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From Ron Unz of The Unz Review:

… I’m extremely pleased—indeed totally stunned!—to announce that our Alexa Traffic Rank has now pulled significantly ahead of both The New Republic and The Nation. Even two years ago, both those prominent publications had three times our ranking, and a year ago were still ahead by nearly a factor of two. But if the current Alexa figures are to be believed, we are now roughly 15% ahead of TNR and 35% above The Nation, with these trends reflecting both our rise and their decline in roughly equal measures. We have also pulled within 15% of Foreign Policy.

The New Republic (founded 1914) and The Nation (founded 1865) are valuable brand names. I haven’t heard much about both lately, but back in The Nation’s heyday during the Iraq War, I was very impressed with the amount of advertising it ran in its paper magazine. Each edition a dozen years ago was stuffed with ads for highly respectable brands purchased by upper middle class professionals.

In contrast, conservative paper magazines always had trouble getting quality advertisers, like, say, Bose. I don’t recall Bose specifically, but I’m just using that as an example of the kind of brand name advertiser who was much more likely to advertise a $500 clock radio in The Nation than in The American Conservative, despite both magazines being high-browish journals opposed to the Iraq War.

This was long before the Great Awokening, by the way, so Cancel Culture has been around a long time. One difference was that back then it just existed as a sort of smog, a fear that if you stepped over the line and bought an ad in a magazine that ran movie reviews by Steve Sailer, something bad would happen to your brand. But now there are many more examples of hanging admirals to encourage the others that, yes, bad things do happen to sinners.

The switch to the Internet has probably been bad for left of center magazines since paper is a better advertising medium than screen, for reasons that the Best Minds of Our Generation haven’t been able to fix.

So I went and looked up what’s on TheNation.com and NewRepublic.com these days. Both websites look nice. I recognize the names of a few oldtimers on The Nation, but I didn’t recognize the names of any contributors to TNR.

TNR’s recent history seems like a good example of The Circular Firing Squad aspect of left-of-center coalitions.

I did enjoy this article currently on TNR:

Right Brain

The conservative commentariat’s love affair with nootropics
By RICHARD COOKE
September 3, 2019

On my desk sit four containers of brain pills. Though they are made by four separate companies, they are similar enough in appearance and content to be almost interchangeable. The ingredients mention green tea extract and bacopa, B vitamins and black pepper extract. The names of the formulae—Alpha Brain, Gorilla Mind Smooth, Brain Force Plus, Dawn to Dusk—are displayed in clean, futuristic fonts. Three of the bottles are tinted the tone of limousine windows. All sport the cartoon iconography that signifies increased brainpower: firing synapses, lightning bolts, glowing bulbs. The pills’ most important similarity, however, is not represented on the labeling: Each can boast the endorsement of a prominent right-of-center media commentator.

Onnit Alpha Brain claims to support “memory and focus,” and when the podcaster and comedian Joe Rogan began taking it daily, he insisted that his ability to form sentences “seemed smoother.” The best-named pill, Gorilla Mind Smooth, was formulated by the alt-lite author Mike Cernovich (with the help of researchers). Its capsules are half-red and half-black, and when Cernovich first took a prototype version, he tweeted that he could feel neurons regrowing in his sleep. Brain Force Plus is a best-seller on the Infowars Store, where it helps fund Alex Jones’s war for your mind. Ben Shapiro endorses Dawn to Dusk, distributed by BrickHouse Nutrition. Unlike the others, this supplement is moderately caffeinated, and, whether by design or accident, its effects seem to encourage Shapiro’s rapid-fire, small-caliber mode of speaking.

These substances are variously called nootropics, neurotropics, or nutraceuticals, none of which are very accurate names. Nootropics, the term used most frequently, literally means “mind-bending,” but the products are intended to heighten focus rather than cause a psychedelic reorientation of perception. The medical community is skeptical of nootropics, and discourages their use. In most studies, the pills tend to do no better than a placebo. …

Considering the aggressive marketing and questionable efficacy of these substances, it is easy to group them with other dubious products promoted by conservative media: reverse mortgages, gold bullion, drug-free arthritis relief, secret stock-market strategies. …

I took the pills for three weeks altogether, alternating brands, and the average result was comparable to an espresso, with a little more sustain.

And the article goes on to make a number of erudite points on brain performance-enhancing drugs and their appeal to the Right:

The work of Ayn Rand bears the residue of amphetamines thickest. Both Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead appeared at peaks in a 30-year Benzedrine habit, and Rand’s paranoid prolixity shows its chemical origins. Though the prolific novelist’s writing is often maligned, she peerlessly—if unintentionally—renders the feeling of being on uppers. In Atlas Shrugged, when Dagny Taggart looks up at a skyscraper, “her consciousness surrendered to a single sight and a single, wordless emotion—but she had always known that an emotion was a sum totaled by an adding machine of the mind, and what she now felt was the instantaneous total of the thoughts she did not have to name.”

But I didn’t see any mention of the most obvious reason why rightist pundits tend to have dodgy sponsors like these: they’d no doubt really prefer to be doing ads for Ford F-150s and the like, but Corporate America is very wary of sponsoring conservative commentators.

 
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  1. eee says:

    “Each can boast the endorsement of a prominent right-of-center media commentator.”

    “Onnit Alpha Brain claims to support “memory and focus,” and when the podcaster and comedian Joe Rogan began taking it daily, he insisted that his ability to form sentences “seemed smoother.””

    How many times does Joe Rogan need to tell people he is a liberal before they start believing him?

  2. frankie p says:

    Congratulations, Mr. Ron Unz! You’ve built a quality webzine, with straight shooting writers who don’t hold back when addressing controversial topics with their PC filters set to low, and even set to zero in some cases, such as your own work on the American Prada series.

    Keep it up! We read you every day.

    • Agree: Kronos
    • Replies: @(((Owen)))
  3. Unz Review Tops New Republic and the Nation

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  4. Barnard says:

    The Wikipedia page on The New Republic does a fairly good job of covering its demise, although I don’t know if that was the writers intentions. Circulation started declining sharply in 2001 and they stopped releasing numbers when it hit 53,000 in 2009. Former Facebook employee Chris Hughes bought it in 2012 and fired editor Franklin Foer in late 2014 which resulted in mass resignations among the staff, especially among staff who shared the same religious background as Foer. They had to skip putting out an issue after the mass resignations because they couldn’t get it published in time.
    Hughes sold the magazine to Democratic activist Win McCormick in 2016.

