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Late last April we were suddenly banned by Facebook and very soon afterwards had all of our pages entirely deranked by Google.

This sudden purge came just days after I had published my original article strongly suggesting that the Covid-19 outbreak was probably due to an American biowarfare attack against China (and Iran). None of my previous writings had shown such strong viral growth on Facebook, but that immediately ended, and the article disappeared from all regular Google searches along with everything else we had ever published.

Although I was shocked at this sudden development, I probably should not have been. After all, I doubt that any event since World War II has been as momentous both for America and the rest of the world as the Covid-19 outbreak, and under such circumstances we would naturally expect the official narrative to be very strongly defended.

These deplatformings were a serious blow to our website, and our rapid growth in readership soon halted, with our current traffic now about 15% down from our peak in pageviews, and substantially more than that in visits. Existing readers seem to have mostly stayed loyal, but our absence from Facebook and Google has greatly reduced our ability to attract new ones.

However, a recent posting on the similarly-banned American Renaissance website noted that they were holding up quite well, even compared with the numerous websites lacking that severe handicap. Our own publication was among the 15-odd comparison websites they included, and I was very pleasantly surprised to see our relatively strong traffic ranking, which placed us first by a substantial amount among the small group listed.

This prompted me to update my table displaying our current rankings compared with those of several dozen alternative webzines of the Left and Right, as well as a few more mainstream publications included. All the monthly estimates are provided by SimilarWeb, a leading traffic-analysis service, which includes visits, pages per visit, and time per visit, allowing the easy calculation of total pages and total time-spent. While I can’t guarantee their accuracy, most of the results seem reasonably plausible.

PublicationTotal PagesTotal VisitsTotal HoursBounce%Tm/VPgs/V
The Daily Caller15,464,4007,890,000339,708612:351.96
National Review14,721,0007,010,000286,242632:272.10
Alternet7,743,9003,110,000219,428484:142.49
The Intercept7,107,9005,510,000107,139821:101.29
Reason Magazine5,553,3003,210,000100,758721:531.73
Foreign Policy5,080,9003,410,00068,200761:121.49
The Unz Review 4,857,4001,490,000115,889484:403.26
VoxDay4,306,5001,650,00097,167573:322.61
LewRockwell3,870,3001,330,000112,681425:052.91
The Nation3,440,2002,060,00038,339691:071.67
American Renaissance3,424,262823,14084,829366:114.16
The Daily Stormer3,230,608638,46034,761393:165.06
Quillette3,066,0001,400,00040,444711:442.19
Asia Times3,037,5001,250,00056,597642:432.43
Unherd2,907,2001,580,00045,644661:441.84
The American Conservative2,839,0001,670,00051,956681:521.7
The New Republic2,837,1001,930,00027,342760:511.47
The Right Stuff2,774,518581,66029,406413:024.77
Jacobin Magazine2,767,4002,020,00035,350761:031.37
Marginal Revolution2,457,0001,260,00055,300672:381.95
Takimag2,350,376625,10043,410344:103.76
Signs of the Times2,314,050944,51056,671563:062.45
Global Research2,236,5001,050,00053,375623:032.13
CounterPunch2,124,841846,55045,384583:132.51
World Socialist Website2,059,2001,170,00037,700721:561.76
SPLC1,881,678960,04025,068761:341.96
Counter-Currents1,650,401510,96022,709592:403.23
Storm Front1,621,110285,91027,400395:455.67
Rense.com1,455,985997,25023,546791:251.46
Harpers1,301,207760,94018,178761:261.71
Off Guardian1,292,066725,88018,550591:321.78
The Grayzone1,287,554650,28011,380611:031.98
Veterans Today1,206,789453,68020,290512:412.66
Naked Capitalism1,205,226608,70041,087464:031.98
Voltairenet1,179,919533,90014,089611:352.21
Tablet Magazine1,292,066725,88018,550591:321.78
The Vineyard of the Saker939,077445,06018,668512:312.11
VDare824,611368,13020,656553:222.24
The Baffler820,539441,15011,764621:361.86
Strategic Culture761,805230,85010,773522:483.3
Tom Woods740,559209,79013,112503:453.53
Antiwar.com716,993322,97014,803572:452.22
Current Affairs699,908391,01010,101701:331.79
Nation of Islam666,797247,8807,299611:462.69
Moon of Alabama645,034375,0209,063621:271.72
Information Clearinghouse581,647283,73016,078583:242.05
Commentary Magazine527,261325,4705,063710:561.62
The Duran490,983244,2708,753552:092.01
Paul Craig Roberts463,669226,18010,115582:412.05
In These Times425,995295,8305,424761:061.44
Consortium News411,712257,3206,719671:341.6
CounterCurrents.org366,782271,6904,679801:021.35
Culture Wars363,54768,0802,326342:035.34
National Justice363,490218,9704,684611:171.66
Occidental Dissent339,221114,99014,118417:222.95
Op Ed News323,27391,3204,617594:413.54
MondoWeiss289,396185,5103,349721:051.56
TruthDig282,195125,9803,779671:482.24
Occidental Observer236,332114,1704,345622:172.07
Chronicles Magazine234,010133,7202,749681:141.75
Russia Insider206,739111,1503,551651:551.86
Red Ice204,976111,4001,176660:381.84
IHR155,80172,1301,583691:192.16
WhoWhatWhy152,15496,3002,220731:031.58
Dissident Voice80,47555,120903670:591.46
TomDispatch67,63743,9201,232681:411.54

Among other results, I was very pleased to see our monthly traffic and hours-spent totals are still far above those of The Nation and The New Republic, two of America’s most venerable opinion magazines, and roughly comparable to those of Foreign Policy and Reason Magazine, both influential mainstream publications. Even more surprisingly, our small alternative webzine accrues roughly one-third the pageviews and time-spent of National Review and The Daily Caller, two of the most established mainstream conservative opinion webzines.

Sweetest of all was our continued strength relative to that of The Intercept, launched about a year before our own publication and lavishly funded, having already apparently absorbed well over $100 million in funding, perhaps even closer to $150 million. Despite such massive resources and a staff of world-famous journalists, according to SimilarWeb their traffic only exceeds ours by less than 50%, while visitors actually spend more hours per month reading our publication. I had already highlighted some of these issues six months ago in my column about Glenn Greenwald’s angry resignation, but this situation has apparently continued.

 

And on a different matter, I’m also very pleased that over the last couple of months my eBooks have been downloaded nearly 11,000 times. As a point of comparison, over the last few years the hard copy version of my Meritocracy collection available on Amazon had typically sold only about a dozen copies annually, so a thousand-fold improvement in just two months is very welcome. The three most popular eBooks are my American Pravda series, the Meritocracy collection, and my monograph analyzing World War II.

