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There is a lot of rhetoric floating about in the usual Reddit/Blue Check crowd that these were the largest demonstrations in Russia of the Putin. This is not really even true - the Bolotnaya/Prospekt Sakharova "meetings" against electoral fraud in Moscow drew more people, though one may argue this is an unfair comparison since they... Read More
Natasha Bertrand, writing for Politico, says that conspiracy theories promoted by a "former economic policy adviser" to Putin "raise the specter of Russian attempts to sow chaos and doubt in the legitimacy of US elections." Said conspiracy theories refer to a Jan 8, 2021 blog post entitled "Burning of the Reichstag 2021" on his Russian... Read More
One observation I've seen people make is that Elon Musk's industrial empire seems ultra-optimized for the distinctly non-commercial ambition of establishing a Mars colony: SpaceX for providing the reusable rockets to throw large payloads into space at much lower cost. Tesla to provide the batteries for Mars vehicles. Boring Company to dig out the tunnels... Read More
Credit where credit is due - Navalny has come out against Trump's deplatforming. (He posted the same thing in Russian). The brighter Blue Checks RT'ed this, saying, OK, good points, though I respectfully disagree. Some of the duller Blue Checks and Russiagaters in the replies attacked Navalny, calling him a Russian nationalist, expressing "disappointment" in... Read More
There are MAGA people claiming this is a deep fake in the replies, LOL. As concerns the ability to generate an undying cult of personality, even past the point of becoming a (political) corpse, I suppose Donald Trump truly is the "God-Emperor of Mankind." Having a non-suspended Twitter account is helpful with that, I imagine.
But let's move on to a far more important discussion: Raz of Chaz or MAGA Viking, who did the techno-barbarian warlord aesthetic better during their occupations of Capitol Hill and the Capitol, respectively? Both are very strong competitors to be sure. *** Points in favor of MAGA Viking: (1) Storming one of the key power... Read More
If you gaze long upon the Ukraine... The Ukraine gazes back into you.
I haven't been following them closely (or at all, really). But my throwaway guess is that Republicans lose both. Why would lower income Trump supporters vote for the party that failed to find Trump 11,780 votes and denied them their well-deserved $2,000 worth of gibs? I certainly wouldn't in their place. Polling average ends in... Read More
The GOD DANG CHEETO ORANGE MUSSOLINI will soon be out of the White House. As such, it's now the Chinese taking over from the Russians paying Afghans to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan. It's not something freedom loving Afghans would even think of doing if they weren't getting rubles, yuan, or preferably both for it.
In this "summary" post on Corona 2020, I will cover some of the following. Recap what we know about Corona, what we have learned in the past year, and what policies should have been undertaken; The big picture of global excess mortality that is emerging for 2020; Discuss the vaccines, "vaccine geopolitics", and Corona's impact... Read More
Map of POC homelands within Europe. Portland has recognized Slavs, and by extension Russians, as a Community of Color - a long overdue step in the fight for racial justice in America and affirmation that "race" and "color" can only be defined in terms of a system of power relationships. Recognition of Russians as a... Read More
AI safety research outfit MIRI say they're thinking of leaving Berkeley on account of: Translated from rationalese to /pol/speak, they're presumably saying they don't want to stay in the new "designated shitting streets" capital of the world and pay high taxes for the privilege. This would be highly symbolic - just as Tesla is perhaps... Read More
Funnily enough, I was Blocked from commenting on her Facebook page almost exactly a decade ago to the day for sarcastically suggesting to her that she personally hunt down Assange from her helicopter On Assange, as with many other things such as Russian Derangement Syndrome, the traditional lib/con positions have flipped, with the likes of... Read More
Prior to the 2020 US elections, I ran a predictions tournament. Given that the Electoral College has now formally voted, putting the matter to rest - at least so far as non-ideologues are concerned - it is now time to run the results. *** Best performance in terms of deviation of EC votes from Biden's... Read More
Where will Chinese GDP end up: At ~US level, or 2-3x the US level? Very important question - after all, it will determine whether the world will remain unipolar (if China ~= US, the latter will remain dominant thanks to its alliance system and soft power) or "bifurcated" between a US-Western sphere and a Sino-centric... Read More
Check out my latest podcast with Robert Stark here. No, really. While I'm not always very happy with all the podcasts I'm on, I think this one turned out very nicely. Here are the topics we discussed: Anatoly’s initial Election Predictions which were fairly accurate MAGA Cope, and In Defense of It Biden Recognitions from... Read More
This post probably isn't going to make me many friends. Then again, if catering to various echo chambers was my main concern in life, I wouldn't be running this blog. So, did Biden win thanks to electoral fraud? My general impression is that many, if not all, electoral fraud arguments have been rather simplistic and... Read More
Now that the right person has won. But perhaps China gained it.