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

  5. Both Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead appeared at peaks in a 30-year Benzedrine habit

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
  6. Awesome news. Congratulations to all the writers and contributers here. Much higher quality material here and takes on that material. The legacy media can’t keep up.

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
    , @Avery
  7. unit472 says:

    Tass and Pravda, no doubt had higher circulation numbers and more advertisers than all the ‘Samzidat’ put together. Didn’t do Brezhnev or the USSR much good though.

    Those little below the radar publications tend to reach more thoughtful people and open the Overton Window and just like Sears succumbed to Amazon today’s pygmies will, over time, replace the dinosaurs of yesteday

    What is needed is a reasonable pay per view system. I pay $12/month for Takimag which has one or two features per day. I pay $12 per month for the London Telegraph which has dozens. I stopped paying for the WSJ and FT because they are too expensive given the news they offer. What is needed is a universal subscription that charges a dime per day. Ron Unz costs me a dime per day as does the WSJ. The ad revenue can go to the owners based on traffic.

  8. Anonymous[216] • Disclaimer says:

    Note also that the C-suite class happily combines leftist social politics to offset their free market rabidity, so their advertising will reflect aspirations to liberal respectability.

  9. NO DOUBT “THE HISTORIC NATIVE BORN WHITE AMERICAN MAJORITY”….has increased Unz Review Readership by several orders of magazine….

  10. Color me skeptical.

    You surpassed breitbart? The Drudge Report?

    • Replies: @Amerimutt Golems
  11. SND says:

    Sailer & Unz. Thank God they have been driven to one another.

  12. Why anyone would bother with these things is beyond me. Are they cheaper than *afinils or Adderall, for the same quantum of focus improvement?

    If I need to pull an all-nighter (which I have to do a few times every year), a 150mg armodafinil sees to it that I am still solidly productive at the 40 hour mark. If I’m generally busy (working more than my usual 10hr day) I’ll take 75mg on workdays; the effect is so obvious that I often have trouble not concentrating.

    Thing about arma: you better be focusing on the target task when it kicks in – otherwise there’s a risk that you semi-obsessively do whatever you’re focused on until it’s finished (once I cleaned out my car, including removing all removable footwell carpet and vacuuming underneath it).

    inb4 “that’s just speed”: not so. A very very different mental state to both Adderall and speed. There’s a noticeable amplification of the ability to evaluate your work in progress, and no “wheel-spinning”.

    If Rand had written Atlas Shrugged on armodafinil, she would have had the wit to stop after 10 pages – because she would have recognised that she was producing a gigantic pile of shit. Everything I’ve read by that slag reads like it was written by a tweaker.

  13. Anonymous[143] • Disclaimer says:

    Yeah, I hate the goldbug crap.

  14. Well, Steve could tell us which financial firms to use.

  15. Kronos says:

    Was advertising tough for National Review during the 1970s-1990s?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  16. @Reg Cæsar

    Ayn Rand was a kind of magic negro figure for science fiction fans in the 1950s. Her fairy dust continues to sparkle in libertarian circles.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @SFG
    , @Pericles
  17. @Pseudonymic Handle

    Seems like there’s a market for free speech in the Woke era. Probably an anomaly.

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
  18. Anon[390] • Disclaimer says:

    Alexa rankings used to be complete bullshit. Has that changed in the last ten years or so? The better ranking would be page views or unique page views. Do these other sites reveal their stats?

  19. Dr. X says:

    Look, I don’t mean to piss in the cornflakes here. I’m happy for Ron and Steve and the site, and I am one of the people responsible for it’s increase in traffic, as I hit the site every day multiple times.

    But the reality is that it’s not a terribly big deal to beat TNR and The Nation because they’re both in decline. Why are they in decline? Because they’re victims of their own success. The Deep State, the academy, corporate America, the Millennial generation, and “The Establishment” have become so uniformly left wing that the wildest shit that TNR and The Nation published in the past is now totally blasé. The Democrats have avowed socialists and gun-grabbers running for president, for God’s sake, and everyone acts as if Bernie Sanders is no different than Calvin frickin’ Coolidge. There’s no need anymore for these people to read what every single one of their peers and acquaintances considers to be obvious fact. Global warming, gay rights, abortion, feminism, transgenderism — there isn’t any debate. There’s nothing left for leftist intellectuals to argue. All they need to do now is crush the “deplorables.”

    I love the Unz Review, but frankly I am completely powerless and completely marginalized. I’ll be much happier when the Joint Chiefs, the CEOs of Google, Youtube and Apple, and the presidents of Harvard and Berkeley make the Unz Review their home page.

    But I fear the probability is about 99.9% that I’m going to die in a gulag before that happens…

    • Replies: @Realist
    , @SFG
    , @JackOH
  20. George says:

    https://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/unz.com

    TOP KEYWORDS BY TRAFFIC #1 “american inventors” WTF? 😉

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @Pericles
    , @res
  21. New Republic has been a bottom ever since Marty Peretz took over.

  22. Avery says:
    @Pseudonymic Handle

    { Congratulations to all the writers and contributers here.}

    Well, yeah: BUT.

    First and foremost CONGRATS should go to Ron Unz. After all, he set up this site, pretty much all by himself, with his own funds, continues funding* it, wrote the outstanding, one-of-a-kind commenting software, which no doubt is responsible for a big chunk of the traffic,…….

    All those excellent writers and contributors would have nowhere to publish if it weren’t for Ron pretty much giving _all_ sides a platform. Particularly now, that any dissenting opinion or voice that doesn’t follow the Party line is squelched and/or defunded.

    Godspeed Ron.

    _________________
    * the one attempt by Ron to have readers contribute financially to the ops of UNZ.com fell flat on its face.

  23. Anonymous[375] • Disclaimer says:

    In contrast, conservative paper magazines always had trouble getting quality advertisers, like, say, Bose. I don’t recall Bose specifically, but I’m just using that as an example of the kind of brand name advertiser who was much more likely to advertise a $500 clock radio in The Nation than in The American Conservative, despite both magazines being high-browish journals opposed to the Iraq War.

