize that Sweden is basically a meme country at this point, this is still an incredible development.... Read More
* Blog status: Main posts in the last couple of weeks: RationalWiki Hagiography Colonize Space… With Nukes IQ in Time and Space Russia Elections 2018: The Political Compass The Rybka Affair * Large bunch of interesting books that have come out recently. Heiner Rindermann with a huge (592 pages) academic synthesis of research on IQ/GDPcc... Read More
Is here at last: It is almost certainly courtesy of Internet lolcow Oliver D. Smith (Twitter), with whom I had this short exchange a few hours before its publication: Although I appreciate their help in actualizing my potential, there are a number of errors that I wish to clear up. Anatoly Karlin is a Russian... Read More
We are reaching levels of neoliberalism that shouldn't even be possible. In the USSR, getting a "red diploma" in university - the rough equivalent of a American summa cum laude - was contingent on acing the courses on scientific communism and similar crap. Interesting to see neoliberalism.txt developing in a similar direction. Andreas Schleicher, the... Read More
London Student: Exposed: London’s eugenics conference and its neo-Nazi links Some background: This scandal broke out when Toby Young, a conservative British political figure with a colorful history of Twitter controversies, was appointed to a government board on education - and removed almost instantaneously, after this story broke in The London Student, and was subsequently... Read More
The Alt-Right’s Asian Fetish (Audrea Lim): My blog has been recognized as an alt-right forum by the NYT, cool. Admin of /r/hapas: 2017 full list of Neo-Nazis, alt-rights, conservatives, white supremacists who fetish / marry / date Asian women He is clearly obsessed with the topic and overdoes the theme, but still, there’s a distinct... Read More
Time to pull this sucker down. Rich, slave-owning white men with no popular mandate who took up arms against their legitimate government deserve no sympathy, and belong to the dustbin of history. I am talking about the Founding Fathers, of course. That was sarcasm. Probably... I mean, this is Leftist/SJW hystrionics taken to their logical... Read More
A Russian Conservative on James Damore
Prosvirnin is the most talented writer. Limonov has by far the most colorful personality. Dugin has been the most effective at promoting himself in the West. Prokhanov probably has the most name recognition in Russia. Galkovsky created the most powerful memes. Krylov provided the esoteric flavoring. And yet out of all of Russia's right-wing intellectuals,... Read More
Buzzfeed: White Nationalist Richard Spencer's Gym Terminated His Membership After A Woman Called Him A Neo Nazi The entity in question, C. Christine Fair, is a Georgetown University associate professor of Peace and Conflict Studies. From its Tumblr (where else?): First, I want to note that this man is a supreme coward. When I approached... Read More
Data Source: FIRE. Before 2008, campus disinvitations were slightly tilted towards the Right. But after I came to the US, it became overwhelmingly dominated by the Left. Campus disinvitations also became much more frequent in absolute terms. SJWism only really got going around 2012-2013, so the rise of the campus Pink Guards seems to have... Read More
Protesters shut down UVic Effective Altruism club screening of a TED Talk by Peter Singer, the utilitarian philosopher and animal rights activist who has argued that carnivorous animals should be holocausted for the greater good*. However, it wasn't Singer's opposition to Predator Lives Matter that raised SJW ire: The event, which featured a screening of... Read More
This reads like the plot of a zombie movie. Elderly boffin Charles Murray & company go on a trip to the idyllic country estate of Middlebury, when...  
The existence of a ~1S.D. B/W gap in IQ is beyond dispute. It is probably the single most studied and replicated finding in psychometrics. The graph of all the different studies of the B/W gap themselves form a bell curve, with Black IQ centered around 85. Here is Emil Kirkegaard's plot of John Fuerst's massive... Read More
My own (limited) interactions with Charles Murray have all been positive, and I greatly respect him as an intellectual, a social scientist, and a proponent of open science. As such, there is nothing personal about the following analysis - it's just my attempt to deconstruct his seemingly complex, but actually relatively straightforwards, political philosophy. It... Read More
I noticed a very interesting trend in recent days. Kenneth "Russians bombed the last hospital in Aleppo" Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch: Julia "people who disagree with me are cattle" Ioffe, professional Soviet refugee and Ivanka Trump's secret admirer: The New York Times: It's like they're all working from the same script: Nobody... Read More
How ironic that writing about men and especially alpha Russian men is the natural International Women's Day topic for one Elahe Izadi, who is taking over the honorary batton from Kathy Lally. While Western feminists whine about mansplaining, many Russian women are doing more productive things. How on Earth could this be when Russia has... Read More
Robert Stark is a journalist who specializes in interviewing various interesting figures from the Alt fringes. So you could I suppose view him as The Unz Review but on radio. This is my second interview with him. Here is a link to the first. Robert Stark interviews Anatoly Karlin. Topics were my standard fare: NRx... Read More
Yesterday I was asked by a friend if I planned to write anything about the ongoing saga over Halloween costumes at Yale. I said probably not because what would be the point? The whole affair is so bizarre that parody is redundant. Besides, plenty of other people have ably commented on it, and if you... 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.