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For many years I had predicted to my friends that the increasingly bizarre and incompetent behavior of America's ruling elites might soon result in a major "negative discontinuity" for our unfortunate country, the sort of massive event that future authors would use to divide one section of a thick history textbook from the next. I... Read More
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For forty years I carefully read the New York Times in hard copy each and every morning, eager to discover what had transpired since the previous day. But just in the last few months, my commitment has begun to flag, and my eyes often only lightly glance at half or more of the articles and... Read More
McCain formally announces his candidacy for president in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 2007.  Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Back in early May Google took the remarkable step of deranking our entire website, placing our many thousands of content pages near the absolute bottom of its search results, where almost no one would ever see them. If a user included the keyword "unz" in a search string, our pages would still come up, but... Read More
A New Dedicated Open Thread.
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Early yesterday morning I received a worried note from one of our regular columnists saying our website no longer came up in any Google search results. Google and Facebook are the top gatekeepers to the global Internet, and in early May they had both purged us, with Facebook blocking our content and Google de-ranking all... Read More
Trump Senior Advisor Stephen Miller. Credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons
Our website traffic easily broke all records for the month of June, and these high levels have now continued into July, suggesting that the huge rise produced by the initial wave of Black Lives Matters protests may be more than temporary. It appears that many new readers first discovered our alternative webzine at that point,... Read More
According to the old saying, it's only an ill wind that blows no good. Whether true or not, America society has certainly been buffeted from some extremely ill winds of late. Our nation is still facing its worst disease epidemic in over 100 years together with the highest unemployment since the Great Depression. Efforts to... Read More
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The American Deep State Strikes Back
After several months of record-breaking traffic our alternative media webzine suffered a sharp blow when it was suddenly purged by Facebook at the end of April. Not only was our rudimentary Facebook page eliminated, but all subsequent attempts by readers to post our articles to the world's largest social network produced an error message describing... Read More
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Just over a month ago I was riding high and celebrating the steady upward progress of our alternative media webzine. I proudly noted that our traffic had now far surpassed that of the venerable New Republic, a century old publication that had spent decades as America's most influential opinion magazine. But pride goeth before the... Read More
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My morning newspapers had recently mentioned Facebook's plans to crack down on misinformation related to our ongoing Covid-19 epidemic, and probably like most other readers I just nodded my head. After all, many Americans might die if cranks or pranksters began promoting highly dubious cures to the deadly disease, perhaps even suggesting that people should... Read More
Also, Longtime Conservative Writer Michelle Malkin Adds Her Archives
It's an ill wind that blows no good. Although the early months of 2020 have been a horrible time for the world, starting with the American assassination of Iran's top military leader and soon afterward marked by the worldwide Coronavirus outbreak, our small website has gained a great deal of additional readership from these events,... Read More
A New Dedicated Open Thread.
A Dedicated Open Thread.
A little over a week ago, I published an Announcement describing that a small fraction of our heaviest commenters would be receiving recognition for their excellent work by having their superior status so indicated. After the bit of experimentation and feedback, I've settled upon a gold star next to their names, and this may further... Read More
Earlier this month I noted that the volume of comments on our website had become enormous, frequently exceeding 4 million words per month, a figure probably considerably larger than that of websites whose traffic completely dwarfs our own. What began as a simple webzine has now evolved into something closer to a wide-ranging discussion forum.... Read More
Over the last couple of years, I think this website has evolved into a successful opinion webzine and discussion forum, with our traffic now eclipsing the overwhelming majority of other alternative media publications. For example, we apparently now get several times the traffic of Takimag on the Right or Counterpunch on the Left. Our very... Read More
As some of you are probably aware, the rising readership of our webzine led Google's advertising representatives to contact us a month or two ago, suggesting that we begin running their ads to monetize our traffic. I'd always been very reluctant to run advertising in the past, regarding it as too intrusive and also a... Read More
