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I don't have much original to say about it, and what I do have to say has already been said at greater length (e.g. Guillaume Durocher), but still, as the second most important happening last month, it behoves me to make at least a few brief comments. * There should not be any delusions that... 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
From Steve's recent post highlighting an attempt by the Global Party Survey to map out all the parties in OECD countries on a graph where the vertical axis stands for sociopolitical liberalism (bottom) vs. conservatism (top), and the horizontal axis stands for economic leftism (left) vs. free markets (right).
For years the now defunct Iron March forum was widely regarded as the most hardcore Neo-Nazi hangout on the Internet. It spawned the "Atomwaffen Division", which subscribed to a sort of Far Right Posadism that promoted race war through the cleansing fires of nuclear destruction. Its members wracked up five murders, a most impressive tally... Read More
In my previous post, I wrote about the broad outlines of the constitutional changes proposed by Putin, but without speculating too much on their import. I will do that now in more detail. *** Putin is looking for a retirement plan that guarantees the security of the system he has built, but in a way... Read More
Major announcements in this State of the Nation speech on Jan 15, 2020. Here is a very brief summary to get the conversation started. Immediate politics: The Medvedev government has resigned The little-known Mikhail Mishustin, former head of the tax service, has been appointed as PM. He is an AI-loving technocrat who reduced uncollected VAT... Read More
Tessa Violet is an American singer of modest popularity and talent who kick-started her career by video-blogging and lip syncing songs. Here is her most popular music video to date: This isn't exactly a pop culture blog, so why am I writing about her? Basically her imperial flag-colored hair has made her into a minor... 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
Meduza is a Latvia-based news website that was started up by journalists who had departed Lenta.ru after a change in management. While it has produced some genuine investigative work, its geopolitical orientations are decidedly anti-Russian and pro-Western, e.g. focusing on the travails of a few cherry-picked Russian businessmen in the Crimea, while neglecting to mention... Read More
All this brouhaha over Russiagate and to think that in the end it was Ukraine that did it... :) Anyhow: I am pretty sure this is a trap (for the Dems), who are initiating impeachment without even knowing what's on the damn transcript. It will be nice to see some questions on how exactly Hunter... Read More
As I wrote in my post on the Moscow Duma elections, which took place on September 8, the electoral strategy of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) - the main pro-Western opposition front to Putin headed by Navalny and his campaign manager Leonid Volkov - was the so-called "Smart Vote." Claiming that many of their candidates had... Read More
One curious point of agreement between anti-imperialist "Western Russophiles" and the most deranged Russophobes (e.g. Arkady Babchenko, who had called him Russia's "future liberal Fuhrer") is the idea that Navalny is a nationalist. This is despite almost no actual, self-identified Russian nationalists considering him as such, and Navalny himself energetically signalling against Russian identity and... Read More
All elites need some kind of internal disciplinary mechanism for their polity to function. In traditional societies, it is mainly the aristocracy's sense of solidarity, noblesse oblige, feudal bonds, the Mannerbund institute. Though I don't mean to idealize it. It proved completely maladaptive come the industrial age. In totalitarian regimes, chiliastic ideology and repression/terror plays... Read More
I can't summon any interest in following the Moscow protests. What was interesting in 2011-12 (when I covered the Bolotnaya protests in detail, and produced what is perhaps the most comprehensive popular English language account of Russian electoral fraud), and a novelty for me personally in 2017 (when I personally attended a couple of those... Read More
So I hear that there have been some protests in Moscow regarding the Electoral Commission's refusal to register some of the liberal candidates, despite getting the requisite signatures. TBH this is so banal by now that I can't even be bothered writing much about them, let alone personally reporting on them as I did in... Read More
Both futurist progressives and right-wing obscurantists (such as Dreher and Dugin) often regard transgenderism as a subset of transhumanism. This gets it 100% backwards. At current tech levels, gender reassignment surgery is just glorified mutilation. Transhumanism is about human augmentation, not incapacitation. You don't augment yourself in any way whatsoever by transitioning towards an ersatz... Read More
Reddit has just quarantined The_Donald, the single biggest Trump support forum on the Internet. The_Donald played a critical role in the 2016 elections, helping generate a lot of the memetic momentum that propelled Trump to the Presidency. Considering his narrow margin of victory, it's entirely possible that Trump would have been stumped without The_Donald. True,... Read More
Approval of them seem to be strongly correlated... at least according to this recent BBC poll.
I don't usually write about the latest adventures of that certain subset of the Russian "liberal" "opposition" - that motley crew of grifters, schizos, and washed out has beens who meet 2-3 times a year at their "Free Russia Forum" in Lithuania. Quite a far cry from their spiritual predecessors more than a century ago,... Read More
I wasn't *100%* tongue in cheek when I predicted that Russia will be held responsibile for the Holocaust by handshakeworthy Western opinion-setters by midcentury. It seems that I was hardly alone in this sentiment amongst my followers. This idea - that the Soviet-Russian genocide of the Jews under Russian nationalist Jughashvili is predestined to be... Read More
... has seemingly occured in the blink of an eye, and has given way to an emerging four party system.