    I remember the paper version of The American Conservative 15 years or so ago was printed entirely in that cheap, thin newspaper material, including the front and back covers. It made it feel like a cheap pamphlet rather than a high brow intellectual journal.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  24. The Claremont Eeview of Books seem to get a reasonable number of ads from book publishers.

  25. Anon[294] • Disclaimer says:

    Does Alexa still mostly base their rankings of people who use the Alexa toolbar, or are they buying data from ISPs or using Amazon cloud data also? Their data used to be extremely inaccurate except for maybe the very top sites where traffic volume rounded off the error.

    This doesn’t sound good:

    Making a better Internet

    Alexa could not exist without the participation of the Alexa Toolbar community. Each member of the community, in addition to getting a useful tool, gives back. Simply by using the Alexa toolbar, every member contributes valuable information about the web, how it’s used, what’s important and what isn’t. Alexa returns this information to the community as Traffic Ranks, Related Links, and more.

    No extension for Safari, or anything but Firefox and Chrome.

    The Alexa extension used to only be used by bloggers … who no longer exist. Who has the Alexa extension installed? Any commenters here?

    Compete and Quantcast used to have much more reliable traffic data than Alexa, but they both have gone commercial now.

    The best data is Google Analyitics or an independent like Clicky, for your own data, and then asking for a rate card or media kit from the sites you want to compare to see their traffic claims.

    Here’s what The Nation claims in their current media kit:

    Monthly sessions Monthly page views Monthly users

    5.2 MILLION 6.9 MILLION 3.9 MILLION

    (From Google Analytics, should be really accurate.)

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  26. It’s funny how life turns out. I’ll bet when Ron was a 15 year old physics prodigy, the idea that as an adult he would be best known as a publisher would have sounded about as likely as being a famous NASCAR driver. But, here we are. Here’s to not holding on so tightly to your childhood dreams that you fail to grab new opportunities.

    • Agree: Digital Samizdat
    • Replies: @bored identity
  27. Jack D says:
    @George

    Steve had an article a while ago about how when you google “American inventors” you get a bunch of black people who invented hair straightener and such instead of Alexander Graham Bell and Morse and Fulton, etc. People who google “American inventors” and see all these pictures of black people must be puzzled and they then look to Steve’s article for the explanation, which is either (it appears increasingly likely) that our new masters want to erase American history or else (and this is the same thing) kids are assigned reports on “African American Inventors” (or women inventors, etc.) and no one writes school reports anymore on dead white racists like Henry Ford.

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
    , @ferdowski
  28. @SunBakedSuburb

    Ayn Rand was a kind of magic negro figure for science fiction fans in the 1950s. Her fairy dust continues to sparkle in libertarian circles.

    She hated libertarians, even more than Russell Kirk did.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  29. @Kratoklastes

    Rand was just cranking out propaganda. Clearly you like the stuff well enough to frequent iSteve.

  30. Crowder is sponsored by a gun company. Perhaps Maglite could sponsor Steve. Would a leftist boycott really dent sales? Some radio guys are now sonsored by cell provider Patriot Mobile.

  31. J.Ross says:

    “Russian hackers are steering agencyless American audiences away from the experts who know what’s best for them and into the darkest reaches of the free web! Clearly we need to call people stupid more …”
    —-
    I realize this is what idiots say about homeopathic but I’ve noticed benefit from supplements including the new noopeps (it’s not like it makes you smarter, it’s closer to waking up faster or recovering from a weekend faster). Iodine definitely works and does make you smarter (hence the government once requiring it to be added to salt and flour following alarming IQ test results, although they have since changed the requirement). There is objective and quantifiable benefit in the case of a product we shall name “Austin AJ’s Universal Ball Assistance,” and if you want to avoid the personality you can look up the ingredients and get them separately from a variety of sources. Dennis Prager endorsed Super Beets (hell yeah, the one that you wanted) are good for circulation but expensive; chalky, flavorless GMO-free beet powder is something like a fifth or sixth of the cost, but is messy, and if you can afford the brand name you will miss the flavoring and texturing.

  32. Jim Given says:

    Rand was not a “conservative” of any kind, but I suspect the term here is being used in that vogue liberal manner which makes it interchangeable with the words “right-wing” and “Republican”. But doesn’t Limbaugh encourage the same confusion? I suppose the defining purpose of neo-conservatism is the continued co-optation of social conservatives to support Imperial adventures, so that promoting such conflation is obligatory.

    So Rand, like many other writers of that generation was a speed freak. Maybe that’s how Howard Roarke gained the power to talk (in a courtroom) for 100 pages.

    • Replies: @Anonymouse
  33. @Kratoklastes

    a 150mg armodafinil

    Is that a diminutive cross between an armadillo and a daffodil?

    • Replies: @Kratoklastes
  34. Kronos says:
    @Kratoklastes

    Oh come on, it’s pretty good stuff. We should have a discussion on how the book would’ve turned out on different drugs.

    -Alcohol
    -Cocaine
    -Weed
    -LSD

    • Replies: @Kratoklastes
  35. J.Ross says:
    @Kronos

    My memory is vague but I would all but bet money that this wasn’t the case. This idea of not being able to be seen with people is new. The big leftist complaint about Terry MacAuliffe’s Democratic Party of the early to mid nineties was that the exact same corporate sponsors were lugging the same tchotchkies to the conventions of both parties (in the case of Altria, Kraft “Dinner” in little elephants or little donkies). I love reading old magazine ads so my scope goes past my lifetime (I might post the hilarious ad in an early seventies Playboy for a digital watch, there’s nothing obscene in it). Speaking of seventies Playboy versus the new monolithic media, even outside of expressly political publications, there was a lot more visibility and acceptability of right wing voices, through the nineties, whereas now the default are intolerant extremists unbalanced by any counterpart.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Chrisnonymous
  36. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @J.Ross

    I love reading old magazines of every type (almost) especially those from the 1950-1965 era. The ads, the perspectives on issues, it’s all very edifying. Which is why all the public libraries have thrown out all their old magazines.

    • Replies: @res
  37. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Malice Rosenbomb hated the libtys like L Ron Hubbard hated “squirrel” breakaway sects, as every religion hates the people who schism from it. We all know the Emo Phillips routine, or should.

    Her attack poodles Peter Schwartz and Leonard Peikoff are still on the job.

  38. Kronos says:

    [“the exact same corporate sponsors were lugging the same tchotchkies to the conventions of both parties (in the case of Altria, Kraft “Dinner” in little elephants or little donkies).”]