As some of you may have noticed, we've very recently added a new regular columnist, Pepe Escobar, who has been writing on international globalization issues for the Asia Times and numerous other publications for at least two decades. We'll be regularly republishing his insightful new pieces as they come out, and have already incorporated his... Read More
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Our website traffic has been growing very nicely over the last few months, both in absolute and relative terms. We have also expanded our coverage a bit, publishing the articles and archives of eminent Russia scholar Prof. Stephen Cohen of The Nation and outstanding investigative journalist Whitney Webb of MintPress News. In addition, I recently... Read More
I doubt that any event in human history has been as thoroughly discussed and documented as the Second World War, the gigantic global struggle that ended three generations ago and shaped our modern world. Elements of that conflict have probably been the subject of hundreds of thousands of books over the decades along with countless... Read More
The New Republic and The Nation certainly rank as the oldest and historically most influential opinion publications in America, the former now a century old and the latter a century and a half. More than most people, I am well aware of their enormous legacy and historical archives, given the considerable time and effort I... Read More
I'm very pleased to report that our small website has recently been attracting very strong traffic. Prior to March we'd never quite broken 3 million monthly pageviews, but July put us well above 3.5 million, and August seems likely to be nearly as strong. I've also been extremely pleased with the success of my own... Read More
I'm pleased to see that my latest article entitled American Pravda: How Hitler Saved the Allies is doing quite well, with excellent traffic and over 850 contentious comments, totaling almost 150,000 words. Some of the commenters indicated they'd very much like to have access to hard-copy versions of the series, which are sometimes more convenient... Read More
Over the last decade, Amazon has gained a near-total monopoly over Internet book sales, and late last month, we saw the dangerous consequences of such intellectual control as the company suddenly banned dozens of books, many of them of excellent scholarly quality. Apparently, activist organizations such as the ADL and the SPLC had succeeded in... Read More
At the end of November, I noted the remarkable increase in the readership of our webzine over the last couple of years, especially when compared with that of its competitors, both in the alternative and the more establishment opinion media. Three months later, I'm now pleased to say that these trends seem to have continued... Read More
As some of you have probably noticed, our small webzine has recently expanded a bit, bringing on board additional voices of the Left and the Right regularly excluded from the mainstream media. This frequently includes their extensive archives, which in these troubled times might otherwise someday vanish without a trace. For over a dozen years,... Read More
Although virtually everything you see and use on this website is based upon our own PHP code, the underlying foundation upon which it has been constructed is WordPress, a very widely used platform that provides numerous helpful third-party Plugins. After more than four years of using the same version of WordPress, earlier today we finally... Read More
I'm pleased to announce that our webzine is now further expanding its coverage by adding an Arts & Culture selection, initially focused on film reviews. Towards this goal, we've now taken on Trevor Lynch who has long covered that area for Counter Currents as a regular columnist and have also incorporated more than one hundred... Read More
I'm very pleased to announce that the longtime blogger calling himself "Audacious Epigone" has now joined The Unz Review. AE's blogging career stretches back over a dozen years, and we've imported his past archives. These are very considerable and amount to more than 2,300 posts totaling 1.3 million words, as well as nearly 25,000 comments... Read More
As many readers may already be aware, I originally launched this small webzine five years ago in the wake of my sudden and unexpected purge after eight years as publisher of The American Conservative: Since TAC had been the primary venue for my own writings, I was faced with a major challenge, but a sudden... Read More
I'm very pleased to say that both our traffic and our comments have been growing nicely over the last few months, now regularly getting close to 3 million pageviews and easily breaking 40,000 comments with 4 million words on a monthly basis. We have certainly come a very long way in just a few years,... Read More
Propelled by the national furor surrounding the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination, September was easily a record-breaking month for The Review, with our webzine falling just shy of 3 million pageviews, and October has been very strong as well. Over the last three or four months, our publication has gained considerable ground, partly due to... Read More
Jonathan Greenblatt, National Director and CEO of the Anti-Defamation League since 2015. Credit: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0
I've recently taken a bit of a break after three long months of writing in my American Pravda series, during which I finally got around to publishing many of the very surprising discoveries I had made over the last fifteen-odd years. That total came to more than 90,000 words of text, and required me to... Read More