As of May 31, all of Russia's civil airports have been renamed in line with a national Internet poll on the topic. Here are the changes (via Google Translate): Sheremetyevo Airport - poet Alexander Pushkin; “Domodedovo” airport - scientist Mikhail Lomonosov; airport "Vnukovo" - aircraft designer Andrei Tupolev; the airport of Anadyr "Ugolny" - by... Read More
So the Call of Duty video game franchise that brought us the infamous "No Russian" mission, where you had to physically remove Russian civilians from an airport - not many complaints of "terrorism simulators" when it's Russkies who are getting gunned down - now has another offering, in which you as a Syrian rebel fighter... Read More
Climate scientists and IQ researchers are both (largely) correct. Both of the sciences that they represent are hugely important for understanding the future, while both also have tribal ideological detractors on the right and left, respectively. Though this wasn't always so. For instance, Svante Arrhenius, the man who constructed the world's first climate model back... Read More
This has been another very bad month for the Alt Right (or what remains of it). First, you had Katie McHugh prominently disavowing her former work at Breitbart (though it needs to be said that they did cuck and throw her overboard in their time - another splendid demonstration of right-wing solidarity), as well as... Read More
Bernard-Henri Lévy interviews Orban and writes about it in The Atlantic. This reminds me of when Putin allowed Masha Gessen to interview him. I don't really get why they do it. First, ideologues who hate you will not think or say any better of you for your "magnanimity". Indeed, BHL claims he doesn't believe Orban... Read More
German_reader looks askance at my theological speculations. Am I serious? Yes, actually, I am. Here are a few ways of interpretating Russian 20th century history: 1. Russians spent 70 years under the rule of a succession of traitors and saboteurs. It turns out that Trotsky and the old Bolsheviks were traitors and foreign agents (1930s),... Read More
While I am not much of a religious person, there is one particular argument for His existence that I find to be rather convincing*. Those who wage war on God are unmade by God. And their descendants, too. The idea that He is humane, or fair to individuals, is a modern conceit. The Old Testament... Read More
This was a very nice livestream in which JF Gariépy gave my the chance to concisely set out my views on the intersection of Russia, the Alt Right, Russian foreign policy, and the Western media (amongst other things).
Personally, I have a feeling that Maduro will make it to the end of the year. PredictIt odds are hovering at 50/50. Worse than 70% a month ago, but better than the 30% they gave this January. The main development since January has been a collapse of oil production, but there is good reason to... Read More
The judge in question was an Obama-era minority appointee. This may have played a role in her imposing the maximum sentence of 18 months requested by the prosecution, despite the ridiculousness of the case. reiner Tor comments:
~7% Chance This Guy Will Be President Come 2020. Let's Review His Book.
Andrew Yang - THE WAR ON NORMAL PEOPLE (2018) Rating: 5/5 You can access all of my latest book, film, and video game reviews at this link, as well as an ordered, categorized list of all my book reviews and ratings here:
This translates to nine months plus the nine months already served, which is the full length of time that the prosecution asked for (probation office asked for 12 months). Here is how this stacks up against old FARA prosecutions: 18 months is very fair and proportionate. /s As I noted at that time: "Consequently, if... Read More
Big Red Scary comments: This "Easter worshipper" thing is a new literary construction created for the sole purpose of not mentioning Christianity. /r/The_Donald user comments: So weird that both of the two most prominent Dems, as well as one of their candidates, would all that Tweet that within ~3 hours of each other. Did they... Read More
Zelensky [green] vs. Poroshenko [red] abroad via @vybory_91. Raw results here. Poroshenko's best performance: Canada, where Chrystia Freeland lives - 74%; USA - 72%, UK - 70%. Diaspora is even more svidomy than Lvov, but they are hardly representative. While they are good commenters, this is something to bear in mind wrt AP and Mr.... Read More
I looked at all the people with more than a 2% chance of becoming US President in 2020 according to PredictIt. There are some patterns here. Biden: Hasn't Tweeted since April 19. Not a credible contender, but honorary mention goes to:
It seems to be the one *major* country where the more intelligent - on average, and adjusting for the east/west gradient - vote for the "nationalist" candidate, Poroshenko. And just to be clear, he has for all intents and purposes captured the nationalist niche, however unlikely. His slogan: "Army, Language, Faith." Meanwhile, Zelensky talks of... Read More
It's been a month since I predicted that Andrew Yang would be more than just a meme. I wanted to check to see if this still holds true and that does seem to be the case. 1. He is on a steady 10% chance to take the Dem nomination at PredictIt. 2. He is getting... Read More
I visited it sometime in the early 2000s. Too young to remember any details, but I'm sure it was a nice place. I translated an article by Egor Kholmogorov back in 2013: Europe's Week of Human Sacrifice. (Incidentally, this was my blog's first ever Kholmogorov translation). TBH, I can't be bothered being as Christian and... Read More
Leonid Volkov is Navalny's long-standing campaign manager. Translation: "A day of good news: Al-Bashir and Assange have overstayed their welcome, both are in need of a court, and neither deserve a drop of pity." One problem of Russian liberals from Novodvorskaya down to Navalny is that they are not so much liberals as American stooges*.... Read More
From "anti-extremism" researcher Anton Shekhovtsov who has no anti-Russian obsession whatsoever: That 74 page manifesto had one mention of Russia*. There were FOUR mentions of China, three of which were positive, and which he described as "the nation with the closest political and social values to my own." Now just to be clear China is... 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.