    You think the GOP will no longer be the business party? I get the sensation the Rockefeller Republicans are being sucked forever into the Democratic orbit. That with the Clinton brand of crony capitalism and control of the Colleges/Universities they’ll transfer over.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  39. Clyde says:

    Was Ayn Rand a sociopath? – Piece of Mindful
    https://pieceofmindful.com/2019/04/27/was-ayn-rand-a-sociopath

    Apr 27, 2019 · In addition to her indisputable addiction to nicotine (she was a chain smoker) there’s no question that Ayn Rand was a habitual consumer of amphetamines starting in 1942, when she was prescribed Benzedrine for weight loss (a common …

    • Replies: @Clyde
    , @Anonymous
    , @Alden
  40. Clyde says:
    @Clyde

    Motorhead
    April 28, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    In addition to her indisputable addiction to nicotine (she was a chain smoker) there’s no question that Ayn Rand was a habitual consumer of amphetamines starting in 1942, when she was prescribed Benzedrine for weight loss (a common medical practice in that era) and discovered that it gave her the energy to put in the long hours needed to finish the first of her two major novels, The Fountainhead. Rand liked the boost that “speed” gave her, and from that time until at least 1972 – a period of 30 years – she continued to use amphetamines, moving on to Dexedrine and Dexamyl. ~From a blog I tried to post.

    • Replies: @Pericles
  41. @SunBakedSuburb

    Well, market might not be the right term for what’s going on here. I mean – the price for goods is the most powerful regulator in markets, and that crucial part is left out here. Unz.com is some weird utopian leftists dream come true. Amazing grace.

    The ways of the Lord above no one amongst us earthly creatures digs.

    Holy cow, so to speak.

  42. Anon[333] • Disclaimer says:

    The Nation’s website claims 6.9 million monthly page views in its media kit, Ron claimed 3.5 million monthly page views for July in his recent post in the announcements section. Reaching half the traffic of a legacy publisher is nothing to sneeze at, but Alexa is not to be trusted. If nothing else, the demographics of people who still use an antedeluvian browser extension that borders on spyware would throw the numbers off.

  43. Andrew M says:

    Right-wing folk value self-improvement, even if it means taking chemical shortcuts. Riffing off one of Steve’s recurrent themes, right-wing (i.e. normal) magazines tell black women how to straighten their hair, whereas left-wing media tell black women that their hair is fine, it’s the rest of society that needs to change.

  44. Aft says:

    Congratulations to Ron for his beautiful layout and comment systems and his ballsy articles and attracting strong contributiors. And to Steve for being the draw for most of the visitors with his steady, reliable, high-quality output.

  45. TNR must have lost a lot of eyeballs as National Review moved leftward into its space.

  46. I suspect the Great Awakening may have driven a sizable number of thoughtcriminals to Unz and Steve Sailer

    • Replies: @Kaplan Turqweather
  47. Bill P says:

    Where’s National Review? I’d be more excited to see Unz beating them.

    • Replies: @Anonymouse
  48. anonymous[335] • Disclaimer says:

    ‘But now there are many more examples of hanging admirals’

    Admiral Byng was shot. Personally I cannot stand any normie media.

  49. Paul says:

    Who could not be tempted by a product named “Gorilla Mind Smooth”? What might you be missing? I’ll think about it.

  50. Paul says:

    I have not read The Nation magazine or The New Republic or quite some time. The Nation got off into transgenderism and whatever sexual aberration came down the pike (not yet the man-boy love thing — I don’t think). The supposedly liberal New Republic was always shilling for Zionism and against the ethnically cleansed indigenous Palestinian people. It all got to be old.

  51. Anonymous[408] • Disclaimer says:

    iSteve, Epigone’s ongoing review of GSS trends, Mr. Unz’s American Pravda series, and the contributions of more than a few frequent columnists are all must-reads. Mr. Unz hosts some stuff I don’t care for, and I’m sure some of the stuff said by some of the other columnists makes our erstwhile blogger dismayed to be associated with it, but there’s not really a better place on the web for opinion/politics stuff. Here’s to continued growth for the website.

  52. @Jim Given

    Sartre took French branded amphetamine for decades. A goyishe nurse student I was dating in the 1950s gave me a whole bottle of speed pills she lifted from her training hospital.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  53. @Bill P

    No comparison. NR often has interesting articles. Unz has fewer interesting articles swamped by anti-Jewish rants. NR doesn’t do the JQ thing. John Derbyshire has an entertaining explanation of that.

  54. Anonymous[425] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    I remember the paper version of The American Conservative 15 years or so ago was printed entirely in that cheap, thin newspaper material, including the front and back covers.

    The Nation still is.

  55. Realist says:
    @Dr. X

    But I fear the probability is about 99.9% that I’m going to die in a gulag before that happens…

    Sadly, yes.

  56. SFG says:
    @SunBakedSuburb

    Sci-fi fans in the 50s? A lot of them shared her ancestry. (Look at who her lieutenants were, etc.)

    I think she was one of the few genuinely charismatic figures in those circles. In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man (or woman) is king (or queen). That and you’ve got alienated smart people (similar to a lot of 4channers these days), so telling them to care only about themselves is kind of a naturally appealing message.

    Also, if you’re jewish, you can’t become a blood-and-soil far-rightist–they won’t let you in–and even paleoconservatism is uncongenial (there aren’t a lot of Paul Gottfrieds) so if you have conservative tendencies you go for other fringe views like libertarianism, or become a hyper-Zionist. Mainstream conservatism of the golf-and-business sort is a possibility now, but probably wouldn’t have been back then.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  57. SFG says:
    @Dr. X

    I’d phrase it as ‘the left won the cultural war, and the right won the economic war’. (This is not mine.)

    You are absolutely correct that “Global warming, gay rights, abortion, feminism, transgenderism” have spread…however, through all this economic inequality has increased and taxes on rich people have decreased, which has a lot to do with the politicians listening to their donors instead of, well, us. If I were a real conspiracist I’d argue the rich got the left to focus on woke issues to avoid having their taxes raised. It’s probably more complicated than that.

    Bernie Sanders is actually a remnant of an old form of leftist who used to focus on class issues and economics, which is making a comeback as young people are too impoverished to form families due to college debt. (Sure, a lot of them majored in grievance studies. But it’s not like everyone can study engineering–a lot of people aren’t that good at math–and if they did, there would be lots of unemployed engineers. Also, college has gotten a lot more expensive than it used to be, and you need it to get an entry-level office job.)