Our American Pravda
And Other Essays in a Historical Counter-Narrative of the Last One Hundred Years
320,000 Words • EPub FormatMobi/Kindle Format

The Myth of American Meritocracy
And Other Essays
320,000 Words • EPub FormatMobi/Kindle Format

American Pravda: Understanding World War II
The Shaping Event of Our Modern World
20,500 Words • EPub FormatMobi/Kindle Format

 
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  1. Miro23 says:

    Time spent on the site is an important metric and it puts UR in the top four. Plus it’s got the lowest bounce rate of this group which also suggests that new visitors are “sticking” (i.e. that it has a faster growth rate than the others).

  2. Miro23 says:

    Another aspect that doesn’t get mentioned is that UR has excellent images/graphics to go with each article. Somebody’s doing a good job.

    • Agree: mark green, CauCasiAnn
    • Replies: @Polistra
  3. Levtraro says:

    These deplatformings were a serious blow to our website, and our rapid growth in readership soon halted, with our current traffic now about 15% down from our peak in pageviews, and substantially more than that in visits.

    It would be interesting to fit a model to the data on readership growth before and after the deplatforming. It would reveal the magnitude of censorhip power of those monopolies, something they would probably prefer not to reveal.

    • Agree: Antiwar7
    • Replies: @Craig Nelsen
  4. The banning and deplatforming of Unz Review last year may have coincided with your essay on Covid 19 as a US biodrop, but I believe the beef is about something else. As the Wikipedia opening paragraph on Ron Unz puts it:

    Ron Keeva Unz (born September 20, 1961) is the editor-in-chief and publisher of The Unz Review, a website that promotes anti-semitism, Holocaust denial, conspiracy theories, and white supremacist material.[1][2][3] In addition to Unz’s own writings, the site has hosted pieces by white supremacist Jared Taylor, among others.[4]

    Translation: Unz Review is a pile of stinking crap and all it attracts are (white supremacist) flies.

    I wish it were otherwise. But the way the other media outlets seem to avoid your American Pravda series, and the other pithy content on Unz Review is… strange. Like, for example, has David Brooks ever written anything more about you in the last few years?

    https://statmodeling.stat.columbia.edu/2013/02/20/my-beef-with-brooks-the-alternative-to-good-statistics-is-not-no-statistics-its-bad-statistics/

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  5. Blubb says:

    Congratulations.

    I do spend a lot of time here, mainly because the narratives presented here are more in depth and make much more coherent sense than anything offered by the MSM.

    Thanks for your work!

    • Agree: HdC, ruralguy, Iris
  6. Dumbo says:

    Perhaps everyone should be purged from Facebook and Google. If those spookforms, I mean, platforms were mostly ignored or shunned, it would help to solve a bit the problem.

    • Replies: @Polistra
  7. Disheartening that a site as useful and important as antiwar.com is so far down on the list.

    • Agree: Bartolo, El Dato, niceland
    • Replies: @Biff
    , @Antiwar7
    , @Carroll Price
  8. Bartolo says:

    A dozen copies annually for the Meritocracy collection? Unbelievable.

    Such a brilliant collection of essays, and such a nice edition. I am happy I own one copy.

  9. Biff says:
    @street worm

    Disheartening that a site as useful and important as antiwar.com is so far down on the list.

    Absolutely agree, it is in my top three favorite webzine of all time, and the number one for providing the best links – it’s where I discovered some of the best writers, web sites(including this one), and investigative journalists. Not to mention one of my favorite writer/columnist Justin Raimondo(RIP) as the editor, but no more.

    A daily go-to site.

    • Thanks: Iris
  10. Where among

    several dozen alternative webzines of the Left and Right, as well as a few more mainstream publications

    does Mr. Unz place WhoWhatWhy and Tom Dispatch?

    The first — which at one point was among the list of other websites recommended on this one’s homepage — has faithfully served as an Exceptional! mouthpiece on Russian “election interference” and “collusion.” The second even used to be carried here, but Mr. Engelhardt apparently tired of the criticism of his faux peacenik cutout Progressivism and pimping the work of his “regulars,” hence the addition of the similarly lightweight Ted Rall.

    Neither is genuinely “alternative,” and both are faithful to Washington, especially when Team Blue has the ball.

  11. The end of online freedom arrived with smart phones and commonplace video for Joe Six-Packs around the world who eschewed reading.

    I am not affiliated in any way with gab.com except for using it. I strongly advise everyone to get on gab. It’s the last bastion of free speech online.

  12. Reaper says:

    Anno I find the site by an RT op-ed which did talk about (partly) from google censorship.

    Don`t be annoyed by google.
    Duckduckgo, yandex and others provides the links, and by that you attract people who are not from the mainstream – which I believe is a benefit.

  13. Ron Unz says:
    @thotmonger

    The banning and deplatforming of Unz Review last year may have coincided with your essay on Covid 19 as a US biodrop, but I believe the beef is about something else. As the Wikipedia opening paragraph on Ron Unz puts it:

    Possibly. But those sorts of criticisms had been widespread for several years and we’d never had any problems with Facebook or Google.

    In a similar vein, the alleged reasons for the Facebook purge were published in a report produced by the Atlantic Council, but they seemed very doubtful to me:

    https://www.unz.com/announcement/our-facebook-ban-the-fatal-0-2/

    Meanwhile, my analysis of the Covid-19 outbreak had gotten more early readership and Facebook interactions than anything I’d previously published. But just a few days later, we were suddenly banned from Facebook and also purged by Google, which seems like extremely suspicious timing.

    The Covid-19 epidemic is probably the biggest thing to happen to America and the rest of the world since World War II, so I’d think that the official narrative would be very strongly defended.

    • Agree: Iris, Kevin Barrett
    • Replies: @Alfred
    , @saggy
  14. El Dato says:

    Well, what do you know!

    The MiniTrue prices awared by MiniTrue are in:

    YouTube CEO wins ‘Free Expression Award’ sponsored by YouTube, then boasts how platform censors content creators

    “The freedoms we have, we really can’t take for granted,” Wojcicki declared, adding that “we really have to make sure we’re protecting them in every way possible.”

    Wojcicki, however, went on to argue that “we also need to make sure there are limits,” and revealed that the company removed nine million videos in the last quarter, 90% of which were taken down by machines.

    And they have become exceedingly efficient at it.

    She also said there is “a lot of content that technically meets the spirit of what we’re trying to do, but it is borderline, and so for that content we will just reduce – meaning we’re not going to recommend it to our users.”

    • Replies: @JackOH
  15. Usura says:

    The 80% bounce rate for countercurrents.org is amusing; most of that is people trying to find Greg Johnson’s site, typing it in wrong, and then going “What the hell is this Indian socialist rag?” and leaving. They wouldn’t even be on this list if they didn’t have a domain that’s easily confused with the real counter-currents.

