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After my first week on the job after having moved to Chicago in 1982, I decided to go shopping at the Century Mall at 2828 North Clark Street. As I was about to walk in the door, a black teen in white leather sneakers rushed out past me, quickly followed by two Mexican security guards in hard black leather shoes. As they sprinted north on Clark, the black outdistancing the mestizos, I watched with great interest. Then the criminal made a sharp left turn on Orchard St, followed by his pursuers. As they disappeared from my sight, it occurred to me that this had been an important career decision the crook had just made in case Orchard turned out to be a dead end.

This reminded me of the time while snorkeling in Mexico I had obnoxiously chased a colorful clown fish until, apparently, he had finally arrived back in his own territory in the coral reef, at which point he stopped fleeing and turned to fight, baring his alarmingly sharp teeth at me. I prudently backed off.

Evidently, it’s important to have your own turf where you feel comfortable that you know all its ins and outs so in cases of push comes to shove you can maneuver adroitly, such as the Clark Street criminal needed to know whether or not turning left on Orchard would be a wise long-term decision.

Eventually, this struck me as having implications for real estate decision-making. Some neighborhoods in Chicago have radically higher crime rates than others, depending upon how familiar the criminally-inclined are with the neighborhood. You want to live in neighborhoods that the criminally-inclined don’t find familiar.

But this kind of learning experience is, evidently, racist. From Fox 32 Chicago:

Chicago cops may soon need permission before chasing a suspect on foot

By Mike Flannery Published 6 hours ago

Mayor Lori Lightfoot is considering a momentous change to Chicago police procedure: requiring officers to get a supervisor’s permission before beginning a foot chase. This comes after the shooting of Adam Toledo.

CHICAGO – Mayor Lori Lightfoot is considering a momentous change to Chicago police procedure: requiring officers to get a supervisor’s permission before beginning a foot chase.

For decades, the faster races deserve to outrun the slower races with their ill-gotten gains. But isn’t that racially bigoted? Why shouldn’t criminals from the slower races be entitled to simply walk away from the scene of their crimes?

What other steps can our elected leaders undertake to ensure mob rule?

OK, I’ve posted 12 times today. Some of my posts (such as the one on the police shooting of the Knife Girl in Columbus, Ohio) still being better than others, but 12 is, on the whole, a large number in the blogging business.

My peers, such as Andrew Sullivan, have largely given up blogging for the lucrative paywalled pasture of Substack newsletters. But I’ve stuck with free blogging while depending on the generosity of my readers. This allows me to lure in new readers.

Is that wise? On the one hand, bloggers who take Substack’s lucre are cutting themselves off from reaching new readers. I wouldn’t want to do that. On the other hand, many of the huge tech oligopolists, such as Google and Facebook, have more or less canceled me so it’s increasingly hard to find new readers.

Twitter has, on the whole not canceled me, although it suspended me last week for pointing out that a BLM cofounder had bought a house in ultra-white Topanga Canyon. Then Twitter apologized:

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  1. What’s a fair head start? To the end of the block?

  2. El Dato says:

    “Mayor Lori Lightfoot is considering to make fast cops flatfoots.”

    “I’m sure the officers themselves would agree with me. The more guidance we can give them, the more comfortable they’ll feel when they have to make these high-stakes decisions in the blink of an eye,” Hopkins said.

    Soon you will need a NASA control room full of legal counsel to guide a 2-man cop car around.

    “Permission to engage suspect walking down Gangsta Avenue?”
    “Negative, copcar. We need you to test your aircon now. Also, a status update on your munitions currently carried.”
    “Ok, if you can give us a vector to a riot-free donut shop first, that would be fine.”
    “We have a team backstage working on this now, please standby.”

  3. Chicago was where I met my first real-life Mexicans. If the black kid turned, could it be he was avoiding running into Mexicano turf.

    • Replies: @Mike Tre
  4. unit472 says:

    I don’t know what the District Attorney policies are in Chicago but it maybe Lightfoot has a point. If, as in San Francisco and Los Angeles, prosecutors aren’t going to bring charges against shoplifters why should police chase and arrest them?

    Merchants will just have to harden their stores against shoplifting. I even recall shopping at a store like that many years ago. Believe it was called Consumer Distributing. You went in and an example of what was for sale was on display but that was it. If you wanted, say a vacuum cleaner or toaster, the actual goods were kept in the back of the store and an employee would get it and bring it to the cash register for purchase.

  5. Spud Boy says:

    The real estate market in my white suburb has gone crazy. Usually this area is a buyer’s market, but now houses here are receiving multiple offers over asking price. Some have suggested that there are large institutions buying these houses as investments to capitalize on the cities going to hell in a hand basket. Sounds a bit too conspiracy theory-like to me, but something is definitely going on. Maybe it’s just people leaving the cities, coupled with lumber prices keeping the lid on new construction.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
  6. I’d pay $5 a month to read you, Steve.

    • Replies: @Truth
  7. El Dato says:
    @unit472

    Isn’t that the Soviet way of handling shopping?