    • Replies: @L Woods
  58. Paul says:

    I have not read The Nation magazine or The New Republic for quite some time. The Nation went off into transgenderism and whatever sexual aberration has come down the pike (not yet the man-boy love thing — I think). The supposedly liberal New Republic has always shilled for Zionism and against the ethnically-cleansed, indigenous Palestinian people. It has gotten to be rather old.

  59. Gordo says:

    examples of hanging admirals

    Surely Byng was shot.

    Anyway, best site on the interweb is the Unz Review.

  60. @J.Ross

    I recall NR’s advertising being not very impressive–The Great Courses, some faux vintage watches, NR’s own self-published books and own cruises, and a handful of other things. They even kept a classifieds section that had parochial ads until after I quit subscribing.

    Their advertising was one of the things that made me trust them. But I was young then.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  61. Pericles says:
    @SunBakedSuburb

    In her defense, Rand was far more entertaining than Das Kapital or Prison Diaries or, for that matter, anything by Adorno. Or what have you. And, while she had her limitations, it was always funny to see the very triggered leftwingers spluttering with rage and disdain. You could then always pile on with some sales numbers if you wanted to ‘heighten the contradictions’.

  62. Pericles says:
    @George

    According to the same link, Unz global site rank is 16050, not too shabby. Mother Jones is ranked 12475, so within striking distance.

  63. dr kill says:
    @Kratoklastes

    Objectivity calling. And apparently not for your snowflake ass. LOLGF.

  64. Pericles says:
    @Clyde

    W H Auden, Graham Greene, Rand and Sartre, among others, appeared to indulge freely. I think it might be the unsung PED of artists, also some scientists and mathematicians (like Erdös), and students.

    https://www.isegoria.net/2015/09/auden-sartre-graham-greene-ayn-rand-and-amphetamines/

    Nowadays you can even see this discussed in magazines like Science and Nature. Well, if you absolutely need tenure, you have to beat the competition, right?

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
  65. dr kill says:

    I can’t believe the hate here for a giant of 20th century fiction. All I can imagine is that you haters can’t identify with successfully self employed individualists. If you have never relied solely on your own competence, wit and skill to feed a bride and 4 kids for 42 years you should stfu and stfd. Stick to what you know, which apparently isn’t enough to make a living. Better you get a gov gig.

    • Replies: @SFG
    , @Mr. Anon
  66. Anonymous[536] • Disclaimer says:
    @Clyde

    Since when does smoking make you a psycho? Or popping uppers? Big deal. Pull the stick out of your ass. That shame shit doesn’t play here. Lots of people are functioning alcoholics as well. Judge the art, not the man.

  67. @Jack D

    It’s amazing looking at NOVA and other public television programs how they just push women and Blacks as the norm for the scientific community’s actual makeup. Enough already.

    It’s insulting to the tech community.

    It’s like that old television show “NUMB3RS” where for some mysterious reason virtually no East Asians were portrayed.

    Hilarious.

  68. Anonymous[536] • Disclaimer says:

    I don’t think that Rand is perfect. I’m not a Randite. But the sneer factor from some here is pretty disgusting. The yapdogs of the Internet. Reminds me of the C.S. Lewis article on “rings”.

    As imperfect as it was, The Fountainhead was noteworthy and different and additive. It was and IS a big fucking deal. I remember Bloom talking about how few college students could note a book of literature that had affected them. But (and he was not a Rand fan), The Fountainhead was at least one that was occasionally noted. I actually was given it as a present from a young lady, senior year of high school. Kind of cool.

  69. @Pericles

    I recall seeing a television actress (McKenzie Phillips?) on some program and she said in rehab there was a lot of Bell Labs folks there.

  70. SFG says:
    @dr kill

    That’s impressive, but it doesn’t scale–everyone can’t do that.

  71. ATBOTL says:

    The Nation and Mother Jones have changed to be more like New Republic since the Iraq war era. Both are now broadly supportive of liberal interventionism and have dropped most of the criticism of corporations and criticism of the establishment in general. A similar shift has happened in the UK with the Guardian and Independent newspapers.

  72. @frankie p

    “American Prada ”

    Hilarious typo.

    • Replies: @frankie p
  73. res says:
    @George

    The unz.com site rank jumped from 25,764 on 8/29 to 16,640 on 8/30. Any idea what happened?

    • Replies: @Pericles
  74. res says:
    @Anonymous

    You know about Ron’s archive at unz.org aka http://www.unz.com/print/ , right?

  75. Dovetailing with Steve’s point about ads …

    What TNR and The Nation provided back in the day, were to deliver these Talmudic quintuple bankshot explanations of why everything your grandmother would have told you about hard work, sex, marriage, keeping your nose clean, “bad seed”, personal responsibility and generally human nature … was wrong, and telling you how much better it would all be if everything was properly organized by the sort of people … who write for TNR or The Nation.

    But who needs some 130 IQ Jewish guy’s tedious (and boring!) justification for grabbing power anymore … when “racist!” works just fine, and can be done by some 25 year old girl?

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    , @Anonymous
  76. Mr. Anon says:

    I always wondered why companies like Boeing and Lockheed Martin and Raytheon advertise in magazines, newspapers, and television. Do they think I am going to buy an F-35? Even in publications targeted at belt-way people it doesn’t make much sense. Any General responsible for procurement at the Pentagon, or Congressman (or more importantly, the Congressman’s staffer) knows about those companies and their wares.

    As advertising, it doesn’t make a lot of sense.

    However, as bribery and propaganda, it makes a lot of sense. It’s a way for those corporations to subsidize the opinion-leading outlets they need to sway the public, so as to keep the MIC’s preferred stooges in office.

  77. Mr. Anon says:
    @dr kill

    I can’t believe the hate here for a giant of 20th century fiction.

    Who are you talking about? Rand?

    She was a bad writer, a vulgar and banal thinker, a cult-leader, and a pernicious cultural vandal.

  78. Someone needs to do a piece about the “good Jew”. The goy-friendly Jew, which Mr. Unz seems to be. People like Ezra Levant, editors at Breibert, etc. Sure, we celebrate them and in many ways they behave with good intentions towards us.

