The Unz Review • An Alternative Media Selection
A Collection of Interesting, Important, and Controversial Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media
 TeasersiSteve Blog
From the NYT's Commie Nostaglia Column: "Why Women Had Better Sex Under Socialism"
Email This Page to Someone

 Remember My Information



=>

Bookmark Toggle AllToCAdd to LibraryRemove from Library • BShow CommentNext New CommentNext New ReplyRead More
ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
AgreeDisagreeThanksLOLTroll
These buttons register your public Agreement, Disagreement, Thanks, LOL, or Troll with the selected comment. They are ONLY available to recent, frequent commenters who have saved their Name+Email using the 'Remember My Information' checkbox, and may also ONLY be used three times during any eight hour period.
Ignore Commenter Follow Commenter
Search Text Case Sensitive  Exact Words  Include Comments
List of Bookmarks

From the New York Times:

Why Women Had Better Sex Under Socialism

Kristen R. Ghodsee
RED CENTURY AUG. 12, 2017

… Some might remember that Eastern bloc women enjoyed many rights and privileges unknown in liberal democracies at the time, including major state investments in their education and training, their full incorporation into the labor force, generous maternity leave allowances and guaranteed free child care. But there’s one advantage that has received little attention: Women under Communism enjoyed more sexual pleasure.

A comparative sociological study of East and West Germans conducted after reunification in 1990 found that Eastern women had twice as many orgasms as Western women. …

Consider Ana Durcheva from Bulgaria, who was 65 when I first met her in 2011. Having lived her first 43 years under Communism, she often complained that the new free market hindered Bulgarians’ ability to develop healthy amorous relationships.

“Sure, some things were bad during that time, but my life was full of romance,” she said. “After my divorce, I had my job and my salary, and I didn’t need a man to support me. I could do as I pleased.”

Ms. Durcheva was a single mother for many years, but she insisted that her life before 1989 was more gratifying than the stressful existence of her daughter, who was born in the late 1970s.

“All she does is work and work,” Ms. Durcheva told me in 2013, “and when she comes home at night she is too tired to be with her husband.”

In other words, during the Communist Good Old Days, as the joke went, “They pretend to pay us and we pretend to work.”

 
Hide 163 CommentsLeave a Comment
Commenters to Ignore...to FollowEndorsed Only
Trim Comments?
  1. So socialism allows for slutty women to sleep around and prioritize sexual pleasure over family.

    The NY Times is unsuspectingly validating much of the Manosphere’s arguments and theories about modern women.

    • Replies: @inertial
    @whorefinder

    In the USSR (not sure about Bulgaria,) this was compensated by a strong taboos on immoral activity. This was getting relaxed as time went by, but even in 1980 the USSR was far more Puritan than America in 1950.

    Replies: @AM, @whorefinder, @Ris_Eruwaedhiel

    , @Neoconned
    @whorefinder

    Call it what you want the article made a good point - there's a good reason theres nostalgia for the Soviet era.

    Once you got rid of the Stalinites and the other homicidal goons the communism of the 60s-90s wasnt that bad. Personally i prefer it to this service sector bullshit we have now.

    I work three jobs in the service industry. I'm lucky to live with relatives. If i didnt i wouldnt be able to afford ANYTHING but rent and utilities.....and that would be WITH roommates in some cruddy duddy apt....

    Sure you would have food shortages of luxury items but most late era Soviets rarely starved.

    I've worked in grocery stores & restaurants since i was 16. A lot of the excess food we have gets thrown out anyway.

    So even if there were shortages big deal the basics were provided.

    It wasn't high end but decent enough health care and dental care were free or close to free. Compare that to our overpriced health care system where entire cadres of medical school grads are coming out & going into lifestyle specialities like cosmetic surgery (not the type that helps ppl) to help pimply old women burn thru their 401ks pretending they're still 35....

    Your apartment was nothing to be shown off or admired but it beat a lot of the lower end projects & trailer parks you see in the USA. And so long as you were apolitical it was pretty much guaranteed.

    Occasionally a car would be guaranteed depending on the nation.

    But most importantly your JOB was guaranteed.

    And if it wasn't around they'd send you off to learn another trade. No outsourcing, no unskilled foreign scabs stealing your fucking living. I was talking yesterday with my coworker. He works fast food with me at my night job because Mexicans took ALL the fuckin roofing work.

    His wages fell from $20/hr to $11/hr before he finally moved on to another industry.

    Fuck that shit.

    America isn't a free country anyway. Every been pulled over? Ever change your habits & whete you hang out to avoid other ppl?

    Without money you can't enjoy any of the freedoms we have here anyway...

    Hell its like i live in the Soviet union now. Going to the dive bar at the shitty overpriced Mexican restaurant here in town is now a once every month and a half luxury. And all i drink is a pitcher of watered down Modelo and a few four buck margaritas on MARGARITA night when they're thirty percent off....this is down in the Bible Belt region too.

    Shit if the communists came along and promised to jettison the SW back to Mexico and then deport every single Mexican in the other states back to the SW and then promised me a guaranteed job, passable health care, a guaranteed apartment and no more fucking outsourcing and the aboloshment of student loans and debt and Wall St id vote for them in a heartbeat. Hell at least they'd shutter the border, get rid of the foreign scabs and welfare fraudsters and guarantee my livelihood. Thats a trade off a LOT OF PEOPLE would be happy to accept.

    Especially those of us paying a student loan note instead of a mortgage or luxury car note....

    Replies: @AM, @Kyle McKenna, @27 year old, @DaveA, @whorefinder, @Achmed E. Newman, @Jack D, @Johann Ricke, @Johann Ricke

    , @Corvinus
    @whorefinder

    "So socialism allows for slutty women to sleep around and prioritize sexual pleasure over family."

    Corrected for accuracy --> So socialism allows for slutty women and for cad men to sleep around and prioritize sexual pleasure over family formation and the promotion of Christian values.

    "The NY Times is unsuspectingly validating much of the Manosphere’s arguments and theories about modern women."

    Except you are not using "Game" to secure a monogamous relationship and engage in coitus for the exclusive purpose of siring children. Nay, a number of young men are simply making excuses to live the Don Juan lifestyle with all the trimmings. What is the end result? A bitter man in his 40’s with plenty of pu--y pelts on the wall, still trying to chase young tail with his favorite lines, but without the trophy wife nor prodigious progeny.

    What game actually reveals is that “high value men” create a specialized program aimed at men with “lower social value” who have average looks at best and the inherent propensity to be clumsy around women. These boot camps may temporarily increase the student’s confidence around women, but as soon as he pays the $2000 for essentially two nights in Vegas, the learning curve dips, and he is inevitably back to square one. Sure, he may pull the lucky chick who is a 6 or 7 out of his hat, but those high value women that he craves are still not on their sexual radar. Why? Because in the end, it is due to the guy’s evolutionary defaults, according to HbD.

    The reason why you generally have to pay for your conquests.

    Replies: @whorefinder

    , @Rosamond Vincy
    @whorefinder

    Sounds like "that Cosmo Girl." And a more miserable, lonely, conformist figure you'll rarely find. All that "freedom" translates to slavishly following "Cosmo's" rules. As T.H. White's ants knew, everything not forbidden is compulsory--and that includes "fun."

  2. ““After my divorce, I had my job and my salary, and I didn’t need a man to support me. I could do as I pleased.”

    Ms. Durcheva was a single mother for many years, but she insisted that her life before 1989 was more gratifying than the stressful existence of her daughter, who was born in the late 1970s.”

    The ghetto life style. How many abortions she had wasn’t axed. The “Life of Julia” realized:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/obamas-julia-ad-and-the-new-hubby-state/2012/05/11/gIQAcRdoIU_story.html?utm_term=.355128d00fcf

    • Replies: @Clyde
    @newrouter

    Manufacture and distribution of effective contraceptives was so haphazard in Soviet Union and communist Eastern Europe that abortion became a form of contraception. It is harmful to her "plumbing" and disgusting for a woman to have so many. Messes up the female mind even if they repress it. Just one more reason it was called Godless communism during the Cold War.

    , @anonguy
    @newrouter


    How many abortions she had wasn’t asked
     
    The Soviet Union had an absolutely phenomenal abortion rate IIRC.
    , @Stebbing Heuer
    @newrouter

    And their society somehow collapsed!

    Bugger me, who'da thunk it??

    , @JamesG
    @newrouter

    "How many abortions she had wasn’t axed. "

    The lifetime average--average!-- in the Soviet Union was around ten.

    Replies: @JamesG

  3. Not implausible, Steve.

  4. Communism was decent bulwark against open borders, degeneracy of homo kind, bitch-feminism, globalism, narcissism, youth nastiness, and etc.

    Culturally, it was humanist.

    Communist ‘feminism’ was broad and general. Basic rights for all. It was never anti-male.

    Communism was too repressive and stifling and had to go, but when I look at former Eastern Bloc nations, I wish all of Europe had been taken over by Soviets. Europe would be all white and culturally more conservative and patriotic.

    • Replies: @John Derbyshire
  5. Lately I’ve developed an interest in vintage audio. I see fascinating offerings from the former soviet union. No matter how many radios you had in your apartment, there was only one station so you didn’t need a tuning knob. There was also no on/off switch. You couldn’t turn it off, only up and down. Virtually every apartment built after WWII had one of these permanently installed.

    What a dream come true for ‘politically correct’ types. Our own mass media has been headed this way, except for small, apostate sites like this one.

    • Replies: @inertial
    @Kyle McKenna

    This is nonsense.

    Replies: @Jack D

    , @Anonymous
    @Kyle McKenna

    You are describing pre-TV times. People loved those radios.

    , @whorefinder
    @Kyle McKenna

    Haven't you ever read Orwell? This is precisely where he got the idea for the screens in 1984.

    , @Anonymous
    @Kyle McKenna

    It's nonsense. Russian radios had tuning knobs like all others, and in fact some had several different bands, although certain band segments were not on offer on any domestically sold set. Hobby electronics was popular, after Stalin at least, and books told you how to build shortwave receivers and transmitters. (Russian hobby electronics books, like the German ones, were in fact usually better than American ones.) The Sovs were not especially worried about foreign radio listening, beyond jamming certain broadcasts and occasionally bothering people who were actively redistributing heretical material on tape.

    However, many apartment buildings in the Soviet and in other countries-Holland had it-had landline audio distributed to each room and in Holland to many houses. There was no radio, just a speaker box with an amplifier or a matching transformer. This would be a news and light music program. I think the Dutch had a four wire system with a ground and three hots, giving you a choice of three audio feeds.

  6. @whorefinder
    So socialism allows for slutty women to sleep around and prioritize sexual pleasure over family.

    The NY Times is unsuspectingly validating much of the Manosphere's arguments and theories about modern women.

    Replies: @inertial, @Neoconned, @Corvinus, @Rosamond Vincy

    In the USSR (not sure about Bulgaria,) this was compensated by a strong taboos on immoral activity. This was getting relaxed as time went by, but even in 1980 the USSR was far more Puritan than America in 1950.

    • Replies: @AM
    @inertial


    This was getting relaxed as time went by, but even in 1980 the USSR was far more Puritan than America in 1950.
     
    Really? I remember reading that abortions in the USSR and other communist bloc countries were sky high for decades.

    What about communism would encourage sexual morality? The whole system attempts to kill God at various levels. Sleeping around seems like a "wink, wink, nudge, nudge" sort of moment - one of the few pleasures to be had in a system that got rid of almost all of them.

    Replies: @inertial, @anonymous, @Achmed E. Newman, @Jack D, @Daniel H

    , @whorefinder
    @inertial

    While there was a veneer, we can't forget that the post-WW2 Soviet Union was absolutely bereft of men. As Steve has alluded to in other posts, the Soviet Union, not the Allies, was the #1 reason Hitler was defeated, at enormous cost in terms of manpower (look up Stalingrad's losses for a microcosm). The result was that returning men could literally have two or three mistresses each even if they had even a modicum of power or prestige (Beria's legendary pickups were a lot more wanted than we know).

    The official Soviet line was sexual equality and that beauty didn't matter. But unofficially, the hottest women either became part of a Big Man's rotation or, if more fallen, one of the Russian spy system's honeypots (hence all those James Bond plots about Russian minxes). That abortion and socialism should accelerate this hypergamy is not a surprise to modern men who read Manosphere/game blogs.

    Replies: @inertial

    , @Ris_Eruwaedhiel
    @inertial

    After a brief flirtation with what was called "free love" after the Revolution - easy divorce and abortion, homosexuality legalized and a serious discussion about whether or not to abolish marriage, the Soviet Union was outwardly quite straight-laced and remained so through the collapse. Even in the 1980s, the Commies were tough on gays, lesbians and druggies.

    In the 1980s, I subscribed to The National Review and remember reading one writer's observation that the Soviet Union was the last outpost of Victorianism in the world. I wouldn't go that far because Moslem countries were quite outwardly puritanical, but in Europe, yes.

  7. During the 60s and 70s, women in the West were so repressed.

  8. Why was the lack of reliable contraception in the Eastern Bloc not discussed?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @E. Harding


    lack of reliable contraception in the Eastern Bloc
     
    What lack of reliable contraception? Condoms were sold in every pharmacy, to anyone. They were not of great quality but cheap and very reliable.
  9. @Kyle McKenna
    Lately I've developed an interest in vintage audio. I see fascinating offerings from the former soviet union. No matter how many radios you had in your apartment, there was only one station so you didn't need a tuning knob. There was also no on/off switch. You couldn't turn it off, only up and down. Virtually every apartment built after WWII had one of these permanently installed.

    What a dream come true for 'politically correct' types. Our own mass media has been headed this way, except for small, apostate sites like this one.

    Replies: @inertial, @Anonymous, @whorefinder, @Anonymous

    This is nonsense.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @inertial

    No it isn't. My mother was deported to a collective farm in the middle of Kazakhstan (kept her far away from the Germans and saved her life, though at the time it seemed horrible - it WAS horrible, but the alternative was even worse). Even though this place was absolutely in the middle of nowhere, they had loudspeakers horns set up on poles that broadcast propaganda non-stop (think of the loadspeakers in M.A.S.H.)

    See also:

    https://books.google.com/books?id=fG1XlPHujfgC&pg=PA185&lpg=PA185&dq=loudspeakers+collective+farms&source=bl&ots=bydWysk7ts&sig=VRXUe8AQ9IRA-3Lv8kIMwexPADM&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiygaut29XVAhUC6mMKHSGgB6MQ6AEINDAC#v=onepage&q=loudspeakers%20collective%20farms&f=false

    There were place w/ no electric lights but they had propaganda broadcasts.

    I also seem to remember some really old hotels in the West where there was a speaker in wall by the bedside that would play music - you could turn it on or off but there was no way to change the station. The past is a different country.

    Replies: @Kyle McKenna, @utu, @inertial

  10. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    No, Steve, it’s not just nostalgia. It’s also forward thinking, diligent prepping the ground for things to come. Consider the last paragraph:

    Because they championed sexual equality — at work, at home and in the bedroom — and were willing to enforce it, Communist women who occupied positions in the state apparatus could be called cultural imperialists. But the liberation they imposed radically transformed millions of lives across the globe, including those of many women who still walk among us as the mothers and grandmothers of adults in the now democratic member states of the European Union. Those comrades’ insistence on government intervention may seem heavy-handed to our postmodern sensibilities, but sometimes necessary social change — which soon comes to be seen as the natural order of things — needs an emancipation proclamation from above.

    • Agree: whoever
    • Replies: @Kyle McKenna
    @Anonymous

    Of all of that -- and it's all very telling -- the most meaningful phrase for me is

    soon comes to be seen as the natural order of things
     

    Because that seems to be true, no matter how 'unnatural' the thing is being enforced. Make it the norm in television and movies, and you can get people to do just about anything. And think it's right and proper. Show good-looking, happy people doing it, and vanquishing and humiliating the lower orders who dare protest.

    They know what they're doing. We need to step up somehow.

    Replies: @Bill

  11. @inertial
    @whorefinder

    In the USSR (not sure about Bulgaria,) this was compensated by a strong taboos on immoral activity. This was getting relaxed as time went by, but even in 1980 the USSR was far more Puritan than America in 1950.

    Replies: @AM, @whorefinder, @Ris_Eruwaedhiel

    This was getting relaxed as time went by, but even in 1980 the USSR was far more Puritan than America in 1950.

    Really? I remember reading that abortions in the USSR and other communist bloc countries were sky high for decades.

    What about communism would encourage sexual morality? The whole system attempts to kill God at various levels. Sleeping around seems like a “wink, wink, nudge, nudge” sort of moment – one of the few pleasures to be had in a system that got rid of almost all of them.

    • Replies: @inertial
    @AM

    Abortion the main tool of contraception used almost entirely by married women. Why was it the main tool? Due to the very same Puritanism. There was no Pill. Condoms existed but no one talked about them ever and the word itself was taboo. (To this day it's a curse word in Russian.) So people used naive folk remedies that didn't work. Or, most often, nothing at all.

    Incidentally, the average marriage age for women was quite young. My mother was considered almost an old maid because she married at 24. And nearly all women were married. An unmarried woman was an object of much gossip and pressure (man too, to a lesser degree.)

    Remember that, in the Soviet culture, there was no concept of minding your business. Your business was everyone else's business. E.g., if you cheated on your wife it would get reported to your place of work. Your coworkers would gather an all-hands meeting where each of them would condemn you in turn. This was encouraged by the government but by no means driven by it.

    Replies: @AM

    , @anonymous
    @AM


    What about communism would encourage sexual morality?
     
    Because it was their country and their system, they took an active interest in preventing social dysfunction and other items they deemed a threat to the social cohesion of their nation. It's similar to how one takes good car of a car he owns, but doesn't give a crap about a rental.

    In the West socialists and other leftists are more libertine because they have not yet taken over and there is no incentive in protecting the social cohesion of the nation. Rather the incentive is in the destruction of traditional society which they see as an impediment to their taking power. So in our nations they advocate for things like promiscuity, homosexuality, same-sex marriage, unisex bathrooms, etc., to tear down the remnants of Western, Christian society. And even that is not good enough so they have resorted to importing foreign ringers to tilt the elections.

    Communists/socialists don't push for these policies in nations they thoroughly control like China, North Korea, the former USSR, etc. These polices are destructive and what's the point of destroying the car if you own it?

    Replies: @Ris_Eruwaedhiel

    , @Achmed E. Newman
    @AM


    What about communism would encourage sexual morality? The whole system attempts to kill God at various levels.
     
    Right you are, AM - it was/is all about killing the family. Communism can not work when there are strong traditional families. They need more workers for one thing, and the strong family unit will result in too much independent thinking and working for the sake of the family only, instead of the Motherland. Families will tend to believe in God more too, which is gives too much competition for the Communist God - THE STATE.

    Under Chinese communism, in Red China, it was the standardized rice-bowl haircuts and gray (sometimes blue during festivities) Chairman Mao jackets that made differences between men and woman hard to tell. I'm not sure I'd see a woman with the rice-bowl haircut and Mao jacket as particularly sexy, though maybe Christy Brinkley could have pulled it off, though Chevy Chase seemed to feel otherwise:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uBlYa_OKReE
    , @Jack D
    @AM

    In the early days, Communism set about to radically restructure society including relationships between the sexes - you can imagine that some lefty types were into "free love" as they still are today.

    But Stalin was very prudish and people were expected to maintain traditional family structures as they still are today in Communist China and N. Korea. This is not to say that everyone was perfectly monogamous but that was what officially expected (and in a society where going against official expectation could cost you dearly).

    Abortion was a separate issue because they basically used it as birth control.

    Replies: @Dan Hayes, @inertial, @utu, @AM, @Hunsdon, @Ris_Eruwaedhiel

    , @Daniel H
    @AM

    I recall reading somewhere that under Communism Romanian women had, on average, 6 abortions during their lives. Was it a problem of the lack readily available contraception or was it maybe an expression of contempt for the society that Nicolai Ceausescu and his Commie cronies created?

    Replies: @Herzog, @StillCARealist, @Njguy73

  12. Didn’t the Nazis have some pretty liberal pro-natal policies including providing homes for unwed mothers to have their children?

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @anonymous

    It went beyond that - they encouraged "racially pure" Aryan women to become pregnant by Aryan men with no stigma attached. Racially pure babies could be adopted by infertile SS couples.

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

    Replies: @oddsbodkins

    , @utu
    @anonymous

    Anni-Frid Lyngstad of Abba was the product of such a pro-natal program in Norway during WWII.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2002/jun/30/kateconnolly.theobserver

  13. @E. Harding
    Why was the lack of reliable contraception in the Eastern Bloc not discussed?

    Replies: @Anonymous

    lack of reliable contraception in the Eastern Bloc

    What lack of reliable contraception? Condoms were sold in every pharmacy, to anyone. They were not of great quality but cheap and very reliable.

  14. A comparative sociological study of East and West Germans conducted after reunification in 1990 found that Eastern women had twice as many orgasms as Western women. …

    Do we know why hard core lefties are so sex obsessed? Does just come with the territory of not having anything else real to think about?

    • Replies: @Anon
    @AM

    They're so sex obsessed because they aren't getting any. Being married means you automatically have an available sexual partner. Being an unmarried lefty male means you're chasing after a neurotic, self-centered woman whose constant screechy demands about equality and general bad temper tends to kill your male libido.

    The liberal women are annoyed because the only people who might want them are cowed liberal males--who make lousy lovers--or lower-caste blacks and Hispanics who have no particular liking or respect for those very same women, and who are only interested in exploiting the money and higher social position of those women.

    Replies: @Kyle McKenna, @YetAnotherAnon

  15. @Kyle McKenna
    Lately I've developed an interest in vintage audio. I see fascinating offerings from the former soviet union. No matter how many radios you had in your apartment, there was only one station so you didn't need a tuning knob. There was also no on/off switch. You couldn't turn it off, only up and down. Virtually every apartment built after WWII had one of these permanently installed.

    What a dream come true for 'politically correct' types. Our own mass media has been headed this way, except for small, apostate sites like this one.

    Replies: @inertial, @Anonymous, @whorefinder, @Anonymous

    You are describing pre-TV times. People loved those radios.

  16. Matt Taibbi wrote about being single in Russia after the fall of Communism. He said there wasn’t the stress of having to convince women that you were successful or headed for success, because they had no expectations of that.

    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    @Dave Pinsen

    That's no longer true. Russian and Eastern Euro women are notorious for their gold digging proclivities.

    https://heartiste.wordpress.com/2011/03/07/in-praise-of-american-women/


    I see not americans women as the problem but these females in general.
    I’m from russia and you americans men who think our women better and to make you more happy, this is not true. I think russians women are worse for wanting you for your money and yelling at you if you do not meet her wants for material things. Many russians here have little so these women demand much, maybe because they see what you americans have on tv. I hate russia women and would be glad to have a women like you americans have who do not flirt or offer sex so they can marry my money. Russias women are manipulative i think like any other women. I have seen many women of all different backgrounds who conspire to meet an end.
     

    Replies: @Peter Akuleyev

    , @Jack Hanson
    @Dave Pinsen

    Probably because he was fond of buying underage Russian girls for packs of cigarettes. I imagine its easy to be a predator in Yeltsin Russia.

    , @27 year old
    @Dave Pinsen

    13 year olds in America don't care if you are successful either...

  17. Really? I remember reading that abortions in the USSR and other communist bloc countries were sky high for decades.

    True, and that was because that was the only realistic form of contraception back then. Abortions declined throughout the 1990s and 2000s as reliable contraception became more widely available, while traditional sexual mores continued breaking down.

    • Replies: @Perplexed
    @E. Harding

    Abortions in the USSR were the primary means of birth control and yet were punitive—hostile, rough nurses and no anesthesia.

  18. Why then, is there not a huge emigration to Russia and other places with such a policy? We would help them move in fact. Any Times reporters planning to relocate? No? Then they know bullshit when they read it.

  19. Slightly OT:

    Wonders will never cease. Frank Bruni wrote a column today in the New York Times about how being white doesn’t automatically invalidate a white person’s opinions.

    I’m a White Man. Hear Me Out.

    Even more amazing, this comment, asserting that white “privilege” is earned, because the modern world and America are the creation of white men, is a Times pick!

    JimInNashville Nashville 12 hours ago

    I was with Bruni right up to the point where he said (of “white” men), “Our advantage as a class is real and unearned.”

    Wrong.

    Is the “advantage” of black male basketball players, as a class, “real and unearned”? Of course not.

    Most of the technological developments on which our modern society is based were invented by white males. You don’t like “cultural appropriation”? Then throw away your cell phone, turn off your air conditioner, throw away your iPad, stop using antibiotics.

    In 1900, countless women died in childbirth. Not so now. Why? Because those patriarchal white males developed a medical technology that is the envy of the world.

    White males founded America, a nation that is the envy of the world. Unlike Japan, the dominant race here allows other races to vote.

    My relatives have been scientists, doctors, editors of major newspapers, university professors.

    The notion of unearned white privilege is a hoax, designed to disenfranchise white people from rewards they have rightfully earned. It is high time we started firing angry answers back at the dimwitted humanities professors and affirmative action “studies” morons who are perpetrating the hoax.

    • Replies: @res
    @PiltdownMan

    Wow. Also this one:


    Terry Davis, CA 13 hours ago
    As a straight white male, I've sat patiently through a couple of lectures about my privilege. Usually how it goes is that I'm willing to discuss privilege but nonetheless maintain 1) appearances can be deceiving and 2) I am not your enemy. I feel like my words fall on deaf ears. It's as almost as they're not even talking to me.

    That's funny, when I run my fingers across the back of my head I can still trace the scar left by the policeman's baton. The blow came from behind while I had stopped on my way to admire a sandwich through a local shop window. I was dizzy for a year. I was 11. I'm a child of Oakies, hicks, hayseeds, white trash. To this day I wince when I get within what I estimate to be striking range of a policeman, and my hands still shake sometimes when I get hungry.

    I really have little interest in applying to some upper middle class kid who has never missed a meal in his life for the right to be listened to. And I am getting tired of saying, "I am not your enemy."

    336 Recommend

     

    Lest we get too excited, those two examples are not typical of the NYT picks on that article. They are among the most recommended NYT picks though.
    , @Almost Missouri
    @PiltdownMan

    Trump Effect?

    , @Lagertha
    @PiltdownMan

    Agree with Jim and Terry: I just got home from the wilderness, where I was alone a few precious days in a cabin with no other people for miles and miles (wonderful), surrounded by wildlife. On my flight I had read the responses from this absurd NYT piece by the major, whiny, dork, Bruni - it made coming back home to America easier to know that real men still exist in the states! I have smelled such a backlash from white boys to well-in-to-middle-age men this past year, to start fighting back at this insidious propaganda of phony WMP.

  20. Just close your eyes and think of Siberia.

  21. @AM
    @inertial


    This was getting relaxed as time went by, but even in 1980 the USSR was far more Puritan than America in 1950.
     
    Really? I remember reading that abortions in the USSR and other communist bloc countries were sky high for decades.

    What about communism would encourage sexual morality? The whole system attempts to kill God at various levels. Sleeping around seems like a "wink, wink, nudge, nudge" sort of moment - one of the few pleasures to be had in a system that got rid of almost all of them.

    Replies: @inertial, @anonymous, @Achmed E. Newman, @Jack D, @Daniel H

    Abortion the main tool of contraception used almost entirely by married women. Why was it the main tool? Due to the very same Puritanism. There was no Pill. Condoms existed but no one talked about them ever and the word itself was taboo. (To this day it’s a curse word in Russian.) So people used naive folk remedies that didn’t work. Or, most often, nothing at all.

    Incidentally, the average marriage age for women was quite young. My mother was considered almost an old maid because she married at 24. And nearly all women were married. An unmarried woman was an object of much gossip and pressure (man too, to a lesser degree.)

    Remember that, in the Soviet culture, there was no concept of minding your business. Your business was everyone else’s business. E.g., if you cheated on your wife it would get reported to your place of work. Your coworkers would gather an all-hands meeting where each of them would condemn you in turn. This was encouraged by the government but by no means driven by it.

    • Replies: @AM
    @inertial


    Abortion the main tool of contraception used almost entirely by married women.
     
    And? Back in the medieval era, if a man in power wanted to have an affair with a woman, he made sure she was married, to give cover for any children it might produce. A cuckold described a man willing to be in such a situation of having his wife used in that way.


    There was no Pill. Condoms existed but no one talked about them ever and the word itself was taboo. (To this day it’s a curse word in Russian.)
     
    It's funny how we're so open and "advanced" on the subject, but we still can't seem to get rid of our addiction to abortion either.

    Incidentally, the average marriage age for women was quite young.
     
    What you're describing is historically quite normal ages for marriage. We're marrying way too late right now, which is yet another parallel with the end of Rome.
  22. Translation from Female to English: tingles uber alles.

  23. @Dave Pinsen
    Matt Taibbi wrote about being single in Russia after the fall of Communism. He said there wasn't the stress of having to convince women that you were successful or headed for success, because they had no expectations of that.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @Jack Hanson, @27 year old

    That’s no longer true. Russian and Eastern Euro women are notorious for their gold digging proclivities.

    https://heartiste.wordpress.com/2011/03/07/in-praise-of-american-women/

    I see not americans women as the problem but these females in general.
    I’m from russia and you americans men who think our women better and to make you more happy, this is not true. I think russians women are worse for wanting you for your money and yelling at you if you do not meet her wants for material things. Many russians here have little so these women demand much, maybe because they see what you americans have on tv. I hate russia women and would be glad to have a women like you americans have who do not flirt or offer sex so they can marry my money. Russias women are manipulative i think like any other women. I have seen many women of all different backgrounds who conspire to meet an end.