    Johnson’s site’s meteoric rise during Covid has been astonishing; they now employ Jim Goad, previously of Taki’s mag, of ‘The Week That Perished’ fame, who regularly gets re-tweeted by blue-checks (Zach Vorhies, google dev turncoat, re-tweets Goad on occasion).

    By the way, the Indian Counter Currents should not be hyphenated, their domain is literally countercurrents.org, no hyphen. Where are the headings in this list sourced from? It appears the attempt to deflect traffic away from Johnson/Goad goes quite deep…

  16. Alfred says:
    @Ron Unz

    The Covid-19 epidemic is probably the biggest thing to happen to America and the rest of the world since World War II, so I’d think that the official narrative would be very strongly defended.

    Quite correct. I don’t much agree with your opinion on “Covid-19” but I nevertheless commend you. Keep up the good work. 🙂

  17. I think a large part of the success of this site is the software in the comments section and the overall software used to provide the site’s appearance and capabilities. It’s the best I’ve encountered anywhere. The mere fact that there’s place for suggestions and reader supplied newslinks to other sites makes it unique.

    • Agree: Realist, meamjojo, Sollipsist
    • Thanks: Ron Unz
    • Replies: @Jett Rucker
  18. Petermx says:

    Dear Mr. Unz,

    This comment is not related to this article but the comments on your article and verbal presentation for Understanding WW II Ebook are closed and I wanted to comment on your verbal presentation.

    https://www.unz.com/ebook/understanding-world-war-ii-ebook/

    It is one of the most interesting and remarkable presentations / speeches that I have ever listened to. Besides my own parents, there are three people that have written and said things that have had the biggest impact in helping me understand history and society better and now I will add you, making it four people. The most important and influential was David Irving with his mind blowing revelations about WW II. The second would be Dr. Kevin MacDonald and other authors on his website and the third would be Dr. E Michael Jones who holds some opposing viewpoints compared to Dr. MacDonald. And now, I’ll add you and this presentation as one of the most interesting things I have ever heard. I learned some new things I did not know. I’m going to listen to it again and recommend it to some people, including possibly family members that are not familiar with what David Irving calls “Real History”.

    If I had my way, you would be invited to Germany to speak to the German parliament or to a German audience about WW II and the German historian and politician Bjorn Hocke would introduce you to the audience. Unfortunately, as you know, Germany is not a free and democratic country and you might be arrested if you gave such a presentation. That is not something we want but it would be considered by myself and many others a badge of honor and not of shame. It’s the liars, hypocrites and totalitarians that enforce the speech laws in Germany and the EU that should be ashamed but Europe is not yet ready to realize this and condemn them. And as can be seen by the criminally cruel treatment of Julian Assange, these lowlifes will stop at nothing from enforcing the censorship laws and keeping the truth a secret.

    • Thanks: Ron Unz
  19. Antiwar7 says:
    @street worm

    Yup, it shows the power of a strong antiwar voice like Justin Raimondo’s. One just had to see his latest take on an issue. The same with Robert Parry at ConsortiumNews.com. Mighty convenient to the powers that be how both those guys died about the same time.

  20. Jett Rucker says: • Website

    I expected to find Substack in the list, but it wasn’t. Maybe I misunderstand the nature of Substack. I seek enlightenment.

    • Replies: @Brás Cubas
  21. Jett Rucker says: • Website
    @RoatanBill

    I haven’t quite understood the “bar” to rating comments in the form of having to have made x or more comments over the past y time period. This stuff (it keeps changing) doesn’t bother me greatly – more than anything, it puzzles me. I don’t get the point of it.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  22. Ragno says:

    Don’t always agree with your POV, Ron, but I’m 100% on your side in this ongoing battle against Silicon Valley’s silk-purse censorship and woke tyranny.

    As it’s now too late for the anarcho-tyrannists to pretend to reverse course in time for the midterm elections, it appears the grim alternative – that they will instead double and triple down and hide in plain sight, as it were – will be enacted.

    If and when saner heads prevail and truth-telling comes back in style (yes, I know – that would make it the first time it ever has), the Bolshevik left will be parboiled before being tarred and feathered (and they surely know this….which is why they will tell any lie, betray any trust, and silence every voice if need be to strengthen their grip on ultimate power.) Ironic or not, we’re now living through a real-world demonstration of the Vietnam-era principle in order to save the village, we had to burn the village.

    We had better all hope in the power of truth, because we’re seeing, daily, how easily the power of words – backed up by nuclear arsenals, of course – can be used to enslave; like it or not, the road to serfdom will be wallpapered with NY Times and Washington Post editorials. In the meantime, we need all the alternative platforms we can get.

  23. @Jett Rucker

    What ‘bar’ are you referring to?

    What ‘x’ or ‘y’ time intervals?

    Please elaborate so I can understand. Thank You

    • Replies: @Dumb4asterisks
  24. @Levtraro

    I don’t see why Ron doesn’t sue.

    The cause of action stems from our right to free speech under the First Amendment. The usual objection to a proposal like this is the First Amendment only protects us from government infringement of speech, and can’t therefore be applied to private entities like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and the rest. However, I don’t think that’s right. Here’s how I believe the legal argument could work:

    First, it is necessary to understand what is meant by the legal terms “usage,” “trade usage,” and “under color of usage.”

    Usage is defined in law dictionaries as a reasonable and legal practice in a particular location, or among persons in a specific business or trade, that is either known to the individuals involved or is well established, general, and uniform to such an extent that a presumption may properly be made that the parties acted with reference to it in their transactions.1

    [MORE]

    In other words, “usage” is a common practice everyone is familiar with. Take, for example, getting gas at a gas station. Everyone knows what the common practice is. You pay some money, put the hose in your gas tank, and deliver the amount of gas you purchased. Say a gas station decided to collect money for gas as usual, but then charge another $20 for the use of the hose to deliver the gas. Of course they would meet huge resistance, and if they ended up in court, they would lose, because, by usage, customers had the right to expect use of the hose included in the price of the gas.

    “Trade usage,” or “usage-of-trade,” is similar to usage, but specific to an industry—in this case, the information technology industry.

    When we use Google, we are offering a few seconds of our attention in exchange for Google’s help in finding the information we are looking for. Google then sells our attention to advertisers. Therefore, Google is a business engaged in trade with the public. As such, it is subject to the Uniform Commercial Code. Under the UCC, using the Google search engine to help us navigate the Internet is a commercial transaction subject to the concept of “usage of trade.”

    A “usage of trade” is any practice or method of dealing having such regularity of observance in a place, vocation, or trade as to justify an expectation that it will be observed with respect to the transaction in question. UCC § 1-303(c) . Course of Performance, Course of Dealing, and Usage of Trade.

    By custom and usage we expect Google, like all search engines, to provide directions to the information that most closely matches the search terms we’ve provided. This is the established usage of search engines.