    Still, at the end of the day, in essence, it seems the alternative media is run by the same types who run the mainstream media.

  79. SFG says:

    thenation.com 21,257, 4,989 in the US
    newrepublic.com 19,073, 4,620 in the US

    unz.com 16,050, 4,328 in the US

    So it checks out.

    He’s ahead of AmCon(theamericanconservative.com 26,588; 5,258 US) and way ahead of the Bulwark, the reincarnated Weekly Standard (80,088; 25,411 US), but still short of the MSM con websites:

    nationalreview.com 8,552, 1600 in the US
    drudgereport.com 641, 149 in the US
    breitbart.com 289, 82 in the US
    foxnews.com 229, 60 in the US

    I suspect liberals change their websites a lot more often, as you’d expect.

  80. Art Deco says:
    @AnotherDad

    That sounds more like a description of The New York Times or The New York Review of Books or perhaps Harper’s. The Nation was notable as a collecting pool of people who favored the enemy during the Cold War. These other publications had their share, but they figured you needed to be subtler about it. The liberal publication which was worth reading was the old Saturday Review.

  81. Alden says:
    @Clyde

    Most people her age smoked. Benzedrine was commonly prescribed for weight control and to night shift workers. Some pregnant women are nauseated and vomiting much of the time and don’t gain much weight. Others aren’t nauseated and gain a lot. Drs often prescribed Benzedrine for pregnant women.

    Most Drs used Benzedrine during their internship and residency years to stay awake during 36 hour shifts.

    Rand was a typical person of her time. Her Benzedrine prescribing Drs were typical Drs of their time.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  82. Alden says:

    Congratulations Ron. I found UNZ through Steve Sailor. I’ve been following him around since about 1998. So thanks Steve.

  83. @SimpleSong

    The one and only important question – as UNZ.Org & Com visiting normies are joyfully patting each other on the back – is this :

    WHY DO ADLSPLCAIPAC,ETC HOUNDS STILL ALLOW UNZ.COM TO EXIST?

    Because y’all are the fruits and vegetables of sustainable data farming:

    Farmer Ron’s IQ is way too high for bored identity to accept the possibility of useful idiocy rational behind this Backwater Harvesting project.

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  84. J.Ross says:
    @Chrisnonymous

    I wonder if the problem was the subscribers — that is, your Nation or Harper’s subscriber (I was both) is liable to plonk down for a ridiculous dadly fedora, a weekend of creative writing instruction, a “poke boat,” a repackaging of Leonard Cohen songs, or an authentic Indian necklace stone, whereas (except where essentials like physical gold, water filtration, and exquisite bed fittings are concerned) your conservative saves money and makes a “bad” customer?

    • Replies: @Jack D
  85. J.Ross says:
    @Anonymouse

    I love that the Germans called it Pervitin. The funniest bit in Brain Candy might be the revelation that commercial pharmaceutical names come from a street drug dealer (worshipped like a high school cool kid by the legitimate drug dealers) who, on top of that, is shown to not know what words mean anyway.

  86. J.Ross says:
    @Kronos

    You think the GOP will no longer be the business party?

    That’s old news, Wall Street was behind Occupy and the Progressive Stack, and all the new Stalinism and pronoun obsession comes from corporate culture. Virtue signalling was the corporate way of paying lip service to morality long before Lance Armstrong ever sold a bracelet. The push to eliminate gun ownership comes straight and solely from big companies terrified that peasants could be anything but peasants. For some time now GOP has been the cash cow and commodities party, and Democrats have been the finance and “angel investor” and telecom party.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  87. Art Deco says:
    @Alden

    Most people her age smoked.

    The prevalence of cigarette smoking in the late adolescent and adult population went from nil at the turn of the century to just shy of half in 1964. I doubt there were many cohorts where smokers were an outright majority, and where there were, more likely people somewhat younger than Rand (who was born in 1905). She didn’t have an abbreviated lifespan, btw. Smoking can have a radical effect on the lifespan of the minority who draw the lung cancer short straw, but for most it shaves just a few years off.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  88. Anonymous[230] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    The Alexa extension used to only be used by bloggers … who no longer exist.

    Why do bloggers no longer exist?

  89. L Woods says:
    @SFG

    IIRC employment rates for engineers have never been especially robust.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  90. Anonymous[230] • Disclaimer says:
    @SFG

    Also, if you’re jewish, you can’t become a blood-and-soil far-rightist–they won’t let you in

    What evidence have you seen of a genuine blood-and-soil jewish person not being let in?

    • Replies: @Jack D
  91. Anonymous[230] • Disclaimer says:
    @AnotherDad

    What TNR and The Nation provided back in the day, were to deliver these Talmudic quintuple bankshot explanations

    Yep.

  92. JackOH says:
    @Dr. X

    Dr. X, you are on to something.

    I hadn’t thought that people and institutions have so thoroughly internalized our puddle-of-poop politics that meaningful differences of opinion are believed to not exist. Who really cares? Why bother caring? Our government does what it wishes under the color of law and deliberative process, and whether one is a morally engaged citizen or a complete puppet probably doesn’t make much difference, I suppose.

    “But I fear the probability is about 99.9% that I’m going to die in a gulag before that happens…”

    I’ve used “Fascism Lite” to describe our soulless government of wire-pullers and propagandists. Maybe it might make some sense to also talk of an American Gulag Lite. Something like an HR person of color browbeating you for your straight White male privilege—forever.

    • Replies: @JackOH
    , @Jack D
  93. Pericles says:
    @res

    Any idea what happened?

    I got the impression from the source article that Unz added an Alexa tracking code to his pages.

    • Replies: @res
  94. Jack D says:
    @Anonymous

    Surely you jest. What evidence do you have that blacks are not welcome in the KKK?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  95. JackOH says:
    @JackOH

    I’m warming a bit to my own thought! LOL.

    Fukuyama had his “end of history”. Maybe we’ve lurched into the “end of politics”. The bureaucratic Smother State is the summum bonum of humans living in society. Why is it that some of us don’t understand?

    In Czechoslovakia during the Soviet period, a prominent intellectual (not Havel) and dissident was punished for speaking out by removal from his position, and given a job as a laborer in a boiler room. I wonder how many of us conform to orthodoxies we personally feel repugnant because we too fear demotion to laborer in the boiler room.