  I discussed the elections, the political impact of coronavirus, and the likely course of US-Russian relations under a Biden vs. Trump Presidency with Vile Varangian. Twitter users Gaslight, Constantine, fashy zizek, Zero Schizo, and Calm European also took parts at various points in this 5 hour livestream.
The last election I watched with a Russian friend at the London School of Economics student room in 2016. The cope and seethe amongst those rootless cosmopolitans was out of this world, as the only Trump supporters in the room it was like being the physical embodiment of trollface.jpg. I don't expect to see a... Read More
Well, good for Snowden on making use of Russia's reformed citizenship laws, which as of April 2020 no longer obligate you to give up your previous citizenship in return for a Russian one. It also legally rules out the possibility of Russia extraditing him back to the US, remote as the possibility may be right... Read More
Now one common objection, often made by Trump supporters, is that the overwhelmingly pro-Democrat class of hacks and data analysts is biased and ignorant of sentiment in the "Real America" and this colors their judgment, as it purportedly did in 2016*. Conversely, their liberal counterparts rejoinder that popular prediction markets, which are strongly out of... Read More
Make your predictions here. I want to do this in a standard way, so for your contribution to be counted: Navigate over to Color in the map (only red/blue, no toss ups or gradients) Click "share map" Click on the image URL and paste the link to the .png file Paste the png file into... Read More
The WSJ on the latest revelations (paywalled version) in the neverending RussiaGate Saga: Quoting the most relevant parts: Olga Galkina's Facebook profile is still up. She has something of a "reputation" in Moscow hack circles. https://twitter.co
The 2017-2020 wave results of the World Values Survey are out (h/t Thulean Friend). You can access them and look at the data here. They do waves of surveys encompassing a few dozen countries every five years, making the WVS a highly useful resource for comparative sociology*. One such question is repeatedly ask is if... 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
If Russiagate fantasies were real and they had the vote in US elections - at least as suggested by this FOM poll. This is not to say that Russians like Trump - their short post-elections honeymoon was soon after undermined by Russiagate sanctions and foreign policy erraticism, such as the strikes on Russian mercenaries in... Read More
I am not going to stick my neck out with concrete predictions, except to the extent that I agree with the betting markets that it's close to 50/50 with the edge going to Biden. Trump has incumbent advantage, but Biden is not Hillary, so the two cancel out. Like it or not, blame for Corona... Read More
I am not going to read Yglesias' book. But the one thing I will say for the idea of One Billion Americans is that it's likely the only way, even theoretically, that the US can remain competitive with China in later 21 century, as it translates its high human capital into per capita convergence and... Read More
So it emerges that the Taliban don't actually need Russian rubles to hate Americans and try to kill them for their freedom. But who cares now. This emerges three months after the original hoax and reached ~100x fewer people. Meanwhile, the important goals were accomplished. The neocons torpedoed plans to end the endless Middle East... Read More
I am not quite sure whether this classifies as a zrada (defeat/betrayal), but it is surely not a peremoga (victory) - to borrow the terms often used by Ukrainian nationalists, but really applicable to anything. As with Russian nationalists, the Serb nationalists fall into two camps regarding the mettle of their leader, some passionately hate... Read More
Jeffrey Goldberg has an article on The Atlantic where he makes various claims about how Trump disrespected the troops and about what a vapid, disrespectful, materialist person he is in general. Let's make the bold assumption that he hasn't conjured this up out of thin air. Honor or denigrate them as you will, but there's... Read More
So a couple of months back, the publisher and developer of the "Call of Duty" US military propaganda video game franchise Activision/Infinity Ward were pushing the Black Lives Matter like any other good Woke Capitalist. But it seems the children have now had their fun, and - as in the UK, where the authorities suddenly... Read More
Is "brutal policewoman" Kamala really a bad pick in the midst of a Black crime epidemic? Can be relied upon to be loyal to the neoliberal order, while ticking all the diversity and woke boxes. I think the whining is Chapo and Trumpist cope. White lib boomers are going to lap this up. Anyhow, belated... Read More
The wages of relying on hostile foreigners for your IT infrastructure: Tsargrad TV has been permanently kicked off YouTube. This isn't just some random blogger or streamer - it's an accredited Russian media organization with its own TV channel, a central office in central Moscow, and as of yesterday, around a million subscribers on YouTube.... Read More