  8. Alas, I expected to see Krusty the Clown taking part in the looting, even if for just a moment.

  9. mmack says:

    Meanwhile in the peaceful idyll that is Chicago:

    https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2021/04/19/7-year-old-girl-killed-man-injured-lawndale-shooting/

    “A 7-year-old girl is dead and her 29-year-old father has been hospitalized after a shooting in the Homan Square neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side.”

    “Family spoke from right outside Stroger Hospital of Cook County, where the girl died.

    A Chicago Police officer rushed her there about two miles away, where she was found in a bullet-ridden car – sitting in a McDonald’s drive-thru in the 3200 block of West Roosevelt Road, at Kedzie Avenue.

    At least 30 shell casings surrounded the vehicle after the shooting at 4:18 p.m. The tinted windows on side were shot out.”

    Just two people in a set of stats:

    https://abc7chicago.com/24-shot-3-fatally-in-chicago-weekend-violence-/10527740/

    “Her father was shot in the torso and also taken to Stroger, where his condition was listed as serious, police said.

    Police said the shooting was believed to be gang-related, and less than three hours later, two people were shot in their car at a Popeyes in Humboldt Park, which investigators believe is connected to the McDonald’s shooting.”

    Ironically we just heard on the news Navy Pier is reopening. Who would drive into Chicago to visit it I have no clue.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    , @p38ace
  10. mmack says:
    @unit472

    I can see retailers returning to the General Store concept:

    A big counter up front, goods displayed either stacked up behind the counter or accessed via a tablet, clerk or robot selects item and places it behind the counter, goods are delivered upon payment.

    Auto parts stores do this. The small everyday items are out on the floor (oil, oil filters, air filters, etc.) and the specialist big ticket items (batteries, tires, spark plugs, brakes, etc.) are in a storage area behind a parts counter / checkout desk.

  11. Anon[193] • Disclaimer says:

    Substack would throw you off soon enough. I think they are on the lookout for a sacrificial lamb, and you fall just enough outside the Overton window to be it.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  12. Bert says:

    Mr. Sailer,

    What about using the Niche Construction hypothesis to explain the universal downward trajectory of majority-Black cities?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niche_construction

    Applied to the history of Black-ruled American cities the hypothesis would be:
    A sufficient plurality of Black citizens of these cities sense, at least subconsciously, that they and their offspring will have greater reproductive success if the social environment is less structured, less legally constrained, less White-like. Stated differently, what White critics might call the social pathology of majority-Black cities is not due only to lower average IQ, more impulsive behavior, low time preference, etc., but in fact the Black population makes political choices which create a society within which their average traits have higher selective value than they would in a city run by White standards.

    Young Black men in majority-Black cities have one serious handicap to achieving evolutionary fitness: Abortion. Perhaps there will soon be a campaign to deal with that flaw in the environment.

  13. It’s not “mob rule” though. If a tiny number of White people who just don’t hate themselves gather in public, the whole Secret Police comes down on them.

    • Agree: Ben tillman
  14. Anonymous[244] • Disclaimer says:

    My peers, such as Andrew Sullivan, have largely given up blogging for the lucrative paywalled pasture of Substack newsletters. But I’ve stuck with free blogging while depending on the generosity of my readers. This allows me to lure in new readers.

    Thank you, Steve.

    Is there a way to donate (1) automatically (regularly) and (2) truly anonymously?

    If you are interested in growing your readership, why not mix it up more on Twitter with other accounts?

  15. My peers, such as Andrew Sullivan, have largely given up blogging for the lucrative paywalled pasture of Substack newsletters. But I’ve stuck with free blogging while depending on the generosity of my readers. This allows me to lure in new readers.

    Is that wise? On the one hand, bloggers who take Substack’s lucre are cutting themselves off from reaching new readers. I wouldn’t want to do that. On the other hand, many of the huge tech oligopolists, such as Google and Facebook, have more or less canceled me so it’s increasingly hard to find new readers.

    Clearly, you are familiar with the neighborhood, Steve. This is an important career decision.

    On one hand, if you turn and run on Substack Street, it may be a dead end with no more readers to lure in.

    On the other hand™, there might be a pot of gold waiting for you in the cul-de-sac.

    On the third hand, if you keep running along Unz Avenue, poverty may catch up with you,

    but, on the fourth hand, you will continue to win friends and influence people.

  16. Jiminy says:

    I know when I was young, here our stores had many small islands with glass fronts showing available items and an assistant with her own till behind the counter to sell you the chosen goods. There really wasn’t a chance of any shoplifting going on. The total opposite to the open plan shops of today, even though the modern stores are always complaining of million dollar losses from stealing.

  17. About 10-12 years ago the 60-ish Black female mayor of Lyman, SC, in Spartanburg County (which Trey Gowdy represented in Congress), decreed that her city’s police officers were no longer allowed to pursue suspects on foot. She shrewdly claimed it was due to her concerns for her officer’s cardiovascular systems as well as her concerns for the city budget which was strained from paying for the damage the foot chases were supposedly doing to said cardiovascular systems. Of course, everyone knew she was just looking to keep her co-ethnics one step ahead of the law.

