Some Berlin-based organization called the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) has compiled a global "Academic Freedom Index." It reminds one of that ranking showing the US best prepared for a pandemic, and indeed, to confirm my point, the GPPi proceeded to Block me when I made that point to them on Twitter. Evolutionary psychologist Lee... Read More
This interesting and seemingly comprehensive survey of free speech attitudes at US colleges was posted a few weeks ago: 2020 College Free Speech Rankings (also reproduced here). Useful complement to the FIRE Disinvitation Database. Although it's well known that there has been a large-scale shift against the concept of free speech on the Left over... Read More
Dr. Priyamvada Gopal is (was) a Reader in "postcolonial literature" and "critical race studies" at Churchill College in the University of Cambridge. But then, a couple of days ago, she made a politically controversial and highly racially charged statement: She is no longer a Reader. Because the day afterwards, she was made a full Professor:... Read More
I unironically support #ShutDownSTEM, technological dominance is a dangerous thing in the hands of woke millenarian regimes, at this point it'd sooner be safer even with explicit theocracies like Iran.
Long time no Open Thread! Will try to return to a weekly OT schedule henceforth. The "core" of my series on the Age of Malthusian Industrialism is done. Here is a quick table of contents: Original article introducing the concept: A Short History of the Third Millennium AoMI I: Where Do Babies Come From? AoMI... Read More
While searching my name in Google Scholar, I came across the following... interesting article: USING THE TOPIC OF MIGRATION BY PROKREMLIN PROPAGANDA: CASE STUDY OF SLOVAKIA. Š IŽAK - Journal of Comparative Politics, 2019 - search.ebscohost.com Here is the journal website, Journal of Comparative Politics is the semiannually journal of the Consortium of three Central... Read More
As I have pointed out, the jokers who dominate today's "Russia debate" such as Molly McKew have much less Russia expertise even than La Russophobe, the old bete noire of the Russia bloggers. Suffice to say that her entire shtick consists of inventing ever more and more deranged Russiagate conspiracy theories is something that even... Read More
This is the conclusion of recent Higher School of Economics study on researcher salaries in Russia. Here are the details for Jan-Jun 2018: All workers in scientific organizations: 64,000 rubles ($1,000), up 40% y/y Researchers: 86,000 rubles ($1,300), up 70% y/y Academic staff: 94,000 rubles ($1,500), up 100% (!) y/y Average salary of all workers... Read More
Guangzhou, China (/r/Cyberpunk) Some time ago a commenter asked me about the state of China Studies in Russia, an issue that is pretty germane as they increasingly align with each other. TL;DR - Catastrophic. Simply put, Russia does not have the cognitive tools to understand the country that Kremlin talking points describe as Russia’s "strategic... Read More
While I was writing an article about Russian IQ for Sputnik and Pogrom the past few days, I noticed this amazing statistic from the 2010 Census. Percentage of the population with a postgrad degree: 1. Ingushetia: 1.59% 2. Moscow: 1.12% ... 90. Chechnya: 0.32% Ingushetia is Chechnya's quieter, lower T, slyer brother. They are part... Read More
Data Source: FIRE. Before 2008, campus disinvitations were slightly tilted towards the Right. But after I came to the US, it became overwhelmingly dominated by the Left. Campus disinvitations also became much more frequent in absolute terms. SJWism only really got going around 2012-2013, so the rise of the campus Pink Guards seems to have... Read More
One thing you start noticing when you read commentary on Russia long enough is how the same discredited tropes arise again and again. Zombie-like, they refuse to die. In 2011, for example, there was supposed to have been a "sixth wave of Russian emigration," in which disillusioned Russians were said to have finally had enough... Read More
One notices a remarkable correlation between this, and the perceived attitudes of local women and their obesity rates. (The map above was made by RVF commentator "durangotang" based on the geographic data here).
In my nearly 20 years experience as a Russian living in the West, I have found that almost all my fellows can be reduced to five basic types: 1) The White Russian; 2) The Sovok Jew; 3) The Egghead Emigre; 4) Natasha Gold-Digger; 5) Putin's Expat. My background and qualifications to write on this topic?... Read More
In this third part of my series on national comparisons between Britain, Russia, and the US, I look at the social institutions and infrastructure that play such a big role in our everyday lives. Why is Russia's life expectancy ten years lower than in the US? What are the most popular university subjects? Where do... Read More
I've recently had a debate with... let's call him Marcus Stein, about whether you have to be proficient in a relevant language to hold really deep and insightful views about a region, culture or civilization, or whether, to put it in Averkoese, "translation, acquired knowledge (of the subject matters), good contacts (to interact with) and... Read More
I am a blogger, thinker, and businessman in the SF Bay Area. I’m originally from Russia, spent many years in Britain, and studied at U.C. Berkeley.
One of my tenets is that ideologies tend to suck. As such, I hesitate about attaching labels to myself. That said, if it’s really necessary, I suppose “liberal-conservative neoreactionary” would be close enough.
Though I consider myself part of the Orthodox Church, my philosophy and spiritual views are more influenced by digital physics, Gnosticism, and Russian cosmism than anything specifically Judeo-Christian.