    • Replies: @Peter Akuleyev
    @JohnnyWalker123

    It was never true, Taibbi was either being naive or disingenuous. Women in the late USSR might not have had the same expectations of "success" as women in the US ca. 1988-92, but they certainly knew who the losers and omega males were. Taibbi liked to pretend in those days that he was just a poor broke kid scraping by, but the Russian women could smell the privilege that he and his buddy Ames exuded. And of course even complete American losers had a lot to offer materially by USSR standards. I also knew 2 different unattractive American men around 90-91 who married cute Russian women, who, needless to say, immediately dumped their American husbands once they had US passports in hand. Gold digging was very common even then.

  24. Read this.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/243684

    Adolescent sexuality in the Soviet Union–a personal perspective.
    Easson GA.
    Abstract
    Russian pediatricians, psychiatrists, nurses, and midwives believe that adolescent sex education belongs in the home. Soviet society then has the responsibility of reinforcing the standards and attitudes instilled by the parents. The markedly puritanical sexual standards in Russia are similar to those seen in the United States at the turn of the century.

  25. anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @AM
    @inertial


    This was getting relaxed as time went by, but even in 1980 the USSR was far more Puritan than America in 1950.
     
    Really? I remember reading that abortions in the USSR and other communist bloc countries were sky high for decades.

    What about communism would encourage sexual morality? The whole system attempts to kill God at various levels. Sleeping around seems like a "wink, wink, nudge, nudge" sort of moment - one of the few pleasures to be had in a system that got rid of almost all of them.

    Replies: @inertial, @anonymous, @Achmed E. Newman, @Jack D, @Daniel H

    What about communism would encourage sexual morality?

    Because it was their country and their system, they took an active interest in preventing social dysfunction and other items they deemed a threat to the social cohesion of their nation. It’s similar to how one takes good car of a car he owns, but doesn’t give a crap about a rental.

    In the West socialists and other leftists are more libertine because they have not yet taken over and there is no incentive in protecting the social cohesion of the nation. Rather the incentive is in the destruction of traditional society which they see as an impediment to their taking power. So in our nations they advocate for things like promiscuity, homosexuality, same-sex marriage, unisex bathrooms, etc., to tear down the remnants of Western, Christian society. And even that is not good enough so they have resorted to importing foreign ringers to tilt the elections.

    Communists/socialists don’t push for these policies in nations they thoroughly control like China, North Korea, the former USSR, etc. These polices are destructive and what’s the point of destroying the car if you own it?

    • Agree: Abe, Almost Missouri
    • Replies: @Ris_Eruwaedhiel
    @anonymous

    Aldous Huxley observed in the second edition of Brave New World, published in 1946, that as political and economic freedom declined, sexual freedom increased in compensation. Along with offering security, kept doped up on soma and entertained by the movies, people accepted their servitude.

  26. @inertial
    @Kyle McKenna

    This is nonsense.

    Replies: @Jack D

    No it isn’t. My mother was deported to a collective farm in the middle of Kazakhstan (kept her far away from the Germans and saved her life, though at the time it seemed horrible – it WAS horrible, but the alternative was even worse). Even though this place was absolutely in the middle of nowhere, they had loudspeakers horns set up on poles that broadcast propaganda non-stop (think of the loadspeakers in M.A.S.H.)

    See also:

    https://books.google.com/books?id=fG1XlPHujfgC&pg=PA185&lpg=PA185&dq=loudspeakers+collective+farms&source=bl&ots=bydWysk7ts&sig=VRXUe8AQ9IRA-3Lv8kIMwexPADM&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiygaut29XVAhUC6mMKHSGgB6MQ6AEINDAC#v=onepage&q=loudspeakers%20collective%20farms&f=false

    There were place w/ no electric lights but they had propaganda broadcasts.

    I also seem to remember some really old hotels in the West where there was a speaker in wall by the bedside that would play music – you could turn it on or off but there was no way to change the station. The past is a different country.

    • Replies: @Kyle McKenna
    @Jack D

    Thanks. There are hundreds of these available online, and many are quite nifty! No on/off controls, no stations to switch. No stations!

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/545950701/soviet-vintage-wire-radio-receiver

    Tempting to pick one up, but 1) there's no way to use them except as conversation pieces and 2) my house is already full of junk.

    Replies: @Jack D

    , @utu
    @Jack D

    that broadcast propaganda non-stop

    There are some post-Soviet commenters here at unz.com who refer to this system as cable radio. Which sound kind of advanced. But it was just a speaker.


    http://kommunalka.colgate.edu/cfm/essays.cfm?ClipID=340
    From the middle of the 1960s on, all new construction included the obligatory radio cable running into every apartment. The wire ended with an outlet into which it was possible to plug headphones or a radio speaker. In the last decades of the Soviet regime, there was not only one but three channels; in order to choose between the three available programs, one needed to hook up a special three-channel speaker
     
    .

    Replies: @Anonymous

    , @inertial
    @Jack D

    In the middle of nowhere in the 1930s, sure. Eventually though, even these places got real radios and then TV.

    Incidentally, unlike American radios that only have AM and FM, Soviet radios came with short waves as a standard feature. This made it possible to broadcast Radio Liberty, Voice of America, BBC, etc. over the USSR. Doing the same in America would've been quite useless.

    Replies: @Jack D

  27. @AM
    @inertial


    This was getting relaxed as time went by, but even in 1980 the USSR was far more Puritan than America in 1950.
     
    Really? I remember reading that abortions in the USSR and other communist bloc countries were sky high for decades.

    What about communism would encourage sexual morality? The whole system attempts to kill God at various levels. Sleeping around seems like a "wink, wink, nudge, nudge" sort of moment - one of the few pleasures to be had in a system that got rid of almost all of them.

    Replies: @inertial, @anonymous, @Achmed E. Newman, @Jack D, @Daniel H

    What about communism would encourage sexual morality? The whole system attempts to kill God at various levels.

    Right you are, AM – it was/is all about killing the family. Communism can not work when there are strong traditional families. They need more workers for one thing, and the strong family unit will result in too much independent thinking and working for the sake of the family only, instead of the Motherland. Families will tend to believe in God more too, which is gives too much competition for the Communist God – THE STATE.

    Under Chinese communism, in Red China, it was the standardized rice-bowl haircuts and gray (sometimes blue during festivities) Chairman Mao jackets that made differences between men and woman hard to tell. I’m not sure I’d see a woman with the rice-bowl haircut and Mao jacket as particularly sexy, though maybe Christy Brinkley could have pulled it off, though Chevy Chase seemed to feel otherwise:

  28. @AM
    @inertial


    This was getting relaxed as time went by, but even in 1980 the USSR was far more Puritan than America in 1950.
     
    Really? I remember reading that abortions in the USSR and other communist bloc countries were sky high for decades.

    What about communism would encourage sexual morality? The whole system attempts to kill God at various levels. Sleeping around seems like a "wink, wink, nudge, nudge" sort of moment - one of the few pleasures to be had in a system that got rid of almost all of them.

    Replies: @inertial, @anonymous, @Achmed E. Newman, @Jack D, @Daniel H

    In the early days, Communism set about to radically restructure society including relationships between the sexes – you can imagine that some lefty types were into “free love” as they still are today.

    But Stalin was very prudish and people were expected to maintain traditional family structures as they still are today in Communist China and N. Korea. This is not to say that everyone was perfectly monogamous but that was what officially expected (and in a society where going against official expectation could cost you dearly).

    Abortion was a separate issue because they basically used it as birth control.

    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
    @Jack D

    Jack D:

    The reason why Stalin was "very prudish" was that the "free love" society ultimately proved antisocietal and thus had to be abrogated.

    , @inertial
    @Jack D

    Stalin-Schmalin. Russia was a peasant society, so peasant morality was going to dominate no matter what.

    Replies: @Jack D

    , @utu
    @Jack D

    and in a society where going against official expectation could cost you dearly

    Not when it came to sex. There was lots of promiscuity and I suspect that adultery was at much higher level than in the US. (I am talking about post WWII period).

    , @AM
    @Jack D


    In the early days, Communism set about to radically restructure society including relationships between the sexes – you can imagine that some lefty types were into “free love” as they still are today.
     
    Yes, exactly. When you find communists, you find free love types, every single time. I can pull up the histories, but hard core lefties then and now seem determined to have as much sex as they want. It's just part of the package.

    But Stalin was very prudish and people were expected to maintain traditional family structures as they still are today in Communist China and N. Korea.

     

    Umm..why exactly? On what basis? Asian societies seem to be naturally conservative - Confucius in China still applies even under Communism. I'm still waiting to hear why an atheist dictator who slaughtered millions of Russians would be prudish at any level. I would rather believe that Russia's society than Stalin would be prudish and with good reason.

    Abortion was a separate issue because they basically used it as birth control.
     
    Not really. Abortion is way to cover for sexual promiscuity, which was kinda my point. :)

    Replies: @Hunsdon

    , @Hunsdon
    @Jack D

    Lenin was no libertine either. The famous old line about making love should be like drinking from a glass of water provoked his response that he didn't want to drink from a communal cup. (Very loosely, I'm still on my first cup of coffee.) In fairness, I think a lot of the Old Bolsheviks held different views.

    Do you know where in Kazakhstan your mother was deported to? I love Kazakhstan, but it can be a hard, hard place.

    Replies: @Jack D

    , @Ris_Eruwaedhiel
    @Jack D

    Beginning in 1944, the mothers of 10 children were given the title of "Mother Heroine" and a bigger pension.

    The Nazis rewarded large families, too.

    Cannon fodder for the state.

  29. Americans are having less sex.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/19/health/americans-less-sex-kerner/index.html

    According to a recent study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, the large general social survey (GSS) found that American adults had sex about nine fewer times per year in the early 2010s than they did in the late 1990s, a decline that wasn’t explained by longer work hours or increased use of pornography.

    Especially younger Millenials.

    https://www.maxim.com/maxim-man/why-millennials-are-having-less-sex-2017-7

    To throw in some hard stats, let’s visit a report that the CDC released last week, documenting the decline in sexual activity among teenagers: between the ages of 15 and 19, 42 percent of women and 44 percent of men reported having sex, relative to a significantly higher 51 percent of women and 60 percent of men in 1988. Wow! Staggering!

    However, people are drinking much more.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2017/08/12/people-in-the-u-s-are-drinking-more-alcohol-than-ever-study/#2f0250483eb7

    The new study, published this week in the JAMA Psychiatry, looked at data from almost 80,000 participants taking part in two large-scale studies in the U.S. Participants were interviewed face-to-face and asked about their daily drinking habits. The researchers were interested in their alcohol use over a 12-month period, high-risk drinking (four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men on at least one day of the week), and AUD as defined by the DSM-IV, the “bible” of mental health disorders.
    Almost all kinds of drinking across all demographics rose between the two time points, and some rose sharply.
    Alcohol use rose from 65% to 73% of the adult population, which is about an 11% increase. The increase was much higher for minorities, women, seniors, and people with less education and income.
    High-risk drinking rose from about 10% to 13% of the population, or an almost 30% increase. In minorities, women, and older people, the numbers were considerably higher. 
    People who were identified as having alcohol use disorder (AUD) increased from 9% to 13% of the population, an increase of almost 50%. For women, the increase in AUD was 84%, for Hispanic and African-American individuals it was 52% and 94%, respectively. And for older people, the increase was a whopping 105%.

    Stress may be to blame.

    The percentages clearly rose much more for certain demographics. For women, the authors write, the rise in alcohol use may be due in part to work-life balance stress. “Stress associated with pursuing a career and raising a family,” the authors write, “may lead to increases in high-risk drinking and AUD among women, results that were consistent with substantial increases in these patterns of alcohol use among married individuals and those residing in urban areas found in this study.”

    For minorities, increased drinking may also have to do with stress, but a different type. “Wealth inequality between minorities and whites has widened during and after the 2008 recession,” the team points out, “possibly leading to increased stress and demoralization.”

    American college students are not socializing much these days.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/02/are-college-students-partying-less/385326/

    The halcyon days of college depicted in Animal House (1978) may no longer reflect the lives of today’s undergraduates, if they ever did. A nationwide report released last Thursday found that today’s students are spending less time partying than those in years past, though they’re interacting more through online social networks like Facebook. By surveying more than 150,000 freshmen at 227 four-year colleges in the United States, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that, over the past quarter-century, self-reported rates of time spent socializing in person with others have essentially flipped: in 1987, 37.9 percent of incoming freshmen socialized at least 16 hours per week with friends, while 18.1 percent socialized for five hours or less. Last year, those figures were 18 and 38.8 percent—an all-time low and an all-time high, respectively.

    The decline in socialization is about 0.6 standard deviations. Which is like if the average IQ dropped by 9 points. That’s a lot.

    Americans have fewer friends these days.

    https://www.livescience.com/16879-close-friends-decrease-today.html

    If asked how many friends you have, some may have trouble distinguishing between the lengthy list of Facebook friends and those close pals you confide in. Well, it turns out, Americans’ lists of the close type has shrunk to two, down from three confidantes 25 years ago, a new study suggests.
    The study also found that the number of us who have zero confidantes, or the socially isolated, has not increased over these decades, as scientists had suspected based on a 2006 study showing a near tripling of Americans’ social isolation between 1985 and 2004.

    A more recent study found that the average American has 1 close friend.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/emma-seppala-the-average-american-has-only-one-close-friend-2017-7

    In a revealing sociological study, a large percentage of Americans report having shrinking networks and fewer relationships. The average American has only one close confidante, the same study showed. And the leading reason people seek out counseling is loneliness.

    • Replies: @Thea
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Possible causes also include Estrogen in our water & Lower testosterone levels & sperm counts. Soy in our diets can also be a culprit.

    Replies: @prole, @Roderick Spode

    , @Anon
    @JohnnyWalker123

    The largest demographic of Americans are the Baby Boomers. They're old now. Of course they have less sex than they did when they were younger in the 1970s and 1980s. This is the explanation for your numbers.

    Replies: @prole

    , @Ris_Eruwaedhiel
    @JohnnyWalker123

    One reason is that people don't join clubs or groups anymore and they change jobs more frequently. I've made many good friends through active involvement in a gun club and political activities. Facebook friends don't count.

  30. @anonymous
    Didn't the Nazis have some pretty liberal pro-natal policies including providing homes for unwed mothers to have their children?

    Replies: @Jack D, @utu

    It went beyond that – they encouraged “racially pure” Aryan women to become pregnant by Aryan men with no stigma attached. Racially pure babies could be adopted by infertile SS couples.

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

    • Replies: @oddsbodkins
    @Jack D

    A practice somewhat similar to how American Jewish teenagers are encouraged to get pregnant by IDF soldiers on birthright trips:

    http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/books/36283/breeding-zionism

    Replies: @Jack D

  31. Maybe this is relevant:

    I read sometime in the 90’s about how old gender roles had been preserved in East Germany as opposed to West. The East German husband demanded that his wife kept house and waited on him, and was still loved in spite of this.

    • Replies: @AM
    @TBA


    . The East German husband demanded that his wife kept house and waited on him, and was still loved in spite of this.
     
    It would be very helpful if we started to imagine that people are feeding us lies about relationships between the sexes pre-1960s. My grandparents had relatively rigid sex roles and it was absolutely nothing like this.

    Men are not in position to oppress women en masse, precisely because they need women (and women need men). Women have a great deal of agency. If a society is dysfunctional and oppressive, it is because the women within it are also enforcing some level of dysfunction.

    , @27 year old
    @TBA

    >East German husband demanded that his wife kept house and waited on him, and was still loved in spite of this.


    because of this

    , @Ris_Eruwaedhiel
    @TBA

    It's like the culture was still in 1939.

  32. @inertial
    @whorefinder

    In the USSR (not sure about Bulgaria,) this was compensated by a strong taboos on immoral activity. This was getting relaxed as time went by, but even in 1980 the USSR was far more Puritan than America in 1950.

    Replies: @AM, @whorefinder, @Ris_Eruwaedhiel

    While there was a veneer, we can’t forget that the post-WW2 Soviet Union was absolutely bereft of men. As Steve has alluded to in other posts, the Soviet Union, not the Allies, was the #1 reason Hitler was defeated, at enormous cost in terms of manpower (look up Stalingrad’s losses for a microcosm). The result was that returning men could literally have two or three mistresses each even if they had even a modicum of power or prestige (Beria’s legendary pickups were a lot more wanted than we know).

    The official Soviet line was sexual equality and that beauty didn’t matter. But unofficially, the hottest women either became part of a Big Man’s rotation or, if more fallen, one of the Russian spy system’s honeypots (hence all those James Bond plots about Russian minxes). That abortion and socialism should accelerate this hypergamy is not a surprise to modern men who read Manosphere/game blogs.

    • Replies: @inertial
    @whorefinder

    True enough about post-war sex ratios. Women had to work hard to get a man, any man. This might mean attaching yourself to a man when he is young and less valuable yet, like in high school. Treat him very, very well - but strictly no sex. Teen sex happened but it was highly unusual and not expected in a relationship. When it did happen it was kept secret. Typically though, high school sweethearts just waited until graduation and then got married.

    The rest of your comment is based on such documentary evidence as James Bond movies, so there is no point addressing it.

    Replies: @whorefinder

  33. @PiltdownMan
    Slightly OT:

    Wonders will never cease. Frank Bruni wrote a column today in the New York Times about how being white doesn't automatically invalidate a white person's opinions.

    I’m a White Man. Hear Me Out.

    Even more amazing, this comment, asserting that white "privilege" is earned, because the modern world and America are the creation of white men, is a Times pick!


    JimInNashville Nashville 12 hours ago

    I was with Bruni right up to the point where he said (of "white" men), "Our advantage as a class is real and unearned."

    Wrong.

    Is the "advantage" of black male basketball players, as a class, "real and unearned"? Of course not.

    Most of the technological developments on which our modern society is based were invented by white males. You don't like "cultural appropriation"? Then throw away your cell phone, turn off your air conditioner, throw away your iPad, stop using antibiotics.

    In 1900, countless women died in childbirth. Not so now. Why? Because those patriarchal white males developed a medical technology that is the envy of the world.

    White males founded America, a nation that is the envy of the world. Unlike Japan, the dominant race here allows other races to vote.

    My relatives have been scientists, doctors, editors of major newspapers, university professors.

    The notion of unearned white privilege is a hoax, designed to disenfranchise white people from rewards they have rightfully earned. It is high time we started firing angry answers back at the dimwitted humanities professors and affirmative action "studies" morons who are perpetrating the hoax.


     

    Replies: @res, @Almost Missouri, @Lagertha

    Wow. Also this one:

    Terry Davis, CA 13 hours ago
    As a straight white male, I’ve sat patiently through a couple of lectures about my privilege. Usually how it goes is that I’m willing to discuss privilege but nonetheless maintain 1) appearances can be deceiving and 2) I am not your enemy. I feel like my words fall on deaf ears. It’s as almost as they’re not even talking to me.

    That’s funny, when I run my fingers across the back of my head I can still trace the scar left by the policeman’s baton. The blow came from behind while I had stopped on my way to admire a sandwich through a local shop window. I was dizzy for a year. I was 11. I’m a child of Oakies, hicks, hayseeds, white trash. To this day I wince when I get within what I estimate to be striking range of a policeman, and my hands still shake sometimes when I get hungry.

    I really have little interest in applying to some upper middle class kid who has never missed a meal in his life for the right to be listened to. And I am getting tired of saying, “I am not your enemy.”

    336 Recommend

    Lest we get too excited, those two examples are not typical of the NYT picks on that article. They are among the most recommended NYT picks though.

  34. @JohnnyWalker123
    Americans are having less sex.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/19/health/americans-less-sex-kerner/index.html

    According to a recent study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, the large general social survey (GSS) found that American adults had sex about nine fewer times per year in the early 2010s than they did in the late 1990s, a decline that wasn't explained by longer work hours or increased use of pornography.
     
    Especially younger Millenials.

    https://www.maxim.com/maxim-man/why-millennials-are-having-less-sex-2017-7

    To throw in some hard stats, let’s visit a report that the CDC released last week, documenting the decline in sexual activity among teenagers: between the ages of 15 and 19, 42 percent of women and 44 percent of men reported having sex, relative to a significantly higher 51 percent of women and 60 percent of men in 1988. Wow! Staggering!
     
    However, people are drinking much more.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2017/08/12/people-in-the-u-s-are-drinking-more-alcohol-than-ever-study/#2f0250483eb7

    The new study, published this week in the JAMA Psychiatry, looked at data from almost 80,000 participants taking part in two large-scale studies in the U.S. Participants were interviewed face-to-face and asked about their daily drinking habits. The researchers were interested in their alcohol use over a 12-month period, high-risk drinking (four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men on at least one day of the week), and AUD as defined by the DSM-IV, the “bible” of mental health disorders.
    Almost all kinds of drinking across all demographics rose between the two time points, and some rose sharply.
    Alcohol use rose from 65% to 73% of the adult population, which is about an 11% increase. The increase was much higher for minorities, women, seniors, and people with less education and income.
    High-risk drinking rose from about 10% to 13% of the population, or an almost 30% increase. In minorities, women, and older people, the numbers were considerably higher. 
    People who were identified as having alcohol use disorder (AUD) increased from 9% to 13% of the population, an increase of almost 50%. For women, the increase in AUD was 84%, for Hispanic and African-American individuals it was 52% and 94%, respectively. And for older people, the increase was a whopping 105%.
     
    Stress may be to blame.

    The percentages clearly rose much more for certain demographics. For women, the authors write, the rise in alcohol use may be due in part to work-life balance stress. “Stress associated with pursuing a career and raising a family,” the authors write, “may lead to increases in high-risk drinking and AUD among women, results that were consistent with substantial increases in these patterns of alcohol use among married individuals and those residing in urban areas found in this study.”

    For minorities, increased drinking may also have to do with stress, but a different type. “Wealth inequality between minorities and whites has widened during and after the 2008 recession,” the team points out, “possibly leading to increased stress and demoralization.”
     
    American college students are not socializing much these days.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/02/are-college-students-partying-less/385326/

    The halcyon days of college depicted in Animal House (1978) may no longer reflect the lives of today’s undergraduates, if they ever did. A nationwide report released last Thursday found that today’s students are spending less time partying than those in years past, though they’re interacting more through online social networks like Facebook. By surveying more than 150,000 freshmen at 227 four-year colleges in the United States, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that, over the past quarter-century, self-reported rates of time spent socializing in person with others have essentially flipped: in 1987, 37.9 percent of incoming freshmen socialized at least 16 hours per week with friends, while 18.1 percent socialized for five hours or less. Last year, those figures were 18 and 38.8 percent—an all-time low and an all-time high, respectively.
     
    The decline in socialization is about 0.6 standard deviations. Which is like if the average IQ dropped by 9 points. That's a lot.

    Americans have fewer friends these days.

    https://www.livescience.com/16879-close-friends-decrease-today.html

    If asked how many friends you have, some may have trouble distinguishing between the lengthy list of Facebook friends and those close pals you confide in. Well, it turns out, Americans' lists of the close type has shrunk to two, down from three confidantes 25 years ago, a new study suggests.
    The study also found that the number of us who have zero confidantes, or the socially isolated, has not increased over these decades, as scientists had suspected based on a 2006 study showing a near tripling of Americans' social isolation between 1985 and 2004.
     
    A more recent study found that the average American has 1 close friend.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/emma-seppala-the-average-american-has-only-one-close-friend-2017-7

    In a revealing sociological study, a large percentage of Americans report having shrinking networks and fewer relationships. The average American has only one close confidante, the same study showed. And the leading reason people seek out counseling is loneliness.
     

    Replies: @Thea, @Anon, @Ris_Eruwaedhiel

    Possible causes also include Estrogen in our water & Lower testosterone levels & sperm counts. Soy in our diets can also be a culprit.

    • Replies: @prole
    @Thea

    In addition to the reasons you mentioned, millennials are taking more prescription drugs, notably a vast increase in anti-depressants and stimulants like adderal...these drugs lower the sex drive. Millennials also have more depression and anxiety, and are fear close relationships. Plus 50% of single millennials live with their parents, while just 20% of single boomers lived at home when they were the same age (20-36)

    Replies: @Roderick Spode

    , @Roderick Spode
    @Thea

    Please show me the strongest evidence you can find that soy causes a meaningful decrease in T. I'll be making popcorn in the meantime.

  35. @newrouter
    "“After my divorce, I had my job and my salary, and I didn’t need a man to support me. I could do as I pleased.”

    Ms. Durcheva was a single mother for many years, but she insisted that her life before 1989 was more gratifying than the stressful existence of her daughter, who was born in the late 1970s."


    The ghetto life style. How many abortions she had wasn't axed. The "Life of Julia" realized:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/obamas-julia-ad-and-the-new-hubby-state/2012/05/11/gIQAcRdoIU_story.html?utm_term=.355128d00fcf

    Replies: @Clyde, @anonguy, @Stebbing Heuer, @JamesG

    Manufacture and distribution of effective contraceptives was so haphazard in Soviet Union and communist Eastern Europe that abortion became a form of contraception. It is harmful to her “plumbing” and disgusting for a woman to have so many. Messes up the female mind even if they repress it. Just one more reason it was called Godless communism during the Cold War.

  36. @Jack D
    @AM

    In the early days, Communism set about to radically restructure society including relationships between the sexes - you can imagine that some lefty types were into "free love" as they still are today.

    But Stalin was very prudish and people were expected to maintain traditional family structures as they still are today in Communist China and N. Korea. This is not to say that everyone was perfectly monogamous but that was what officially expected (and in a society where going against official expectation could cost you dearly).

    Abortion was a separate issue because they basically used it as birth control.

    Replies: @Dan Hayes, @inertial, @utu, @AM, @Hunsdon, @Ris_Eruwaedhiel

    Jack D:

    The reason why Stalin was “very prudish” was that the “free love” society ultimately proved antisocietal and thus had to be abrogated.

  37. …Eastern women had twice as many orgasms…

    And they can do math too.

    That’s just who they are. 🙂

    Actually, a case could be made that it is not because of their work, career or fiscal situation. Rather, it is because they are still women, free from western assumptions that they need to experience everything the same way men do.

    Nothing is more remarkable to an American man than an Eastern European woman who can do calculus in the daytime and then come home and be a real woman (and love being one!).

    • Replies: @utu
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Nothing is more remarkable to an American man than an Eastern European woman who can do calculus in the daytime and then come home and be a real woman (and love being one!).

    There is something to it.

    , @AM
    @Buzz Mohawk


    Rather, it is because they are still women, free from western assumptions that they need to experience everything the same way men do.
     
    Communism assumes that women want and are naturally as physically about sex as men. IRL, women tend to see sex as romantic love and the more partners a woman has, the less likely she is to be a stable wife and mother.

    Monogamy is hard on the men and easy on the women. Communism disrupts everything about stable social order and one of the first orders of business is to make women pathetic copies of men.

    Nothing is more remarkable to an American man than an Eastern European woman who can do calculus in the daytime and then come home and be a real woman (and love being one!).
     
    Umm..they don't exist. This like the thing in porn where lesbians are beautiful thin blonds and in real life are massively overweight butch types. Eastern European women were pumped with steroids in order to win Olympics back in the day.

    As usual, the sex stuff in lefties is far more fantasy than reality.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

  38. @Jack D
    @AM

    In the early days, Communism set about to radically restructure society including relationships between the sexes - you can imagine that some lefty types were into "free love" as they still are today.

    But Stalin was very prudish and people were expected to maintain traditional family structures as they still are today in Communist China and N. Korea. This is not to say that everyone was perfectly monogamous but that was what officially expected (and in a society where going against official expectation could cost you dearly).

    Abortion was a separate issue because they basically used it as birth control.

    Replies: @Dan Hayes, @inertial, @utu, @AM, @Hunsdon, @Ris_Eruwaedhiel

    Stalin-Schmalin. Russia was a peasant society, so peasant morality was going to dominate no matter what.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @inertial

    Stalin-Schmalin. Russia was a peasant society, so peasant economy was going to dominate no matter what. This is why Stalin got absolutely nowhere with collectivization.

    No wait, he did and he destroyed everyone who opposed his will or even remotely stood in the way of his goals.

    Stalin-Schmalin my ass. Stalin was like a living god. He had the power of life and death over everyone. The Soviet Union was built in his image. Whatever Stalin wanted, Stalin got. Stalin had been a Russian Orthodox seminary student so maybe he got his conservative sexual morality from the church. Or maybe he decided (and in this he was not wrong) that stable family structures were necessary to build a functioning society and that you could never achieve Communism (or much of anything else) in a place where free love prevailed. But the Soviet Union was the very epitome of a top down society where people acted as they were told to act, or else.

    Replies: @AM, @inertial

  39. @anonymous
    Didn't the Nazis have some pretty liberal pro-natal policies including providing homes for unwed mothers to have their children?

    Replies: @Jack D, @utu

    Anni-Frid Lyngstad of Abba was the product of such a pro-natal program in Norway during WWII.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2002/jun/30/kateconnolly.theobserver

  40. @Jack D
    @AM

    In the early days, Communism set about to radically restructure society including relationships between the sexes - you can imagine that some lefty types were into "free love" as they still are today.

    But Stalin was very prudish and people were expected to maintain traditional family structures as they still are today in Communist China and N. Korea. This is not to say that everyone was perfectly monogamous but that was what officially expected (and in a society where going against official expectation could cost you dearly).

    Abortion was a separate issue because they basically used it as birth control.

    Replies: @Dan Hayes, @inertial, @utu, @AM, @Hunsdon, @Ris_Eruwaedhiel

    and in a society where going against official expectation could cost you dearly

    Not when it came to sex. There was lots of promiscuity and I suspect that adultery was at much higher level than in the US. (I am talking about post WWII period).