  18. For Steve, the decision whether or not to move to Substack resembles an investment problem in a financial planning scenario in which time plays a part, thus:

    [MORE]

    Substack is pretty new, isn’t it? So, it’s performance record as an investment for writers is short.

    Unz dot com now has a very impressive record going back a few years. Readership has grown tremendously, no doubt increasing for Steve’s blog accordingly. (In fact, iSteve might be one of the biggest reasons UR has “lured” so many readers.)

    No doubt Steve would bring many of his existing readers to his Substack account, where they would pay a subscription fee. This would be the pot of gold in the cul-de-sac.

    However, if income continues to be sufficient, Steve could wait, as more readers join him here on UR — while he waits and watches the performance of Substack. If Substack continues to be successful and its writers continue to make big returns, then Steve could join them at a future date, bringing even more readers with him than he would now.

    The longer he waits and watches and “lures” more readers here, the more informed and potentially profitable decision he can make in the future.

    Substack, in this sense, resembles a high risk/high return investment.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    , @Anonymous
  19. CHICAGO – Mayor Lori Lightfoot is considering a momentous change to Chicago police procedure: requiring officers to get a supervisor’s permission before beginning a foot chase.

    No problem. There’s a really simple solution to not being able to run after a fleeing criminal…

    Officer’s got a quick hand…
    You better run, better run, faster than my bullet…

  20. anonymous[139] • Disclaimer says:

    Blacks are pro-crime since it’s their homies mostly doing it. This is true even of official blacks such as mayors, police chiefs, etc, except that they have to disguise it behind concerns for civil rights and other such fronts. They grow up rooting for the criminals in crime stories. That’s their real orientation. That whatever has been built up gets destroyed is of no concern to them. Let cities like Chicago go downhill, what does she care, their only strategy is to keep milking via taxes whoever is left to subsidize the criminal welfare parasite class that gets bigger and bigger.

  21. @unit472

    Why would anyone try to maintain a retail store in such places? I suspect they’re all recent Asian immigrants who may not really know any better.

    A possible solution is like in parts of NYC or Israel where every store has a guard out front. In Jerusalem a young soldier stands in front of the grocery store with a large weapon and will check your purse or backpack at random. The hotel desk guys were open-carrying…. and were perfectly polite to us.

    • Replies: @James B. Shearer
  22. res says:

    Twitter has, on the whole not canceled me, although it suspended me last week for pointing out that a BLM cofounder had bought a house in ultra-white Topanga Canyon. Then Twitter apologized:

    Amazing. Did they allow you to put the tweet back up? That seems like a good test of their sincerity.

  23. Muggles says:

    One prediction that is surely correct:

    The more government cops are put on a leash, cowed, terrorized, fired and demeaned by the people who “employ” them, i.e. Mayor Lori Groot, then the less crime prevention/apprehension they will accomplish.

    What happens when police disappear or lounge around the plaza loafing? Criminals will become bolder and thrive.

    At that point citizens will have a choice: leave and enjoy security, or stay and “self-police.”

    That means dead “suspects” littering alleys, being dumped into parks, strung up from poles after mob beatings, etc.

    So that is what will occur. Regardless of “gun laws” etc. Who is going to enforce them absent cops?
    So, no cops = street “justice” in whatever form is doled out by victims and their families.

    Welcome to the Great Reset!

  24. Chases are fine as long as fleeing perps and pursuing police observe the Hollywood rule that any chase — by car or on foot — must include a flattened fruit cart or knocked over vegetable stand

    • LOL: Cortes, El Dato
  25. Bert33 says:

    Stop sending out police patrols, period. Only pick up the dead on designated days, and have the Squad perform pickups directly by hand. Let teenage gangmembers kill each other. Maybe after enough un-collected bodies stack up at the collection points and start to stink, the other little boys will figure out that playing with guns is a really bad idea and won’t do it no mores. Make crime-affected communities wipe their own asses.

    • Agree: Sick 'n Tired
  26. Bah. Tried Zelle from my bank and it didn’t work. Check it is, then. Got a suspicious transaction alert.

  27. @unit472

    Believe it was called Consumer Distributing. You went in and an example of what was for sale was on display but that was it. If you wanted, say a vacuum cleaner or toaster, the actual goods were kept in the back of the store and an employee would get it and bring it to the cash register for purchase.

    Chicago used to have a Monroe Merchandisers that functioned the same way. It’s truly odd that mail order giants of old like Sears, Spiegels, Montgomery Ward and the like failed to survive into the interwebs age. The last store I knew like Consumer Distributing was Service Merchandise across the street from the Ford City shopping mall in Chicago. The building now houses Harbor Freight.

  28. anon215 says:

    You should go to Substack. Suppose Unz.com were to be taken down – none of your posts would be visible to anybody. They would disappear in an instant.

    On the other hand, Substack sends a separate copy of everything you write to every subscriber’s email inbox. Nobody can delete them all simultaneously as they can with a website. Your words could at least be spread through Samizdat.