    • Replies: @Dr. X
  96. Jack D says:
    @Art Deco

    Rand did get lung cancer although she survived it. She died of heart failure which may also be smoking related. She died at 77 which was not bad for a heavy smoker but my MIL is 97 (and still going) which is two whole decades more, not just a few years.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  97. Anonymous[758] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    Surely you jest. What evidence do you have that blacks are not welcome in the KKK?

    Give one example of a jewish person who is genuinely ethnic nationalist not being accepted (or even celebrated) by “right wingers”.

    You could start with an example of a jewish person who is genuinely ethnic nationalist.

  98. Jack D says:
    @JackOH

    I agree with you – I don’t think that Americans will tolerate a literal gulag. However, having dissenters deplatformed, causing them to lose their jobs, etc. is A-OK. It will be more like late phase Czechoslovakia than Stalin’s Russia – you won’t get sent to Siberia, it’s just that the only job you’ll be able to get is assistant janitor and you’ll be banned from having your views published anywhere. We are not far from that point already.

    • Replies: @JackOH
  99. Jack D says:
    @J.Ross

    The push to eliminate gun ownership comes straight and solely from big companies terrified that peasants could be anything but peasants

    You have to admit that some nutjob shooting up your store and killing your employees and customers is pretty terrifying. Why does “well regulated militia” translate in the real world to psychos shooting a whole bunch of random strangers and people in the hood shooting (mostly) each other? Are there ways other than widespread gun ownership to prevent tyrants from seizing power, and if not, how do other Anglophone countries manage to pull this off? Is gun ownership really effective for this purpose against a determined tyrannical force? In Eastern Europe, armed partisan bands fought against the Soviets for maybe a decade after WWII but they had to hide out in forests and never controlled the cities and ultimately they were physically eliminated and did not change the result.

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
    , @J.Ross
  100. Jack D says:
    @L Woods

    I think it used to be more boom and bust during the Cold War. I know a lawyer who started out as an aerospace engineer. He got sick of getting laid off every time the Pentagon cancelled the weapons program he was working on and went back to law school because he thought it would be more steady work. NASA programs were also subject to massive layoffs and of course during recessions engineers doing R&D work are among the 1st laid off because they are not contributing to the short term bottom line. Boeing (then the main pillar of the Seattle economy) laid off so many people (many of them engineers) in 1971 that there was a famous billboard put up near the airport: “Will the Last Person Leaving SEATTLE — Turn Out the Lights” .

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  101. res says:
    @Pericles

    Thanks! I missed that in my skim of the article. Here is the relevant paragraph.

    An important factor behind this development has apparently been an increase in the accuracy of Alexa’s traffic measure for our webzine. Over the last couple of months, I had noted a considerable rise in our actual traffic as indicated by Google Analytics, which automatically excludes automated bots and other meaningless chaff. But for some reason this major improvement had not at all been reflected in our Alexa rankings or pageview estimates, which are apparently based upon some sort of sampling system. This discrepancy irritated me and examining the Alexa website, I noticed that it offered the option of incorporating a bit of their code in one’s own website pages, thereby allowing Alexa to exactly determine one’s true traffic. Soon after we did so, our Alexa numbers jumped dramatically, reaching the new heights described above.

  102. Jack D says:
    @J.Ross

    I doubt this is true because conservatives (at least some types of conservatives) tend to be higher income than liberals. If you are a conservative making $200k/year from your business and you save half your income you are still going to spend $100k/yr which is more than a liberal who makes $80K/yr and spends 110% of it. I don’t know what conservatives spend their money on (that’s what market research is for) but they spend it on something.

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    , @res
  103. @Jack D

    I don’t know what conservatives spend their money on

    Me:
    alcohol
    travel
    books
    the wife

    But I’m your Bohemian conservative: unadjusted, not rich.

  104. res says:
    @Jack D

    I suspect there is a germ of truth in his statement. But through the mechanism of susceptibility to advertising. We don’t see conservatives buying incredibly overpriced sneakers and headphones which they arguably can’t afford nearly as much as some groups. Though higher end Veblen goods (and that’s really what the bling is) also exist.

    In other words, not so much a difference in spending vs. saving (though that matters, income matters as well as you note) but in the degree of effort to “buy value.” Which would reduce the product margins and the available money for advertising the product.

    It would be interesting to see real data on this rather than just my speculation. Perhaps iSteve has something to say since this falls into his market research wheelhouse?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Steve Sailer
  105. @Jack D

    “Why does “well regulated militia” translate in the real world to psychos shooting a whole bunch of random strangers and people in the hood shooting (mostly) each other? ”

    On the other hand, after a judge ruled on some gun control law in the People’s Republic of Illinois and we FINALLY got Concealed Carry, we could FINALLY see Good Guys with Guns shooting criminals especially in Black areas of Chicago and Crook County.

    That means at least SOME percentage of people killed in Chicago in the past due to the efforts of the entire Gun Control Cosmopolitans community (anti-gun judges, news media, politicians, academics, et al.) has resulted in dead, DEAD Americans who were illegally denied their right to keep and bear arms.

    ” Are there ways other than widespread gun ownership to prevent tyrants from seizing power, and if not, how do other Anglophone countries manage to pull this off? Is gun ownership really effective for this purpose against a determined tyrannical force?”

    Well, we can see in the UK people being jailed for exercising speech, so apparently disarmed people in Anglophone countries DON’T “manage to pull this off!” The English started their Road to Hell in 1920 by including rifles in their gun control laws.

    http://dvc.org.uk/dunblane/clayton_1.pdf

    Fear and Loathing in Whitehall:
    Bolshevism and the Firearms Act of 1920

    ” Is gun ownership really effective for this purpose against a determined tyrannical force?”

    If they were so ineffective, then why does virtually every country aside for the USA make sure that all LEGALLY owned firearms are registered for immediate confiscation? New Zealand’s recent confiscation of semi-autos proved the latest case in point.

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

  106. J.Ross says:
    @Jack D

    You have to admit that some nutjob shooting up your store and killing your employees and customers is pretty terrifying.

    No, I don’t. Lightning is more likely (for a large building, much more so). How many corporate decisions are made with catastrophic meteor strikes in mind? These mass shootings just happen to happen in gun-free zones, almost always perpetrated by government employees or informants, in places where there is a push to ban guns. Meanwhile on the planet Earth, if you actually do want to kill a large number of people instantly, you would never use a one-at-a-time missing-prone gun, you build a clock or you misdirect a vehicle.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    , @Jack D
  107. @miss marple

    Breitbart is mainly about bashing goat-herders and gimmegrants.