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I'm very pleased to announce that our selection of HTML Books now contains works by renowned World War II historian David Irving, including his magisterial Hitler's War, named by famed military historian Sir John Keegan as one of the most crucial volumes for properly understanding that conflict. With many millions of his books in print,... Read More
Updated: I've now released our initial collection of nearly 30 "controversial" books, with the volumes being "controversial" in a wide variety of different ways: Although I've only read a fraction of them myself, I trust they all meet the appropriate criteria, and their convenient access on the Internet should help provoke all sorts of useful... Read More
After a considerable delay, I'm now pleased to announce the full release of my HTML Book presentation system, oriented toward the display of very long-form content, including scholarly books, in convenient web format. This system initially contains some 200 million words of mostly copyright-expired books, but I hope to grow it considerably over time. Here's... Read More
Last month I'd announced that I was adding a new Video section to this website, with a central motivation being the increasingly harsh ideological censorship that YouTube was beginning to impose upon its content, as had been originally announced last Fall. During the last few weeks, this regime of YouTube censorship has indeed intensified. A... Read More
The new Video presentation system first announced ten days ago has been fully released, now with commenting enabled and 10,000 additional Videos, along with a couple of new Channels, and various other features. (1) Popular YouTuber RamZPaul has decided to make The Review the "home base" for his Video distribution, this becoming our first "in... Read More
As mentioned, I've been absorbed during most of 2017 in building several new software systems that I'm now trying to release by the end of the year. Last week, I presented for initial testing my new Print Archives, containing the published works of over 400,000 authors and the complete archives of some 200 prominent periodicals... Read More
As some might be aware, I spent much of the 2000s creating a website intended to provide convenient access to a vast quantity of serious content material in PDF format from the last 200 years, encompassing nearly two million periodical articles and books by 400,000 different authors. Some of these publications and writers were once... Read More
Sorry the inconvenience of the server crash Friday afternoon, which involved absolutely nothing nefarious. As you've noticed, the website has now been restored from backup, and while things are being tested and fixed, commenting has been temporarily disabled. Unless unexpected problems appear, commenting should be restored shortly, but we would greatly appreciate if your comments... Read More
I've been very busy the last couple of months working on a very large extension/integration of the website, and have now finally released the new code to the Live server, though I'm not quite ready to announce the new systems. Although almost nothing I've been building relates to the parts of the system currently in... Read More
Important Update: Just as I'd promised, I've now added a new system intended to automatically notify commenters of any recent replies to their own comments. Currently, the system only looks a day or so back, and also may produce considerable false positives, but those restrictions/problems should disappear once it has been operational for a few... Read More
UPDATE: I've now addressed a number of the comments and suggestions, fixing some bugs and adding various new small features. * * * * * * Over the last few months, I've added quite a number of new software features to this website. Although some of these were connected with the development of my system... Read More
I'd think that the vast majority of all the serious writing ever produced exists in the form of books, yet currently there does not seem any fully satisfactory means of reading this huge accumulation of content material on the Internet. Most of those books currently available are provided in PDF-type format, but this is inconvenient... Read More
For decades I've been closely reading several major newspapers every morning, and for the last few years have noticed a striking decline in the quality of their scientific coverage, as exemplified in the weekly Science Section of the New York Times. Whereas in the past, dramatic discoveries in evolutionary biology or physics might be broken... Read More
Although I've been totally preoccupied with software issues for the last couple of months, I was very proud to see that the Washington Post included The Review in the official list of America's major "Fake News" Russian propaganda websites, apparently used by the Kremlin to subvert American democracy and thereby foster the spread of Godless... Read More
For most of the last year I've been too preoccupied with other matters to spend much time working on the software of our small webzine, which therefore remained largedly unchanged. But I've now spent the last week or two cleaning up the commenting archives and also adding some powerful new features, partly inspired by suggestions... Read More
Although I've been overwhelmingly preoccupied with software-related issues over the last couple of weeks, I'm been pleased to note that our small webzine has attracted a bit of notice from the mainstream public policy community, with an article in The American Interest on the conservative intellectual world of California characterizing The Review as "a Trump-friendly,... Read More