I collected some official polls about Russian opinion towards China last year here. But what do Russian nationalists in particular think? Well, back around May 24-25, when it became clear that the Cold War was going to get a reboot with a major change in cast, a couple of us - myself, and Kirill Kaminets... Read More
The US has a problem. It has too many statues of evil white men, such as the Confederate generals, the Founding Fathers, Columbus, and even the first governor of Russian Alaska, Alexander Baranov. You may not personally consider it a problem, but plenty of your compatriots do, and they're usually more influential than you. Sucks... Read More
As I keep saying, it's really cool how Russians took over America just by shitposting online and set it off on a widening gyre of insanity. This "Lincoln Project" seems to be the latest weird neocon/neolib NeverTrump symbiosis, with WaPo's George Conway and cuckservative figurehead Rick Wilson playing prominent roles in it. It seems a... Read More
BLM/Antifa is pretty useful to the elites for diverting buntive energies into woke signaling over nationalist populism and class war, but they do have to be reined in whenever they do start going off the reservation. You can rant as much as you like about how Trump is a goddamn cheeto and Putler's puppet, but... Read More
What freedom can there possibly be while there's A GOD DANG CHEETO in the White House!? They only kill Americans because Putler pays them to.
As I argued in my 2011 article on National Wealth and IQ at the Edge: American Exceptionalism, East Asian Mediocrity, the US is surprisingly wealthy for a country for a country of its national IQ, which is respectable but modest by developed country standards. There are many possible reasons for it, which I listed (e.g.... Read More
California is liberal, sure, but it is much more heterodox/"PC-totalitarian" than New England, where the Puritans of yore have merely put on problem glasses. California is more of a colorful playground for all sorts of eccentrics. Personally, I would characterize it as a nation-state sized coffee salon, even by American standards - just look at... Read More
Over the past ~5 years, there have been intermittent debates amongst the HBD crowd as to what will come first. Widespread HBD acceptance, due to the "free market of ideas" leading to a kind of "enlightened" radical centrist utopia in which liberal-left goodie-goodness is anchored in a benign paternalism borne of HBD realism (i.e. what... Read More
These SJWs started cropping up on the Internet around 2010. By the mid 2010s, a phenomenon I had previously thought was confined to the Internet exploded onto university campuses. Since then, many of them have graduated and have began their march through the rest of the institutions. This dynamic of Old Libs getting challenged -... Read More
Here's a map of Fentanyl Floyd protests in Eurasia with more than 100 members (h/t Jack Posobiec): As I pointed out, in epidemiological terms, we may consider English language knowledge and pro-Western geopolitical orientation to be the main "vectors" through which American cults such as #BLM spreads. Few surprises. Perhaps more in Italy than I... Read More
What you have in #BlackLivesMatter is an emerging religion, complete with its own pantheon of saints and martyrs and the latest iteration of what some have called negrolatry, or the Cult of the Magical Negro.. The latest "saint" in this religion was a highly flawed human being, to put it charitably. Career criminal, drug dealer,... Read More
The disgustingly obese Boomer Bannon, who has been sent packing by European nationalists, has gotten himself some Chinese emigre billionaire sugar daddy and is now making weird videos astroturfing the "New Federal State of China." What I take to be the new state's proposed anthem: This is reaching levels of cringe and Guaido that were... Read More
So as the facts roll this entire affair seems to become more and more slapstick, as we now learn that #FentanylFloyd was OD'ing on multiple drugs including fentanyl and methamphetamine. Floyd was on 11ng/ml of fentanyl. That's apparently a lethal dose. He had also been infected with the coronavirus in April. Though apparently asymptomatic, this... Read More
This Bogdan Vechirko story is just perfect on so many levels of "meme convergence": > Be Ukrainian nationalist from Vinnytsia. > Leave for work in a Western country, just like any Ukrainian nationalist would given the chance. > Work intermittently as truck driver in US since 2015. > Become #MAGA chud. > Launch your very... Read More
Took a few days. It was revving up yesterday. Now it's in full gear and will now soon be making its way into mainstream discourse. As I keep saying, Russiagaters are perhaps the most hardcore Americanophobes on this planet. They believe that a few Russian shitpoasters on Twitter intimately control the political behavior of 330... 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.