    The expectation established by this usage of trade puts Google under certain obligations.

    Every contract or duty within the Uniform Commercial Code imposes an obligation of good faith in its performance and enforcement. UCC § 1-304. Obligation of Good Faith.

    “Good faith” is defined in the Sherman Anti-Trust Act as

    “honesty in fact and the observance of reasonable commercial standards of fair dealing.” 15 USCA §§ 1—7, 15 note

    Google CEO Sundar Pichai, by his dishonest denial in sworn testimony before Congress last July that Google did not put its “thumb on the scale”, implicitly acknowledged the bad faith of the bias our research has exposed.

    In FTC v Keppel, cited above, the term “unfair competition” means any unfair business practice and is purposely vague so as to allow application as circumstances change.

    It is believed that the term ‘unfair competition’ has a legal significance which can be enforced by the commission and the courts, and that it is no more difficult to determine what is unfair competition than it is to determine what is a reasonable rate or what is an unjust discrimination. The committee was of the opinion that it would be better to put in a general provision condemning unfair competition than to attempt to define the numerous unfair practices, such as local price cutting, interlocking directorates, and holding companies intended to restrain substantial competition.

    Damages

    The remedy available to aggrieved parties (all discriminated against writers and publishers) under the UCC would require Google to stop distorting its search results and upon a showing a court would almost certainly order such. That, in itself, would be an important victory. However, the UCC does not provide for damages otherwise.

    The remedies provided by [the Uniform Commercial Code] must be liberally administered to the end that the aggrieved party may be put in as good a position as if the other party had fully performed but neither consequential or special damages nor penal damages may be had except as specifically provided in [the Uniform Commercial Code] or by other rule of law. UCC § 1-305a. Remedies to be Liberally Administered.

    However, there may be a path to damages. Google secretly blacklists a certain class of writers, while publicly maintaining they don’t. This is a breach of the reasonable expectations of Google users and a violation of the UCC. Thus, Google makes itself subject to judicial remedy as an actor in the commercial world. Google’s actions under color of usage are depriving an entire class of persons of their constitutional political rights. And for that there is provision in law that provides for damages.

    Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress. 42 U.S. Code § 1983. Civil action for deprivation of rights

    Lead Plaintiff Ron Unz?

    There are six reasons I can think of Ron Unz would make a good lead plaintiff.

    Lack of Timidity
    Finding someone who will take the lead in any new endeavor is usually difficult. Humans, as you’ve probably noticed, tend to be rather timid. However, I think it is safe to say timidity isn’t something Unz personally struggles with.

    More Substantial Injury
    Another reason Unz would make a good lead plaintiff is the double-edged nature of his injury. Freedom of speech includes the “freedom to hear”. ([t]he freedom to speak and the freedom to hear are inseparable; they are two sides of the same coin.” Kleindienst v. Mandel, 408 U.S. 753, 775 (1972)) Google violates Unz’s civil rights as a writer by interfering with his freedom to speak to his fellow citizens, and as a publisher he is denied access to those who would use unz.com to exercise their freedom to hear.

    Name Recognition
    A third reason is Unz’s name recognition. Members of the legal community as well as the press would immediately take the suit and its arguments seriously.

    Resources
    Fourth, Unz has resources and/or access to resources (not necessarily monetary) unavailable to most of us on the beleaguered and disadvantaged dissident right.

    California
    As both Unz and Google are Californians, the suit could be filed in state court if advantageous.

    Big Picture
    Unz would appreciate better than most the important and far-reaching implications of the suit and the benefits to the wider community of a win.

    1usage. (n.d.) West’s Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. (2008). Retrieved November 22 2020

    • Replies: @Levtraro
    , @Carroll Price
  25. A curious piece from last February:

    The superspreaders behind top COVID-19 conspiracy theories
    https://apnews.com/article/conspiracy-theories-iran-only-on-ap-media-misinformation-bfca6d5b236a29d61c4dd38702495ffe

    Kevin Barrett is cited as one of the “superspreaders”. He simply reproduces Ron Unz’s theory without, to my knowledge, adding anything of his own. And yet he gets credit for it and Ron Unz is never even mentioned in the entire piece.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  26. @Jett Rucker

    As I understand it, substack is more or less like Blogger or WordPress. They are just platforms for publishing, not an editorially coherent outlet like a webzine.

  27. Ron Unz says:
    @Brás Cubas

    Kevin Barrett is cited as one of the “superspreaders”. He simply reproduces Ron Unz’s theory without, to my knowledge, adding anything of his own. And yet he gets credit for it and Ron Unz is never even mentioned in the entire piece.

    Exactly. Kevin had told the AP journalist to get in touch with me since the theory was mine, but he never did so. Here’s a column describing the strange story:

    https://www.unz.com/kbarrett/ap-and-atlantic-council-anoint-me-covid-conspiracy-super-spreader-and-erase-ron-unz/

    This sort of thing has been happening for at least a couple of years now, and I call it the “Lord Voldemort Effect.”

    Basically, the ADL or various other powerful organizations have decided that any attacks against me or our webzine in the media would be gigantically counter-productive since they would bring our publication to the attention of additional people, who might then conclude that much of my analysis was extremely persuasive. Therefore, they have issued some sort of secret edict prohibiting any journalist or publication from mentioning our existence, even if only to denounce us. As an extreme example, maintaining that blanket of silence was more important than forcing the resignation of one of Trump’s most hated advisers as I discussed in a column last year:

    https://www.unz.com/runz/ideological-purges-and-the-lord-voldemort-effect/

    Back a couple of years ago, I initially managed to provoke the ADL into issuing an anonymous and rather milquetoast denunciation of my writings, which gave me an opening to publish a long and very detailed critique of their own organization:

    https://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-the-adl-in-american-society/

    That’s obviously a mistake that they do not plan to repeat.

    • Agree: Carroll Price
    • Thanks: Brás Cubas
    • Replies: @Grahamsno(G64)
    , @anon
  28. Levtraro says:
    @Craig Nelsen

    I am no legal expert, much less of US legislation, but you seem to present a very well-thought case, although it could be necessary to more directly deal with the objection that the 1st ammendment does not apply to private monopolies. You seem to think that the definitions of “usage,” “trade usage” and “under color of usage” are sufficient but in my legal ignorance I don’t see the connection of these definitions with the 1st ammendment very explicit identification of Congress and the government as those that cannot prevent publication of ideas, opinions, facts.

    • Replies: @Craig Nelsen
  29. It has been less than a month since the Sailer post https://www.unz.com/isteve/i-was-drafted-6-in-the-fantasy-intellectuals-league/

    and in the comments there I already max’d out my quota for lauding the mighty deeds of Ron Unz.

    A couple tangential remarks:

    1. In the Eddas Snorri Sturluson points out

    no-one would dare to tell in a man’s presence anything about his exploits that everyone who listened–even the man himself–knew to be falsehood and invention. That would be mockery and not praise.