  41. I suspect the male/female population ratio. It was pretty bad after WW2. In fact,really bad.

    https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/nceeer/2007_820-4g_Brainerd1.pdf

    The Soviet Union suffered devastating population losses during World War II, currently estimated at 27 million or nearly 14 percent of the prewar population. The disproportionate deaths of young men resulted in a drastic change in sex ratios among the population surviving the war. For example, the ratio of men to women in the 20-29 age group declined from .96 to .70 between 1941 and 1946.

    A lot of the male Soviet population was killed in the war. Maybe the females got settled down with fewer men chasing them, or worried less about their husbands sleeping with other women.

    I wonder if there is comparable data at other nations. Germany?

    • Replies: @whorefinder
    @boomstick

    It probably made it easier to maintain communism (women are a lot more compliant with the status quo than men, who tend to get uppity quicker if things suck) and also gave them an advantage in spying. Soviet honeypots were particularly legendary amongst Westerners, as James Bond shows, and, likely, the Cambridge Five and the American traitors such as Alger Hiss, whom I will bet even money had an awful lot of sexual persuasion to betray their countries.

    Probably the Soviet success in infiltrating Hollywood and the US Government was due to targeting either closeted homosexuals or really-bad-with-girls guys. Matt Damon's character in The Good Shepherd is a good example---a red-blooded male who is very nerdy and awkward around most women, and thus easily seduced by the slut/wife Clover and the East German chick at the beginning of his career

    Nerdy, awkward men who don't receive a lot of natural sexual attention but nonetheless have great government access due to their skills are particularly good targets for honeypots (whether male or female) as history has shown. If you ever read a story about a male teacher who sleeps with an underage - but sexually mature-teenage student, you can bet he was a nerd and the girl was a fast number who sunk her hooks into him.

    Replies: @kaganovitch

  42. The number of ‘recommends’ suggests that the New York Times’ readership is far more ideologically diverse and a bit more to the right than its editors assume. This may well be because the NYT is typically the only available resource for broad, in-depth coverage that its readers have.

  43. @Jack D
    @inertial

    No it isn't. My mother was deported to a collective farm in the middle of Kazakhstan (kept her far away from the Germans and saved her life, though at the time it seemed horrible - it WAS horrible, but the alternative was even worse). Even though this place was absolutely in the middle of nowhere, they had loudspeakers horns set up on poles that broadcast propaganda non-stop (think of the loadspeakers in M.A.S.H.)

    See also:

    https://books.google.com/books?id=fG1XlPHujfgC&pg=PA185&lpg=PA185&dq=loudspeakers+collective+farms&source=bl&ots=bydWysk7ts&sig=VRXUe8AQ9IRA-3Lv8kIMwexPADM&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiygaut29XVAhUC6mMKHSGgB6MQ6AEINDAC#v=onepage&q=loudspeakers%20collective%20farms&f=false

    There were place w/ no electric lights but they had propaganda broadcasts.

    I also seem to remember some really old hotels in the West where there was a speaker in wall by the bedside that would play music - you could turn it on or off but there was no way to change the station. The past is a different country.

    Replies: @Kyle McKenna, @utu, @inertial

    Thanks. There are hundreds of these available online, and many are quite nifty! No on/off controls, no stations to switch. No stations!

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/545950701/soviet-vintage-wire-radio-receiver

    Tempting to pick one up, but 1) there’s no way to use them except as conversation pieces and 2) my house is already full of junk.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Kyle McKenna

    These things aren't really "radios" at all but basically mono loudspeakers with a volume control. By now most of the paper speaker cones are probably in shreds. By modern standards, they would have sounded tinny even when new. Some of the cases have interesting designs although most are just cheap plastic. I guess you could have one as a conversation piece and you might even be able to get some crackly sound out of it (although I don't know what they are expecting as far as impedance, etc.) but it really wouldn't be that useful.

    Replies: @Kyle McKenna

  44. @Jack D
    @anonymous

    It went beyond that - they encouraged "racially pure" Aryan women to become pregnant by Aryan men with no stigma attached. Racially pure babies could be adopted by infertile SS couples.

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

    Replies: @oddsbodkins

    A practice somewhat similar to how American Jewish teenagers are encouraged to get pregnant by IDF soldiers on birthright trips:

    http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/books/36283/breeding-zionism

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @oddsbodkins

    Uh, in case you haven't noticed, sex and pregnancy have become distinct things since the invention of the Pill. The article doesn't mention pregnancy, I've never heard of a Birthright pregnancy. I WISH those girls were getting pregnant, but no, they are going to wait until after they finish grad school and push out 1 kid after they get fertility treatments at 38.

    Replies: @AM

  45. @Anonymous
    No, Steve, it's not just nostalgia. It's also forward thinking, diligent prepping the ground for things to come. Consider the last paragraph:

    Because they championed sexual equality — at work, at home and in the bedroom — and were willing to enforce it, Communist women who occupied positions in the state apparatus could be called cultural imperialists. But the liberation they imposed radically transformed millions of lives across the globe, including those of many women who still walk among us as the mothers and grandmothers of adults in the now democratic member states of the European Union. Those comrades’ insistence on government intervention may seem heavy-handed to our postmodern sensibilities, but sometimes necessary social change — which soon comes to be seen as the natural order of things — needs an emancipation proclamation from above.
     

    Replies: @Kyle McKenna

    Of all of that — and it’s all very telling — the most meaningful phrase for me is

    soon comes to be seen as the natural order of things

    Because that seems to be true, no matter how ‘unnatural’ the thing is being enforced. Make it the norm in television and movies, and you can get people to do just about anything. And think it’s right and proper. Show good-looking, happy people doing it, and vanquishing and humiliating the lower orders who dare protest.

    They know what they’re doing. We need to step up somehow.

    • Replies: @Bill
    @Kyle McKenna

    What? And violate their precious freedom of speech?

  46. @Buzz Mohawk

    ...Eastern women had twice as many orgasms...
     
    And they can do math too.

    That's just who they are. :)

    Actually, a case could be made that it is not because of their work, career or fiscal situation. Rather, it is because they are still women, free from western assumptions that they need to experience everything the same way men do.

    Nothing is more remarkable to an American man than an Eastern European woman who can do calculus in the daytime and then come home and be a real woman (and love being one!).

    Replies: @utu, @AM

    Nothing is more remarkable to an American man than an Eastern European woman who can do calculus in the daytime and then come home and be a real woman (and love being one!).

    There is something to it.

  47. @AM
    @inertial


    This was getting relaxed as time went by, but even in 1980 the USSR was far more Puritan than America in 1950.
     
    Really? I remember reading that abortions in the USSR and other communist bloc countries were sky high for decades.

    What about communism would encourage sexual morality? The whole system attempts to kill God at various levels. Sleeping around seems like a "wink, wink, nudge, nudge" sort of moment - one of the few pleasures to be had in a system that got rid of almost all of them.

    Replies: @inertial, @anonymous, @Achmed E. Newman, @Jack D, @Daniel H

    I recall reading somewhere that under Communism Romanian women had, on average, 6 abortions during their lives. Was it a problem of the lack readily available contraception or was it maybe an expression of contempt for the society that Nicolai Ceausescu and his Commie cronies created?

    • Replies: @Herzog
    @Daniel H

    I remember reading a piece by Herta Mueller, a Nobel laureate of literature (undeserving: she was only an okay, mediocre author) from the German minority in Romania, about how awful people's romantic and erotic lives were under Ceaucescu. The general sordidness of the situation, everybody potentially spying on everybody, the stress and poverty of daily lives all contributed to it, Mueller wrote. Mindless, cold fucking was all one could normally expect to find.

    , @StillCARealist
    @Daniel H

    My Romanian friend tells me it was both. No good contraception and no decent future for the kids that would be born. I think it could be summed up with the word "despair".

    Replies: @Opinionator

    , @Njguy73
    @Daniel H

    "Before 1967, the Romanian abortion policy was one of the most liberal in Europe. Because the availability of contraceptive methods was poor, abortion was the most common means of family planning...In October 1966, Decree 770 was authorized by Ceaușescu. Abortion and contraception were declared illegal" except in rare cases.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decree_770

  48. @Jack D
    @inertial

    No it isn't. My mother was deported to a collective farm in the middle of Kazakhstan (kept her far away from the Germans and saved her life, though at the time it seemed horrible - it WAS horrible, but the alternative was even worse). Even though this place was absolutely in the middle of nowhere, they had loudspeakers horns set up on poles that broadcast propaganda non-stop (think of the loadspeakers in M.A.S.H.)

    See also:

    https://books.google.com/books?id=fG1XlPHujfgC&pg=PA185&lpg=PA185&dq=loudspeakers+collective+farms&source=bl&ots=bydWysk7ts&sig=VRXUe8AQ9IRA-3Lv8kIMwexPADM&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiygaut29XVAhUC6mMKHSGgB6MQ6AEINDAC#v=onepage&q=loudspeakers%20collective%20farms&f=false

    There were place w/ no electric lights but they had propaganda broadcasts.

    I also seem to remember some really old hotels in the West where there was a speaker in wall by the bedside that would play music - you could turn it on or off but there was no way to change the station. The past is a different country.

    Replies: @Kyle McKenna, @utu, @inertial

    that broadcast propaganda non-stop

    There are some post-Soviet commenters here at unz.com who refer to this system as cable radio. Which sound kind of advanced. But it was just a speaker.

    http://kommunalka.colgate.edu/cfm/essays.cfm?ClipID=340
    From the middle of the 1960s on, all new construction included the obligatory radio cable running into every apartment. The wire ended with an outlet into which it was possible to plug headphones or a radio speaker. In the last decades of the Soviet regime, there was not only one but three channels; in order to choose between the three available programs, one needed to hook up a special three-channel speaker

    .

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @utu

    And that's different from broadcast TV in the US how? In the number of pixels?

    The best part to me in "Other peoples' lives" movie was when after the fall the next scene jumps a few months in the future and everything is already covered with graffiti. Just a tiny portent of things to come...

    Replies: @Jack D

  49. @boomstick
    I suspect the male/female population ratio. It was pretty bad after WW2. In fact,really bad.

    https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/nceeer/2007_820-4g_Brainerd1.pdf


    The Soviet Union suffered devastating population losses during World War II, currently estimated at 27 million or nearly 14 percent of the prewar population. The disproportionate deaths of young men resulted in a drastic change in sex ratios among the population surviving the war. For example, the ratio of men to women in the 20-29 age group declined from .96 to .70 between 1941 and 1946.
     
    A lot of the male Soviet population was killed in the war. Maybe the females got settled down with fewer men chasing them, or worried less about their husbands sleeping with other women.

    I wonder if there is comparable data at other nations. Germany?

    Replies: @whorefinder

    It probably made it easier to maintain communism (women are a lot more compliant with the status quo than men, who tend to get uppity quicker if things suck) and also gave them an advantage in spying. Soviet honeypots were particularly legendary amongst Westerners, as James Bond shows, and, likely, the Cambridge Five and the American traitors such as Alger Hiss, whom I will bet even money had an awful lot of sexual persuasion to betray their countries.

    Probably the Soviet success in infiltrating Hollywood and the US Government was due to targeting either closeted homosexuals or really-bad-with-girls guys. Matt Damon’s character in The Good Shepherd is a good example—a red-blooded male who is very nerdy and awkward around most women, and thus easily seduced by the slut/wife Clover and the East German chick at the beginning of his career

    Nerdy, awkward men who don’t receive a lot of natural sexual attention but nonetheless have great government access due to their skills are particularly good targets for honeypots (whether male or female) as history has shown. If you ever read a story about a male teacher who sleeps with an underage – but sexually mature-teenage student, you can bet he was a nerd and the girl was a fast number who sunk her hooks into him.

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    @whorefinder

    "Soviet honeypots were particularly legendary amongst Westerners, as James Bond shows, and, likely, the Cambridge Five and the American traitors such as Alger Hiss, whom I will bet even money had an awful lot of sexual persuasion to betray their countries. "

    Well, 2 of the Cambridge (Blunt and Burgess) five were homosexual , so Soviet postwar M/F imbalance could hardly be implicated.

    Replies: @whorefinder

  50. @Kyle McKenna
    Lately I've developed an interest in vintage audio. I see fascinating offerings from the former soviet union. No matter how many radios you had in your apartment, there was only one station so you didn't need a tuning knob. There was also no on/off switch. You couldn't turn it off, only up and down. Virtually every apartment built after WWII had one of these permanently installed.

    What a dream come true for 'politically correct' types. Our own mass media has been headed this way, except for small, apostate sites like this one.

    Replies: @inertial, @Anonymous, @whorefinder, @Anonymous

    Haven’t you ever read Orwell? This is precisely where he got the idea for the screens in 1984.

  51. This is so incredibly stupid I just about can’t believe it – I mean don’t they have people that read this stuff so they don’t make fools of themselves. I don’t know if rabbits have orgasms but they put a lot of effort into procreatin’ ; is rabbit society better than ours?

  52. @Dave Pinsen
    Matt Taibbi wrote about being single in Russia after the fall of Communism. He said there wasn't the stress of having to convince women that you were successful or headed for success, because they had no expectations of that.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @Jack Hanson, @27 year old

    Probably because he was fond of buying underage Russian girls for packs of cigarettes. I imagine its easy to be a predator in Yeltsin Russia.

  53. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @AM

    A comparative sociological study of East and West Germans conducted after reunification in 1990 found that Eastern women had twice as many orgasms as Western women. …
     
    Do we know why hard core lefties are so sex obsessed? Does just come with the territory of not having anything else real to think about?

    Replies: @Anon

    They’re so sex obsessed because they aren’t getting any. Being married means you automatically have an available sexual partner. Being an unmarried lefty male means you’re chasing after a neurotic, self-centered woman whose constant screechy demands about equality and general bad temper tends to kill your male libido.

    The liberal women are annoyed because the only people who might want them are cowed liberal males–who make lousy lovers–or lower-caste blacks and Hispanics who have no particular liking or respect for those very same women, and who are only interested in exploiting the money and higher social position of those women.

    • Replies: @Kyle McKenna
    @Anon


    Being married means you automatically have an available sexual partner.
     
    Let me guess--been a while since you got married, hoss?

    Replies: @Hunsdon

    , @YetAnotherAnon
    @Anon

    "Being married means you automatically have an available sexual partner. "

    The reddit deadbedrooms forum says otherwise when it comes to availability. Hotten's Dictionary of Modern Slang, Cant and Vulgar Words, 1859, defined 'butcher's dog' this way:

    "To be like a butcher's dog, that is, lie by the beef without touching it; a simile often applicable to married men."

    So the dead bedroom has history.

  54. @JohnnyWalker123
    Americans are having less sex.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/19/health/americans-less-sex-kerner/index.html

    According to a recent study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, the large general social survey (GSS) found that American adults had sex about nine fewer times per year in the early 2010s than they did in the late 1990s, a decline that wasn't explained by longer work hours or increased use of pornography.
     
    Especially younger Millenials.

    https://www.maxim.com/maxim-man/why-millennials-are-having-less-sex-2017-7

    To throw in some hard stats, let’s visit a report that the CDC released last week, documenting the decline in sexual activity among teenagers: between the ages of 15 and 19, 42 percent of women and 44 percent of men reported having sex, relative to a significantly higher 51 percent of women and 60 percent of men in 1988. Wow! Staggering!
     
    However, people are drinking much more.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2017/08/12/people-in-the-u-s-are-drinking-more-alcohol-than-ever-study/#2f0250483eb7

    The new study, published this week in the JAMA Psychiatry, looked at data from almost 80,000 participants taking part in two large-scale studies in the U.S. Participants were interviewed face-to-face and asked about their daily drinking habits. The researchers were interested in their alcohol use over a 12-month period, high-risk drinking (four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men on at least one day of the week), and AUD as defined by the DSM-IV, the “bible” of mental health disorders.
    Almost all kinds of drinking across all demographics rose between the two time points, and some rose sharply.
    Alcohol use rose from 65% to 73% of the adult population, which is about an 11% increase. The increase was much higher for minorities, women, seniors, and people with less education and income.
    High-risk drinking rose from about 10% to 13% of the population, or an almost 30% increase. In minorities, women, and older people, the numbers were considerably higher. 
    People who were identified as having alcohol use disorder (AUD) increased from 9% to 13% of the population, an increase of almost 50%. For women, the increase in AUD was 84%, for Hispanic and African-American individuals it was 52% and 94%, respectively. And for older people, the increase was a whopping 105%.
     
    Stress may be to blame.

    The percentages clearly rose much more for certain demographics. For women, the authors write, the rise in alcohol use may be due in part to work-life balance stress. “Stress associated with pursuing a career and raising a family,” the authors write, “may lead to increases in high-risk drinking and AUD among women, results that were consistent with substantial increases in these patterns of alcohol use among married individuals and those residing in urban areas found in this study.”

    For minorities, increased drinking may also have to do with stress, but a different type. “Wealth inequality between minorities and whites has widened during and after the 2008 recession,” the team points out, “possibly leading to increased stress and demoralization.”
     
    American college students are not socializing much these days.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/02/are-college-students-partying-less/385326/

    The halcyon days of college depicted in Animal House (1978) may no longer reflect the lives of today’s undergraduates, if they ever did. A nationwide report released last Thursday found that today’s students are spending less time partying than those in years past, though they’re interacting more through online social networks like Facebook. By surveying more than 150,000 freshmen at 227 four-year colleges in the United States, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that, over the past quarter-century, self-reported rates of time spent socializing in person with others have essentially flipped: in 1987, 37.9 percent of incoming freshmen socialized at least 16 hours per week with friends, while 18.1 percent socialized for five hours or less. Last year, those figures were 18 and 38.8 percent—an all-time low and an all-time high, respectively.
     
    The decline in socialization is about 0.6 standard deviations. Which is like if the average IQ dropped by 9 points. That's a lot.

    Americans have fewer friends these days.

    https://www.livescience.com/16879-close-friends-decrease-today.html

    If asked how many friends you have, some may have trouble distinguishing between the lengthy list of Facebook friends and those close pals you confide in. Well, it turns out, Americans' lists of the close type has shrunk to two, down from three confidantes 25 years ago, a new study suggests.
    The study also found that the number of us who have zero confidantes, or the socially isolated, has not increased over these decades, as scientists had suspected based on a 2006 study showing a near tripling of Americans' social isolation between 1985 and 2004.
     
    A more recent study found that the average American has 1 close friend.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/emma-seppala-the-average-american-has-only-one-close-friend-2017-7

    In a revealing sociological study, a large percentage of Americans report having shrinking networks and fewer relationships. The average American has only one close confidante, the same study showed. And the leading reason people seek out counseling is loneliness.
     

    Replies: @Thea, @Anon, @Ris_Eruwaedhiel

    The largest demographic of Americans are the Baby Boomers. They’re old now. Of course they have less sex than they did when they were younger in the 1970s and 1980s. This is the explanation for your numbers.

    • Replies: @prole
    @Anon

    Millennials are fornicating and socializing much less than boomers did 35 years ago...teenagers are also getting layed less often, more virgins are graduating from high school, teenage pregnancies are at all-time lows...

    Replies: @anonguy, @S. Anonyia

  55. Sex is one thing but in any case it is true that in a number of respects, there was less pressure on people in Eastern Europe under communism. If you happened to have decent housing and could do without Western luxuries, you could have a reasonably pleasant life. I would think that life might have been easier for a married couple of shop clerks in East Germany than in the US today. This is not to endorse or defend communism, but just seeing things as they are resp. were.

    • Agree: inertial, 27 year old
    • Replies: @AM
    @narrenspeise


    I would think that life might have been easier for a married couple of shop clerks in East Germany than in the US today. This is not to endorse or defend communism, but just seeing things as they are resp. were.
     
    Yeah, life was so much better that communist countries literally walled in and pointed guns at their people to keep them from going anywhere else. I remember the Berlin wall coming down. It wasn't put up because shop clerks in East Germany were really content with their lives.
    , @biz
    @narrenspeise

    It really depends on your definition of "Western luxuries" doesn't it? Many of the people who climbed over the Berlin Wall in 1989 had never tasted a banana in their lives.

    The fact that your hypothetical East German couple required two layers of fencing and walls patrolled by dogs and soldiers with shoot to kill orders to keep them there, and even with that thousands of people took their chances and died trying to get out, would suggest that they weren't content.

    , @Peter Akuleyev
    @narrenspeise

    I have friends in places like Poland, Ukraine and even Romania who are nostalgic for elements of Communism. If you kept your head down and didn't ask questions you could lead a fairly stress free life - you didn't have to work too much, no one starved. But I think people tend to forget, and young people today don't understand, the constant daily humiliations of living in a Communist society, mostly caused by the scarcity and poor distribution of fairly basic goods. Humans are creatures of status. Educated professional types didn't like having to spend 2 hours in line just to get a roll of crappy toilet paper, or to bribe some fat semi-illiterate peasant woman to convince her to put some margarine aside for later.

    Replies: @inertial, @Jack D

  56. A more accurate wording would be:

    “Strong, independent working women had sex on their own terms under socialism, until men were so demotivated that they no longer produced enough surplus value to subsidize these whores, and the matriarchy collapsed.”

    Following the anti-family teachings of Engels, the Soviet Union abolished marriage in 1920. Hordes of peasant wives moved into the cities to join the informal harems of high-ranking party officials. Their husbands stopped working, and when threatened with death, said, “Go ahead and shoot me, without my wife I have nothing to live for.” So the police rounded up the peasant wives and took them back to their husbands.

    • Replies: @Opinionator
    @DaveA

    Really?

  57. anon • Disclaimer says:

    You need at least 20 years for nostalgia to kick in.

    I’m not real nostalgic about the Cuban Missile Crisis. Or the real Cold War.

    And if people really really wanted to live like they did in the past, then they can do most of it.

    But of course, they never do.

  58. @whorefinder
    So socialism allows for slutty women to sleep around and prioritize sexual pleasure over family.

    The NY Times is unsuspectingly validating much of the Manosphere's arguments and theories about modern women.

    Replies: @inertial, @Neoconned, @Corvinus, @Rosamond Vincy

    Call it what you want the article made a good point – there’s a good reason theres nostalgia for the Soviet era.

    Once you got rid of the Stalinites and the other homicidal goons the communism of the 60s-90s wasnt that bad. Personally i prefer it to this service sector bullshit we have now.

    I work three jobs in the service industry. I’m lucky to live with relatives. If i didnt i wouldnt be able to afford ANYTHING but rent and utilities…..and that would be WITH roommates in some cruddy duddy apt….

    Sure you would have food shortages of luxury items but most late era Soviets rarely starved.

    I’ve worked in grocery stores & restaurants since i was 16. A lot of the excess food we have gets thrown out anyway.

    So even if there were shortages big deal the basics were provided.

    It wasn’t high end but decent enough health care and dental care were free or close to free. Compare that to our overpriced health care system where entire cadres of medical school grads are coming out & going into lifestyle specialities like cosmetic surgery (not the type that helps ppl) to help pimply old women burn thru their 401ks pretending they’re still 35….

    Your apartment was nothing to be shown off or admired but it beat a lot of the lower end projects & trailer parks you see in the USA. And so long as you were apolitical it was pretty much guaranteed.

    Occasionally a car would be guaranteed depending on the nation.

    But most importantly your JOB was guaranteed.

    And if it wasn’t around they’d send you off to learn another trade. No outsourcing, no unskilled foreign scabs stealing your fucking living. I was talking yesterday with my coworker. He works fast food with me at my night job because Mexicans took ALL the fuckin roofing work.

    His wages fell from $20/hr to $11/hr before he finally moved on to another industry.

    Fuck that shit.

    America isn’t a free country anyway. Every been pulled over? Ever change your habits & whete you hang out to avoid other ppl?

    Without money you can’t enjoy any of the freedoms we have here anyway…

    Hell its like i live in the Soviet union now. Going to the dive bar at the shitty overpriced Mexican restaurant here in town is now a once every month and a half luxury. And all i drink is a pitcher of watered down Modelo and a few four buck margaritas on MARGARITA night when they’re thirty percent off….this is down in the Bible Belt region too.

    Shit if the communists came along and promised to jettison the SW back to Mexico and then deport every single Mexican in the other states back to the SW and then promised me a guaranteed job, passable health care, a guaranteed apartment and no more fucking outsourcing and the aboloshment of student loans and debt and Wall St id vote for them in a heartbeat. Hell at least they’d shutter the border, get rid of the foreign scabs and welfare fraudsters and guarantee my livelihood. Thats a trade off a LOT OF PEOPLE would be happy to accept.

    Especially those of us paying a student loan note instead of a mortgage or luxury car note….

    • Replies: @AM
    @Neoconned


    Once you got rid of the Stalinites and the other homicidal goons the communism of the 60s-90s wasnt that bad.
     
    You can't have Communism without homicidal goons. It's just part of the territory. There is no "better" Communism. It all comes with murderous asshats. And yes, the 60s-90s Communism was pretty bad. I remember growing up in sheltered VT knowing that if you wanted to make money in Russia, you packed your suitcase with jeans because they were sellers on the black market.

    But most importantly your JOB was guaranteed.
     
    What was not guaranteed, however, was the ability to buy stuff with whatever random amount of money they handed you. Given the "woe is me" nature of your post, it's highly unlikely you'd be willing to work properly at a job that you were guaranteed. Thus the reason everyone sits around in communist countries and it generally sucks and falls apart within 5 generations.


    Without money you can’t enjoy any of the freedoms we have here anyway…
     
    Money doesn't buy you freedom, or love, or happiness. I'm there with you on not importing Mexicans. But applying yourself to actually working at whatever jobs you do have and learning to work with money you do have coming in goes a long way to simple personal satisfaction.

    Replies: @Kyle McKenna, @anarchyst

    , @Kyle McKenna
    @Neoconned

    Granted your prose is a tad overwrought, but you're way too smart to be working crappy jobs like retail and restaurants. That'd make anyone with your brains furious after awhile.

    But I'm glad you're angry. You've seen behind the curtain a bit and don't like what you see. I wish there were more young people like you frankly.

    Replies: @AM, @Achmed E. Newman

    , @27 year old
    @Neoconned


    Shit if the communists came along and promised to jettison the SW back to Mexico and then deport every single Mexican in the other states back to the SW and then promised me a guaranteed job, passable health care, a guaranteed apartment and no more fucking outsourcing and the aboloshment of student loans and debt and Wall St id vote for them in a heartbeat. Hell at least they’d shutter the border, get rid of the foreign scabs and welfare fraudsters and guarantee my livelihood. Thats a trade off a LOT OF PEOPLE would be happy to accept.
     
    Agree.
    , @DaveA
    @Neoconned

    And if the communists promise to save you $2500 a year on health insurance, and "if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor", you'll vote for them.

    What communists promise and what they deliver are totally different things. They promise you free sex and then shove a big black cock up your ass.

    (College education is a ripoff. Your parents and teachers convinced you to sign up for a lifetime of debt slavery because "everyone needs a college degree", and you trusted them.)

    , @whorefinder
    @Neoconned


    Once you got rid of the Stalinites and the other homicidal goons the communism of the 60s-90s wasnt that bad.
     
    "But how did you like the play, Mrs. Lincoln?"

    Gosh, you commie apologists really are the worst.
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    @Neoconned

    Mr. Neoconned, I am somewhat apologetic here as I wrote to you via my 1st reply to Mr. McKenna in a post yet-to-be-moderated, as I was too peeved to write to you.

    Man, you bring up plenty of good points about the state of the US economy especially for young white men, though you must not be too young going by your recollection of Soviet era bootleg Levi's blue jeans. Otherwise, I would lump you in with the young white men.

    You are confusing stability with a good economy/economic freedom. I imaging life in the the East bloc, except when you were conscriptied to fight and possibly die or get legs blown off for the Motherland, was pretty stable. It was pretty stable, yes, in fact, stable in it's miserableness. Mr Akuleyev's comment spells this out for you. It was the same in Red China, again minus 3 years of starvation during the Great Leap Forward 1.0, and another decade from '67 - 75 or so during the "Cultural Revolution".

    Stablity is good thing when economic life is decent - see 1945-1995 America. It's not good when it means you make the equivalent of $200 yearly via plowing and weeding for 12 hours/day with nothing to look forward to, or sweeping the streets and picking up garbage for next to nothing. Imagine living in the Soviet Union or Red China. I think you'd be ready for change, say, if it meant the intoduction of the tractor. However, if you were someone with some ambition, you would never realize your dreams. Yes, you could be just ambitious for money and status and bullshit your way up the ladder of the government - there's nothing to be proud of in that though. There's no truth in it.

    There are still plenty of Americans today, and lots more in the past (when you could get somewhere) with great big ideas. It's the economic freedom to put these great ideas into practice or to try for a lifetime to do so, that makes life living for a lot of men. In Communism, the system absolutely does not allow for change.

    Just think, Neoconned, or try to imagine, how your life could be different if America still had the freedom it used to. I can't write it all here, as this post is long enough. Think of what you'd really like to do with your life, and who it is that is stopping you (hint: They probably live in Washington, FS)

    Your problems won't be solved by Communists. If you haven't learned that you are the same as the Russian useful idiots in 1917, the Chinese idiots in 1947, and a whole host of idiots all around the globe. You're in bad company.

    Here's who/what is to blame for your problems:
    Immigration Stupidity, Feminism, Big Government, PC, and yes, the neocons.

    , @Jack D
    @Neoconned

    I'm sorry your life is shitty, but I think you are seriously underestimating the shittiness of life in the E. Bloc, even putting aside the lack of political freedom. Nowhere was the right to an automobile guarantied - I don't know where you got that from. Cars (like almost all consumer goods because the economy was based on "military first") were in short supply so usually there was something like a 10 year waiting list to buy a car (it wasn't free - you still had to buy it) . Stuff that even poor people in America take for granted - clothes, toilet paper, etc. were in spotty supply - sometimes they would appear in the stores and everyone would line up to grab them, and then they'd disappear for months or years on end. Lots and lots of people lived in apts. with communal kitchens - 8 or 10 families all sharing 1 little kitchen. And if you grumbled too much about it , the way you are grumbling about your life now, your neighbors would report you and you might get a visit from the secret police. One week in the old Soviet Union and you'd be begging to be allowed to go back to your current shitty existence.