    The only thing is the comments section…. that would be a situation….

    • Replies: @jill42
  29. K-9 dogs , billy clubs and batons have all proven to be racist. Next up, pepper spray, tasers, stun guns and hand guns and most assuretly hand cuffs. Because what leads to more shootings by police than the struggle to cuff a perp ? Berkeley has banned billy clubs and batons and K-9 dogs and has also opted for a call in before starting a car chase. Landlords can’t ask tennants if they have a criminal background and written permission is required to search a car. Berkeley police can not ask if you are on parole or probation or stop a car with expired registration or plates. Crime is up in Berkeley, a liberal bastion if there ever was one. But, the rules are written by the fools they elect. So, Chicago gets Lightfoot, NYC gets DiBlasio and those cities and others such as Philly and Baltimore get the police chief the mayor appoints and more crime. I find it hard to believe that 13% of the population and enough woke libs adds up to a majority of the citizens.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  30. Kronos says:

    It is true. It happens in video games as well.

  31. SOL says:

    Sleepy Joe is pushing for fair housing development…

  32. anon[223] • Disclaimer says:

    Steve,
    The strategy that Chicago has currently is threefold:
    1. Allow easy access to abortions so Blacks don’t get saddled with kids they cannot take care for
    2. Raise the minimum wage, so that low income people rise to the income level commensurate with having less children.
    3. Let the blacks kill each other in high numbers while also lowering their fertility rate.
    https://www.chicagohealthatlas.org/indicators/total-fertility-rate

    Looks like it’s working pretty well. Blacks are having a lower fertility rate than Whites in Chicago these days.

    I wonder what you make of the theory that rising incomes lead to lower fertility. If that is true, then wouldn’t redistribution policies, such as high taxes on the rich, low taxes on the poor would lead to more eugenic fertility rates in America? Because, I can’t really explain other than the theory above why Whites in Chicago are having a higher fertility rate than Blacks in Chicago.

  33. Dear Steve:

    Holy hot mess. I intended to send you, via Paypal, what is for me a rather generous amount, considering it’s not actually a bill I was paying, but a donation. It was to be something in the mid-to high two figures. But, and it’s a big BUT for me, I didn’t know that the amount of the donation on your old site had a pre-set dollar figure built in, and Paypal’s usual warning “you’re about to pay person X the amount of Y dollars. Is that correct”?, or words to that effect, did not appear.

    That is how I came to send you five hundred bucks.

    I don’t suppose you could find it in your heart to send a substantial portion of that amount back to me, could you? It’s the donation in said amount that you received within the last 15 minutes or so, depending on how long it takes me to type this. I’m willing to negotiate. The Paypal account’s email address is similar to the real or fictional one I use to sign in – same moniker, but different email service.

    Otherwise, I won’t be able to make any donations to you in the future, for the simple reason that my wife will kill me.

    Very truly yours,

    I. Libertine

  34. Rural and exurban land prices are going up where I live, per a Real Estate (no ™ required) lady I talked to while traveling last week. She mentioned lots and lots of Northerners getting out of big cities like NYC and Boston. These people have brought this on, but that doesn’t mean they feel the need to stick around for the results.

    Steve, I wish you would stay on here, but it is indeed a tough call. Maybe you could get a Leave Of Absence from the Unz Review to try it out at Substack. That’d be mighty White of Ron Unz and maybe too much to ask. (For some of you guys, that was half-joking – don’t reply with legal details please)

    If you end up on Substack, I hope the commenting system is as good as this one, but I doubt it. I’d probably have to bail and spend time on the prepper sites. It seems about time for that, for all of us, the way things are accelerating.

  35. @Buffalo Joe

    Law itself is racist, because Disparate Impact. Particularly the English-derived kind under which Americans lived until now.

    The very concept and practice, with concomitant enforcement, is a white thing and therefore evil. Any effect it has on non-whites who can’t comply with it, and who don’t understand it, is Disparate Impact.

    Just like the concept of per capita and a bunch of other things, it cannot exist under the logic — and religion — of the America we now inhabit.

    • Agree: MBlanc46
  36. @Achmed E. Newman

    Steve, I wish you would stay on here, but it is indeed a tough call. Maybe you could get a Leave Of Absence from the Unz Review to try it out at Substack.

    OH NO.

  37. @Buzz Mohawk

    Substack, in this sense, resembles a high risk/high return investment.

    Addendum:

    Substack, at present, resembles a high-risk/high-short-term-return investment or career choice for Steve.

    He can jump in (perhaps burning his Unz bridge in the process) and perhaps make a lot of money pretty soon…

    Or he can wait, lure more readers, and see how Substack performes for a while before he changes horses. There doesn’t seem to be any downside to waiting. Either Substack will continue to yield great returns for writers in the future (thus establishing some past performance, which UR already has) or it won’t. Steve should only then join if it still is.

    This is not like a high-risk/high-return stock opportunity where one fears too long a wait will miss the rise. The only reason to join Substack is if it continues to yield good returns, more like a dividend from a solid company.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  38. Alternatively, they can make the 100 yard dash a heavily weighted part of the Chicago police exam. That might be fun to watch.