    2. It isn’t too late for a G. Gordon Liddy obituary. He might be the most interesting figure of that era.

  30. @street worm

    They probably wouldn’t if they didn’t block all comments critical of Jews and Israel, the purveyors of war.

  31. @Ron Unz

    This sort of thing has been happening for at least a couple of years now, and I call it the “Lord Voldemort Effect.”

    Basically, the ADL or various other powerful organizations have decided that any attacks against me or our webzine in the media would be gigantically counter-productive since they would bring our publication to the attention of additional people, who might then conclude that much of my analysis was extremely persuasive.

    That’s precisely what they did with Tucker Carlson after he doubled down on the great replacement and lambasted the ADL & its support for Israeli ethnocentrism. They didn’t dare pursue the fight with Tucker.

    • Agree: Ron Unz
  32. Cowboy says:

    Can we get Chris Hedges here? That would be fun.

  33. Ron,

    Excellent work as always. Having already read the majority of your corpus, I was pleasantly surprised to find that there are now audio-book versions of articles narrated by the esteemed author himself!

    The Unz Review was a transformative discovery in my understanding of the world, as I had followed a similar path to yours, having eagerly consumed the established mainstream publications for decades while being rendering increasingly confused by their conflicting and incongruent narratives.

    I am not a frequent commenter (I believe this is my second comment ever), but I am one of many who rely on TUR as our main source of news and analysis. I am a very active evangelist for the TUR as well, as I sincerely believe that mere exposure to the truth is enough to alter the trajectory of history.

    Keep up the great work.

    • Agree: HdC
    • Thanks: Ron Unz
    • Replies: @Anon
  34. anon[223] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ron Unz

    This is offtopic, but what do you think about CA’s economy and taxes?
    Do you think they are too high, too low, or just right.
    It seems like a mundane issue, but I have been interested in why high tax states like CA or NY are so wealthy, compared to lower tax states in America. It can’t be demographics either since CA has a large Hispanic plurality, and they tend to be pretty poor.

    • Replies: @Carroll Price
  35. Anon[378] • Disclaimer says:
    @Marcus Aurelius

    Well said Marcus, I agree completely. I am so thankful for Ron’s work.

  36. By now, anyone still using Google, Facebook or Twitter, is probably hopeless anyway.

    Please do keep up the good work Mr. Unz.

  37. @Craig Nelsen

    The usual objection to a proposal like this is the First Amendment only protects us from government infringement of speech, and can’t therefore be applied to private entities like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and the rest.

    If the Federal government can make corporations hire unqualified minorities, and universities accept dumb asses, they sure as hell could make them stop censoring free speech. But they won’t do it since corporations are doing what the US government would like to do.

  38. @anon

    California’s wealthy? As recently as 2008, they were issuing IOUs to state employees.

    • Replies: @Bubba
  39. Treg says:

    Cancel the Corporate Nazis?

    Corporate Fascism is here for sure and they clearly are all in on the Church of Woke. These jokesters-woksters are devoted to their Critical Religion “theories”. It’s the only theory that itself does not believe in Truth, Facts, Math, or anything that can proves it wrong — yeah that is what I call a religion. So there simply is nothing scientific about it, but here we are, canceled anyway.

    Those inside the Church of Woke see “raycisssm” & whyte supreeemacy” not only in you and me, but in America’s founding documents and inside Western Civilization itself. We are cancerous to the core you see. Ending Slavery, buying a country in Africa for freed slaves (Sierra Leone & Liberia), establishing Individual Rights to Life, Liberty & Property for all, and a million more good things — none of that matters. And so like little woke nazis termites they are out to destroy the West, and its getting done with every corporation’s blessing and with the Federal Government standing by, and smiling. Insanity? Yes.

    So the question is, “Will the West allow itself to be beaten up with just a few unprovable smears?” Apparently so. “Smash Ghostly raycisssm! Throw Freedom & everything else overboard! Stick an “R” on every sweater like a scarlet letter or yellow star. Burn every witchy raycisssm we can imagine in our microagression-heads!”

    Perhaps we need articles from lawyers on how we can make Corporations abide by free speech?

    Or perhaps we need to simply get our State Legislators to get our State Corporation Commissions to issue “Cease & Desist” letters to these big tech giants? Is that possible? That is, can we “Cancel the Corporate Nazis?” And will the Federal Government even allow it now that Globalists are doing their dirty work and salivating for a CCP America?

    • Replies: @anarchyst
  40. anarchyst says:
    @Treg

    There is another way, which is much simpler than tinkering with “Section 230” as it applies to “social media” outlets.
    All the government has to do is to reclassify all “social media outlets” as “common carriers” like the phone companies.
    When was the last time a phone company censored a user? It just doesn’t happen.
    Reclassifying social media sites as “common carriers” solves the problem.
    As to corporations having “personhood”, that can be solved with legislation as well. Corporations should not be permitted to espouse political views, period. Attempts to influence political types should be illegal and punishable by indicting and prosecuting the CEOs of the offending corporations.

    • Agree: Ace
    • Thanks: thotmonger
    • Replies: @bomag
  41. niceland says:

    I am not surprised this site is doing quite well despite hostile environment. While I disagree with great many articles published, and perhaps the majority of commenters, being somewhat to the left and quite liberal – I love the place. Free speech, diverse views, and general hostility towards the “Empire” and it’s disgusting wars, lies and frauds. What’s not to like?

    Time for a donation people, I am looking at you crypto guys having enjoyed the recent rise in the market. Not to mention the stock crowd. Share some of the love with this rare bastion of free speech.

    • Agree: Sollipsist
    • Replies: @Sollipsist
  42. I don’t know why facebook, google, twitter is even a thing. They should die as liberal hate wastelands.
    Private websites ban people every minute, so who cares?
    We shouldn’t care.

    • Replies: @Uncoy
  43. Uncoy says: • Website
    @Crescent Moon

    The difference between Google search, Facebook and Twitter and ‘private’ websites is that each is an effective monopoly in the US market (and most other markets). There are different laws for monopolies and utilities than there are for smaller or non-utility companies. That line of course has been blurred by the whole gay wedding cake baked by conservative/religious bakers civil liberties (whose?) debacle.

  44. Polistra says:
    @Miro23

    Also gratifying is that unz.com isn’t weighted down with javascript routines, sniffer apps, and similar rogueware that make traversing MSM sites somewhat like crossing a minefield.

    This is a remarkably ‘clean’ site in that regard and it speaks well of the ownership.

    • Agree: MEH 0910
  45. Polistra says:
    @Dumbo

    Very much so. I never used Facebook and I gave up Google in favor of DDG about two years ago. Never looked back.

    The situation reminds me of the man who removed his daughter from Brearley recently and had the nerve to tell everyone why.