    , @Johann Ricke
    @Neoconned


    No outsourcing, no unskilled foreign scabs stealing your fucking living. I was talking yesterday with my coworker. He works fast food with me at my night job because Mexicans took ALL the fuckin roofing work.

    His wages fell from $20/hr to $11/hr before he finally moved on to another industry.
     

    You need to talk to Russian emigres who actually lived through the Soviet era and settled stateside. They had a standard of living far lower than Mexico's. These were college grads from well-known Russian universities. This is probably why the Warsaw Pact fell apart. Even people destined to become a part of the nomenklatura felt deprived.
    , @Johann Ricke
    @Neoconned


    Sure you would have food shortages of luxury items but most late era Soviets rarely starved.
     
    The New York Times was known for its fawning coverage of the Soviet Union. But sometimes, reality slipped through:

    At the Beryozka store on Bolshaya Gruzinskaya, shoppers with D coupons, another kind of official currency, could select from beef fillets, tongue, kidneys, liver, brains, ducks and geese. At the state store half a block away, a long line of customers with rubles waited to buy bologna.
    ...
    In theory, the monetary system is supposed to serve four distinct groups: rubles for the majority of Soviet citizens, check coupons for those who earn hard currency abroad and must redeem their earnings for these coupons, D coupons for foreign diplomats and, for tourists, hard currencies like the dollar and West German mark.
     
    A long line of customers for bologna. Sounds like a shortage to me.
  59. @Jack D
    @AM

    In the early days, Communism set about to radically restructure society including relationships between the sexes - you can imagine that some lefty types were into "free love" as they still are today.

    But Stalin was very prudish and people were expected to maintain traditional family structures as they still are today in Communist China and N. Korea. This is not to say that everyone was perfectly monogamous but that was what officially expected (and in a society where going against official expectation could cost you dearly).

    Abortion was a separate issue because they basically used it as birth control.

    Replies: @Dan Hayes, @inertial, @utu, @AM, @Hunsdon, @Ris_Eruwaedhiel

    In the early days, Communism set about to radically restructure society including relationships between the sexes – you can imagine that some lefty types were into “free love” as they still are today.

    Yes, exactly. When you find communists, you find free love types, every single time. I can pull up the histories, but hard core lefties then and now seem determined to have as much sex as they want. It’s just part of the package.

    But Stalin was very prudish and people were expected to maintain traditional family structures as they still are today in Communist China and N. Korea.

    Umm..why exactly? On what basis? Asian societies seem to be naturally conservative – Confucius in China still applies even under Communism. I’m still waiting to hear why an atheist dictator who slaughtered millions of Russians would be prudish at any level. I would rather believe that Russia’s society than Stalin would be prudish and with good reason.

    Abortion was a separate issue because they basically used it as birth control.

    Not really. Abortion is way to cover for sexual promiscuity, which was kinda my point. 🙂

    • Replies: @Hunsdon
    @AM

    By your definition Lenin and Stalin weren't real communists then. Arguably, Stalin wasn't a communist at all, he was a Stalinist. An awful lot of the social experiments that the Old Bolshies pushed through got cut down tout de suite when Uncle Joe started the purges.

    Replies: @AM

  60. @Neoconned
    @whorefinder

    Call it what you want the article made a good point - there's a good reason theres nostalgia for the Soviet era.

    Once you got rid of the Stalinites and the other homicidal goons the communism of the 60s-90s wasnt that bad. Personally i prefer it to this service sector bullshit we have now.

    I work three jobs in the service industry. I'm lucky to live with relatives. If i didnt i wouldnt be able to afford ANYTHING but rent and utilities.....and that would be WITH roommates in some cruddy duddy apt....

    Sure you would have food shortages of luxury items but most late era Soviets rarely starved.

    I've worked in grocery stores & restaurants since i was 16. A lot of the excess food we have gets thrown out anyway.

    So even if there were shortages big deal the basics were provided.

    It wasn't high end but decent enough health care and dental care were free or close to free. Compare that to our overpriced health care system where entire cadres of medical school grads are coming out & going into lifestyle specialities like cosmetic surgery (not the type that helps ppl) to help pimply old women burn thru their 401ks pretending they're still 35....

    Your apartment was nothing to be shown off or admired but it beat a lot of the lower end projects & trailer parks you see in the USA. And so long as you were apolitical it was pretty much guaranteed.

    Occasionally a car would be guaranteed depending on the nation.

    But most importantly your JOB was guaranteed.

    And if it wasn't around they'd send you off to learn another trade. No outsourcing, no unskilled foreign scabs stealing your fucking living. I was talking yesterday with my coworker. He works fast food with me at my night job because Mexicans took ALL the fuckin roofing work.

    His wages fell from $20/hr to $11/hr before he finally moved on to another industry.

    Fuck that shit.

    America isn't a free country anyway. Every been pulled over? Ever change your habits & whete you hang out to avoid other ppl?

    Without money you can't enjoy any of the freedoms we have here anyway...

    Hell its like i live in the Soviet union now. Going to the dive bar at the shitty overpriced Mexican restaurant here in town is now a once every month and a half luxury. And all i drink is a pitcher of watered down Modelo and a few four buck margaritas on MARGARITA night when they're thirty percent off....this is down in the Bible Belt region too.

    Shit if the communists came along and promised to jettison the SW back to Mexico and then deport every single Mexican in the other states back to the SW and then promised me a guaranteed job, passable health care, a guaranteed apartment and no more fucking outsourcing and the aboloshment of student loans and debt and Wall St id vote for them in a heartbeat. Hell at least they'd shutter the border, get rid of the foreign scabs and welfare fraudsters and guarantee my livelihood. Thats a trade off a LOT OF PEOPLE would be happy to accept.

    Especially those of us paying a student loan note instead of a mortgage or luxury car note....

    Replies: @AM, @Kyle McKenna, @27 year old, @DaveA, @whorefinder, @Achmed E. Newman, @Jack D, @Johann Ricke, @Johann Ricke

    Once you got rid of the Stalinites and the other homicidal goons the communism of the 60s-90s wasnt that bad.

    You can’t have Communism without homicidal goons. It’s just part of the territory. There is no “better” Communism. It all comes with murderous asshats. And yes, the 60s-90s Communism was pretty bad. I remember growing up in sheltered VT knowing that if you wanted to make money in Russia, you packed your suitcase with jeans because they were sellers on the black market.

    But most importantly your JOB was guaranteed.

    What was not guaranteed, however, was the ability to buy stuff with whatever random amount of money they handed you. Given the “woe is me” nature of your post, it’s highly unlikely you’d be willing to work properly at a job that you were guaranteed. Thus the reason everyone sits around in communist countries and it generally sucks and falls apart within 5 generations.

    Without money you can’t enjoy any of the freedoms we have here anyway…

    Money doesn’t buy you freedom, or love, or happiness. I’m there with you on not importing Mexicans. But applying yourself to actually working at whatever jobs you do have and learning to work with money you do have coming in goes a long way to simple personal satisfaction.

    • Replies: @Kyle McKenna
    @AM

    Sorry but that comes off more than a little sanctimonious. From my own relatively high-and-dry position related to the building trades I was nonetheless quite able to see the latino immigrants taking white males' jobs one by one. They were decent jobs too.

    But the pay went down every year (and not incidentally, so did the quality of construction) until finally it was impossible to stay and keep a roof over your family's heads. I'll never forget the haunted looks in the eyes of the last white guys...who had to learn Spanish to keep their own jobs--before getting laid off anyway.

    If you spoke to the contractors, they'd simply tell you that to bid and win jobs they had to compete with lower labor costs. Which was true enough, and so it became a race to the bottom. We had latino families living 25 people to a house in one of America's wealthiest counties, and the county resolutely refused to enforce the occupancy code against immigrants.

    All of this and more is why change has to come from the top, and why justifiably frustrated Americans would vote for a crazy man for president, simply because he promised to do one critical thing. It would be really great if he actually does it....

    Replies: @AM, @Achmed E. Newman

    , @anarchyst
    @AM

    A good example of communism is the situation that exists in Cuba today.
    Although the U S government demands that American companies (hotels, etc.) in Cuba pay a "prevailing wage", (approximately $9.85 per hour), the hotel worker only sees about $25.00 PER MONTH.
    Castro's "communist paradise" government gets the rest.
    THAT is communism at work, in a nutshell.

  61. During the same period in the US there were trade unions, and us workers were protected from foreign competition, both in terms of trade and immigration. But the cars were crummy, or Japanese. There were also monopolies like Boeing before Airbus was created. ATT and others. Mexico in the 60s and 70s was an economic basket case and was not a source of competition. Today the only good working class type jobs are with the government, maybe some protected trades.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @george

    There was a lot more aircraft competition before Airbus. In the US, you had Douglas and Lockheed. In England there was de Havilland, Bristol and Vickers and in France you had Sud Aviation and Dassault.

    , @anarchyst
    @george

    The "fit and finish" of Japanese cars was far superior to "American iron" of the day, BUT, the "fly in the ointment" is, while Japanese cars were far superior as far as quality and fit and finish was concerned, they rusted out FASTER than American cars. Add to that, Japanese cars required more frequent maintenance, due to their tighter tolerances. You could take an American car with oil that hadn't been changed in years, the transmission fluid like black water, and the damn thing would still run. Not so for Japanese cars.
    Japan actually forced American automakers into looking into "quality control"--something the American auto manufacturers neglected, along with the advice given by W. Edward Deming, who the Japanese embraced to their benefit.

    Replies: @Kyle McKenna

  62. @Buzz Mohawk

    ...Eastern women had twice as many orgasms...
     
    And they can do math too.

    That's just who they are. :)

    Actually, a case could be made that it is not because of their work, career or fiscal situation. Rather, it is because they are still women, free from western assumptions that they need to experience everything the same way men do.

    Nothing is more remarkable to an American man than an Eastern European woman who can do calculus in the daytime and then come home and be a real woman (and love being one!).

    Replies: @utu, @AM

    Rather, it is because they are still women, free from western assumptions that they need to experience everything the same way men do.

    Communism assumes that women want and are naturally as physically about sex as men. IRL, women tend to see sex as romantic love and the more partners a woman has, the less likely she is to be a stable wife and mother.

    Monogamy is hard on the men and easy on the women. Communism disrupts everything about stable social order and one of the first orders of business is to make women pathetic copies of men.

    Nothing is more remarkable to an American man than an Eastern European woman who can do calculus in the daytime and then come home and be a real woman (and love being one!).

    Umm..they don’t exist. This like the thing in porn where lesbians are beautiful thin blonds and in real life are massively overweight butch types. Eastern European women were pumped with steroids in order to win Olympics back in the day.

    As usual, the sex stuff in lefties is far more fantasy than reality.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    @AM



    "Nothing is more remarkable to an American man than an Eastern European woman who can do calculus in the daytime and then come home and be a real woman (and love being one!)."
     
    Umm..they don’t exist.
     
    Umm...yes they do. I'm married to one.

    Oh, and with regard to your lesbian stereotype: I knew at least a couple of beautiful ones years ago. They do (or did) exist. One of them, a slim, blonde actress in local theater, had an uncanny ability to pick up pretty college girls at bars. I watched her do it one time.

    But I agree that stereotypes usually do represent the average truths that most people have experienced over time. No argument there.

    Replies: @AM

  63. @narrenspeise
    Sex is one thing but in any case it is true that in a number of respects, there was less pressure on people in Eastern Europe under communism. If you happened to have decent housing and could do without Western luxuries, you could have a reasonably pleasant life. I would think that life might have been easier for a married couple of shop clerks in East Germany than in the US today. This is not to endorse or defend communism, but just seeing things as they are resp. were.

    Replies: @AM, @biz, @Peter Akuleyev

    I would think that life might have been easier for a married couple of shop clerks in East Germany than in the US today. This is not to endorse or defend communism, but just seeing things as they are resp. were.

    Yeah, life was so much better that communist countries literally walled in and pointed guns at their people to keep them from going anywhere else. I remember the Berlin wall coming down. It wasn’t put up because shop clerks in East Germany were really content with their lives.

  64. @TBA
    Maybe this is relevant:

    I read sometime in the 90's about how old gender roles had been preserved in East Germany as opposed to West. The East German husband demanded that his wife kept house and waited on him, and was still loved in spite of this.

    Replies: @AM, @27 year old, @Ris_Eruwaedhiel

    . The East German husband demanded that his wife kept house and waited on him, and was still loved in spite of this.

    It would be very helpful if we started to imagine that people are feeding us lies about relationships between the sexes pre-1960s. My grandparents had relatively rigid sex roles and it was absolutely nothing like this.

    Men are not in position to oppress women en masse, precisely because they need women (and women need men). Women have a great deal of agency. If a society is dysfunctional and oppressive, it is because the women within it are also enforcing some level of dysfunction.

  65. @inertial
    @AM

    Abortion the main tool of contraception used almost entirely by married women. Why was it the main tool? Due to the very same Puritanism. There was no Pill. Condoms existed but no one talked about them ever and the word itself was taboo. (To this day it's a curse word in Russian.) So people used naive folk remedies that didn't work. Or, most often, nothing at all.

    Incidentally, the average marriage age for women was quite young. My mother was considered almost an old maid because she married at 24. And nearly all women were married. An unmarried woman was an object of much gossip and pressure (man too, to a lesser degree.)

    Remember that, in the Soviet culture, there was no concept of minding your business. Your business was everyone else's business. E.g., if you cheated on your wife it would get reported to your place of work. Your coworkers would gather an all-hands meeting where each of them would condemn you in turn. This was encouraged by the government but by no means driven by it.

    Replies: @AM

    Abortion the main tool of contraception used almost entirely by married women.

    And? Back in the medieval era, if a man in power wanted to have an affair with a woman, he made sure she was married, to give cover for any children it might produce. A cuckold described a man willing to be in such a situation of having his wife used in that way.

    There was no Pill. Condoms existed but no one talked about them ever and the word itself was taboo. (To this day it’s a curse word in Russian.)

    It’s funny how we’re so open and “advanced” on the subject, but we still can’t seem to get rid of our addiction to abortion either.

    Incidentally, the average marriage age for women was quite young.

    What you’re describing is historically quite normal ages for marriage. We’re marrying way too late right now, which is yet another parallel with the end of Rome.

    • Agree: Thea
  66. @Anon
    @AM

    They're so sex obsessed because they aren't getting any. Being married means you automatically have an available sexual partner. Being an unmarried lefty male means you're chasing after a neurotic, self-centered woman whose constant screechy demands about equality and general bad temper tends to kill your male libido.

    The liberal women are annoyed because the only people who might want them are cowed liberal males--who make lousy lovers--or lower-caste blacks and Hispanics who have no particular liking or respect for those very same women, and who are only interested in exploiting the money and higher social position of those women.

    Replies: @Kyle McKenna, @YetAnotherAnon

    Being married means you automatically have an available sexual partner.

    Let me guess–been a while since you got married, hoss?

    • Replies: @Hunsdon
    @Kyle McKenna

    He's never heard the joke, "I've been married about twenty years now, so I'm basically celibate."

  67. @Neoconned
    @whorefinder

    Call it what you want the article made a good point - there's a good reason theres nostalgia for the Soviet era.

    Once you got rid of the Stalinites and the other homicidal goons the communism of the 60s-90s wasnt that bad. Personally i prefer it to this service sector bullshit we have now.

    I work three jobs in the service industry. I'm lucky to live with relatives. If i didnt i wouldnt be able to afford ANYTHING but rent and utilities.....and that would be WITH roommates in some cruddy duddy apt....

    Sure you would have food shortages of luxury items but most late era Soviets rarely starved.

    I've worked in grocery stores & restaurants since i was 16. A lot of the excess food we have gets thrown out anyway.

    So even if there were shortages big deal the basics were provided.

    It wasn't high end but decent enough health care and dental care were free or close to free. Compare that to our overpriced health care system where entire cadres of medical school grads are coming out & going into lifestyle specialities like cosmetic surgery (not the type that helps ppl) to help pimply old women burn thru their 401ks pretending they're still 35....

    Your apartment was nothing to be shown off or admired but it beat a lot of the lower end projects & trailer parks you see in the USA. And so long as you were apolitical it was pretty much guaranteed.

    Occasionally a car would be guaranteed depending on the nation.

    But most importantly your JOB was guaranteed.

    And if it wasn't around they'd send you off to learn another trade. No outsourcing, no unskilled foreign scabs stealing your fucking living. I was talking yesterday with my coworker. He works fast food with me at my night job because Mexicans took ALL the fuckin roofing work.

    His wages fell from $20/hr to $11/hr before he finally moved on to another industry.

    Fuck that shit.

    America isn't a free country anyway. Every been pulled over? Ever change your habits & whete you hang out to avoid other ppl?

    Without money you can't enjoy any of the freedoms we have here anyway...

    Hell its like i live in the Soviet union now. Going to the dive bar at the shitty overpriced Mexican restaurant here in town is now a once every month and a half luxury. And all i drink is a pitcher of watered down Modelo and a few four buck margaritas on MARGARITA night when they're thirty percent off....this is down in the Bible Belt region too.

    Shit if the communists came along and promised to jettison the SW back to Mexico and then deport every single Mexican in the other states back to the SW and then promised me a guaranteed job, passable health care, a guaranteed apartment and no more fucking outsourcing and the aboloshment of student loans and debt and Wall St id vote for them in a heartbeat. Hell at least they'd shutter the border, get rid of the foreign scabs and welfare fraudsters and guarantee my livelihood. Thats a trade off a LOT OF PEOPLE would be happy to accept.

    Especially those of us paying a student loan note instead of a mortgage or luxury car note....

    Replies: @AM, @Kyle McKenna, @27 year old, @DaveA, @whorefinder, @Achmed E. Newman, @Jack D, @Johann Ricke, @Johann Ricke

    Granted your prose is a tad overwrought, but you’re way too smart to be working crappy jobs like retail and restaurants. That’d make anyone with your brains furious after awhile.

    But I’m glad you’re angry. You’ve seen behind the curtain a bit and don’t like what you see. I wish there were more young people like you frankly.

    • Replies: @AM
    @Kyle McKenna


    But I’m glad you’re angry. You’ve seen behind the curtain a bit and don’t like what you see. I wish there were more young people like you frankly.
     
    You want them to all wish we were communists so they didn't have deal with the struggles of their lives? We have plenty of open borders SJWs who have the same notion in their heads - the Bernie Bros.

    I keep wondering, if in the end, we're going to end up going through the same communist cultural ringer Russia did, even as we won the cold war.
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    @Kyle McKenna


    But I’m glad you’re angry. You’ve seen behind the curtain a bit and don’t like what you see. I wish there were more young people like you frankly.
     
    Huh? I wish there were a whole lot fewer. The only reason I didn't write back to Neoconned is due to my blood pressure. He is the embodiement to the phrase "History repeats itself" (OK, or rhymes.). If people aren't going to learn from the hardships. of billions of people under Communist rule for 3 generations here, 4 generations there and a current example, then history will do what it's gonna do.

    It's not like you are a young man, Neoconned. You mentioned the black-market blue jeans which goes back to the mid-1980's and earlier. Your post read like you were around then and aware, so you must be in your 40's. Have you not learned any history? How about current events? Venezuala was the pride of S. America back in the 1980's (possibly earlier). Why don't you take a trip down there, Neoconned, and see what you think of the Communist lifestyle? Bring your tablet with all your rat and cat recipes, and just put your firearm in checked baggage (locked) - don't come unarmed if you know what's good for you.

    Thank you very much, AM, for all your replies to this moron! Make sure you check your blood pressure this afternoon, though. I could not get that far as you without the Systolic going high enough to bust the cuff apart.

    One more thing, Neoconned - your name makes it sound like you are against the neocons - you've got a good point there. If you would read more, however, you'd realize that the problems that make your, and lots of young men's, lives miserable are due to the Big Government, the cntrl-left/neocons/commies infiltration into all American institutions (Gov/Univ./Press/etc) over the last 50 or more years. Don't blame your problems on Capitalism, as we haven't seen real capitalism in most industries in years and years. Your nostalgia for Communism is complete and utter bullshit.
  68. @AM
    @Neoconned


    Once you got rid of the Stalinites and the other homicidal goons the communism of the 60s-90s wasnt that bad.
     
    You can't have Communism without homicidal goons. It's just part of the territory. There is no "better" Communism. It all comes with murderous asshats. And yes, the 60s-90s Communism was pretty bad. I remember growing up in sheltered VT knowing that if you wanted to make money in Russia, you packed your suitcase with jeans because they were sellers on the black market.

    But most importantly your JOB was guaranteed.
     
    What was not guaranteed, however, was the ability to buy stuff with whatever random amount of money they handed you. Given the "woe is me" nature of your post, it's highly unlikely you'd be willing to work properly at a job that you were guaranteed. Thus the reason everyone sits around in communist countries and it generally sucks and falls apart within 5 generations.


    Without money you can’t enjoy any of the freedoms we have here anyway…
     
    Money doesn't buy you freedom, or love, or happiness. I'm there with you on not importing Mexicans. But applying yourself to actually working at whatever jobs you do have and learning to work with money you do have coming in goes a long way to simple personal satisfaction.

    Replies: @Kyle McKenna, @anarchyst

    Sorry but that comes off more than a little sanctimonious. From my own relatively high-and-dry position related to the building trades I was nonetheless quite able to see the latino immigrants taking white males’ jobs one by one. They were decent jobs too.

    But the pay went down every year (and not incidentally, so did the quality of construction) until finally it was impossible to stay and keep a roof over your family’s heads. I’ll never forget the haunted looks in the eyes of the last white guys…who had to learn Spanish to keep their own jobs–before getting laid off anyway.

    If you spoke to the contractors, they’d simply tell you that to bid and win jobs they had to compete with lower labor costs. Which was true enough, and so it became a race to the bottom. We had latino families living 25 people to a house in one of America’s wealthiest counties, and the county resolutely refused to enforce the occupancy code against immigrants.

    All of this and more is why change has to come from the top, and why justifiably frustrated Americans would vote for a crazy man for president, simply because he promised to do one critical thing. It would be really great if he actually does it….

    • Agree: Hunsdon
    • Replies: @AM
    @Kyle McKenna


    From my own relatively high-and-dry position related to the building trades I was nonetheless quite able to see the latino immigrants taking white males’ jobs one by one.
     
    I agree that we should be not importing Mexicans. (It's there in the post. :) )

    The issue is with his attitude that if we close the borders (and we should), his life is still gonna suck. He may even be correct in the idea he has raw deal. But the only way to over come it is to eat that slice of humble pie and work and live frugally. Wishing we were communists doesn't solve anyone's problems.

    , @Achmed E. Newman
    @Kyle McKenna

    I agree with you almost completely here, but I don't think you'll find anyone close to an open-borders type on this part of unz (or in most parts of America, for that matter, that haven't already been taken over).

    However, I don't agree that change will come from the top. You are right that we voted for a slightly-off-kilter type, though nothing really wrong with that, to do ONE CRITICAL THING. Yes. I don't want to get in an off-the-subject Trump discussion. Things are only going to change from the bottom up - you can see how many people in governments do their best to block any changes in the right direction at the top, and how even Trump has let himself get steered, bullied, threatened or whatever to keep headed in the wrong direction, particularly within the realm of foreign policy.

    Charlottesville is an example of things changing from the bottom. This isn't about the violence, per se, but just that once a lot of us get involved. a) they can't put everyone in jail, b) people on our side are the ones that get the work done - AI, robots can do work, but without the smart talented people, things will not work anymore for anyone. The elites will figure this out. c) They can't fire everyone either i.e. were there 5,000 programmers standing up for James the Google-guy (I don't want to read anymore about it really) standing up, they couldn't all be fired. These (a and c) things are insights that we, the conservatives, could learn from the 1960's radicals, as opposed to their idiotic and society-ruining political views.

    Anyway there are 3 orders of magnitude more people at the bottom than the top. It's easier to say "I voted", "I wrote some letters and we gummed up the congressional switchboards, yea!" or even "I blog about this stuff". I think that's all worth doing, but putting our hopes in one man inside a million-acre swamp, with 1000's of remote-site swamps is not enough.

  69. “All she does is work and work,” Ms. Durcheva told me in 2013, “and when she comes home at night she is too tired to be with her husband.”

    In other words, during the Communist Good Old Days, as the joke went, “They pretend to pay us and we pretend to work.”

    Come on, Steve. This is a legitimate complaint. Women working several jobs and having to do housework and take care of children is a shit deal imposed on all of us by modern life. Women unfairly blame their husbands because women don’t think in terms of systems and processes, but their complaints are valid. If anyone is too tired to have a libido, that is a sign something is wrong with their life.

  70. @Jack D
    @AM

    In the early days, Communism set about to radically restructure society including relationships between the sexes - you can imagine that some lefty types were into "free love" as they still are today.

    But Stalin was very prudish and people were expected to maintain traditional family structures as they still are today in Communist China and N. Korea. This is not to say that everyone was perfectly monogamous but that was what officially expected (and in a society where going against official expectation could cost you dearly).

    Abortion was a separate issue because they basically used it as birth control.

    Replies: @Dan Hayes, @inertial, @utu, @AM, @Hunsdon, @Ris_Eruwaedhiel

    Lenin was no libertine either. The famous old line about making love should be like drinking from a glass of water provoked his response that he didn’t want to drink from a communal cup. (Very loosely, I’m still on my first cup of coffee.) In fairness, I think a lot of the Old Bolsheviks held different views.

    Do you know where in Kazakhstan your mother was deported to? I love Kazakhstan, but it can be a hard, hard place.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Hunsdon

    The nearest city was Kostanay but it was not near. So this was northern Kazakhstan right on the border with Russia. The nearest Russian city would have been Chelyabinsk.

    She was housed in the home of a widow. Her husband had been assigned to pasture some horses. Once of the horses ran off into the steppes so he was accused of being a wrecker and was executed.

    Replies: @Hunsdon

  71. @AM
    @Jack D


    In the early days, Communism set about to radically restructure society including relationships between the sexes – you can imagine that some lefty types were into “free love” as they still are today.
     
    Yes, exactly. When you find communists, you find free love types, every single time. I can pull up the histories, but hard core lefties then and now seem determined to have as much sex as they want. It's just part of the package.

    But Stalin was very prudish and people were expected to maintain traditional family structures as they still are today in Communist China and N. Korea.

     

    Umm..why exactly? On what basis? Asian societies seem to be naturally conservative - Confucius in China still applies even under Communism. I'm still waiting to hear why an atheist dictator who slaughtered millions of Russians would be prudish at any level. I would rather believe that Russia's society than Stalin would be prudish and with good reason.

    Abortion was a separate issue because they basically used it as birth control.
     
    Not really. Abortion is way to cover for sexual promiscuity, which was kinda my point. :)

    Replies: @Hunsdon

    By your definition Lenin and Stalin weren’t real communists then. Arguably, Stalin wasn’t a communist at all, he was a Stalinist. An awful lot of the social experiments that the Old Bolshies pushed through got cut down tout de suite when Uncle Joe started the purges.

    • Replies: @AM
    @Hunsdon


    By your definition Lenin and Stalin weren’t real communists then. Arguably, Stalin wasn’t a communist at all, he was a Stalinist.
     
    No, not at all. I'm pointing out that restraint against sexual activity requires the concept God at some level.

    Atheists are oddly inconsistent if they are insistent there's something wrong with sleeping around. After all it's just an expression of humanity and it's urges right? As long as it serves Stalin, what's a little hanky panky on the side? It's just a blob of tissue that can be gotten rid of if inconvenient.

    If Russian society had any of it's sexual morality in tact, it would have come from the people themselves.
  72. @Kyle McKenna
    @Anon


    Being married means you automatically have an available sexual partner.
     
    Let me guess--been a while since you got married, hoss?

    Replies: @Hunsdon

    He’s never heard the joke, “I’ve been married about twenty years now, so I’m basically celibate.”

  73. Anonymous [AKA "Dr.Faust"] says:
    @utu
    @Jack D

    that broadcast propaganda non-stop

    There are some post-Soviet commenters here at unz.com who refer to this system as cable radio. Which sound kind of advanced. But it was just a speaker.


    http://kommunalka.colgate.edu/cfm/essays.cfm?ClipID=340
    From the middle of the 1960s on, all new construction included the obligatory radio cable running into every apartment. The wire ended with an outlet into which it was possible to plug headphones or a radio speaker. In the last decades of the Soviet regime, there was not only one but three channels; in order to choose between the three available programs, one needed to hook up a special three-channel speaker
     
    .

    Replies: @Anonymous

    And that’s different from broadcast TV in the US how? In the number of pixels?

    The best part to me in “Other peoples’ lives” movie was when after the fall the next scene jumps a few months in the future and everything is already covered with graffiti. Just a tiny portent of things to come…

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Anonymous

    The ones that they had indoors, they had a volume knob so that you could turn it down somewhat but not completely off. The ones outdoors you could not hide from at all.

    For some reason Americans have this compulsion to think that things are just as bad in modern America as anywhere at any time (or vice versa that everyone is just like Americans). This is a real failure of imagination. Stalinist Russia was incomparably shittier than modern America - you might as well have been on a different planet or in Hell. The kid who went to N. Korea and took a poster as a prank and now he's dead - he must have thought the way you did. You are lucky that you will probably never have to pay personally for thinking in this stupid way.

  74. @PiltdownMan
    Slightly OT:

    Wonders will never cease. Frank Bruni wrote a column today in the New York Times about how being white doesn't automatically invalidate a white person's opinions.

    I’m a White Man. Hear Me Out.