  39. I lived in the 1900 block of Dayton Street for several years very close to your old hood. Charlie Trotter was a block down. His restaurant was a block north. In 1998 I was clocked with a hammer by two black thugs at 6 PM on a Sunday night in front of my building. I was lucky to survive. My next door neighbor was an ER doctor and he X-rayed me and sewed me up. Black males are a menace.

  40. Say what you will about the Honorable Lady Lightfoot, but she is one handsome woman.

    [MORE]

  41. Not Raul says:

    Why not keep the short stuff on the Unz blog, and anything longer than 350 words (not including long quotations, fundraising, etc.) can go on Substack.

    Most of the Substack stuff could be free; but have at least one “premium content” post every ten days for subscribers only.

  42. @Buzz Mohawk

    I hate to add more to my own comments, and I know it is discouraged, but I must add re Substack vs. UR:

    Ron Unz has demonstrated a commitment to free speech and the pursuit of truth-via-dialectic. Steve knows him, his character and accomplishments.

    Substack, on the other hand, shows signs that it could someday fall into the very same illogic and virtue signalling that so many other tech companies have. Notice the path it is on:

    I’m pleased to announce that Andreessen Horowitz is leading the Series A investment in Substack, and I will be joining the board.

    Substack Completes $65 Million Series B Funding…

    If Steve moves to Substack, would he not worry that eventually the very same mentality will take hold there that has at other large, investor-held tech companies? What is his assurance that he will not someday be cancelled there?

    Would he really feel free to call ’em as he sees ’em, as he does now working with Ron Unz?

    Both Ron and Steve have demonstrated a rare ability to let people speak freely and vehemently against even the values of the esteemed hosts themselves. Would the top guys at Substack do this? For how long?

    Does Steve know who will be running Substack in the future? At least he knows Ron Unz and can probably count on him, as we can. Nobody can count on who will run Substack. Whoever does, what will be their record of commitment to all the things Steve (or Ron) stands for?

    • Replies: @ATBOTL
  43. Breaking Bad was an excellent source of how to hide the bodies.

  44. PSR says:

    This is just the pendulum moving to about 10 degrees from end; smart police officers, eventually all, will simply stop policing black neighborhoods. Eventually the law abiding residents will get so sick of living in hell they’ll demand Chicago’s black politicians do something. The Mayor Lori can work things out with the police union.

  45. @Muggles

    Very true. Free-lance justice is pretty brutal. (Maybe because incarceration is usually impractical). It’s not good for law-abiding citizens either, though — think mafia protection rackets.

  46. Whiskey says: • Website

    Steve —

    Substack is a loser. You’d be kicked off in a heartbeat. Not even Greenwald or Taibbi can last there much longer. Any platform you don’t personally own will be made Woke. Wokeness is a crusading religion that is as toxic and addictive as Muslim Jihad. Maybe worse in that it does not require suicide bombing.

    If you want something else, your OWN Newsletter covering market analysis from a Race Realist perspective to investors looking to avoid companies with poor long term prospects and go long on those with good long term prospects.

    That would not interfere with Unz.com general political analysis and would be of use to more specific investors who would be willing to pay more per month. If you price it, say at $50 a month, with a free article each month for prospective clients, you’d be likely to get eventually say 40 customers a month; netting you $2K a month.

    Truth is always less profitable than pretty, flattering lies, but there you have it, you can still make money. Just not as much as the fantasy of the super-smart black guy and evil racist White guy defeated by the ass-kicking waify White babe.

  47. @Spud Boy

    Spud, one of my children moved from a first ring suburb of Cleveland into the city. They are building high end apartments and condos and selling them as fast as they build them. A condo at $429K two years ago is now $550K. Any empty lot in the neighborhood has something planned and most of the older homes nearby are being rehabed. So in this case, people with bucks are moving into the city and they are almost all White.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  48. Travis says:

    White police officers should have all gone on strike after the conviction of Officer Chauvin. Whites in cities with large numbers of Blacks should resign and relocate. Let the Blacks have what they seek, no policing of Blacks by Whites. We are going in this direction regardless, but such actions would quickly demonstrate the results while appearing to submit to the BLM demands of defunding the police. If all the white police officers resigned in NYC and Chicago even most whites would quickly flee these urban areas.

    In the majority of our large cities the police chiefs are already non-white. Just as the majority of the schools in our urban areas have Blacks in charge. there is no opportunity for whites to advance to the top positions in these jurisdictions. It is time for whites to flee these areas and move to white areas to escape the coming crime waves and indoctrination of our children in the schools.

  49. @Achmed E. Newman

    Can he do both? For example, paying subscribers at Substack get instant delivery, while free-range commenters here get to pick over the warm carcass 24 hours later.