    Put your money where your mouth is, people. It starts with you.

  46. Nice to see UR is crushing $PLC … One can only wonder how they feel about that.

    Google? Is that a thing?

  47. JackOH says:
    @El Dato

    El Dato, thanks for that piece of Orwellian doublespeak. Free speech is so important in our masters’ eyes that content needs filtered by the appropriate authorities before it reaches us.

    The trustees at my local Podunk Tech recently came out with a new policy regarding “advertising and solicitation” on campus. I’m not sure what the spark was for this new policy, but I know in the past religious groups and petition-circulators have been effectively barred from campus. I’ve only scanned the new policy, but it has the expected rubbish about advance written notice, conferral with campus authorities, and suchlike.

    If exercised at its most extreme–which I don’t expect–I suppose the new policy could be construed by admins and trustees as a bar to someone passing a magazine article to a colleague or student and encouraging him to read it. Likewise, it can encourage mischievous snitching and busybodyism directed against less favored profs, students, workers.

    There was no public opposition to this new policy if my reading of the trustees’ minutes is correct.

  48. David says:

    First time Ron Unz has used the word “sweetest” on this site.

  49. @Levtraro

    Right, but since the original legislation–I think during the Civil War–the scope has expanded. In 1961 there was a case of a restaurant refusing service to a black woman who successfully sued under 1983 because the restaurant rented space from a parking garage owned by the state and the restaurant was “acting under color of…something.” So that expanded it from federal to state govt. (Actually, it wouldn’t have even been Sec 1983 at that point. It was still in Title 8 under Immigration and Nationality, I believe).

    And it has continued to expand from there. If you look at Section 1983 cases today, the defendants are really widely varied but still almost always in some way a state actor–colleges that get state funding, state run medical, elder care, foster care, state police, etc.–or, even, a political subdivision of the state–a city library worker, a county snow removal crew (I just looked outside and, April 20, snowing in Kansas City).

    Where the law expands to private actors is when the private entity acts in the role of the state. Lugar v. Edmondson Oil Co., Inc., 457 U.S. 922 (1982) (party charged with the deprivation must be a person who may fairly be said to be a state actor) It wouldn’t make sense if the state could violate the constitutional rights of a class by turning a blind eye to the violation by a private actor or contracting out the mechanics of the violation to a private actor.

    Because Google is a commercial enterprise it has an “obligation of good faith”, i.e., “honesty in fact and the observance of reasonable commercial standards of fair dealing.” 15 USCA 1-7, 15 note and by “usage” we have the right to expect Google, as Sundar Pichai testified, not to put their thumb on the scale. And we trust Google not to put its thumb on the scale and we believe Sundar when he testifies under oath that they do not. So if I search for “police involved shootings” or “covid-19 source” and all I get are buzzfeed and the washington post articles and nothing from unz.com, I’m going to have a very distorted picture of “the official story”–a function that has traditionally been the role of the state’s, e.g., preventing communist propaganda from being disseminated. Under the “public function” test a private party can be fairly said to be a state actor where the private party has been “delegated…a power traditionally exclusively reserved to the State.” Terry v. Adams, 345 U.S. 461, 468-470, 73 S.Ct. 809, 97 L.Ed. 1152 (1953)

    But, thanks for making me think about the “usage” approach more carefully. Now I’m not sure it is the strongest approach, but I do think it is a legitimate approach among other perhaps stronger approaches.

    In any case, I have irrefutable proof here that Google grossly discriminates against conservative writers. https://ungoogle.us/

    • Thanks: Levtraro
  50. anon[437] • Disclaimer says:

    Craig Nelsen, thanks for the helpful précis. There’s one more neglected angle to this – neglected due to concerted state efforts to suppress recourse to binding protections. Under the ICCPR, supreme law of the land equivalent to federal statute (The Paquete Habana (1900.),) Article 19 protects freedom of information, and the state at all levels is committed to respect the rights in its own action and protect the rights from derogation by private entities. The state’s protective obligation is not limited to its agents. Interpretation is specified by HRC General Comment 34. Compliance is evaluated not by the quasi-independent US judiciary but by elected independent experts of the treaty body, reinforced by public pressure from treaty parties and civil society groups. US citizens can go over the head of the judiciary to charter bodies, treaty bodies, and special procedures if domestic courts fail to come into compliance with this law.

  51. Nelson post:
    citing Lugar v. Edmondson Oil Co., Inc., 457 U.S. 922 (1982)…defendant by extrinsic fraud simulated legal process to instigate collection of debt by state. The question for purposes of 1983 was whether a state actor was involved in a willful and joint capacity, and the answer was no.

    Anon post:
    The Paquete Habana, 175 U.S. 677 (1900.)(holding the capture of fishing vessels as prizes of war violated customary international law). Subsequent affirmations or citation, none. yet c.f.: Garcia-Mir v. Meese, 788 F.2d 1446 (11th Cir. 1986) no. pet. (holding that the United States could indefinitely detain Cuban refugees who had arrived during the 1980 Mariel boatlift).

    Respectfully gentlemen, you may think the clock is at 8:30PM, but in fact it is now corporate midnight. Cite and argue all you want–you are simply confusing law with law enforcement. Or as Andrew Jackson said following his confiscation of territory in defiance of Supreme Court law, (which may as well be said by Sundar Pinchu) “Chief Justice John Marshall has made his decision; now let him enforce it.”
    ____________
    We love you Ron Unz. Don’t turn into a beautiful mind.

    • Replies: @Craig Nelsen
  52. Just want to note that a few weeks ago, Tom of http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/ came down with COVID-19 and hasn’t been heard from since. I’ve been reading that site for nearly 20 years. It is a valuable resource run by a decent human.

    Any prayers you can offer for Tom would be helpful. Thank you and congrats on the success of this excellent website.

    • Replies: @Lee
  53. anon[437] • Disclaimer says:

    Soft Parade, exactly, that’s what I mean about concerted state suppression. When CIA put the horse head in the Supreme Court’s bed, they reverted in a panic to the Charming Betsey ‘canon,’ increasingly twisting it to mean, Go ahead and use any conceivable wiggle room in reconciling jus cogens to US law. US torture’s not torture, US aggression’s not aggression, probative evidence of US crimes are state secrets, &c. &c. Meanwhile the entire civilized world affirmed universal human rights law.

    [MORE]

    https://harvardlawreview.org/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/customary_international_law.pdf

    So yes, the USA is full of shit. Fortunately it’s not crooked perv Thomas, or pedo Roberts, or CIA dancing boy Kavanaugh that will enforce it, it’s the outside world, including the nuclear hegemons of the SCO. And gradually, ineluctably, they’re doing it.

    So let’s get on with this war against China/Russia/Iran. It won’t be as bad as you think, and it will decapitate the CIA regime and then the peoples of America will finally be free.