    Even more amazing, this comment, asserting that white "privilege" is earned, because the modern world and America are the creation of white men, is a Times pick!


    JimInNashville Nashville 12 hours ago

    I was with Bruni right up to the point where he said (of "white" men), "Our advantage as a class is real and unearned."

    Wrong.

    Is the "advantage" of black male basketball players, as a class, "real and unearned"? Of course not.

    Most of the technological developments on which our modern society is based were invented by white males. You don't like "cultural appropriation"? Then throw away your cell phone, turn off your air conditioner, throw away your iPad, stop using antibiotics.

    In 1900, countless women died in childbirth. Not so now. Why? Because those patriarchal white males developed a medical technology that is the envy of the world.

    White males founded America, a nation that is the envy of the world. Unlike Japan, the dominant race here allows other races to vote.

    My relatives have been scientists, doctors, editors of major newspapers, university professors.

    The notion of unearned white privilege is a hoax, designed to disenfranchise white people from rewards they have rightfully earned. It is high time we started firing angry answers back at the dimwitted humanities professors and affirmative action "studies" morons who are perpetrating the hoax.


     

    Replies: @res, @Almost Missouri, @Lagertha

    Trump Effect?

  75. @Daniel H
    @AM

    I recall reading somewhere that under Communism Romanian women had, on average, 6 abortions during their lives. Was it a problem of the lack readily available contraception or was it maybe an expression of contempt for the society that Nicolai Ceausescu and his Commie cronies created?

    Replies: @Herzog, @StillCARealist, @Njguy73

    I remember reading a piece by Herta Mueller, a Nobel laureate of literature (undeserving: she was only an okay, mediocre author) from the German minority in Romania, about how awful people’s romantic and erotic lives were under Ceaucescu. The general sordidness of the situation, everybody potentially spying on everybody, the stress and poverty of daily lives all contributed to it, Mueller wrote. Mindless, cold fucking was all one could normally expect to find.

  76. @Dave Pinsen
    Matt Taibbi wrote about being single in Russia after the fall of Communism. He said there wasn't the stress of having to convince women that you were successful or headed for success, because they had no expectations of that.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @Jack Hanson, @27 year old

    13 year olds in America don’t care if you are successful either…

  77. @TBA
    Maybe this is relevant:

    I read sometime in the 90's about how old gender roles had been preserved in East Germany as opposed to West. The East German husband demanded that his wife kept house and waited on him, and was still loved in spite of this.

    Replies: @AM, @27 year old, @Ris_Eruwaedhiel

    >East German husband demanded that his wife kept house and waited on him, and was still loved in spite of this.

    because of this

  78. @Anon
    @AM

    They're so sex obsessed because they aren't getting any. Being married means you automatically have an available sexual partner. Being an unmarried lefty male means you're chasing after a neurotic, self-centered woman whose constant screechy demands about equality and general bad temper tends to kill your male libido.

    The liberal women are annoyed because the only people who might want them are cowed liberal males--who make lousy lovers--or lower-caste blacks and Hispanics who have no particular liking or respect for those very same women, and who are only interested in exploiting the money and higher social position of those women.

    Replies: @Kyle McKenna, @YetAnotherAnon

    “Being married means you automatically have an available sexual partner. “

    The reddit deadbedrooms forum says otherwise when it comes to availability. Hotten’s Dictionary of Modern Slang, Cant and Vulgar Words, 1859, defined ‘butcher’s dog’ this way:

    “To be like a butcher’s dog, that is, lie by the beef without touching it; a simile often applicable to married men.”

    So the dead bedroom has history.

  79. @Anon
    Communism was decent bulwark against open borders, degeneracy of homo kind, bitch-feminism, globalism, narcissism, youth nastiness, and etc.

    Culturally, it was humanist.

    Communist 'feminism' was broad and general. Basic rights for all. It was never anti-male.

    Communism was too repressive and stifling and had to go, but when I look at former Eastern Bloc nations, I wish all of Europe had been taken over by Soviets. Europe would be all white and culturally more conservative and patriotic.

    Replies: @John Derbyshire

  80. @oddsbodkins
    @Jack D

    A practice somewhat similar to how American Jewish teenagers are encouraged to get pregnant by IDF soldiers on birthright trips:

    http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/books/36283/breeding-zionism

    Replies: @Jack D

    Uh, in case you haven’t noticed, sex and pregnancy have become distinct things since the invention of the Pill. The article doesn’t mention pregnancy, I’ve never heard of a Birthright pregnancy. I WISH those girls were getting pregnant, but no, they are going to wait until after they finish grad school and push out 1 kid after they get fertility treatments at 38.

    • Replies: @AM
    @Jack D


    Uh, in case you haven’t noticed, sex and pregnancy have become distinct things since the invention of the Pill.
     
    Umm...no they haven't. Sex is still required for pregnancy the last I knew. And people were capable of managing family size well before the pill.

    What the Pill has changed is making everyone expect that sex has no consequences whatsoever. Thus the pressure on women to offer sex well before marriage, acceptance of hookup culture, and the reliance on abortions to clean up any now completely unacceptable pregnancies is what the Pill has brought to modern sexual life.
  81. @Hunsdon
    @Jack D

    Lenin was no libertine either. The famous old line about making love should be like drinking from a glass of water provoked his response that he didn't want to drink from a communal cup. (Very loosely, I'm still on my first cup of coffee.) In fairness, I think a lot of the Old Bolsheviks held different views.

    Do you know where in Kazakhstan your mother was deported to? I love Kazakhstan, but it can be a hard, hard place.

    Replies: @Jack D

    The nearest city was Kostanay but it was not near. So this was northern Kazakhstan right on the border with Russia. The nearest Russian city would have been Chelyabinsk.

    She was housed in the home of a widow. Her husband had been assigned to pasture some horses. Once of the horses ran off into the steppes so he was accused of being a wrecker and was executed.

    • Replies: @Hunsdon
    @Jack D

    About the furthest north I got (except for a couple of quick trips to Astana) was a little town called Temirtau, about an hour north of Karaganda. We were doing some work with a cement plant that got loaded on a train in '45 and shipped to Kazakhstan. The equipment there was built by Krupp. Hella cold in the winter.

    Replies: @Jack D

  82. @Kyle McKenna
    @AM

    Sorry but that comes off more than a little sanctimonious. From my own relatively high-and-dry position related to the building trades I was nonetheless quite able to see the latino immigrants taking white males' jobs one by one. They were decent jobs too.

    But the pay went down every year (and not incidentally, so did the quality of construction) until finally it was impossible to stay and keep a roof over your family's heads. I'll never forget the haunted looks in the eyes of the last white guys...who had to learn Spanish to keep their own jobs--before getting laid off anyway.

    If you spoke to the contractors, they'd simply tell you that to bid and win jobs they had to compete with lower labor costs. Which was true enough, and so it became a race to the bottom. We had latino families living 25 people to a house in one of America's wealthiest counties, and the county resolutely refused to enforce the occupancy code against immigrants.

    All of this and more is why change has to come from the top, and why justifiably frustrated Americans would vote for a crazy man for president, simply because he promised to do one critical thing. It would be really great if he actually does it....

    Replies: @AM, @Achmed E. Newman

    From my own relatively high-and-dry position related to the building trades I was nonetheless quite able to see the latino immigrants taking white males’ jobs one by one.

    I agree that we should be not importing Mexicans. (It’s there in the post. 🙂 )

    The issue is with his attitude that if we close the borders (and we should), his life is still gonna suck. He may even be correct in the idea he has raw deal. But the only way to over come it is to eat that slice of humble pie and work and live frugally. Wishing we were communists doesn’t solve anyone’s problems.

  83. @Hunsdon
    @AM

    By your definition Lenin and Stalin weren't real communists then. Arguably, Stalin wasn't a communist at all, he was a Stalinist. An awful lot of the social experiments that the Old Bolshies pushed through got cut down tout de suite when Uncle Joe started the purges.

    Replies: @AM

    By your definition Lenin and Stalin weren’t real communists then. Arguably, Stalin wasn’t a communist at all, he was a Stalinist.

    No, not at all. I’m pointing out that restraint against sexual activity requires the concept God at some level.

    Atheists are oddly inconsistent if they are insistent there’s something wrong with sleeping around. After all it’s just an expression of humanity and it’s urges right? As long as it serves Stalin, what’s a little hanky panky on the side? It’s just a blob of tissue that can be gotten rid of if inconvenient.

    If Russian society had any of it’s sexual morality in tact, it would have come from the people themselves.

  84. @Jack D
    @oddsbodkins

    Uh, in case you haven't noticed, sex and pregnancy have become distinct things since the invention of the Pill. The article doesn't mention pregnancy, I've never heard of a Birthright pregnancy. I WISH those girls were getting pregnant, but no, they are going to wait until after they finish grad school and push out 1 kid after they get fertility treatments at 38.

    Replies: @AM

    Uh, in case you haven’t noticed, sex and pregnancy have become distinct things since the invention of the Pill.

    Umm…no they haven’t. Sex is still required for pregnancy the last I knew. And people were capable of managing family size well before the pill.

    What the Pill has changed is making everyone expect that sex has no consequences whatsoever. Thus the pressure on women to offer sex well before marriage, acceptance of hookup culture, and the reliance on abortions to clean up any now completely unacceptable pregnancies is what the Pill has brought to modern sexual life.

  85. @Kyle McKenna
    @Neoconned

    Granted your prose is a tad overwrought, but you're way too smart to be working crappy jobs like retail and restaurants. That'd make anyone with your brains furious after awhile.

    But I'm glad you're angry. You've seen behind the curtain a bit and don't like what you see. I wish there were more young people like you frankly.

    Replies: @AM, @Achmed E. Newman

    But I’m glad you’re angry. You’ve seen behind the curtain a bit and don’t like what you see. I wish there were more young people like you frankly.

    You want them to all wish we were communists so they didn’t have deal with the struggles of their lives? We have plenty of open borders SJWs who have the same notion in their heads – the Bernie Bros.

    I keep wondering, if in the end, we’re going to end up going through the same communist cultural ringer Russia did, even as we won the cold war.

  86. @Jack D
    @Hunsdon

    The nearest city was Kostanay but it was not near. So this was northern Kazakhstan right on the border with Russia. The nearest Russian city would have been Chelyabinsk.

    She was housed in the home of a widow. Her husband had been assigned to pasture some horses. Once of the horses ran off into the steppes so he was accused of being a wrecker and was executed.

    Replies: @Hunsdon

    About the furthest north I got (except for a couple of quick trips to Astana) was a little town called Temirtau, about an hour north of Karaganda. We were doing some work with a cement plant that got loaded on a train in ’45 and shipped to Kazakhstan. The equipment there was built by Krupp. Hella cold in the winter.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Hunsdon

    Kostanay is yet further north. My mother said that in the winter they'd exit thru the 2nd story windows because the snow would cover the whole 1st floor level. Probably the climate is similar to Saskatchewan - like N. Dakota except even colder.

  87. @whorefinder
    @inertial

    While there was a veneer, we can't forget that the post-WW2 Soviet Union was absolutely bereft of men. As Steve has alluded to in other posts, the Soviet Union, not the Allies, was the #1 reason Hitler was defeated, at enormous cost in terms of manpower (look up Stalingrad's losses for a microcosm). The result was that returning men could literally have two or three mistresses each even if they had even a modicum of power or prestige (Beria's legendary pickups were a lot more wanted than we know).

    The official Soviet line was sexual equality and that beauty didn't matter. But unofficially, the hottest women either became part of a Big Man's rotation or, if more fallen, one of the Russian spy system's honeypots (hence all those James Bond plots about Russian minxes). That abortion and socialism should accelerate this hypergamy is not a surprise to modern men who read Manosphere/game blogs.

    Replies: @inertial

    True enough about post-war sex ratios. Women had to work hard to get a man, any man. This might mean attaching yourself to a man when he is young and less valuable yet, like in high school. Treat him very, very well – but strictly no sex. Teen sex happened but it was highly unusual and not expected in a relationship. When it did happen it was kept secret. Typically though, high school sweethearts just waited until graduation and then got married.

    The rest of your comment is based on such documentary evidence as James Bond movies, so there is no point addressing it.

    • Replies: @whorefinder
    @inertial

    Actually, I'm basing it solid truth---the KGB was known, especially in WW2, to employ some of the best "honeypots", which were used on both the Germans and on the Allies to keep Stalin and co. abreast of the situation. And on the novels, which, despite a lot of exaggeration, were based on Fleming's research into the area. And pretty common sense: more women than men are going to make a lot more women available to do some dirty work; wartime and hardtimes are pretty renown for bringing an awful lot of women low to prostitution.

    Look, take it another way: these days, the big spying is going on against Islamic nations, and yet we're not seeing any stereotypes pop up about Muslim sex kittens bamboozling Western spies. In short, there's the dog that didn't bark. If it were just an empty stereotype, we'd be applying it to Muslims the same way we did to Soviet ones. We're not, which tells you there's a difference.

  88. @george
    During the same period in the US there were trade unions, and us workers were protected from foreign competition, both in terms of trade and immigration. But the cars were crummy, or Japanese. There were also monopolies like Boeing before Airbus was created. ATT and others. Mexico in the 60s and 70s was an economic basket case and was not a source of competition. Today the only good working class type jobs are with the government, maybe some protected trades.

    Replies: @Jack D, @anarchyst

    There was a lot more aircraft competition before Airbus. In the US, you had Douglas and Lockheed. In England there was de Havilland, Bristol and Vickers and in France you had Sud Aviation and Dassault.

  89. @Jack D
    @inertial

    No it isn't. My mother was deported to a collective farm in the middle of Kazakhstan (kept her far away from the Germans and saved her life, though at the time it seemed horrible - it WAS horrible, but the alternative was even worse). Even though this place was absolutely in the middle of nowhere, they had loudspeakers horns set up on poles that broadcast propaganda non-stop (think of the loadspeakers in M.A.S.H.)

    See also:

    https://books.google.com/books?id=fG1XlPHujfgC&pg=PA185&lpg=PA185&dq=loudspeakers+collective+farms&source=bl&ots=bydWysk7ts&sig=VRXUe8AQ9IRA-3Lv8kIMwexPADM&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiygaut29XVAhUC6mMKHSGgB6MQ6AEINDAC#v=onepage&q=loudspeakers%20collective%20farms&f=false

    There were place w/ no electric lights but they had propaganda broadcasts.

    I also seem to remember some really old hotels in the West where there was a speaker in wall by the bedside that would play music - you could turn it on or off but there was no way to change the station. The past is a different country.

    Replies: @Kyle McKenna, @utu, @inertial

    In the middle of nowhere in the 1930s, sure. Eventually though, even these places got real radios and then TV.

    Incidentally, unlike American radios that only have AM and FM, Soviet radios came with short waves as a standard feature. This made it possible to broadcast Radio Liberty, Voice of America, BBC, etc. over the USSR. Doing the same in America would’ve been quite useless.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @inertial

    This would have been the '40s, during the war, but nothing changed until after the death of Stalin (mid '50s). Before that, getting caught w/ a short wave would have been a sure trip to the gulag. The whole point of wired radio was that they didn't trust the population to have real radios that could get foreign broadcasts but they did want to be able to pump propaganda at them. Wired radio was a perfect solution.

    Although normal cheap radios in the US had only AM (and then AM&FM) you could always buy short wave radios. I remember having one as a kid and listening to the BBC and even some of the E. Bloc stations (useless propaganda). Short wave is a pain in the ass - you have to keep changing frequencies and it works better at night.

  90. @Neoconned
    @whorefinder

    Call it what you want the article made a good point - there's a good reason theres nostalgia for the Soviet era.

    Once you got rid of the Stalinites and the other homicidal goons the communism of the 60s-90s wasnt that bad. Personally i prefer it to this service sector bullshit we have now.

    I work three jobs in the service industry. I'm lucky to live with relatives. If i didnt i wouldnt be able to afford ANYTHING but rent and utilities.....and that would be WITH roommates in some cruddy duddy apt....

    Sure you would have food shortages of luxury items but most late era Soviets rarely starved.

    I've worked in grocery stores & restaurants since i was 16. A lot of the excess food we have gets thrown out anyway.

    So even if there were shortages big deal the basics were provided.

    It wasn't high end but decent enough health care and dental care were free or close to free. Compare that to our overpriced health care system where entire cadres of medical school grads are coming out & going into lifestyle specialities like cosmetic surgery (not the type that helps ppl) to help pimply old women burn thru their 401ks pretending they're still 35....

    Your apartment was nothing to be shown off or admired but it beat a lot of the lower end projects & trailer parks you see in the USA. And so long as you were apolitical it was pretty much guaranteed.

    Occasionally a car would be guaranteed depending on the nation.

    But most importantly your JOB was guaranteed.

    And if it wasn't around they'd send you off to learn another trade. No outsourcing, no unskilled foreign scabs stealing your fucking living. I was talking yesterday with my coworker. He works fast food with me at my night job because Mexicans took ALL the fuckin roofing work.

    His wages fell from $20/hr to $11/hr before he finally moved on to another industry.

    Fuck that shit.

    America isn't a free country anyway. Every been pulled over? Ever change your habits & whete you hang out to avoid other ppl?

    Without money you can't enjoy any of the freedoms we have here anyway...

    Hell its like i live in the Soviet union now. Going to the dive bar at the shitty overpriced Mexican restaurant here in town is now a once every month and a half luxury. And all i drink is a pitcher of watered down Modelo and a few four buck margaritas on MARGARITA night when they're thirty percent off....this is down in the Bible Belt region too.

    Shit if the communists came along and promised to jettison the SW back to Mexico and then deport every single Mexican in the other states back to the SW and then promised me a guaranteed job, passable health care, a guaranteed apartment and no more fucking outsourcing and the aboloshment of student loans and debt and Wall St id vote for them in a heartbeat. Hell at least they'd shutter the border, get rid of the foreign scabs and welfare fraudsters and guarantee my livelihood. Thats a trade off a LOT OF PEOPLE would be happy to accept.

    Especially those of us paying a student loan note instead of a mortgage or luxury car note....

    Replies: @AM, @Kyle McKenna, @27 year old, @DaveA, @whorefinder, @Achmed E. Newman, @Jack D, @Johann Ricke, @Johann Ricke

    Shit if the communists came along and promised to jettison the SW back to Mexico and then deport every single Mexican in the other states back to the SW and then promised me a guaranteed job, passable health care, a guaranteed apartment and no more fucking outsourcing and the aboloshment of student loans and debt and Wall St id vote for them in a heartbeat. Hell at least they’d shutter the border, get rid of the foreign scabs and welfare fraudsters and guarantee my livelihood. Thats a trade off a LOT OF PEOPLE would be happy to accept.

    Agree.

  91. @DaveA
    A more accurate wording would be:

    "Strong, independent working women had sex on their own terms under socialism, until men were so demotivated that they no longer produced enough surplus value to subsidize these whores, and the matriarchy collapsed."

    Following the anti-family teachings of Engels, the Soviet Union abolished marriage in 1920. Hordes of peasant wives moved into the cities to join the informal harems of high-ranking party officials. Their husbands stopped working, and when threatened with death, said, "Go ahead and shoot me, without my wife I have nothing to live for." So the police rounded up the peasant wives and took them back to their husbands.

    Replies: @Opinionator

    Really?

  92. Yeah, life was so much better that communist countries literally walled in and pointed guns at their people to keep them from going anywhere else. I remember the Berlin wall coming down. It wasn’t put up because shop clerks in East Germany were really content with their lives.

    That is the number one thing to remember about the Communists, at a minimum, they imprisoned their entire populations when they weren’t slaughtering them.

    Why isn’t the NYT running articles on how the Nazis cared so much for pre-natal care or environmental concerns or smoking cessation, etc?

    And why are we not pursuing former Communists to the ends of the earth for their crimes as we have rightly done so for Nazis?

    • Agree: anarchyst, Johann Ricke
  93. Communists also harassed homosexuals and were not ashamed of it:

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

  94. @newrouter
    "“After my divorce, I had my job and my salary, and I didn’t need a man to support me. I could do as I pleased.”

    Ms. Durcheva was a single mother for many years, but she insisted that her life before 1989 was more gratifying than the stressful existence of her daughter, who was born in the late 1970s."


    The ghetto life style. How many abortions she had wasn't axed. The "Life of Julia" realized:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/obamas-julia-ad-and-the-new-hubby-state/2012/05/11/gIQAcRdoIU_story.html?utm_term=.355128d00fcf

    Replies: @Clyde, @anonguy, @Stebbing Heuer, @JamesG

    How many abortions she had wasn’t asked

    The Soviet Union had an absolutely phenomenal abortion rate IIRC.

  95. Possibly not off topic but this just in from ECRI which is normally safe for work reading unless you work at the Fed maybe, but still be careful out there:

    Womenomics Falls Short for Japan
    https://www.businesscycle.com/ecri-news-events/news-details/economic-cycle-research-ecri-lakshman-achuthan-womenomics-falls-short-for-japan

    Sadly, the long-term shift to non-regular work arrangements may actually exacerbate Japan’s demographic challenges. Such jobs carry a heavy stigma in Japanese society, making it much harder for male non-regular workers to get married. In fact, a 2014 study from Japan’s Cabinet Office showed that, over their lifetimes, the proportion of men who never married was much higher for non-regular employees than for other workers, and closer to those who were unemployed. Indeed, the rise in the share of poorly-paid men – making them far less likely to become fathers – is a demographic time bomb threatening the long-term future of an economy with already-dismal demographics.

    ECRI returns to their Phillips curve bashing, Search on phillips curve + fed for uninteresting reading.

    While there is now much talk about the record-low unemployment rate putting upward pressure on wages, blindly applying Phillips-curve logic ignores the underlying realities. Since the unemployment rate was driven down by more people taking non-regular jobs, the wage pressures are seen mostly in these jobs, which pay much less to begin with. Indeed, yoy wage growth for part-time workers has turned up (not shown). In contrast, wage growth for full-time workers, who are better paid and still account for the majority of employment, has slipped recently (not shown), offsetting the wage gains seen in lower-paying jobs.

  96. Decades ago I lived among the Canadian Inuit for a year. The generalization was that Inuit women (and men) were sex obsessed. As one person with experience in these things related, “Sex to them is like shaking hands.” But consider: What else are you going to do for pleasure and entertainment in an Inuit village in the Arctic in the middle of winter? Same, perhaps, for the “cultural winters” of life in the Soviet system.

    That aside, I notice a definite growing nostalgia for Communism and the Soviet system among the liberal Left, especially the women. This is not surprising since they did not personally experience either Communism or the Soviet system and they appear bereft of the horror stories from those who did.

    Yet, this liberal progression toward both economic and cultural Communism makes sense. The liberal Left has bought the Cultural Marxist dogma hook, line, and sinker as they seek to destroy marriage, the family, and Christianity. Their goal is to create the New Soviet Man and the New Soviet Woman of historical lore to populate their New World Order. Like most dystopians, they are of necessity authoritarians since the New World Order has to be imposed on the la résistance by force.

    The problem: Cultural Marxism cannot exist much less thrive in a democracy or a society with economic freedoms. Cultural Marxism is by definition one dimensional and revolutionary since it calls for the radical restructuring of society and human relationships. One needs the Dictatorship of the Proletariat (or whatever you want to call it) to enforce compliance. Les résistances needs to be ferreted out and destroyed whatever they are found in places, let’s say, like Charlottesville, Virginia.

    The bottom line is that Cultural Marxism inevitably leads to Economic Marxism (a.k.a. Communism) because Cultural Marxism cannot tolerate dissent. People who are economically and therefore politically independent constitute the biggest threats to their world-shattering agenda. Easy fix. The economy, legal system, and all other aspects of human activity will likewise become subordinate to their cultural agenda.

    Lenin and Stalin revisited …!

    • Replies: @Opinionator
    @TheJester

    Decades ago I lived among the Canadian Inuit for a year. The generalization was that Inuit women (and men) were sex obsessed.

    Who made the generalization? Was it accurate?

    , @Flip
    @TheJester

    Was paternal certainty not a big deal to them?

  97. @Daniel H
    @AM

    I recall reading somewhere that under Communism Romanian women had, on average, 6 abortions during their lives. Was it a problem of the lack readily available contraception or was it maybe an expression of contempt for the society that Nicolai Ceausescu and his Commie cronies created?

    Replies: @Herzog, @StillCARealist, @Njguy73

    My Romanian friend tells me it was both. No good contraception and no decent future for the kids that would be born. I think it could be summed up with the word “despair”.

    • Replies: @Opinionator
    @StillCARealist

    My Romanian friend tells me it was both. No good contraception and no decent future for the kids that would be born.

    Seems implausible. Many women still have a strong urge to have families. Standard of living in Romania was still much better than most other areas of the world--and they weren't having difficulty reproducing.

  98. @E. Harding
    @AM

    Really? I remember reading that abortions in the USSR and other communist bloc countries were sky high for decades.
     
    True, and that was because that was the only realistic form of contraception back then. Abortions declined throughout the 1990s and 2000s as reliable contraception became more widely available, while traditional sexual mores continued breaking down.

    Replies: @Perplexed

    Abortions in the USSR were the primary means of birth control and yet were punitive—hostile, rough nurses and no anesthesia.

  99. @whorefinder
    So socialism allows for slutty women to sleep around and prioritize sexual pleasure over family.

    The NY Times is unsuspectingly validating much of the Manosphere's arguments and theories about modern women.

    Replies: @inertial, @Neoconned, @Corvinus, @Rosamond Vincy

    “So socialism allows for slutty women to sleep around and prioritize sexual pleasure over family.”

    Corrected for accuracy –> So socialism allows for slutty women and for cad men to sleep around and prioritize sexual pleasure over family formation and the promotion of Christian values.

    “The NY Times is unsuspectingly validating much of the Manosphere’s arguments and theories about modern women.”

    Except you are not using “Game” to secure a monogamous relationship and engage in coitus for the exclusive purpose of siring children. Nay, a number of young men are simply making excuses to live the Don Juan lifestyle with all the trimmings. What is the end result? A bitter man in his 40’s with plenty of pu–y pelts on the wall, still trying to chase young tail with his favorite lines, but without the trophy wife nor prodigious progeny.

    What game actually reveals is that “high value men” create a specialized program aimed at men with “lower social value” who have average looks at best and the inherent propensity to be clumsy around women. These boot camps may temporarily increase the student’s confidence around women, but as soon as he pays the $2000 for essentially two nights in Vegas, the learning curve dips, and he is inevitably back to square one. Sure, he may pull the lucky chick who is a 6 or 7 out of his hat, but those high value women that he craves are still not on their sexual radar. Why? Because in the end, it is due to the guy’s evolutionary defaults, according to HbD.

    The reason why you generally have to pay for your conquests.

    • Replies: @whorefinder
    @Corvinus

    Oh Corvy, does Mr. Soros ever get tired of getting such subpar efforts from you?



    Corrected for accuracy –> So socialism allows for slutty women and for cad men to sleep around and prioritize sexual pleasure over family formation and the promotion of Christian values.
     
    lol. "It's never the wizmens fault! It's always the bad bad mens!"

    What is the end result?

     

    Not getting screwed by your masters' system. Heh.

    What game actually reveals is that “high value men” create a specialized program aimed at men with “lower social value” who have average looks at best and the inherent propensity to be clumsy around women. These boot camps may temporarily increase the student’s confidence around women, but as soon as he pays the $2000 for essentially two nights in Vegas, the learning curve dips, and he is inevitably back to square one.
     
    lmao. And sad little Corvy tries to rip down Game, which has served thousands of men well to deal with the the whores Corvy loves so much.

    Sure, he may pull the lucky chick who is a 6 or 7 out of his hat, but those high value women that he craves are still not on their sexual radar. Why? Because in the end, it is due to the guy’s evolutionary defaults, according to HbD.
     
    Rofl. It's adorable how our little Soros-bot so utterly screw up and lies about Game and HBD. It's almost like he's paid to do it!


    The reason why you generally have to pay for your conquests.
     
    Your mom never makes me pay. :D

    Replies: @Corvinus

  100. @Kyle McKenna
    @Neoconned

    Granted your prose is a tad overwrought, but you're way too smart to be working crappy jobs like retail and restaurants. That'd make anyone with your brains furious after awhile.

    But I'm glad you're angry. You've seen behind the curtain a bit and don't like what you see. I wish there were more young people like you frankly.

    Replies: @AM, @Achmed E. Newman

    But I’m glad you’re angry. You’ve seen behind the curtain a bit and don’t like what you see. I wish there were more young people like you frankly.

    Huh? I wish there were a whole lot fewer. The only reason I didn’t write back to Neoconned is due to my blood pressure. He is the embodiement to the phrase “History repeats itself” (OK, or rhymes.). If people aren’t going to learn from the hardships. of billions of people under Communist rule for 3 generations here, 4 generations there and a current example, then history will do what it’s gonna do.

    It’s not like you are a young man, Neoconned. You mentioned the black-market blue jeans which goes back to the mid-1980’s and earlier. Your post read like you were around then and aware, so you must be in your 40’s. Have you not learned any history? How about current events? Venezuala was the pride of S. America back in the 1980’s (possibly earlier). Why don’t you take a trip down there, Neoconned, and see what you think of the Communist lifestyle? Bring your tablet with all your rat and cat recipes, and just put your firearm in checked baggage (locked) – don’t come unarmed if you know what’s good for you.

    Thank you very much, AM, for all your replies to this moron! Make sure you check your blood pressure this afternoon, though. I could not get that far as you without the Systolic going high enough to bust the cuff apart.

    One more thing, Neoconned – your name makes it sound like you are against the neocons – you’ve got a good point there. If you would read more, however, you’d realize that the problems that make your, and lots of young men’s, lives miserable are due to the Big Government, the cntrl-left/neocons/commies infiltration into all American institutions (Gov/Univ./Press/etc) over the last 50 or more years. Don’t blame your problems on Capitalism, as we haven’t seen real capitalism in most industries in years and years. Your nostalgia for Communism is complete and utter bullshit.