    I gather that Steve is about a third of the Unz traffic, so Unz.com could lose half of Steve’s traffic = one sixth of site traffic. But then maybe Steve would attract new readers at Substack, and convert some of those readers into Unz.com readers as well, so it might accumulate readers for Unz.com in the longer term, even if there is a short term hit. Digital publishing, unlike real estate or merchandising, is not a zero-sum game.

    Anyway, I don’t think Ron is making money from Steve, as there is no advertising revenue here. Heck, Steve could publish simultaneously at both places and the conspiracy of silence in the mainstream not to mention Unz would mean only those who go boldly where no normies have gone before would get the fresh stuff free here, while the bourgeois Substack subscribers can congratulate themselves on only reading respectable literature (i.e., iSteve without our irritating comments). I mean, most of Steve’s actual content is pretty mainstream-friendly. It’s usually only in the comments where things get really hot.

    Obviously, the risk at Substack is cancellation as the Wokavirus takes hold, and the ADL comes down on Substack demanding Steve’s head. Ron said the ADL is afraid to take on Unz.com since his “American Pravda” piece on the ADL’s founding as a racist criminal conspiracy to frame a black man for Leo Frank’s rape and murder of a child. And so far Ron appears to be right. While the woke mob screams bloody murder about shades of meaning of awkward tweets, the baldest political incorrectness can be published here and is only greeted by a conspiracy of silence beyond the domain. Or Steve can publish his mainstream-friendly stuff there (initially) while we get the full corpus here. The ADL won’t want to cite publicly Steve’s “transgressions” at Unz.com since they don’t want to call attention to Unz.com‘s existence. And anyway they are busy trying to destroy Tucker Carlson right now, which may be a bigger egg than they can swallow.

    If Steve does go to Substack, some sort of firm contractual commitment from Substack to respect free speech (e.g., Substack pays a Steve cancellation fee if there is a disagreement about appropriate content) would be in order to stiffen their spines. OTOH, if they know that cancelling Steve would just cancel their revenue stream from him, and send his fresh material back to Unz, without actually removing him from the internet, that may make them more inclined to keep publishing him.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  50. @Buffalo Joe

    Maybe it’s a concentric circle thing, like this:

    Green: Inner city and one of your children. Rising values.
    Yellow: First ring suburb. Screwed.
    Blue: Exurbs. Blissfully apart.

    In the megalopolis exurb where I live, home sales and prices are significantly higher than last year.

    This is after a year of coronavirus-panic and the enforced killing of middle income businesses.

    This in spite of the fact that General Electric moved its headquarters out because of high taxes, taking high-paid executives with them, who all sold their homes. People seem to want badly now to move here, and they have the means. Prices are up. Sales are up. I am happy.

    Good for me.

    My only concern now is what the Biden Era policies might cause. Which way will my town go? Will they welcome cheap housing and crappy zoning just so they can receive government money? I hopefully doubt this because we don’t really get that much money from anybody but ourselves. We are a small town, and thank God for that.

    • Thanks: Buffalo Joe
    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  51. @anon

    Blacks are having a lower fertility rate than Whites in Chicago these days.

    I dunno man. If you look a the “TRENDS OVER TIME” tab, the (small) white jump over the black fertility rate was very recent, and looks suspiciously like an artifact of a change in methodology of how TFR is calculated.

    Also, regarding the “threefold strategy”, I’m pretty sure all three legs of that will fail if they are not already, as they are all contrary to how things tend to work in the real world.

  52. TWS says:
    @unit472

    Big box stores love this. They can eat the costs mom and pop go out of business.

  53. Truth says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    I’d pay $5 a month to read you, Steve.

    Don’t tap so deeply into the retirement account, Old Sport, it’s going to create heavy friction between you and the Misses…

    • LOL: donut
    • Troll: Buzz Mohawk
  54. @Buzz Mohawk

    I should add that the first ring suburb, the yellow ring in my diagram, will become a banlieue, as they call it in Paris. This will be ensured and enforced by the Biden administration and Congress.

    This is the future.

    Unfortunately for us, none of our American cities has any of the beauty, culture, relaxation or elan of Paris.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  55. Mike Tre says:
    @The Alarmist

    In 1982 I was 7 living at 3720 N. Greenview in Lakeview, before it was “Wrigleyville.” There were some Mexicans but not a lot, and on my block there was a biker gang down the street. I remember there was a shooting at the school around the corner from us.

    The thief Steve saw was probably a resident of Cabrini Green and was attempting to return there.

  56. Truth says:
    @unit472

    The point is to make small and medium scale retail impossible to conduct for owners, so everyone has to buy everything from the Company Store, (AKA Amazon).

    • Replies: @Ben tillman
  57. I used to read the Second City Cop blog for all things Chicago. Well written and informative. They apparently decided to deplatform themselves. So, if you are interested in Chcago you can visit CWB-Chicago or Chicago Contrarian. Both are good sites as is Hey Jackass, for a running total of Chicago shootings.

  58. @I, Libertine

    Please send me your email.

    Steve

  59. @I, Libertine

    Please send me your email (with some way I can tell it’s you) and I’ll send you your money back.

  60. @Muggles

    Another thing that may occur: Mexicans increasingly reject the Black Party.