  54. Charles says:

    I discovered UR by reading Vdare. Often an article – for example, one by S. Sailer – concludes with “Comment at unz.com”. Eventually I looked it up. That was two or three years ago, as best I can remember, and I’m lucky to have found it. I don’t know if readers understand how much work went into and goes into creating and keeping this site, but I know it’s something I couldn’t do regardless. Thank you Ron Unz.

  55. Lee says:
    @Dirtyharriet

    Tom of ICH seems to be on the mend. His msg posted on the site.

    Note to ICH community

    On Wednesday I tested positive for Covid-19, my health since, has been a rollercoaster and has left me unable to update the website or newsletter. My apologies, I will return just as soon as possible.

    Thank you for your concern and patience.

    Peace and Joy

    Tom Feeley

    • Replies: @Dirtyharriet
  56. saggy says:
    @Ron Unz

    The Covid-19 epidemic is probably the biggest thing to happen to America and the rest of the world since World War II, so I’d think that the official narrative would be very strongly defended.

    The medical establishment and the medical community have created the covid narrative. The government didn’t create the narrative, there is no government covid ‘narrative’ that is enforced. You discredit Unz.com by continuing to publish covid idiocy by authors like Atzmon and Whitney.

    The Jews are censoring everything critical of the Jews, the rest of the censorship is camoflage.

  57. Ron, your ranking is not surprising, and you should be congratulated.

    A great site, fantastic architecture, and, most important great content, if sometimes a bit crazy.

    And perhaps the best comments sections on the web.

    Excuse me while I go get therapy for my dislocated shoulder, a result of patting myself on the back too hard.

  58. A nice addition to that table would be the little triangles Wikipedia has by which you can rank each column individually.

    Having to look up which presidential candidates managed to get votes in every state, I found that to be a most useful function. Zeros bunch up at the top. Or bottom, if you prefer.

  59. Bubba says:
    @Carroll Price

    And high tax Illinois did that in 2015 with the state’s lottery winners.

  60. @The Soft Parade

    I think Terry v. Adams is a better fit probably–and there is other case law, too. But the main point is that the oft-repeated claim that First Amendment protections for speech only applies to Congress is wrong. Google could very much be held liable for restricting free speech in violation of the First Amendment and Section 1983.

    And I am under no illusions about what time it is. For me, we passed midnight in the Bush era. But I don’t see any advantage to be gained by not fighting back.

    • Agree: Levtraro
    • Replies: @The Soft Parade
  61. @Craig Nelsen

    You and Anon:

    https://www.unz.com/anepigone/strong-support-for-tech-tyranny/#comment-4426641

    [MORE]

    Count me incompetent in matters of proof that google is a publisher.
    Nor can I prove that we war not against flesh and blood, but rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in high heavenly places https://biblehub.com/ephesians/6-12.htm
    I confess that no earthly power exercised over the former has a chance against the latter; it is coming, and that we will not be cured of suffering until experiencing it to the fullest.

  62. Ron, I have been following your website daily for a couple of years. Excellent, thought provoking content. Which does not imply, that I agree with all or even most of it. Yet I highly appreciate the commitment to free speech, the willingness to give other people a voice. In these troubled times, one cannot thank you enough for your efforts.

    • Agree: JimmyBee
  63. Vox Day, whoever he is, has incredible engagement. That is one random on Blogspot! Unz.com does too, of course, but it seems more like a portal to mid-level shadow opinion than a single publication…

  64. @Lee

    That was posted weeks ago…

    • Replies: @DirtyHarriet
  65. Congratulations on your excellent site, Ron Unz.

    I only discovered it a few short weeks ago and am still finding welcome features (eg a couple days ago downloaded a Trollope novel I’d not heard of).

    Wishing you continuing and expanding success.

    PS I have ceased to use Google, instead Yandex or Ecosia.

  66. Well racial/identity politics is hot right now thanks to MSM BLM and their billionaire financiers. Maybe you should pour out a 40 in memory of George Floyd for bringing you all the new traffic. Hahaha All the Alt-righters and WN’s should be thanking him as well since its bound to push more white people into the racial/identity politics trap. All by design..

    You post some intresting stuff here every now and then. It would be nice if you had more left leaning, socialist or even full blown communist writers here to balance things out. Maybe it would attract some commenters from places other than Stormfront or Infowars. I like hearing everyone’s perspective on things, even the Unzstashe, its good to know what these weirdos are thinking. All the race stuff gets boring though. Most of the rightwingers just write about the same things over and over, how pissed off they are at whatever the MSM narrative is at the time. Scapegoating everyone and everything. They get led by the nose too easily IMO. A lot of idiots on the left are the same. It gets old..

    I agree with your covid theories, I disagree that the chaos and massive death toll was caused by “incompetence”. I think it was intentional along with the absolute greed and corruption of capitalism. The system working exactly as designed.

    God bless George Floyd!

    • Replies: @Blissex
    , @Anonymous
    , @Biff
  67. @niceland

    Agreed, although I’m a lot less disposed to call myself “left” or “liberal” than I used to be, way back when the words still had some literal accuracy 🙂

    Personally, I think Unz attracts more of the most informed, iconoclastic and interesting thinkers than pretty much any site.

    Even the less impressive and more habitually hostile commenters are still a refreshing sign that free speech and REAL diversity of opinion is valued here. You get to agree or disagree with actual people, a requirement for understanding where they’re coming from — rather than habitually dismissing them based on some generalized secondhand cherry-picked caricature of people that the MSM is so good at providing.

  68. Ron Unz says:

    After checking, I was gratified to discover that my eBook analyzing World War II had been downloaded more than 250 additional times just in the last few days alone.

    But while it’s easy to determine how many times my various eBooks have been downloaded, what I can’t tell is how many people have then bothered carefully reading them, or even just casually glancing at some of the text.

    • Replies: @Arthur MacBride
  69. Excellent writers, detailed links, unapologetic, a great place to learn about the real world we live in.
    Thanks a million.

  70. Blissex says:
    @redmudhooch

    «All the Alt-righters and WN’s should be thanking him as well since its bound to push more white people into the racial/identity politics trap. All by design.»

    I agree with this, and I think that all the vacuous handwaving about the alleged evils of “the juus” and “the darkies” is tiresome and a waste of time (indeed “All the race stuff gets boring though</i<). I also still support R Unz for giving them an opportunity to publish (“like hearing everyone’s perspective on things”). Pixels are cheap and web pages easy to ignore.

    «I disagree that the chaos and massive death toll was caused by “incompetence”. I think it was intentional along with the absolute greed and corruption of capitalism. The system working exactly as designed.»

    [MORE]

    Not quite “capitalism”, as a generic term, I blame reaganism, its ideology of “rugged individualism” leading to “the most terrifying phrase is ‘I am from the government and I want to help you’”, and thus the ideological inability to fund and organize a state response to the epidemic.