  101. @Kyle McKenna
    @AM

    Sorry but that comes off more than a little sanctimonious. From my own relatively high-and-dry position related to the building trades I was nonetheless quite able to see the latino immigrants taking white males' jobs one by one. They were decent jobs too.

    But the pay went down every year (and not incidentally, so did the quality of construction) until finally it was impossible to stay and keep a roof over your family's heads. I'll never forget the haunted looks in the eyes of the last white guys...who had to learn Spanish to keep their own jobs--before getting laid off anyway.

    If you spoke to the contractors, they'd simply tell you that to bid and win jobs they had to compete with lower labor costs. Which was true enough, and so it became a race to the bottom. We had latino families living 25 people to a house in one of America's wealthiest counties, and the county resolutely refused to enforce the occupancy code against immigrants.

    All of this and more is why change has to come from the top, and why justifiably frustrated Americans would vote for a crazy man for president, simply because he promised to do one critical thing. It would be really great if he actually does it....

    Replies: @AM, @Achmed E. Newman

    I agree with you almost completely here, but I don’t think you’ll find anyone close to an open-borders type on this part of unz (or in most parts of America, for that matter, that haven’t already been taken over).

    However, I don’t agree that change will come from the top. You are right that we voted for a slightly-off-kilter type, though nothing really wrong with that, to do ONE CRITICAL THING. Yes. I don’t want to get in an off-the-subject Trump discussion. Things are only going to change from the bottom up – you can see how many people in governments do their best to block any changes in the right direction at the top, and how even Trump has let himself get steered, bullied, threatened or whatever to keep headed in the wrong direction, particularly within the realm of foreign policy.

    Charlottesville is an example of things changing from the bottom. This isn’t about the violence, per se, but just that once a lot of us get involved. a) they can’t put everyone in jail, b) people on our side are the ones that get the work done – AI, robots can do work, but without the smart talented people, things will not work anymore for anyone. The elites will figure this out. c) They can’t fire everyone either i.e. were there 5,000 programmers standing up for James the Google-guy (I don’t want to read anymore about it really) standing up, they couldn’t all be fired. These (a and c) things are insights that we, the conservatives, could learn from the 1960’s radicals, as opposed to their idiotic and society-ruining political views.

    Anyway there are 3 orders of magnitude more people at the bottom than the top. It’s easier to say “I voted”, “I wrote some letters and we gummed up the congressional switchboards, yea!” or even “I blog about this stuff”. I think that’s all worth doing, but putting our hopes in one man inside a million-acre swamp, with 1000’s of remote-site swamps is not enough.

  102. @Neoconned
    @whorefinder

    Call it what you want the article made a good point - there's a good reason theres nostalgia for the Soviet era.

    Once you got rid of the Stalinites and the other homicidal goons the communism of the 60s-90s wasnt that bad. Personally i prefer it to this service sector bullshit we have now.

    I work three jobs in the service industry. I'm lucky to live with relatives. If i didnt i wouldnt be able to afford ANYTHING but rent and utilities.....and that would be WITH roommates in some cruddy duddy apt....

    Sure you would have food shortages of luxury items but most late era Soviets rarely starved.

    I've worked in grocery stores & restaurants since i was 16. A lot of the excess food we have gets thrown out anyway.

    So even if there were shortages big deal the basics were provided.

    It wasn't high end but decent enough health care and dental care were free or close to free. Compare that to our overpriced health care system where entire cadres of medical school grads are coming out & going into lifestyle specialities like cosmetic surgery (not the type that helps ppl) to help pimply old women burn thru their 401ks pretending they're still 35....

    Your apartment was nothing to be shown off or admired but it beat a lot of the lower end projects & trailer parks you see in the USA. And so long as you were apolitical it was pretty much guaranteed.

    Occasionally a car would be guaranteed depending on the nation.

    But most importantly your JOB was guaranteed.

    And if it wasn't around they'd send you off to learn another trade. No outsourcing, no unskilled foreign scabs stealing your fucking living. I was talking yesterday with my coworker. He works fast food with me at my night job because Mexicans took ALL the fuckin roofing work.

    His wages fell from $20/hr to $11/hr before he finally moved on to another industry.

    Fuck that shit.

    America isn't a free country anyway. Every been pulled over? Ever change your habits & whete you hang out to avoid other ppl?

    Without money you can't enjoy any of the freedoms we have here anyway...

    Hell its like i live in the Soviet union now. Going to the dive bar at the shitty overpriced Mexican restaurant here in town is now a once every month and a half luxury. And all i drink is a pitcher of watered down Modelo and a few four buck margaritas on MARGARITA night when they're thirty percent off....this is down in the Bible Belt region too.

    Shit if the communists came along and promised to jettison the SW back to Mexico and then deport every single Mexican in the other states back to the SW and then promised me a guaranteed job, passable health care, a guaranteed apartment and no more fucking outsourcing and the aboloshment of student loans and debt and Wall St id vote for them in a heartbeat. Hell at least they'd shutter the border, get rid of the foreign scabs and welfare fraudsters and guarantee my livelihood. Thats a trade off a LOT OF PEOPLE would be happy to accept.

    Especially those of us paying a student loan note instead of a mortgage or luxury car note....

    Replies: @AM, @Kyle McKenna, @27 year old, @DaveA, @whorefinder, @Achmed E. Newman, @Jack D, @Johann Ricke, @Johann Ricke

    And if the communists promise to save you $2500 a year on health insurance, and “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”, you’ll vote for them.

    What communists promise and what they deliver are totally different things. They promise you free sex and then shove a big black cock up your ass.

    (College education is a ripoff. Your parents and teachers convinced you to sign up for a lifetime of debt slavery because “everyone needs a college degree”, and you trusted them.)

  103. @inertial
    @whorefinder

    True enough about post-war sex ratios. Women had to work hard to get a man, any man. This might mean attaching yourself to a man when he is young and less valuable yet, like in high school. Treat him very, very well - but strictly no sex. Teen sex happened but it was highly unusual and not expected in a relationship. When it did happen it was kept secret. Typically though, high school sweethearts just waited until graduation and then got married.

    The rest of your comment is based on such documentary evidence as James Bond movies, so there is no point addressing it.

    Replies: @whorefinder

    Actually, I’m basing it solid truth—the KGB was known, especially in WW2, to employ some of the best “honeypots”, which were used on both the Germans and on the Allies to keep Stalin and co. abreast of the situation. And on the novels, which, despite a lot of exaggeration, were based on Fleming’s research into the area. And pretty common sense: more women than men are going to make a lot more women available to do some dirty work; wartime and hardtimes are pretty renown for bringing an awful lot of women low to prostitution.

    Look, take it another way: these days, the big spying is going on against Islamic nations, and yet we’re not seeing any stereotypes pop up about Muslim sex kittens bamboozling Western spies. In short, there’s the dog that didn’t bark. If it were just an empty stereotype, we’d be applying it to Muslims the same way we did to Soviet ones. We’re not, which tells you there’s a difference.

  104. @Corvinus
    @whorefinder

    "So socialism allows for slutty women to sleep around and prioritize sexual pleasure over family."

    Corrected for accuracy --> So socialism allows for slutty women and for cad men to sleep around and prioritize sexual pleasure over family formation and the promotion of Christian values.

    "The NY Times is unsuspectingly validating much of the Manosphere’s arguments and theories about modern women."

    Except you are not using "Game" to secure a monogamous relationship and engage in coitus for the exclusive purpose of siring children. Nay, a number of young men are simply making excuses to live the Don Juan lifestyle with all the trimmings. What is the end result? A bitter man in his 40’s with plenty of pu--y pelts on the wall, still trying to chase young tail with his favorite lines, but without the trophy wife nor prodigious progeny.

    What game actually reveals is that “high value men” create a specialized program aimed at men with “lower social value” who have average looks at best and the inherent propensity to be clumsy around women. These boot camps may temporarily increase the student’s confidence around women, but as soon as he pays the $2000 for essentially two nights in Vegas, the learning curve dips, and he is inevitably back to square one. Sure, he may pull the lucky chick who is a 6 or 7 out of his hat, but those high value women that he craves are still not on their sexual radar. Why? Because in the end, it is due to the guy’s evolutionary defaults, according to HbD.

    The reason why you generally have to pay for your conquests.

    Replies: @whorefinder

    Oh Corvy, does Mr. Soros ever get tired of getting such subpar efforts from you?

    Corrected for accuracy –> So socialism allows for slutty women and for cad men to sleep around and prioritize sexual pleasure over family formation and the promotion of Christian values.

    lol. “It’s never the wizmens fault! It’s always the bad bad mens!”

    What is the end result?

    Not getting screwed by your masters’ system. Heh.

    What game actually reveals is that “high value men” create a specialized program aimed at men with “lower social value” who have average looks at best and the inherent propensity to be clumsy around women. These boot camps may temporarily increase the student’s confidence around women, but as soon as he pays the $2000 for essentially two nights in Vegas, the learning curve dips, and he is inevitably back to square one.

    lmao. And sad little Corvy tries to rip down Game, which has served thousands of men well to deal with the the whores Corvy loves so much.

    Sure, he may pull the lucky chick who is a 6 or 7 out of his hat, but those high value women that he craves are still not on their sexual radar. Why? Because in the end, it is due to the guy’s evolutionary defaults, according to HbD.

    Rofl. It’s adorable how our little Soros-bot so utterly screw up and lies about Game and HBD. It’s almost like he’s paid to do it!

    The reason why you generally have to pay for your conquests.

    Your mom never makes me pay. 😀

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    @whorefinder

    "Oh Corvy, does Mr. Soros ever get tired of getting such subpar efforts from you?"

    Considering how I am not Jewish, and you are, you are going to have to answer to him.

    "lol. “It’s never the wizmens fault! It’s always the bad bad mens!”"

    Note in my comment I placed equal blame on men and women.

    "lmao. And sad little Corvy tries to rip down Game, which has served thousands of men well to deal with the the whores Corvy loves so much."

    Not tried to rip down Game, but torn limb by limb.

    "Rofl. It’s adorable how our little Soros-bot so utterly screw up and lies about Game and HBD. It’s almost like he’s paid to do it!"

    Your sophomoric antics are cute.

  105. @whorefinder
    @boomstick

    It probably made it easier to maintain communism (women are a lot more compliant with the status quo than men, who tend to get uppity quicker if things suck) and also gave them an advantage in spying. Soviet honeypots were particularly legendary amongst Westerners, as James Bond shows, and, likely, the Cambridge Five and the American traitors such as Alger Hiss, whom I will bet even money had an awful lot of sexual persuasion to betray their countries.

    Probably the Soviet success in infiltrating Hollywood and the US Government was due to targeting either closeted homosexuals or really-bad-with-girls guys. Matt Damon's character in The Good Shepherd is a good example---a red-blooded male who is very nerdy and awkward around most women, and thus easily seduced by the slut/wife Clover and the East German chick at the beginning of his career

    Nerdy, awkward men who don't receive a lot of natural sexual attention but nonetheless have great government access due to their skills are particularly good targets for honeypots (whether male or female) as history has shown. If you ever read a story about a male teacher who sleeps with an underage - but sexually mature-teenage student, you can bet he was a nerd and the girl was a fast number who sunk her hooks into him.

    Replies: @kaganovitch

    “Soviet honeypots were particularly legendary amongst Westerners, as James Bond shows, and, likely, the Cambridge Five and the American traitors such as Alger Hiss, whom I will bet even money had an awful lot of sexual persuasion to betray their countries. ”

    Well, 2 of the Cambridge (Blunt and Burgess) five were homosexual , so Soviet postwar M/F imbalance could hardly be implicated.

    • Replies: @whorefinder
    @kaganovitch

    Oh, I'm not discounting the homosexual honeypot either. Since homosexuality was verboten, a lot of closeted folk (who suspiciously made up a significant percentage of spies and foreign diplomats and government power brokers) were easy targets for blackmail and/or manipulation via their down-low lovers ("in the communist paradise, our love would be open!").

  106. @Neoconned
    @whorefinder

    Call it what you want the article made a good point - there's a good reason theres nostalgia for the Soviet era.

    Once you got rid of the Stalinites and the other homicidal goons the communism of the 60s-90s wasnt that bad. Personally i prefer it to this service sector bullshit we have now.

    I work three jobs in the service industry. I'm lucky to live with relatives. If i didnt i wouldnt be able to afford ANYTHING but rent and utilities.....and that would be WITH roommates in some cruddy duddy apt....

    Sure you would have food shortages of luxury items but most late era Soviets rarely starved.

    I've worked in grocery stores & restaurants since i was 16. A lot of the excess food we have gets thrown out anyway.

    So even if there were shortages big deal the basics were provided.

    It wasn't high end but decent enough health care and dental care were free or close to free. Compare that to our overpriced health care system where entire cadres of medical school grads are coming out & going into lifestyle specialities like cosmetic surgery (not the type that helps ppl) to help pimply old women burn thru their 401ks pretending they're still 35....

    Your apartment was nothing to be shown off or admired but it beat a lot of the lower end projects & trailer parks you see in the USA. And so long as you were apolitical it was pretty much guaranteed.

    Occasionally a car would be guaranteed depending on the nation.

    But most importantly your JOB was guaranteed.

    And if it wasn't around they'd send you off to learn another trade. No outsourcing, no unskilled foreign scabs stealing your fucking living. I was talking yesterday with my coworker. He works fast food with me at my night job because Mexicans took ALL the fuckin roofing work.

    His wages fell from $20/hr to $11/hr before he finally moved on to another industry.

    Fuck that shit.

    America isn't a free country anyway. Every been pulled over? Ever change your habits & whete you hang out to avoid other ppl?

    Without money you can't enjoy any of the freedoms we have here anyway...

    Hell its like i live in the Soviet union now. Going to the dive bar at the shitty overpriced Mexican restaurant here in town is now a once every month and a half luxury. And all i drink is a pitcher of watered down Modelo and a few four buck margaritas on MARGARITA night when they're thirty percent off....this is down in the Bible Belt region too.

    Shit if the communists came along and promised to jettison the SW back to Mexico and then deport every single Mexican in the other states back to the SW and then promised me a guaranteed job, passable health care, a guaranteed apartment and no more fucking outsourcing and the aboloshment of student loans and debt and Wall St id vote for them in a heartbeat. Hell at least they'd shutter the border, get rid of the foreign scabs and welfare fraudsters and guarantee my livelihood. Thats a trade off a LOT OF PEOPLE would be happy to accept.

    Especially those of us paying a student loan note instead of a mortgage or luxury car note....

    Replies: @AM, @Kyle McKenna, @27 year old, @DaveA, @whorefinder, @Achmed E. Newman, @Jack D, @Johann Ricke, @Johann Ricke

    Once you got rid of the Stalinites and the other homicidal goons the communism of the 60s-90s wasnt that bad.

    “But how did you like the play, Mrs. Lincoln?”

    Gosh, you commie apologists really are the worst.

  107. @Anon
    @JohnnyWalker123

    The largest demographic of Americans are the Baby Boomers. They're old now. Of course they have less sex than they did when they were younger in the 1970s and 1980s. This is the explanation for your numbers.

    Replies: @prole

    Millennials are fornicating and socializing much less than boomers did 35 years ago…teenagers are also getting layed less often, more virgins are graduating from high school, teenage pregnancies are at all-time lows…

    • Replies: @anonguy
    @prole


    Millennials are fornicating and socializing much less than boomers did 35 years ago…teenagers are also getting layed less often, more virgins are graduating from high school, teenage pregnancies are at all-time lows…
     
    Is this bad?
    , @S. Anonyia
    @prole

    It isn't really millennials. Millennials are people 33-20 or so. Born in the mid 80s to mid/late 90s. It's the upcoming generation, the ones born after 2000, who aren't socializing or getting jobs or even driving.

    Replies: @prole

  108. @JohnnyWalker123
    @Dave Pinsen

    That's no longer true. Russian and Eastern Euro women are notorious for their gold digging proclivities.

    https://heartiste.wordpress.com/2011/03/07/in-praise-of-american-women/


    I see not americans women as the problem but these females in general.
    I’m from russia and you americans men who think our women better and to make you more happy, this is not true. I think russians women are worse for wanting you for your money and yelling at you if you do not meet her wants for material things. Many russians here have little so these women demand much, maybe because they see what you americans have on tv. I hate russia women and would be glad to have a women like you americans have who do not flirt or offer sex so they can marry my money. Russias women are manipulative i think like any other women. I have seen many women of all different backgrounds who conspire to meet an end.
     

    Replies: @Peter Akuleyev

    It was never true, Taibbi was either being naive or disingenuous. Women in the late USSR might not have had the same expectations of “success” as women in the US ca. 1988-92, but they certainly knew who the losers and omega males were. Taibbi liked to pretend in those days that he was just a poor broke kid scraping by, but the Russian women could smell the privilege that he and his buddy Ames exuded. And of course even complete American losers had a lot to offer materially by USSR standards. I also knew 2 different unattractive American men around 90-91 who married cute Russian women, who, needless to say, immediately dumped their American husbands once they had US passports in hand. Gold digging was very common even then.

  109. @narrenspeise
    Sex is one thing but in any case it is true that in a number of respects, there was less pressure on people in Eastern Europe under communism. If you happened to have decent housing and could do without Western luxuries, you could have a reasonably pleasant life. I would think that life might have been easier for a married couple of shop clerks in East Germany than in the US today. This is not to endorse or defend communism, but just seeing things as they are resp. were.

    Replies: @AM, @biz, @Peter Akuleyev

    It really depends on your definition of “Western luxuries” doesn’t it? Many of the people who climbed over the Berlin Wall in 1989 had never tasted a banana in their lives.

    The fact that your hypothetical East German couple required two layers of fencing and walls patrolled by dogs and soldiers with shoot to kill orders to keep them there, and even with that thousands of people took their chances and died trying to get out, would suggest that they weren’t content.

  110. @PiltdownMan
    Slightly OT:

    Wonders will never cease. Frank Bruni wrote a column today in the New York Times about how being white doesn't automatically invalidate a white person's opinions.

    I’m a White Man. Hear Me Out.

    Even more amazing, this comment, asserting that white "privilege" is earned, because the modern world and America are the creation of white men, is a Times pick!


    JimInNashville Nashville 12 hours ago

    I was with Bruni right up to the point where he said (of "white" men), "Our advantage as a class is real and unearned."

    Wrong.

    Is the "advantage" of black male basketball players, as a class, "real and unearned"? Of course not.

    Most of the technological developments on which our modern society is based were invented by white males. You don't like "cultural appropriation"? Then throw away your cell phone, turn off your air conditioner, throw away your iPad, stop using antibiotics.

    In 1900, countless women died in childbirth. Not so now. Why? Because those patriarchal white males developed a medical technology that is the envy of the world.

    White males founded America, a nation that is the envy of the world. Unlike Japan, the dominant race here allows other races to vote.

    My relatives have been scientists, doctors, editors of major newspapers, university professors.

    The notion of unearned white privilege is a hoax, designed to disenfranchise white people from rewards they have rightfully earned. It is high time we started firing angry answers back at the dimwitted humanities professors and affirmative action "studies" morons who are perpetrating the hoax.


     

    Replies: @res, @Almost Missouri, @Lagertha

    Agree with Jim and Terry: I just got home from the wilderness, where I was alone a few precious days in a cabin with no other people for miles and miles (wonderful), surrounded by wildlife. On my flight I had read the responses from this absurd NYT piece by the major, whiny, dork, Bruni – it made coming back home to America easier to know that real men still exist in the states! I have smelled such a backlash from white boys to well-in-to-middle-age men this past year, to start fighting back at this insidious propaganda of phony WMP.

  111. @Kyle McKenna
    @Anonymous

    Of all of that -- and it's all very telling -- the most meaningful phrase for me is

    soon comes to be seen as the natural order of things
     

    Because that seems to be true, no matter how 'unnatural' the thing is being enforced. Make it the norm in television and movies, and you can get people to do just about anything. And think it's right and proper. Show good-looking, happy people doing it, and vanquishing and humiliating the lower orders who dare protest.

    They know what they're doing. We need to step up somehow.

    Replies: @Bill

    What? And violate their precious freedom of speech?

  112. @narrenspeise
    Sex is one thing but in any case it is true that in a number of respects, there was less pressure on people in Eastern Europe under communism. If you happened to have decent housing and could do without Western luxuries, you could have a reasonably pleasant life. I would think that life might have been easier for a married couple of shop clerks in East Germany than in the US today. This is not to endorse or defend communism, but just seeing things as they are resp. were.

    Replies: @AM, @biz, @Peter Akuleyev

    I have friends in places like Poland, Ukraine and even Romania who are nostalgic for elements of Communism. If you kept your head down and didn’t ask questions you could lead a fairly stress free life – you didn’t have to work too much, no one starved. But I think people tend to forget, and young people today don’t understand, the constant daily humiliations of living in a Communist society, mostly caused by the scarcity and poor distribution of fairly basic goods. Humans are creatures of status. Educated professional types didn’t like having to spend 2 hours in line just to get a roll of crappy toilet paper, or to bribe some fat semi-illiterate peasant woman to convince her to put some margarine aside for later.

    • Replies: @inertial
    @Peter Akuleyev

    Actually, it's the young people under 35 in the former USSR who tend to think that life was horrible under Communism. Older people, who actually experienced constant daily humiliations, etc., still think that life was better then. What explains the difference? At least part of it has to be propaganda.

    And speaking of Romanians, 66% of them would vote for Ceausescu today. And 72% of Hungarians think life was better under Communism. Why? Do they know something that is not talked about in the West?

    Replies: @AM

    , @Jack D
    @Peter Akuleyev

    The old maxim was, "they pretend to pay us and we pretend to work" - not a lot got done but you didn't get paid much either. Not exactly a recipe for a prosperous and productive society. There was no toilet paper because the folks at the toilet paper factory were slacking off just as much as you were. Or else the toilet paper factory fulfilled its quota under the 5 year plan and then it would close for 3 months for "refurbishment". Or maybe the pulp mill was doing the same so there was no delivery of raw materials. Or maybe there was an electricity shortage. Or maybe they sent too much toilet paper to Moscow and too little to your city. No one really gave a damn whether or not you had toilet paper. Imagine the ladies at the DMV were in charge of giving out toilet paper (and everything else).
    And anyway, consumer goods production was given low priority, after the needs of the military - the military got the best stuff and the most stuff and civilian production was what was left over after that.


    People did have a great "work/life balance" because there was no way to be rewarded for working harder, so no one did. There were certain "they made the trains run on time" features of Communist society that people are nostalgic for but on the whole it sucked even putting aside the complete lack of political freedom.

  113. @Thea
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Possible causes also include Estrogen in our water & Lower testosterone levels & sperm counts. Soy in our diets can also be a culprit.

    Replies: @prole, @Roderick Spode

    In addition to the reasons you mentioned, millennials are taking more prescription drugs, notably a vast increase in anti-depressants and stimulants like adderal…these drugs lower the sex drive. Millennials also have more depression and anxiety, and are fear close relationships. Plus 50% of single millennials live with their parents, while just 20% of single boomers lived at home when they were the same age (20-36)

    • Replies: @Roderick Spode
    @prole

    If you think Adderall (AKA amphetamine) lowers the sex drive, you've never taken it.

    Replies: @Travis

  114. @TheJester
    Decades ago I lived among the Canadian Inuit for a year. The generalization was that Inuit women (and men) were sex obsessed. As one person with experience in these things related, "Sex to them is like shaking hands." But consider: What else are you going to do for pleasure and entertainment in an Inuit village in the Arctic in the middle of winter? Same, perhaps, for the "cultural winters" of life in the Soviet system.

    That aside, I notice a definite growing nostalgia for Communism and the Soviet system among the liberal Left, especially the women. This is not surprising since they did not personally experience either Communism or the Soviet system and they appear bereft of the horror stories from those who did.

    Yet, this liberal progression toward both economic and cultural Communism makes sense. The liberal Left has bought the Cultural Marxist dogma hook, line, and sinker as they seek to destroy marriage, the family, and Christianity. Their goal is to create the New Soviet Man and the New Soviet Woman of historical lore to populate their New World Order. Like most dystopians, they are of necessity authoritarians since the New World Order has to be imposed on the la résistance by force.

    The problem: Cultural Marxism cannot exist much less thrive in a democracy or a society with economic freedoms. Cultural Marxism is by definition one dimensional and revolutionary since it calls for the radical restructuring of society and human relationships. One needs the Dictatorship of the Proletariat (or whatever you want to call it) to enforce compliance. Les résistances needs to be ferreted out and destroyed whatever they are found in places, let's say, like Charlottesville, Virginia.

    The bottom line is that Cultural Marxism inevitably leads to Economic Marxism (a.k.a. Communism) because Cultural Marxism cannot tolerate dissent. People who are economically and therefore politically independent constitute the biggest threats to their world-shattering agenda. Easy fix. The economy, legal system, and all other aspects of human activity will likewise become subordinate to their cultural agenda.

    Lenin and Stalin revisited ...!

    Replies: @Opinionator, @Flip

    Decades ago I lived among the Canadian Inuit for a year. The generalization was that Inuit women (and men) were sex obsessed.

    Who made the generalization? Was it accurate?

  115. @StillCARealist
    @Daniel H

    My Romanian friend tells me it was both. No good contraception and no decent future for the kids that would be born. I think it could be summed up with the word "despair".

    Replies: @Opinionator

    My Romanian friend tells me it was both. No good contraception and no decent future for the kids that would be born.

    Seems implausible. Many women still have a strong urge to have families. Standard of living in Romania was still much better than most other areas of the world–and they weren’t having difficulty reproducing.

  116. @inertial
    @whorefinder

    In the USSR (not sure about Bulgaria,) this was compensated by a strong taboos on immoral activity. This was getting relaxed as time went by, but even in 1980 the USSR was far more Puritan than America in 1950.

    Replies: @AM, @whorefinder, @Ris_Eruwaedhiel

    After a brief flirtation with what was called “free love” after the Revolution – easy divorce and abortion, homosexuality legalized and a serious discussion about whether or not to abolish marriage, the Soviet Union was outwardly quite straight-laced and remained so through the collapse. Even in the 1980s, the Commies were tough on gays, lesbians and druggies.

    In the 1980s, I subscribed to The National Review and remember reading one writer’s observation that the Soviet Union was the last outpost of Victorianism in the world. I wouldn’t go that far because Moslem countries were quite outwardly puritanical, but in Europe, yes.

  117. @whorefinder
    @Corvinus

    Oh Corvy, does Mr. Soros ever get tired of getting such subpar efforts from you?



    Corrected for accuracy –> So socialism allows for slutty women and for cad men to sleep around and prioritize sexual pleasure over family formation and the promotion of Christian values.
     
    lol. "It's never the wizmens fault! It's always the bad bad mens!"

    What is the end result?

     

    Not getting screwed by your masters' system. Heh.

    What game actually reveals is that “high value men” create a specialized program aimed at men with “lower social value” who have average looks at best and the inherent propensity to be clumsy around women. These boot camps may temporarily increase the student’s confidence around women, but as soon as he pays the $2000 for essentially two nights in Vegas, the learning curve dips, and he is inevitably back to square one.
     
    lmao. And sad little Corvy tries to rip down Game, which has served thousands of men well to deal with the the whores Corvy loves so much.

    Sure, he may pull the lucky chick who is a 6 or 7 out of his hat, but those high value women that he craves are still not on their sexual radar. Why? Because in the end, it is due to the guy’s evolutionary defaults, according to HbD.
     
    Rofl. It's adorable how our little Soros-bot so utterly screw up and lies about Game and HBD. It's almost like he's paid to do it!


    The reason why you generally have to pay for your conquests.
     
    Your mom never makes me pay. :D

    Replies: @Corvinus

    “Oh Corvy, does Mr. Soros ever get tired of getting such subpar efforts from you?”

    Considering how I am not Jewish, and you are, you are going to have to answer to him.

    “lol. “It’s never the wizmens fault! It’s always the bad bad mens!””

    Note in my comment I placed equal blame on men and women.

    “lmao. And sad little Corvy tries to rip down Game, which has served thousands of men well to deal with the the whores Corvy loves so much.”

    Not tried to rip down Game, but torn limb by limb.

    “Rofl. It’s adorable how our little Soros-bot so utterly screw up and lies about Game and HBD. It’s almost like he’s paid to do it!”

    Your sophomoric antics are cute.

  118. @Jack D
    @AM

    In the early days, Communism set about to radically restructure society including relationships between the sexes - you can imagine that some lefty types were into "free love" as they still are today.

    But Stalin was very prudish and people were expected to maintain traditional family structures as they still are today in Communist China and N. Korea. This is not to say that everyone was perfectly monogamous but that was what officially expected (and in a society where going against official expectation could cost you dearly).

    Abortion was a separate issue because they basically used it as birth control.

    Replies: @Dan Hayes, @inertial, @utu, @AM, @Hunsdon, @Ris_Eruwaedhiel

    Beginning in 1944, the mothers of 10 children were given the title of “Mother Heroine” and a bigger pension.

    The Nazis rewarded large families, too.

    Cannon fodder for the state.

  119. @anonymous
    @AM


    What about communism would encourage sexual morality?
     
    Because it was their country and their system, they took an active interest in preventing social dysfunction and other items they deemed a threat to the social cohesion of their nation. It's similar to how one takes good car of a car he owns, but doesn't give a crap about a rental.