  61. @Steve Sailer

    You are a good man. We all know that, or should.

    • Agree: Cortes
  62. cityview says:

    As I’ve mentioned, I live in downtown Chicago. I DO want the police here to be able to chase on foot, and in their SUVs when necessary. (I speak for two people who have voted against the current mayor, the current Illinois state’s attorney, the current Cook County board of supervisors president, and the current governor–in my view the least bad of this very bad list.)

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
  63. @Truth

    I hadn’t thought of that, but it makes sense.

    • Thanks: Truth
  64. @Steve Sailer

    Thanks, Steve. I shall in return send a large donation than I had in mind.

  65. jill42 says:
    @anon215

    Why would unz be taken down?

    • LOL: Colin Wright
  66. Dissident says:

    I note your use of the gender-neutral every family for itself, as opposed to every man for himself. Might that evidence a deliberate choice on your part, one made with an eye toward a possible move toward Substack? An attempt to start positioning yourself to be more palatable to a more mainstream audience? Or would that be reading way too much into your words?

    (For the benefit of those prone to rash and overwrought reactions, and the humor-challenged[1][2],

    [MORE]
    I might add that the spirit in which the above was written was one of less-than full seriousness.)

    NOTES:
    [1]Such as those who, rather than chuckling at the likes of TinyDuck‘s harmless, obviously parodical shtick, or Alden‘s hilariously over-the-top MEN of UNZ ravings, become inflamed with earnest rage. Note that the lovely and talented Ms. Alden has herself admitted that she often simply enjoys “trolling the MEN of UNZ”.

    [2] And, no, I would not claim to be above either of those weaknesses. Both are ones that I can only admit to having myself exhibited at times.

  67. @unit472

    Consumers Distributing was a Canadian company. It operated a lot like The Beer Store in Ontario. Each customer would browse sample products in the showroom, fill out a form with the identification numbers for their selected products, hand the form to a stock picker who would go back in the warehouse and retrieve the products. It was kind of like online shopping before online existed.

    • Replies: @Cortes
  68. @mmack

    ‘Ironically we just heard on the news Navy Pier is reopening. Who would drive into Chicago to visit it I have no clue.’

    That’s interesting. We (my wife and I) did an elaborate moving job to Chicago in 2005 or so and had a free day in the middle of it, so we took the suburban rail into town and went to what I’m pretty sure was that Navy Pier.

    Nice. At some point, the police were arresting a couple of black criminals, but that was the only false note. I take it things have changed.

  69. Anonymous[957] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    Substack would throw you off soon enough. I think they are on the lookout for a sacrificial lamb, and you fall just enough outside the Overton window to be it.

    Substack’s terms of service guarantee that almost nothing interesting will be said there.

  70. @anon

    ‘The strategy that Chicago has currently is threefold:
    1. Allow easy access to abortions so Blacks don’t get saddled with kids they cannot take care for
    2. Raise the minimum wage, so that low income people rise to the income level commensurate with having less children.
    3. Let the blacks kill each other in high numbers while also lowering their fertility rate.
    https://www.chicagohealthatlas.org/indicators/total-fertility-rate’

    Inspiration strikes.

    What would happen to the black birth rate if we paid black girls to get abortions?

    I suppose they’d just get pregnant more. Oh well.

  71. @Buzz Mohawk

    ‘…Unfortunately for us, none of our American cities has any of the beauty, culture, relaxation or elan of Paris.’

    Obviously, you haven’t been to any of Oregon’s provincial centers.

  72. Anonymous[188] • Disclaimer says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    However, if income continues to be sufficient

    What does Steve want and need, in terms of money or anything else, and in terms of himself and anybody else? What would he like to happen?

    If we had a better idea of these things, we perhaps could better assist.

    • Replies: @JMcG
  73. BenjaminL says:

    Rod Dreher has both a (free) blog at TAC, and a (paid) Substack.

    The blog is for culture-warring, and the Substack is for more inspirational arts & culture stuff.

    Steve, like Rod, is prolific enough to maintain both at once, if he wants to give it a try.

    For example, Steve could move the (less political & less cancellable?) movie reviews, music commentary & golf criticism to Substack and see how much that brings in, while maintaining the political commentary on Unz.

    • Replies: @JMcG
  74. @Almost Missouri

    A.M., maybe it’s just me, a guy who (back when I watched movies) wouldn’t mind waiting 6 months for a movie to come to the dollar-fifty movie theater rather than paying 5 bucks earlier (what’s the diff?), but would that work? See, I’d obviously not subscribe, and I’d just wait for his stuff on the Unz Review. What if it were a week delay? When I think about it, I get the same answer. It’s not like I would have to rush to Substack, or it’d be too late to pimp my blog in the comments. I’d just enjoy the comment section as I do now*, though I guess a number of good commenters might have bailed.

    So, I guess Ron wouldn’t mind the dual thing – as you say, it could drive more readers to his site – but Substack sure might.

    Anyway, that was in interesting comment. Thanks.

    .