    The governments of China-Taiwan, south Korea, Japan, New Zealand, are hardcore capitalist, but they still did fund and organize a state-run mass test-trace-isolate public health project, a collective response to a collective health problem, and they got negligible death and sickness rates as a result: conversely it was those countries that did not fund or organize it, whether capitalist or not, that had high sickness and death rates.

    Perhaps for R Unz not funding and organizing a mass test-trace-isolate project is incompetence, but I rather think that it has been a deliberate ideologically motivated choice.

    Because the choices of many reaganista governments has been to insist that not being infected and not infecting others is a matter of “taking personal responsibility” and that the only solution is consuming the products of “saviors of humanity” pharma megacorp, for which they have pushed breathlessly enthusiastic propaganda campaigns. But not all capitalist governments are also reaganista, so some have made the better practical choice instead.

  71. bomag says:
    @anarchyst

    …reclassify all “social media outlets” as “common carriers” like the phone companies

    I’ve often thought of this.

    But back in the day, phone companies didn’t have the means or political power to censure conversation.

    Today’s tech giants have both.

  72. notamason says:

    I never have signed onto any social media provider, they are inspired by pinko commies.

  73. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:

    Unz.com was banned by Google and Facebook? Wow, just imagine how bad it would be if Ron didn’t support covid hysteria, lockdowns, and the CCP.

  74. Anonymous[892] • Disclaimer says:
    @redmudhooch

    And yet here you are wasting your time lecturing people who don’t give two shits about what you have to say about anything. Don’t blame capitalism for your problems, I doubt you’d be gainfully employed under socialism either.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  75. @RoatanBill

    I think he refers to the “bar” to using so-called reaction buttons: “They are ONLY available to recent, frequent commenters – – – and may also ONLY be used three times during any eight hour period.”

    A bit off-topic but exploiting the opportunity, I also find it frustrating since I would sometimes like to react without commenting frivolously, and have so pointed it out to Ron in the suggestions section. But he disagrees that it elicits such extra comments to earn reactions (or perhaps covets the extra comments?) and fears that an overabundance of reactions will clutter up the visuals since “scarcity determines value”. I don’t have the solution, but I agree with Jett and others who experience especially the comments limitation a pain and wish there was a way out. Here is my latest attempt:
    Drop the comment requirement as it will enable present muzzled shy savants like myself more opportunity to boo/hooray from the peanut gallery. Limiting number of reactions per period can be retained and fine-tuned.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  76. Ron Unz says:
    @Dumb4asterisks

    Sure, there’s a trade-off. However, the current Reaction requirements hardly seem onerous, requiring only that the user has published five comments during the last thirty days.

    One reason for that sort of restriction is to reduce the opportunity for ideological gang-warfare. If there weren’t any restrictions, a mob of people could be drawn to the website just to leave “Troll” or “Disagree” reactions on particular comments or commenters, much like happens with Twitter mobs. This way, they’re more likely to be people who have actually been spending some time on the website.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  77. @Ron Unz

    The “Disagree” button encourages people to not provide their reasons for the disagreement but does provide support for lurking. Anyone using the “Agree” feature doesn’t have to leave any rationale because it’s obvious.

    IMO the “Disagree” feature is counterproductive in a comments section because it’s a comments section.

    • Agree: Realist
    • Disagree: Biff, John Johnson
  78. MEH 0910 says:

  79. MEH 0910 says:

  80. @Ron Unz

    An excellent account, Ron Unz.

    With ref to “the largest ethnic cleansing in history” ie the forcible relocation of Germans post WW2, R. M. Douglas (YUP) is also informative —

  81. some_loon says:

    I found Unz through a column by Fred Reed on his own website (which I think is no longer active).

    It is interesting that even with the Social Media Complex demoting and disallowing mention of the content here that it does so well in the rankings. I wonder how much of this is ‘serious’ censorship and how much is to keep dem congressmen off their backs. Or how much comes from the SJWs on staff, rather than from the top executives of those companies. Or a/b testing.

  82. Biff says:
    @redmudhooch

    Maybe you should pour out a 40 in memory of George Floyd for bringing you all the new traffic. Hahaha All the Alt-righters and WN’s should be thanking him as well since its bound to push more white people into the racial/identity politics trap. All by design..

    Funny how that works.

    Like so many liberal-left media outlets and advocacy groups, the ACLU was suffering financially before they were saved and then enriched beyond their wildest dreams by Donald Trump and the #Resistance movement he spawned. “The American Civil Liberties Union this week laid off 23 employees, about 7 percent of the organization’s national staff,” announced The Washington Post in April, 2015. But in the Trump era, the money flowed in almost as quickly and furiously as post-Floyd money to BLM. In February, 2017, said AP, the group “is suddenly awash in donations and new members as it does battle with President Donald Trump over the extent of his constitutional authority, with nearly $80 million in online contributions alone pouring in since the election.” So that is the donor base it now serves.

    https://greenwald.substack.com/p/aclu-again-cowardly-abstains-from

    Makes you wonder how many financial incentivized false flags are really out there?

  83. How is Reason.com more popular than Unz?

    I really don’t see how anyone with internet access can remain a libertarian.

    The whole thing is mired in race denial and thought suppression. To see this first hand just hang out with libertarians and ask them how open borders to the third world and legal PCP would improve our situation.

    As with liberals they will socially reject you for dissenting while not answering any of your questions. Libertarians know their open borders plan will work cause RAND SAID SO. Funny how she was fine with Israel having a border. Of course they won’t mention that on places like Reason.

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  84. Anonymous[256] • Disclaimer says:
    @John Johnson

    Yawn.

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  85. @Anonymous

    And yet here you are wasting your time lecturing people who don’t give two shits about what you have to say about anything. Don’t blame capitalism for your problems, I doubt you’d be gainfully employed under socialism either.

    Oh I see. If you criticize capitalism then you must be living on the dole.

    Well I live pretty well by any standard and I think the worship of capitalism is completely stupid.

    The conservative/libertarian belief that minimal government ‘n tax cuts will fix everything has been tried repeatedly.

    The whole thing is based in race denial. Even under Communism the Germans had better health care coverage than modern African capitalist countries. Try getting a conservative to explain that.

    I honestly wish the conservative prescription to our problems would work. But sometimes you have to admit when the treatment fails. I view alt-right as an acknowledgement of this failure even though I identify more as center/populist.

    Anyways there are already plenty of conservative and libertarian websites where people can stick their heads in the sand and pretend that Reagan and Rand were right about everything.

    I agree with Red that we could use more alt-left perspectives to help balance everything. The Jew blaming can be a bit much.

  86. @Anonymous

    Yawn.

    A fascinating retort.

    Your Alisa Rosenbaum cult is on the way out.

    Eventually Reason will be ranked below goat f-ckers dot com.

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