    In the West socialists and other leftists are more libertine because they have not yet taken over and there is no incentive in protecting the social cohesion of the nation. Rather the incentive is in the destruction of traditional society which they see as an impediment to their taking power. So in our nations they advocate for things like promiscuity, homosexuality, same-sex marriage, unisex bathrooms, etc., to tear down the remnants of Western, Christian society. And even that is not good enough so they have resorted to importing foreign ringers to tilt the elections.

    Communists/socialists don't push for these policies in nations they thoroughly control like China, North Korea, the former USSR, etc. These polices are destructive and what's the point of destroying the car if you own it?

    Replies: @Ris_Eruwaedhiel

    Aldous Huxley observed in the second edition of Brave New World, published in 1946, that as political and economic freedom declined, sexual freedom increased in compensation. Along with offering security, kept doped up on soma and entertained by the movies, people accepted their servitude.

  120. @JohnnyWalker123
    Americans are having less sex.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/19/health/americans-less-sex-kerner/index.html

    According to a recent study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, the large general social survey (GSS) found that American adults had sex about nine fewer times per year in the early 2010s than they did in the late 1990s, a decline that wasn't explained by longer work hours or increased use of pornography.
     
    Especially younger Millenials.

    https://www.maxim.com/maxim-man/why-millennials-are-having-less-sex-2017-7

    To throw in some hard stats, let’s visit a report that the CDC released last week, documenting the decline in sexual activity among teenagers: between the ages of 15 and 19, 42 percent of women and 44 percent of men reported having sex, relative to a significantly higher 51 percent of women and 60 percent of men in 1988. Wow! Staggering!
     
    However, people are drinking much more.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2017/08/12/people-in-the-u-s-are-drinking-more-alcohol-than-ever-study/#2f0250483eb7

    The new study, published this week in the JAMA Psychiatry, looked at data from almost 80,000 participants taking part in two large-scale studies in the U.S. Participants were interviewed face-to-face and asked about their daily drinking habits. The researchers were interested in their alcohol use over a 12-month period, high-risk drinking (four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men on at least one day of the week), and AUD as defined by the DSM-IV, the “bible” of mental health disorders.
    Almost all kinds of drinking across all demographics rose between the two time points, and some rose sharply.
    Alcohol use rose from 65% to 73% of the adult population, which is about an 11% increase. The increase was much higher for minorities, women, seniors, and people with less education and income.
    High-risk drinking rose from about 10% to 13% of the population, or an almost 30% increase. In minorities, women, and older people, the numbers were considerably higher. 
    People who were identified as having alcohol use disorder (AUD) increased from 9% to 13% of the population, an increase of almost 50%. For women, the increase in AUD was 84%, for Hispanic and African-American individuals it was 52% and 94%, respectively. And for older people, the increase was a whopping 105%.
     
    Stress may be to blame.

    The percentages clearly rose much more for certain demographics. For women, the authors write, the rise in alcohol use may be due in part to work-life balance stress. “Stress associated with pursuing a career and raising a family,” the authors write, “may lead to increases in high-risk drinking and AUD among women, results that were consistent with substantial increases in these patterns of alcohol use among married individuals and those residing in urban areas found in this study.”

    For minorities, increased drinking may also have to do with stress, but a different type. “Wealth inequality between minorities and whites has widened during and after the 2008 recession,” the team points out, “possibly leading to increased stress and demoralization.”
     
    American college students are not socializing much these days.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/02/are-college-students-partying-less/385326/

    The halcyon days of college depicted in Animal House (1978) may no longer reflect the lives of today’s undergraduates, if they ever did. A nationwide report released last Thursday found that today’s students are spending less time partying than those in years past, though they’re interacting more through online social networks like Facebook. By surveying more than 150,000 freshmen at 227 four-year colleges in the United States, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that, over the past quarter-century, self-reported rates of time spent socializing in person with others have essentially flipped: in 1987, 37.9 percent of incoming freshmen socialized at least 16 hours per week with friends, while 18.1 percent socialized for five hours or less. Last year, those figures were 18 and 38.8 percent—an all-time low and an all-time high, respectively.
     
    The decline in socialization is about 0.6 standard deviations. Which is like if the average IQ dropped by 9 points. That's a lot.

    Americans have fewer friends these days.

    https://www.livescience.com/16879-close-friends-decrease-today.html

    If asked how many friends you have, some may have trouble distinguishing between the lengthy list of Facebook friends and those close pals you confide in. Well, it turns out, Americans' lists of the close type has shrunk to two, down from three confidantes 25 years ago, a new study suggests.
    The study also found that the number of us who have zero confidantes, or the socially isolated, has not increased over these decades, as scientists had suspected based on a 2006 study showing a near tripling of Americans' social isolation between 1985 and 2004.
     
    A more recent study found that the average American has 1 close friend.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/emma-seppala-the-average-american-has-only-one-close-friend-2017-7

    In a revealing sociological study, a large percentage of Americans report having shrinking networks and fewer relationships. The average American has only one close confidante, the same study showed. And the leading reason people seek out counseling is loneliness.
     

    Replies: @Thea, @Anon, @Ris_Eruwaedhiel

    One reason is that people don’t join clubs or groups anymore and they change jobs more frequently. I’ve made many good friends through active involvement in a gun club and political activities. Facebook friends don’t count.

  121. @TBA
    Maybe this is relevant:

    I read sometime in the 90's about how old gender roles had been preserved in East Germany as opposed to West. The East German husband demanded that his wife kept house and waited on him, and was still loved in spite of this.

    Replies: @AM, @27 year old, @Ris_Eruwaedhiel

    It’s like the culture was still in 1939.

  122. @Neoconned
    @whorefinder

    Call it what you want the article made a good point - there's a good reason theres nostalgia for the Soviet era.

    Once you got rid of the Stalinites and the other homicidal goons the communism of the 60s-90s wasnt that bad. Personally i prefer it to this service sector bullshit we have now.

    I work three jobs in the service industry. I'm lucky to live with relatives. If i didnt i wouldnt be able to afford ANYTHING but rent and utilities.....and that would be WITH roommates in some cruddy duddy apt....

    Sure you would have food shortages of luxury items but most late era Soviets rarely starved.

    I've worked in grocery stores & restaurants since i was 16. A lot of the excess food we have gets thrown out anyway.

    So even if there were shortages big deal the basics were provided.

    It wasn't high end but decent enough health care and dental care were free or close to free. Compare that to our overpriced health care system where entire cadres of medical school grads are coming out & going into lifestyle specialities like cosmetic surgery (not the type that helps ppl) to help pimply old women burn thru their 401ks pretending they're still 35....

    Your apartment was nothing to be shown off or admired but it beat a lot of the lower end projects & trailer parks you see in the USA. And so long as you were apolitical it was pretty much guaranteed.

    Occasionally a car would be guaranteed depending on the nation.

    But most importantly your JOB was guaranteed.

    And if it wasn't around they'd send you off to learn another trade. No outsourcing, no unskilled foreign scabs stealing your fucking living. I was talking yesterday with my coworker. He works fast food with me at my night job because Mexicans took ALL the fuckin roofing work.

    His wages fell from $20/hr to $11/hr before he finally moved on to another industry.

    Fuck that shit.

    America isn't a free country anyway. Every been pulled over? Ever change your habits & whete you hang out to avoid other ppl?

    Without money you can't enjoy any of the freedoms we have here anyway...

    Hell its like i live in the Soviet union now. Going to the dive bar at the shitty overpriced Mexican restaurant here in town is now a once every month and a half luxury. And all i drink is a pitcher of watered down Modelo and a few four buck margaritas on MARGARITA night when they're thirty percent off....this is down in the Bible Belt region too.

    Shit if the communists came along and promised to jettison the SW back to Mexico and then deport every single Mexican in the other states back to the SW and then promised me a guaranteed job, passable health care, a guaranteed apartment and no more fucking outsourcing and the aboloshment of student loans and debt and Wall St id vote for them in a heartbeat. Hell at least they'd shutter the border, get rid of the foreign scabs and welfare fraudsters and guarantee my livelihood. Thats a trade off a LOT OF PEOPLE would be happy to accept.

    Especially those of us paying a student loan note instead of a mortgage or luxury car note....

    Replies: @AM, @Kyle McKenna, @27 year old, @DaveA, @whorefinder, @Achmed E. Newman, @Jack D, @Johann Ricke, @Johann Ricke

    Mr. Neoconned, I am somewhat apologetic here as I wrote to you via my 1st reply to Mr. McKenna in a post yet-to-be-moderated, as I was too peeved to write to you.

    Man, you bring up plenty of good points about the state of the US economy especially for young white men, though you must not be too young going by your recollection of Soviet era bootleg Levi’s blue jeans. Otherwise, I would lump you in with the young white men.

    You are confusing stability with a good economy/economic freedom. I imaging life in the the East bloc, except when you were conscriptied to fight and possibly die or get legs blown off for the Motherland, was pretty stable. It was pretty stable, yes, in fact, stable in it’s miserableness. Mr Akuleyev’s comment spells this out for you. It was the same in Red China, again minus 3 years of starvation during the Great Leap Forward 1.0, and another decade from ’67 – 75 or so during the “Cultural Revolution”.

    Stablity is good thing when economic life is decent – see 1945-1995 America. It’s not good when it means you make the equivalent of $200 yearly via plowing and weeding for 12 hours/day with nothing to look forward to, or sweeping the streets and picking up garbage for next to nothing. Imagine living in the Soviet Union or Red China. I think you’d be ready for change, say, if it meant the intoduction of the tractor. However, if you were someone with some ambition, you would never realize your dreams. Yes, you could be just ambitious for money and status and bullshit your way up the ladder of the government – there’s nothing to be proud of in that though. There’s no truth in it.

    There are still plenty of Americans today, and lots more in the past (when you could get somewhere) with great big ideas. It’s the economic freedom to put these great ideas into practice or to try for a lifetime to do so, that makes life living for a lot of men. In Communism, the system absolutely does not allow for change.

    Just think, Neoconned, or try to imagine, how your life could be different if America still had the freedom it used to. I can’t write it all here, as this post is long enough. Think of what you’d really like to do with your life, and who it is that is stopping you (hint: They probably live in Washington, FS)

    Your problems won’t be solved by Communists. If you haven’t learned that you are the same as the Russian useful idiots in 1917, the Chinese idiots in 1947, and a whole host of idiots all around the globe. You’re in bad company.

    Here’s who/what is to blame for your problems:
    Immigration Stupidity, Feminism, Big Government, PC, and yes, the neocons.

  123. @kaganovitch
    @whorefinder

    "Soviet honeypots were particularly legendary amongst Westerners, as James Bond shows, and, likely, the Cambridge Five and the American traitors such as Alger Hiss, whom I will bet even money had an awful lot of sexual persuasion to betray their countries. "

    Well, 2 of the Cambridge (Blunt and Burgess) five were homosexual , so Soviet postwar M/F imbalance could hardly be implicated.

    Replies: @whorefinder

    Oh, I’m not discounting the homosexual honeypot either. Since homosexuality was verboten, a lot of closeted folk (who suspiciously made up a significant percentage of spies and foreign diplomats and government power brokers) were easy targets for blackmail and/or manipulation via their down-low lovers (“in the communist paradise, our love would be open!”).

  124. @george
    During the same period in the US there were trade unions, and us workers were protected from foreign competition, both in terms of trade and immigration. But the cars were crummy, or Japanese. There were also monopolies like Boeing before Airbus was created. ATT and others. Mexico in the 60s and 70s was an economic basket case and was not a source of competition. Today the only good working class type jobs are with the government, maybe some protected trades.

    Replies: @Jack D, @anarchyst

    The “fit and finish” of Japanese cars was far superior to “American iron” of the day, BUT, the “fly in the ointment” is, while Japanese cars were far superior as far as quality and fit and finish was concerned, they rusted out FASTER than American cars. Add to that, Japanese cars required more frequent maintenance, due to their tighter tolerances. You could take an American car with oil that hadn’t been changed in years, the transmission fluid like black water, and the damn thing would still run. Not so for Japanese cars.
    Japan actually forced American automakers into looking into “quality control”–something the American auto manufacturers neglected, along with the advice given by W. Edward Deming, who the Japanese embraced to their benefit.

    • Replies: @Kyle McKenna
    @anarchyst

    The numbers of Toyotas and Hondas which went 100,000+ miles without a single oil change are--sadly or otherwise--legion.

    Incidentally, if you are the original author of the cop-related screed here: https://www.unz.com/isteve/washington-post-runs-1200-words-on-minneapolis-police-shooting-no-mention-of-shooters-name-immigrant-status-color-ethnicity-or-affirmative-action-pokemon-points/#comment-1938844 I'd like to know, and possibly license it for use elsewhere :)

    Giving proper credit to this forum, of course. Anyway it was fairly masterful.

    Replies: @anarchyst

  125. @AM
    @Neoconned


    Once you got rid of the Stalinites and the other homicidal goons the communism of the 60s-90s wasnt that bad.
     
    You can't have Communism without homicidal goons. It's just part of the territory. There is no "better" Communism. It all comes with murderous asshats. And yes, the 60s-90s Communism was pretty bad. I remember growing up in sheltered VT knowing that if you wanted to make money in Russia, you packed your suitcase with jeans because they were sellers on the black market.

    But most importantly your JOB was guaranteed.
     
    What was not guaranteed, however, was the ability to buy stuff with whatever random amount of money they handed you. Given the "woe is me" nature of your post, it's highly unlikely you'd be willing to work properly at a job that you were guaranteed. Thus the reason everyone sits around in communist countries and it generally sucks and falls apart within 5 generations.


    Without money you can’t enjoy any of the freedoms we have here anyway…
     
    Money doesn't buy you freedom, or love, or happiness. I'm there with you on not importing Mexicans. But applying yourself to actually working at whatever jobs you do have and learning to work with money you do have coming in goes a long way to simple personal satisfaction.

    Replies: @Kyle McKenna, @anarchyst

    A good example of communism is the situation that exists in Cuba today.
    Although the U S government demands that American companies (hotels, etc.) in Cuba pay a “prevailing wage”, (approximately $9.85 per hour), the hotel worker only sees about $25.00 PER MONTH.
    Castro’s “communist paradise” government gets the rest.
    THAT is communism at work, in a nutshell.

  126. @Peter Akuleyev
    @narrenspeise

    I have friends in places like Poland, Ukraine and even Romania who are nostalgic for elements of Communism. If you kept your head down and didn't ask questions you could lead a fairly stress free life - you didn't have to work too much, no one starved. But I think people tend to forget, and young people today don't understand, the constant daily humiliations of living in a Communist society, mostly caused by the scarcity and poor distribution of fairly basic goods. Humans are creatures of status. Educated professional types didn't like having to spend 2 hours in line just to get a roll of crappy toilet paper, or to bribe some fat semi-illiterate peasant woman to convince her to put some margarine aside for later.

    Replies: @inertial, @Jack D

    Actually, it’s the young people under 35 in the former USSR who tend to think that life was horrible under Communism. Older people, who actually experienced constant daily humiliations, etc., still think that life was better then. What explains the difference? At least part of it has to be propaganda.

    And speaking of Romanians, 66% of them would vote for Ceausescu today. And 72% of Hungarians think life was better under Communism. Why? Do they know something that is not talked about in the West?

    • Replies: @AM
    @inertial


    Older people, who actually experienced constant daily humiliations, etc., still think that life was better then. What explains the difference? At least part of it has to be propaganda.
     
    Part of it was they wanted security of communism. Propaganda only gets you so far, really. People over estimate it's power quite a bit. It works best if there's a message in it they want to hear. Communism means never having to think or struggle at the job/survival part of your life. Show up, do your duty (a little), and the rest is taken care of.

    Remember Moses leading the Jews out of the desert. They all thought slavery was better than freedom of survival in the desert. The generation that saw Israel would be the young warriors who embraced the desert life because they had no memories of being fed, other than by God and their own efforts.

    And 72% of Hungarians think life was better under Communism. Why? Do they know something that is not talked about in the West?
     
    No, not really. What that tells us is that those Hungarians knew slavery and preferred it's steady food supply and not thinking about their lives. (Interviews with the last surviving black American slaves tell similar tales, by the way.) They understood and adjusted to communism and this bewildering new world of being fired and taking care of yourself is work.

    The younger generation growing up now in it's own desert will think communism was stupid. But that takes time and you definitely end up with a lost generation who fantasize about their slavery.
  127. If only Kennedy had discovered the “orgasm gap” instead of the “missile gap”. I can almost hear him announcing his plan to “put every woman on the moon” by the end of the decade.

  128. @newrouter
    "“After my divorce, I had my job and my salary, and I didn’t need a man to support me. I could do as I pleased.”

    Ms. Durcheva was a single mother for many years, but she insisted that her life before 1989 was more gratifying than the stressful existence of her daughter, who was born in the late 1970s."


    The ghetto life style. How many abortions she had wasn't axed. The "Life of Julia" realized:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/obamas-julia-ad-and-the-new-hubby-state/2012/05/11/gIQAcRdoIU_story.html?utm_term=.355128d00fcf

    Replies: @Clyde, @anonguy, @Stebbing Heuer, @JamesG

    And their society somehow collapsed!

    Bugger me, who’da thunk it??

  129. @Hunsdon
    @Jack D

    About the furthest north I got (except for a couple of quick trips to Astana) was a little town called Temirtau, about an hour north of Karaganda. We were doing some work with a cement plant that got loaded on a train in '45 and shipped to Kazakhstan. The equipment there was built by Krupp. Hella cold in the winter.

    Replies: @Jack D

    Kostanay is yet further north. My mother said that in the winter they’d exit thru the 2nd story windows because the snow would cover the whole 1st floor level. Probably the climate is similar to Saskatchewan – like N. Dakota except even colder.

  130. @Anonymous
    @utu

    And that's different from broadcast TV in the US how? In the number of pixels?

    The best part to me in "Other peoples' lives" movie was when after the fall the next scene jumps a few months in the future and everything is already covered with graffiti. Just a tiny portent of things to come...

    Replies: @Jack D

    The ones that they had indoors, they had a volume knob so that you could turn it down somewhat but not completely off. The ones outdoors you could not hide from at all.

    For some reason Americans have this compulsion to think that things are just as bad in modern America as anywhere at any time (or vice versa that everyone is just like Americans). This is a real failure of imagination. Stalinist Russia was incomparably shittier than modern America – you might as well have been on a different planet or in Hell. The kid who went to N. Korea and took a poster as a prank and now he’s dead – he must have thought the way you did. You are lucky that you will probably never have to pay personally for thinking in this stupid way.

  131. @inertial
    @Jack D

    In the middle of nowhere in the 1930s, sure. Eventually though, even these places got real radios and then TV.

    Incidentally, unlike American radios that only have AM and FM, Soviet radios came with short waves as a standard feature. This made it possible to broadcast Radio Liberty, Voice of America, BBC, etc. over the USSR. Doing the same in America would've been quite useless.

    Replies: @Jack D

    This would have been the ’40s, during the war, but nothing changed until after the death of Stalin (mid ’50s). Before that, getting caught w/ a short wave would have been a sure trip to the gulag. The whole point of wired radio was that they didn’t trust the population to have real radios that could get foreign broadcasts but they did want to be able to pump propaganda at them. Wired radio was a perfect solution.

    Although normal cheap radios in the US had only AM (and then AM&FM) you could always buy short wave radios. I remember having one as a kid and listening to the BBC and even some of the E. Bloc stations (useless propaganda). Short wave is a pain in the ass – you have to keep changing frequencies and it works better at night.

  132. @prole
    @Anon

    Millennials are fornicating and socializing much less than boomers did 35 years ago...teenagers are also getting layed less often, more virgins are graduating from high school, teenage pregnancies are at all-time lows...

    Replies: @anonguy, @S. Anonyia

    Millennials are fornicating and socializing much less than boomers did 35 years ago…teenagers are also getting layed less often, more virgins are graduating from high school, teenage pregnancies are at all-time lows…

    Is this bad?

  133. @Neoconned
    @whorefinder

    Call it what you want the article made a good point - there's a good reason theres nostalgia for the Soviet era.

    Once you got rid of the Stalinites and the other homicidal goons the communism of the 60s-90s wasnt that bad. Personally i prefer it to this service sector bullshit we have now.

    I work three jobs in the service industry. I'm lucky to live with relatives. If i didnt i wouldnt be able to afford ANYTHING but rent and utilities.....and that would be WITH roommates in some cruddy duddy apt....

    Sure you would have food shortages of luxury items but most late era Soviets rarely starved.

    I've worked in grocery stores & restaurants since i was 16. A lot of the excess food we have gets thrown out anyway.

    So even if there were shortages big deal the basics were provided.

    It wasn't high end but decent enough health care and dental care were free or close to free. Compare that to our overpriced health care system where entire cadres of medical school grads are coming out & going into lifestyle specialities like cosmetic surgery (not the type that helps ppl) to help pimply old women burn thru their 401ks pretending they're still 35....

    Your apartment was nothing to be shown off or admired but it beat a lot of the lower end projects & trailer parks you see in the USA. And so long as you were apolitical it was pretty much guaranteed.

    Occasionally a car would be guaranteed depending on the nation.

    But most importantly your JOB was guaranteed.

    And if it wasn't around they'd send you off to learn another trade. No outsourcing, no unskilled foreign scabs stealing your fucking living. I was talking yesterday with my coworker. He works fast food with me at my night job because Mexicans took ALL the fuckin roofing work.

    His wages fell from $20/hr to $11/hr before he finally moved on to another industry.

    Fuck that shit.

    America isn't a free country anyway. Every been pulled over? Ever change your habits & whete you hang out to avoid other ppl?

    Without money you can't enjoy any of the freedoms we have here anyway...

    Hell its like i live in the Soviet union now. Going to the dive bar at the shitty overpriced Mexican restaurant here in town is now a once every month and a half luxury. And all i drink is a pitcher of watered down Modelo and a few four buck margaritas on MARGARITA night when they're thirty percent off....this is down in the Bible Belt region too.

    Shit if the communists came along and promised to jettison the SW back to Mexico and then deport every single Mexican in the other states back to the SW and then promised me a guaranteed job, passable health care, a guaranteed apartment and no more fucking outsourcing and the aboloshment of student loans and debt and Wall St id vote for them in a heartbeat. Hell at least they'd shutter the border, get rid of the foreign scabs and welfare fraudsters and guarantee my livelihood. Thats a trade off a LOT OF PEOPLE would be happy to accept.

    Especially those of us paying a student loan note instead of a mortgage or luxury car note....

    Replies: @AM, @Kyle McKenna, @27 year old, @DaveA, @whorefinder, @Achmed E. Newman, @Jack D, @Johann Ricke, @Johann Ricke

    I’m sorry your life is shitty, but I think you are seriously underestimating the shittiness of life in the E. Bloc, even putting aside the lack of political freedom. Nowhere was the right to an automobile guarantied – I don’t know where you got that from. Cars (like almost all consumer goods because the economy was based on “military first”) were in short supply so usually there was something like a 10 year waiting list to buy a car (it wasn’t free – you still had to buy it) . Stuff that even poor people in America take for granted – clothes, toilet paper, etc. were in spotty supply – sometimes they would appear in the stores and everyone would line up to grab them, and then they’d disappear for months or years on end. Lots and lots of people lived in apts. with communal kitchens – 8 or 10 families all sharing 1 little kitchen. And if you grumbled too much about it , the way you are grumbling about your life now, your neighbors would report you and you might get a visit from the secret police. One week in the old Soviet Union and you’d be begging to be allowed to go back to your current shitty existence.

  134. @TheJester
    Decades ago I lived among the Canadian Inuit for a year. The generalization was that Inuit women (and men) were sex obsessed. As one person with experience in these things related, "Sex to them is like shaking hands." But consider: What else are you going to do for pleasure and entertainment in an Inuit village in the Arctic in the middle of winter? Same, perhaps, for the "cultural winters" of life in the Soviet system.

    That aside, I notice a definite growing nostalgia for Communism and the Soviet system among the liberal Left, especially the women. This is not surprising since they did not personally experience either Communism or the Soviet system and they appear bereft of the horror stories from those who did.

    Yet, this liberal progression toward both economic and cultural Communism makes sense. The liberal Left has bought the Cultural Marxist dogma hook, line, and sinker as they seek to destroy marriage, the family, and Christianity. Their goal is to create the New Soviet Man and the New Soviet Woman of historical lore to populate their New World Order. Like most dystopians, they are of necessity authoritarians since the New World Order has to be imposed on the la résistance by force.

    The problem: Cultural Marxism cannot exist much less thrive in a democracy or a society with economic freedoms. Cultural Marxism is by definition one dimensional and revolutionary since it calls for the radical restructuring of society and human relationships. One needs the Dictatorship of the Proletariat (or whatever you want to call it) to enforce compliance. Les résistances needs to be ferreted out and destroyed whatever they are found in places, let's say, like Charlottesville, Virginia.

    The bottom line is that Cultural Marxism inevitably leads to Economic Marxism (a.k.a. Communism) because Cultural Marxism cannot tolerate dissent. People who are economically and therefore politically independent constitute the biggest threats to their world-shattering agenda. Easy fix. The economy, legal system, and all other aspects of human activity will likewise become subordinate to their cultural agenda.

    Lenin and Stalin revisited ...!

    Replies: @Opinionator, @Flip

    Was paternal certainty not a big deal to them?

  135. @Neoconned
    @whorefinder

    Call it what you want the article made a good point - there's a good reason theres nostalgia for the Soviet era.

    Once you got rid of the Stalinites and the other homicidal goons the communism of the 60s-90s wasnt that bad. Personally i prefer it to this service sector bullshit we have now.

    I work three jobs in the service industry. I'm lucky to live with relatives. If i didnt i wouldnt be able to afford ANYTHING but rent and utilities.....and that would be WITH roommates in some cruddy duddy apt....

    Sure you would have food shortages of luxury items but most late era Soviets rarely starved.

    I've worked in grocery stores & restaurants since i was 16. A lot of the excess food we have gets thrown out anyway.

    So even if there were shortages big deal the basics were provided.

    It wasn't high end but decent enough health care and dental care were free or close to free. Compare that to our overpriced health care system where entire cadres of medical school grads are coming out & going into lifestyle specialities like cosmetic surgery (not the type that helps ppl) to help pimply old women burn thru their 401ks pretending they're still 35....

    Your apartment was nothing to be shown off or admired but it beat a lot of the lower end projects & trailer parks you see in the USA. And so long as you were apolitical it was pretty much guaranteed.

    Occasionally a car would be guaranteed depending on the nation.

    But most importantly your JOB was guaranteed.

    And if it wasn't around they'd send you off to learn another trade. No outsourcing, no unskilled foreign scabs stealing your fucking living. I was talking yesterday with my coworker. He works fast food with me at my night job because Mexicans took ALL the fuckin roofing work.

    His wages fell from $20/hr to $11/hr before he finally moved on to another industry.

    Fuck that shit.

    America isn't a free country anyway. Every been pulled over? Ever change your habits & whete you hang out to avoid other ppl?

    Without money you can't enjoy any of the freedoms we have here anyway...

    Hell its like i live in the Soviet union now. Going to the dive bar at the shitty overpriced Mexican restaurant here in town is now a once every month and a half luxury. And all i drink is a pitcher of watered down Modelo and a few four buck margaritas on MARGARITA night when they're thirty percent off....this is down in the Bible Belt region too.

    Shit if the communists came along and promised to jettison the SW back to Mexico and then deport every single Mexican in the other states back to the SW and then promised me a guaranteed job, passable health care, a guaranteed apartment and no more fucking outsourcing and the aboloshment of student loans and debt and Wall St id vote for them in a heartbeat. Hell at least they'd shutter the border, get rid of the foreign scabs and welfare fraudsters and guarantee my livelihood. Thats a trade off a LOT OF PEOPLE would be happy to accept.

    Especially those of us paying a student loan note instead of a mortgage or luxury car note....

    Replies: @AM, @Kyle McKenna, @27 year old, @DaveA, @whorefinder, @Achmed E. Newman, @Jack D, @Johann Ricke, @Johann Ricke

    No outsourcing, no unskilled foreign scabs stealing your fucking living. I was talking yesterday with my coworker. He works fast food with me at my night job because Mexicans took ALL the fuckin roofing work.

    His wages fell from $20/hr to $11/hr before he finally moved on to another industry.

    You need to talk to Russian emigres who actually lived through the Soviet era and settled stateside. They had a standard of living far lower than Mexico’s. These were college grads from well-known Russian universities. This is probably why the Warsaw Pact fell apart. Even people destined to become a part of the nomenklatura felt deprived.

  136. @prole
    @Anon

    Millennials are fornicating and socializing much less than boomers did 35 years ago...teenagers are also getting layed less often, more virgins are graduating from high school, teenage pregnancies are at all-time lows...

    Replies: @anonguy, @S. Anonyia

    It isn’t really millennials. Millennials are people 33-20 or so. Born in the mid 80s to mid/late 90s. It’s the upcoming generation, the ones born after 2000, who aren’t socializing or getting jobs or even driving.

    • Replies: @prole
    @S. Anonyia

    The studies and data confirm the millennials are having less sex, have less friends and socialize less often than when boomers were at the same age. It is well documented, and is a big reason teenage pregnancies went down significantly since 1997. More 30 year-Olds live with their parents than with a spouse or partner. This has never been observed before in America.

  137. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Kyle McKenna
    Lately I've developed an interest in vintage audio. I see fascinating offerings from the former soviet union. No matter how many radios you had in your apartment, there was only one station so you didn't need a tuning knob. There was also no on/off switch. You couldn't turn it off, only up and down. Virtually every apartment built after WWII had one of these permanently installed.

    What a dream come true for 'politically correct' types. Our own mass media has been headed this way, except for small, apostate sites like this one.