    * an still send him money yearly.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  75. @Steve Sailer

    “Please send me your email (with some way I can tell it’s you) and I’ll send you your money back.”

    Nice of you but I can’t help mentioning that some scams operate a bit like this (you send a refund and then the original payment gets reversed somehow). So be a little a careful. Maybe safer to refund the original payment if Paypal allows that.

  76. @stillCARealist

    “Why would anyone try to maintain a retail store in such places? ..”

    Because the harsh conditions mean less competition and therefore potentially higher profits for those willing to accept the risks.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  77. ATBOTL says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    People here scoffed when I said that Substack may go the way of the Intercept after reading that they were paying neoliberal establishment media apparatchik Matt Yglesias hundreds of thousands a year for his worthless, low effort blog posts. Now they are 65 mil. in debt to Wall Street bankers? That’s not a good sign.

    Substack, a paid newsletter startup, is only a few years old and isn’t a publicly-traded company yet.

    So the goal is to go public. Another bad sign.

  78. Anonymous[196] • Disclaimer says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    A.M., maybe it’s just me, a guy who (back when I watched movies)

    Why do you no longer watch movies?

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  79. Cortes says:
    @Another Canadian

    The UK chain Argos uses the same methods. I was taken there by my daughter and she had to “show me the ropes.” I imagine “click and collect” schemes are much the same.

    On reflection, that sounds more like IKEA. At Argos you browse through product catalogues.

  80. El Dato says:
    @James B. Shearer

    Reminder that the law may force you to accept unacceptable risks.

    Snopes helpfully explains:

    https://www.snopes.com/news/2017/12/12/philadelphia-bulletproof-glass-racist/

    According to a number of misleading articles published in late 2017, a democratic legislator deemed the inanimate object bulletproof glass [?] to be racist and is now seeking to remove it from the city of Philadelphia.

    Councilwoman Cindy Bass did introduce a bill to outlaw bulletproof glass in certain establishments, but the reasons behind it are more complex than you might expect.

    It’s so deeply complex that this article goes so far as to accuse misleading and conspiracy mongering conservatives of somehow mysteriosuly allowing crack pipes and liquor to be sold from those very restaurants that are now asked to remove their glass windows by the same person who could maybe disallow crack pipes and liquor to be sold for reasons of hurt feelings that have nothing to do with racism.

  81. @Anonymous

    Racial and other Political Correctness. I just can’t get nearly through most modern movies without getting disgusted by it. It’s the same even free ones from the library! See Tried to watch a movie – here’s 3 reviews in one!

  82. JMcG says:
    @Anonymous

    I’d like to see him get back to Ireland with the Mrs. to get some use out of the golf club membership he has there.

  83. JMcG says:
    @BenjaminL

    Rod Dreher stays far, far away from the quickly proliferating third rails in the national conversation. I used to read him fairly often, but he hasn’t had anything interesting to say in years and years as near as I can tell. He mostly seems to promote his latest book, which I understand.
    I don’t think Substack could find much reason to drop him as he’s so anodyne.

    • Replies: @BenjaminL
  84. p38ace says:
    @mmack

    The 7 year girl’s father was a convicted felon. The girl just happened to get in the way of bullets meant for her father.

  85. @cityview

    I was downtown Chicago where CPD started a foot chase from an SUV (The doors to the vehicle remained open for a few minutes.). The odd thing was that while there was more than one CPD vehicle present, not one activated their sirens. I guess management was told not to rile up the tourists with the cacophony of Black urban mayhem.

    Speaking of CPD SUVs, why do we have to pay for SUVs? What’s wrong with sedans? Why do have to pay for SUV gas mileage instead of cars? Noticed that during the NATO protests in ChiTown.

    • Replies: @cityview
  86. cityview says:
    @Joe Stalin

    Your guess is as good as mine, but I think most places have used the SUVs for some time now; I don’t think it’s just Chicago. Speaking of saving money, just in the last few days I’ve seen the Chicago police downtown using small white buses that they drive themselves. Maybe that will save a few dollars; usually you would see one or more CTA buses with a driver, idling or waiting for a group of officers. Still, I don’t begrudge them the non-revenue CTA buses.

  87. anon[177] • Disclaimer says:

    Speaking of CPD SUVs, why do we have to pay for SUVs? What’s wrong with sedans?

    Not a whole lot of them around now. Ford discontinued the Taurus in 2019, although there are still a lot of them around.

    Out here in flyover different towns & counties have different mixes. Still some old Crown Vics, some more Tauri, some Chargers, and a growing number of Explorers & Tahoes. Also a few pickups, not too many.

    If you look around, you see a lot of crossover vehicles. They are really small sedans, but on a truck chassis so they get to use the lower CAFE requirement in the “truck” category. Also the big vans, like the Dodge Caravan. Neither category really suited to a cop car.

  88. BenjaminL says:
    @JMcG

    Maybe so…. There are plenty of progs who absolutely loathe Rod, but still.

    My main point is that Steve could do both — blog and Substack — if he wanted to, not just either-or.

    • Agree: JMcG
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