    Replies: @inertial, @Anonymous, @whorefinder, @Anonymous

    It’s nonsense. Russian radios had tuning knobs like all others, and in fact some had several different bands, although certain band segments were not on offer on any domestically sold set. Hobby electronics was popular, after Stalin at least, and books told you how to build shortwave receivers and transmitters. (Russian hobby electronics books, like the German ones, were in fact usually better than American ones.) The Sovs were not especially worried about foreign radio listening, beyond jamming certain broadcasts and occasionally bothering people who were actively redistributing heretical material on tape.

    However, many apartment buildings in the Soviet and in other countries-Holland had it-had landline audio distributed to each room and in Holland to many houses. There was no radio, just a speaker box with an amplifier or a matching transformer. This would be a news and light music program. I think the Dutch had a four wire system with a ground and three hots, giving you a choice of three audio feeds.

  138. @Daniel H
    @AM

    I recall reading somewhere that under Communism Romanian women had, on average, 6 abortions during their lives. Was it a problem of the lack readily available contraception or was it maybe an expression of contempt for the society that Nicolai Ceausescu and his Commie cronies created?

    Replies: @Herzog, @StillCARealist, @Njguy73

    “Before 1967, the Romanian abortion policy was one of the most liberal in Europe. Because the availability of contraceptive methods was poor, abortion was the most common means of family planning…In October 1966, Decree 770 was authorized by Ceaușescu. Abortion and contraception were declared illegal” except in rare cases.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decree_770

  139. @Peter Akuleyev
    @narrenspeise

    I have friends in places like Poland, Ukraine and even Romania who are nostalgic for elements of Communism. If you kept your head down and didn't ask questions you could lead a fairly stress free life - you didn't have to work too much, no one starved. But I think people tend to forget, and young people today don't understand, the constant daily humiliations of living in a Communist society, mostly caused by the scarcity and poor distribution of fairly basic goods. Humans are creatures of status. Educated professional types didn't like having to spend 2 hours in line just to get a roll of crappy toilet paper, or to bribe some fat semi-illiterate peasant woman to convince her to put some margarine aside for later.

    Replies: @inertial, @Jack D

    The old maxim was, “they pretend to pay us and we pretend to work” – not a lot got done but you didn’t get paid much either. Not exactly a recipe for a prosperous and productive society. There was no toilet paper because the folks at the toilet paper factory were slacking off just as much as you were. Or else the toilet paper factory fulfilled its quota under the 5 year plan and then it would close for 3 months for “refurbishment”. Or maybe the pulp mill was doing the same so there was no delivery of raw materials. Or maybe there was an electricity shortage. Or maybe they sent too much toilet paper to Moscow and too little to your city. No one really gave a damn whether or not you had toilet paper. Imagine the ladies at the DMV were in charge of giving out toilet paper (and everything else).
    And anyway, consumer goods production was given low priority, after the needs of the military – the military got the best stuff and the most stuff and civilian production was what was left over after that.

    People did have a great “work/life balance” because there was no way to be rewarded for working harder, so no one did. There were certain “they made the trains run on time” features of Communist society that people are nostalgic for but on the whole it sucked even putting aside the complete lack of political freedom.

  140. @prole
    @Thea

    In addition to the reasons you mentioned, millennials are taking more prescription drugs, notably a vast increase in anti-depressants and stimulants like adderal...these drugs lower the sex drive. Millennials also have more depression and anxiety, and are fear close relationships. Plus 50% of single millennials live with their parents, while just 20% of single boomers lived at home when they were the same age (20-36)

    Replies: @Roderick Spode

    If you think Adderall (AKA amphetamine) lowers the sex drive, you’ve never taken it.

    • Replies: @Travis
    @Roderick Spode

    the general consensus I've gotten is that Adderall causes erectile dysfunction, so it's not that you lose interest in sex as much as you physically cannot get an erection. Considering Adderall's effect on the sympathetic nervous system(fight/flight) this makes sense, as in an emergency, there are usually more pertinent issues than getting off. My brother took adrenal and told me at first it did make him more horny but as he took more of it it made him impotent. Maybe it depends on the dose and how long you take it.

  141. @Thea
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Possible causes also include Estrogen in our water & Lower testosterone levels & sperm counts. Soy in our diets can also be a culprit.

    Replies: @prole, @Roderick Spode

    Please show me the strongest evidence you can find that soy causes a meaningful decrease in T. I’ll be making popcorn in the meantime.

  142. @inertial
    @Jack D

    Stalin-Schmalin. Russia was a peasant society, so peasant morality was going to dominate no matter what.

    Replies: @Jack D

    Stalin-Schmalin. Russia was a peasant society, so peasant economy was going to dominate no matter what. This is why Stalin got absolutely nowhere with collectivization.

    No wait, he did and he destroyed everyone who opposed his will or even remotely stood in the way of his goals.

    Stalin-Schmalin my ass. Stalin was like a living god. He had the power of life and death over everyone. The Soviet Union was built in his image. Whatever Stalin wanted, Stalin got. Stalin had been a Russian Orthodox seminary student so maybe he got his conservative sexual morality from the church. Or maybe he decided (and in this he was not wrong) that stable family structures were necessary to build a functioning society and that you could never achieve Communism (or much of anything else) in a place where free love prevailed. But the Soviet Union was the very epitome of a top down society where people acted as they were told to act, or else.

    • Replies: @AM
    @Jack D


    This is why Stalin got absolutely nowhere with collectivization.
     
    To nitpick, he actually had to starve the worst bit of resistance, the independent Christian farmers to get collectivization to happen, aka Holodomor. Ultimately, he had also rebuild a bit of the Russian Orthodox church to get troops to finish WWII for him, too.

    But the Soviet Union was the very epitome of a top down society where people acted as they were told to act, or else.
     
    People volunteer for those societies because they don't have to think or act for themselves. There's a person on this thread who is a perfect example. They get tired of life's struggles and hand all the thinking over. Top down is usually supported by many or all levels of society.

    Replies: @Ris_Eruwaedhiel

    , @inertial
    @Jack D

    This is a common idea in the West but it's not true. Russia is a huge, diverse, complicated, and far flung country. There, levers of power are not necessarily connected to gears. Which means that no one governed in the way you describe, not the tsars, not Stalin, not Putin. For example, collectivization took the forms it took to a large degree due to peasants themselves. A certain class of peasants was getting even with another class.

    But that's a whole other topic.

    As for the sex thing, nearly entire Bolshevik leadership - Lenin, Stalin, Trotsky, and so on - endorsed bourgeois middle class views of morality. Why? Because they were people of their time and place. The rank-and-file shared the peasant mores, because that's where they come from. Yes, there were a bunch of weirdos, including sexual weirdos, who attached themselves to the early Bolshevik party. But they were few and far between and unable to shift the consensus.

  143. @Jack D
    @inertial

    Stalin-Schmalin. Russia was a peasant society, so peasant economy was going to dominate no matter what. This is why Stalin got absolutely nowhere with collectivization.

    No wait, he did and he destroyed everyone who opposed his will or even remotely stood in the way of his goals.

    Stalin-Schmalin my ass. Stalin was like a living god. He had the power of life and death over everyone. The Soviet Union was built in his image. Whatever Stalin wanted, Stalin got. Stalin had been a Russian Orthodox seminary student so maybe he got his conservative sexual morality from the church. Or maybe he decided (and in this he was not wrong) that stable family structures were necessary to build a functioning society and that you could never achieve Communism (or much of anything else) in a place where free love prevailed. But the Soviet Union was the very epitome of a top down society where people acted as they were told to act, or else.

    Replies: @AM, @inertial

    This is why Stalin got absolutely nowhere with collectivization.

    To nitpick, he actually had to starve the worst bit of resistance, the independent Christian farmers to get collectivization to happen, aka Holodomor. Ultimately, he had also rebuild a bit of the Russian Orthodox church to get troops to finish WWII for him, too.

    But the Soviet Union was the very epitome of a top down society where people acted as they were told to act, or else.

    People volunteer for those societies because they don’t have to think or act for themselves. There’s a person on this thread who is a perfect example. They get tired of life’s struggles and hand all the thinking over. Top down is usually supported by many or all levels of society.

    • Replies: @Ris_Eruwaedhiel
    @AM

    People who feel that their lives are out of control might be attracted to Islam because it micromanages believers' lives. They don't want to think for themselves and make decisions as to what to do and what not to do.

  144. @Kyle McKenna
    @Jack D

    Thanks. There are hundreds of these available online, and many are quite nifty! No on/off controls, no stations to switch. No stations!

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/545950701/soviet-vintage-wire-radio-receiver

    Tempting to pick one up, but 1) there's no way to use them except as conversation pieces and 2) my house is already full of junk.

    Replies: @Jack D

    These things aren’t really “radios” at all but basically mono loudspeakers with a volume control. By now most of the paper speaker cones are probably in shreds. By modern standards, they would have sounded tinny even when new. Some of the cases have interesting designs although most are just cheap plastic. I guess you could have one as a conversation piece and you might even be able to get some crackly sound out of it (although I don’t know what they are expecting as far as impedance, etc.) but it really wouldn’t be that useful.

    • Replies: @Kyle McKenna
    @Jack D

    Well yeah. They run on 20 volts so they'll definitely be conversation pieces at best, and I already have enough of those.

    Replies: @Jack D

  145. @Jack D
    @Kyle McKenna

    These things aren't really "radios" at all but basically mono loudspeakers with a volume control. By now most of the paper speaker cones are probably in shreds. By modern standards, they would have sounded tinny even when new. Some of the cases have interesting designs although most are just cheap plastic. I guess you could have one as a conversation piece and you might even be able to get some crackly sound out of it (although I don't know what they are expecting as far as impedance, etc.) but it really wouldn't be that useful.

    Replies: @Kyle McKenna

    Well yeah. They run on 20 volts so they’ll definitely be conversation pieces at best, and I already have enough of those.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Kyle McKenna

    These things are called "constant voltage speaker systems"

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constant-voltage_speaker_system

    Probably if your high school had a speaker in every classroom it ran off of something like this although in the West 70V was the more common setup (but 25V also existed).

    You could probably drive it with a modern amp using an 8 ohm to 25V step up transformer:

    http://www.edcorusa.com/wa15

    Replies: @Kyle McKenna

  146. @Jack D
    @inertial

    Stalin-Schmalin. Russia was a peasant society, so peasant economy was going to dominate no matter what. This is why Stalin got absolutely nowhere with collectivization.

    No wait, he did and he destroyed everyone who opposed his will or even remotely stood in the way of his goals.

    Stalin-Schmalin my ass. Stalin was like a living god. He had the power of life and death over everyone. The Soviet Union was built in his image. Whatever Stalin wanted, Stalin got. Stalin had been a Russian Orthodox seminary student so maybe he got his conservative sexual morality from the church. Or maybe he decided (and in this he was not wrong) that stable family structures were necessary to build a functioning society and that you could never achieve Communism (or much of anything else) in a place where free love prevailed. But the Soviet Union was the very epitome of a top down society where people acted as they were told to act, or else.

    Replies: @AM, @inertial

    This is a common idea in the West but it’s not true. Russia is a huge, diverse, complicated, and far flung country. There, levers of power are not necessarily connected to gears. Which means that no one governed in the way you describe, not the tsars, not Stalin, not Putin. For example, collectivization took the forms it took to a large degree due to peasants themselves. A certain class of peasants was getting even with another class.

    But that’s a whole other topic.

    As for the sex thing, nearly entire Bolshevik leadership – Lenin, Stalin, Trotsky, and so on – endorsed bourgeois middle class views of morality. Why? Because they were people of their time and place. The rank-and-file shared the peasant mores, because that’s where they come from. Yes, there were a bunch of weirdos, including sexual weirdos, who attached themselves to the early Bolshevik party. But they were few and far between and unable to shift the consensus.

  147. @Kyle McKenna
    @Jack D

    Well yeah. They run on 20 volts so they'll definitely be conversation pieces at best, and I already have enough of those.

    Replies: @Jack D

    These things are called “constant voltage speaker systems”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constant-voltage_speaker_system

    Probably if your high school had a speaker in every classroom it ran off of something like this although in the West 70V was the more common setup (but 25V also existed).

    You could probably drive it with a modern amp using an 8 ohm to 25V step up transformer:

    http://www.edcorusa.com/wa15

    • Replies: @Kyle McKenna
    @Jack D

    Funny, because I have a thing for high-end Japanese components and already use a step-down transformer (120->100v) to operate them!

    Replies: @Anonymous

  148. @AM
    @Buzz Mohawk


    Rather, it is because they are still women, free from western assumptions that they need to experience everything the same way men do.
     
    Communism assumes that women want and are naturally as physically about sex as men. IRL, women tend to see sex as romantic love and the more partners a woman has, the less likely she is to be a stable wife and mother.

    Monogamy is hard on the men and easy on the women. Communism disrupts everything about stable social order and one of the first orders of business is to make women pathetic copies of men.

    Nothing is more remarkable to an American man than an Eastern European woman who can do calculus in the daytime and then come home and be a real woman (and love being one!).
     
    Umm..they don't exist. This like the thing in porn where lesbians are beautiful thin blonds and in real life are massively overweight butch types. Eastern European women were pumped with steroids in order to win Olympics back in the day.

    As usual, the sex stuff in lefties is far more fantasy than reality.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

    “Nothing is more remarkable to an American man than an Eastern European woman who can do calculus in the daytime and then come home and be a real woman (and love being one!).”

    Umm..they don’t exist.

    Umm…yes they do. I’m married to one.

    Oh, and with regard to your lesbian stereotype: I knew at least a couple of beautiful ones years ago. They do (or did) exist. One of them, a slim, blonde actress in local theater, had an uncanny ability to pick up pretty college girls at bars. I watched her do it one time.

    But I agree that stereotypes usually do represent the average truths that most people have experienced over time. No argument there.

    • Replies: @AM
    @Buzz Mohawk


    Umm…yes they do. I’m married to one.
     
    Ah, so you're unbiased on the point. ;) Come on. If you have the one exception who proves the rule, I'm happy for you. Other that, they don't exist. Sorry to burst the bubble. There really aren't beautiful European women doing calculus in the daytime and just loving to come home a guy. That's stuff out of novels.

    Gheesh, I'm a math nerd too, who is a woman. I never once thought of it some sort of amazing point about me. At best, it was an unearned gift from God. On it's worst days, it's rather annoying and doesn't get the dishes done.


    I knew at least a couple of beautiful ones years ago. They do (or did) exist. One of them, a slim, blonde actress in local theater, had an uncanny ability to pick up pretty college girls at bars. I watched her do it one time.
     
    Right. Back away from the porn and the extreme weirdos.
  149. @anarchyst
    @george

    The "fit and finish" of Japanese cars was far superior to "American iron" of the day, BUT, the "fly in the ointment" is, while Japanese cars were far superior as far as quality and fit and finish was concerned, they rusted out FASTER than American cars. Add to that, Japanese cars required more frequent maintenance, due to their tighter tolerances. You could take an American car with oil that hadn't been changed in years, the transmission fluid like black water, and the damn thing would still run. Not so for Japanese cars.
    Japan actually forced American automakers into looking into "quality control"--something the American auto manufacturers neglected, along with the advice given by W. Edward Deming, who the Japanese embraced to their benefit.

    Replies: @Kyle McKenna

    The numbers of Toyotas and Hondas which went 100,000+ miles without a single oil change are–sadly or otherwise–legion.

    Incidentally, if you are the original author of the cop-related screed here: https://www.unz.com/isteve/washington-post-runs-1200-words-on-minneapolis-police-shooting-no-mention-of-shooters-name-immigrant-status-color-ethnicity-or-affirmative-action-pokemon-points/#comment-1938844 I’d like to know, and possibly license it for use elsewhere 🙂

    Giving proper credit to this forum, of course. Anyway it was fairly masterful.

    • Replies: @anarchyst
    @Kyle McKenna

    Yes, I am the original author of the "screed"...Please feel free to repost and reprint with attribution to "anarchyst". Thank you for your interest.
    Regards,

  150. @Jack D
    @Kyle McKenna

    These things are called "constant voltage speaker systems"

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constant-voltage_speaker_system

    Probably if your high school had a speaker in every classroom it ran off of something like this although in the West 70V was the more common setup (but 25V also existed).

    You could probably drive it with a modern amp using an 8 ohm to 25V step up transformer:

    http://www.edcorusa.com/wa15

    Replies: @Kyle McKenna

    Funny, because I have a thing for high-end Japanese components and already use a step-down transformer (120->100v) to operate them!

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Kyle McKenna

    All JDM electronics were required by law to have 100V _only_ power transformers, so that Japanese electronics made for export, which usually had tapped or series/parallel primaries for US and Euro voltages, could not be diverted or reimported for retail Japanese sale. That was because these electronics were sold at a low, no, or even negative profit for years to "build market share" and drive domestic consumer electronics out of business.

    I don't believe that is the law anymore. Most solid state consumer electronics today have switchmode supplies which accept a wide range of input voltages. However, the vacuum tube DIY and small volume commercial audio units described in Musen-to Jikken and Stereo Sound magazines show 100V only primary power transformers. The Japanese do not really care to have gaijin involved with their domestic hobby. Round eye make fun of Restrum Erectric shree hundled bee. We can't have that.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/300B

    (FWIW, the 300B was never used to "amplify telephone signals". It was used in WE ERPI theater equipment and later as a voltage regulator pass tube in early microwave carrier multiplex equipment and in the Nike Ajax and Nike Zeus missile.)

  151. @Neoconned
    @whorefinder

    Call it what you want the article made a good point - there's a good reason theres nostalgia for the Soviet era.

    Once you got rid of the Stalinites and the other homicidal goons the communism of the 60s-90s wasnt that bad. Personally i prefer it to this service sector bullshit we have now.

    I work three jobs in the service industry. I'm lucky to live with relatives. If i didnt i wouldnt be able to afford ANYTHING but rent and utilities.....and that would be WITH roommates in some cruddy duddy apt....

    Sure you would have food shortages of luxury items but most late era Soviets rarely starved.

    I've worked in grocery stores & restaurants since i was 16. A lot of the excess food we have gets thrown out anyway.

    So even if there were shortages big deal the basics were provided.

    It wasn't high end but decent enough health care and dental care were free or close to free. Compare that to our overpriced health care system where entire cadres of medical school grads are coming out & going into lifestyle specialities like cosmetic surgery (not the type that helps ppl) to help pimply old women burn thru their 401ks pretending they're still 35....

    Your apartment was nothing to be shown off or admired but it beat a lot of the lower end projects & trailer parks you see in the USA. And so long as you were apolitical it was pretty much guaranteed.

    Occasionally a car would be guaranteed depending on the nation.

    But most importantly your JOB was guaranteed.

    And if it wasn't around they'd send you off to learn another trade. No outsourcing, no unskilled foreign scabs stealing your fucking living. I was talking yesterday with my coworker. He works fast food with me at my night job because Mexicans took ALL the fuckin roofing work.

    His wages fell from $20/hr to $11/hr before he finally moved on to another industry.

    Fuck that shit.

    America isn't a free country anyway. Every been pulled over? Ever change your habits & whete you hang out to avoid other ppl?

    Without money you can't enjoy any of the freedoms we have here anyway...

    Hell its like i live in the Soviet union now. Going to the dive bar at the shitty overpriced Mexican restaurant here in town is now a once every month and a half luxury. And all i drink is a pitcher of watered down Modelo and a few four buck margaritas on MARGARITA night when they're thirty percent off....this is down in the Bible Belt region too.

    Shit if the communists came along and promised to jettison the SW back to Mexico and then deport every single Mexican in the other states back to the SW and then promised me a guaranteed job, passable health care, a guaranteed apartment and no more fucking outsourcing and the aboloshment of student loans and debt and Wall St id vote for them in a heartbeat. Hell at least they'd shutter the border, get rid of the foreign scabs and welfare fraudsters and guarantee my livelihood. Thats a trade off a LOT OF PEOPLE would be happy to accept.

    Especially those of us paying a student loan note instead of a mortgage or luxury car note....

    Replies: @AM, @Kyle McKenna, @27 year old, @DaveA, @whorefinder, @Achmed E. Newman, @Jack D, @Johann Ricke, @Johann Ricke

    Sure you would have food shortages of luxury items but most late era Soviets rarely starved.

    The New York Times was known for its fawning coverage of the Soviet Union. But sometimes, reality slipped through:

    At the Beryozka store on Bolshaya Gruzinskaya, shoppers with D coupons, another kind of official currency, could select from beef fillets, tongue, kidneys, liver, brains, ducks and geese. At the state store half a block away, a long line of customers with rubles waited to buy bologna.

    In theory, the monetary system is supposed to serve four distinct groups: rubles for the majority of Soviet citizens, check coupons for those who earn hard currency abroad and must redeem their earnings for these coupons, D coupons for foreign diplomats and, for tourists, hard currencies like the dollar and West German mark.

    A long line of customers for bologna. Sounds like a shortage to me.

  152. @whorefinder
    So socialism allows for slutty women to sleep around and prioritize sexual pleasure over family.

    The NY Times is unsuspectingly validating much of the Manosphere's arguments and theories about modern women.

    Replies: @inertial, @Neoconned, @Corvinus, @Rosamond Vincy

    Sounds like “that Cosmo Girl.” And a more miserable, lonely, conformist figure you’ll rarely find. All that “freedom” translates to slavishly following “Cosmo’s” rules. As T.H. White’s ants knew, everything not forbidden is compulsory–and that includes “fun.”

  153. Yeah, cause there’s nothing more SEXAY than a nude beach in a Police State. Its like a rape catalog for the Commisars.

  154. @AM
    @Jack D


    This is why Stalin got absolutely nowhere with collectivization.
     
    To nitpick, he actually had to starve the worst bit of resistance, the independent Christian farmers to get collectivization to happen, aka Holodomor. Ultimately, he had also rebuild a bit of the Russian Orthodox church to get troops to finish WWII for him, too.

    But the Soviet Union was the very epitome of a top down society where people acted as they were told to act, or else.
     
    People volunteer for those societies because they don't have to think or act for themselves. There's a person on this thread who is a perfect example. They get tired of life's struggles and hand all the thinking over. Top down is usually supported by many or all levels of society.

    Replies: @Ris_Eruwaedhiel

    People who feel that their lives are out of control might be attracted to Islam because it micromanages believers’ lives. They don’t want to think for themselves and make decisions as to what to do and what not to do.

    • Agree: AM
  155. @Kyle McKenna
    @anarchyst

    The numbers of Toyotas and Hondas which went 100,000+ miles without a single oil change are--sadly or otherwise--legion.

    Incidentally, if you are the original author of the cop-related screed here: https://www.unz.com/isteve/washington-post-runs-1200-words-on-minneapolis-police-shooting-no-mention-of-shooters-name-immigrant-status-color-ethnicity-or-affirmative-action-pokemon-points/#comment-1938844 I'd like to know, and possibly license it for use elsewhere :)

    Giving proper credit to this forum, of course. Anyway it was fairly masterful.

    Replies: @anarchyst

    Yes, I am the original author of the “screed”…Please feel free to repost and reprint with attribution to “anarchyst”. Thank you for your interest.
    Regards,

  156. @S. Anonyia
    @prole

    It isn't really millennials. Millennials are people 33-20 or so. Born in the mid 80s to mid/late 90s. It's the upcoming generation, the ones born after 2000, who aren't socializing or getting jobs or even driving.

    Replies: @prole

    The studies and data confirm the millennials are having less sex, have less friends and socialize less often than when boomers were at the same age. It is well documented, and is a big reason teenage pregnancies went down significantly since 1997. More 30 year-Olds live with their parents than with a spouse or partner. This has never been observed before in America.

  157. @inertial
    @Peter Akuleyev

    Actually, it's the young people under 35 in the former USSR who tend to think that life was horrible under Communism. Older people, who actually experienced constant daily humiliations, etc., still think that life was better then. What explains the difference? At least part of it has to be propaganda.

    And speaking of Romanians, 66% of them would vote for Ceausescu today. And 72% of Hungarians think life was better under Communism. Why? Do they know something that is not talked about in the West?

    Replies: @AM

    Older people, who actually experienced constant daily humiliations, etc., still think that life was better then. What explains the difference? At least part of it has to be propaganda.

    Part of it was they wanted security of communism. Propaganda only gets you so far, really. People over estimate it’s power quite a bit. It works best if there’s a message in it they want to hear. Communism means never having to think or struggle at the job/survival part of your life. Show up, do your duty (a little), and the rest is taken care of.

    Remember Moses leading the Jews out of the desert. They all thought slavery was better than freedom of survival in the desert. The generation that saw Israel would be the young warriors who embraced the desert life because they had no memories of being fed, other than by God and their own efforts.

    And 72% of Hungarians think life was better under Communism. Why? Do they know something that is not talked about in the West?

    No, not really. What that tells us is that those Hungarians knew slavery and preferred it’s steady food supply and not thinking about their lives. (Interviews with the last surviving black American slaves tell similar tales, by the way.) They understood and adjusted to communism and this bewildering new world of being fired and taking care of yourself is work.

    The younger generation growing up now in it’s own desert will think communism was stupid. But that takes time and you definitely end up with a lost generation who fantasize about their slavery.

  158. @Buzz Mohawk
    @AM



    "Nothing is more remarkable to an American man than an Eastern European woman who can do calculus in the daytime and then come home and be a real woman (and love being one!)."
     
    Umm..they don’t exist.
     
    Umm...yes they do. I'm married to one.

    Oh, and with regard to your lesbian stereotype: I knew at least a couple of beautiful ones years ago. They do (or did) exist. One of them, a slim, blonde actress in local theater, had an uncanny ability to pick up pretty college girls at bars. I watched her do it one time.

    But I agree that stereotypes usually do represent the average truths that most people have experienced over time. No argument there.

    Replies: @AM

    Umm…yes they do. I’m married to one.

    Ah, so you’re unbiased on the point. 😉 Come on. If you have the one exception who proves the rule, I’m happy for you. Other that, they don’t exist. Sorry to burst the bubble. There really aren’t beautiful European women doing calculus in the daytime and just loving to come home a guy. That’s stuff out of novels.

    Gheesh, I’m a math nerd too, who is a woman. I never once thought of it some sort of amazing point about me. At best, it was an unearned gift from God. On it’s worst days, it’s rather annoying and doesn’t get the dishes done.

    I knew at least a couple of beautiful ones years ago. They do (or did) exist. One of them, a slim, blonde actress in local theater, had an uncanny ability to pick up pretty college girls at bars. I watched her do it one time.

    Right. Back away from the porn and the extreme weirdos.

  159. @newrouter
    "“After my divorce, I had my job and my salary, and I didn’t need a man to support me. I could do as I pleased.”

    Ms. Durcheva was a single mother for many years, but she insisted that her life before 1989 was more gratifying than the stressful existence of her daughter, who was born in the late 1970s."


    The ghetto life style. How many abortions she had wasn't axed. The "Life of Julia" realized:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/obamas-julia-ad-and-the-new-hubby-state/2012/05/11/gIQAcRdoIU_story.html?utm_term=.355128d00fcf

    Replies: @Clyde, @anonguy, @Stebbing Heuer, @JamesG

    “How many abortions she had wasn’t axed. ”

    The lifetime average–average!– in the Soviet Union was around ten.

    • Replies: @JamesG
    @JamesG


    ''My mother had 3 children and 13 abortions,'' a young Moscow woman said. ''My father refused to use condoms, and there was nothing else she could do.''
     
    Note also they were usually done without anesthesia.




    http://www.nytimes.com/1989/02/28/world/women-fault-soviet-system-for-abortion.html
  160. @JamesG
    @newrouter

    "How many abortions she had wasn’t axed. "

    The lifetime average--average!-- in the Soviet Union was around ten.

    Replies: @JamesG

    ”My mother had 3 children and 13 abortions,” a young Moscow woman said. ”My father refused to use condoms, and there was nothing else she could do.”

    Note also they were usually done without anesthesia.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1989/02/28/world/women-fault-soviet-system-for-abortion.html

  161. @Roderick Spode
    @prole

    If you think Adderall (AKA amphetamine) lowers the sex drive, you've never taken it.

    Replies: @Travis

    the general consensus I’ve gotten is that Adderall causes erectile dysfunction, so it’s not that you lose interest in sex as much as you physically cannot get an erection. Considering Adderall’s effect on the sympathetic nervous system(fight/flight) this makes sense, as in an emergency, there are usually more pertinent issues than getting off. My brother took adrenal and told me at first it did make him more horny but as he took more of it it made him impotent. Maybe it depends on the dose and how long you take it.

  162. It’s difficult to believe any research from the days of communism. The communists lied about everything – the only question is what the women in question thought they were supposed to be saying.

    And the anecdotes… “Forty years ago I used to get laid a lot. Not like today under capitalism.”

  163. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Kyle McKenna
    @Jack D

    Funny, because I have a thing for high-end Japanese components and already use a step-down transformer (120->100v) to operate them!

    Replies: @Anonymous

    All JDM electronics were required by law to have 100V _only_ power transformers, so that Japanese electronics made for export, which usually had tapped or series/parallel primaries for US and Euro voltages, could not be diverted or reimported for retail Japanese sale. That was because these electronics were sold at a low, no, or even negative profit for years to “build market share” and drive domestic consumer electronics out of business.

    I don’t believe that is the law anymore. Most solid state consumer electronics today have switchmode supplies which accept a wide range of input voltages. However, the vacuum tube DIY and small volume commercial audio units described in Musen-to Jikken and Stereo Sound magazines show 100V only primary power transformers. The Japanese do not really care to have gaijin involved with their domestic hobby. Round eye make fun of Restrum Erectric shree hundled bee. We can’t have that.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/300B

    (FWIW, the 300B was never used to “amplify telephone signals”. It was used in WE ERPI theater equipment and later as a voltage regulator pass tube in early microwave carrier multiplex equipment and in the Nike Ajax and Nike Zeus missile.)

Comments are closed.

Subscribe to All Steve Sailer Comments via RSS