    It is averse to things like talking about Zionists.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  108. Anonymous[160] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    Massive post Apollo layoffs made Silicon Valley possible. The post Obama downturn in gun making startups made good used CNC equipment available for other small startups.

    The business cycle is like that other cycle women have, inconvenient, messy, smelly but interrupt it and new development of life stops.

  109. Anonymous[160] • Disclaimer says:
    @res

    Sumptuary taxes on Veblen goods do little to impede business growth and disproportionally impact entertainment, sportsball and gold chain folks. What’s not to like here?

    • Agree: res
    • Replies: @res
  110. Art Deco says:
    @J.Ross

    almost always perpetrated by government employees or informants,

    Nikolas Cruz, Adam Lanza, Cho Seung-Hui were ‘government employees or informants’? Good to know.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  111. Art Deco says:
    @Jack D

    If I’m understanding the actuarial tables published by the Social Security Administration correctly, about 90% of the women of the 1900 birth cohort had died by 1982, and about 66% of the women of the 1910 birth cohort.

  112. Jack D says:
    @J.Ross

    How many people have been killed by lightning strikes inside of modern retail stores and schools? In any modern structure the steel frame acts as a Faraday cage.

  113. Dr. X says:
    @JackOH

    Fukuyama had his “end of history”. Maybe we’ve lurched into the “end of politics”. The bureaucratic Smother State is the summum bonum of humans living in society.

    Yes, it is, because democracy is incompatible with the postmodern welfare state. People in democratic society today aren’t interested in the classical notion of freedom — meaning the government leaves you the hell alone. Freedom is difficult. Frontiersmen in the 1830s were free, but how many of the stupid American sheep of today are willing or able to live like that, even if they had the opportunity? They are simply going to vote for gibs, and politicians are going to give it to them in order to get elected. Our society will tolerate only as much freedom is necessary to create new gimmicks and new entertainment to keep the democratic masses fat and happy and complacent, and will repress all other dissent.

    Perhaps the greatest contemporary example is gun control. The freedom to own and use guns responsibly takes a lot of discipline and self-restraint and responsibility. People don’t want to put forth the effort necessary to maintain that freedom today, because they are either too lazy or too stupid — or both. So they are actually clamoring for the government to disarm them.

    Sickening, really.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @JackOH
  114. J.Ross says:
    @Art Deco

    Thanls for bringing that one up. Cruz wasn’t as tied to the government as any one of hundreds of others, no, he was just mysteriously unarrestable despite a gigantic complaint list. Your plea here is that government officers are so totally worthless we might as well not have them. You’re right: that is a little better.

    • Replies: @Jack Henson
    , @Art Deco
  115. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Dr. X

    The impetus for gun control is 99% from monied elites, there is no very substantial grass roots campaign for more gun control.

  116. Love the weasel words about “most studies” re: nootropics.

    Ashegawanda is amazing stuff. That the same doctors who told us you need a loaf of bread a day to be healthy hate it only boosts its appeal.

    If you really want to steal a march on these nerds, you should start promoting physical enhancing drugs. “A winnie a day and you’re ready to play!”

  117. @J.Ross

    Lanza seems to fall under the same umbrella: one of those people who seem to just never get talked to despite being 1000% the profile.

  118. JackOH says:
    @Dr. X

    Dr. X, yeah, I agree 100%.

    The quality of the people produced by America’s governance by gibs, freebies, and baksheesh is awful.

    “I’ve got mine,” seems to be the watchword. Corporations getting billions in preferences “earned” by their lobbyists, down to the impoverished guy getting a free bag of groceries at the local VA clinic. The country seems to be held together, sort of and poorly, by gibs, freebies, and baksheesh.

    People are pieces on a social engineer’s chess board. They don’t want to know. They still want to believe they’re the “[f]rontiersmen in the 1830s”.

    When you tell them the political motivation for Medicare, for one example, was to outright buy people over 65, and their middle-aged children who might otherwise be guilted into spending their savings on keeping Grandpa alive, they mostly look blank, or maybe snarl a bit. When you add that Medicare’s super-inflationary effects would within a decade pauperize the medically uninsured middle-agers among them, they just boil. They don’t care. “I’ve got mine”.

    They are unwilling to believe they live under an American government so noxious that it’s willing to debauch markets and other social institutions for the sole purpose of political control and a spurious political unity.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  119. Anonymous[357] • Disclaimer says:
    @JackOH

    When you add that Medicare’s super-inflationary effects would within a decade pauperize the medically uninsured middle-ager

    How is Medicare inflationary?

  120. @Kronos

    Oh come on, it’s pretty good stuff.

    It really isn’t – it’s long-winded, turgid, cartoonish drivel written by a soi-disant salon-intellectual who was obsessed with creating a cult of personality centred on herself.

    Rand’s schlock is what you get when semi-bright people think that they’re so smart that they can imagine what running enterprise is like, without ever having set foot in one except as s customer – and without having read 400 years worth of writings by other, much smarter people. That’s why it appeals to economic dilettanti who want to pretend that they could be John Galt given half a chance.

    Rand-cultism is the economic-theory equivalent of singing into a hairbrush in front of a mirror: harmless enough when you’re a 13 year old girl, but fucking stupid for grown-ups.

    Rothbard figured out Rand’s bullshit after a couple of years – and of course he was subjected to one of her weird, Crowley-esque show-trials before being drummed out of her nèi yuán (membership of which was reserved for fawning acolytes).

    Of course Mr Magoo – Greenspan – stayed for the duration, and then performed so abysmally in the private sector that he had to attach himself to the public tit for the rest of his life.

    The contrast between Rothbard and Greenspan is all you need: Rand-cultists think they ‘get it’ – whereas Rothbard actually got it, and worked out that ‘it’ was a gigantic pile of shit.

    Read Rothbard: he says a lot more interesting stuff, and doesn’t take ~1300 pages of really bad prose (both stylistically – bitch couldn’t write for shit – and in terms of content) to get across a single, simple, old idea.

    Read one ‘Atlas Shrugged‘s-worth of Rothbard, and compare how enlightened you end up at the end.

    Randianism is what used to be called an ‘i-acky‘ when I was a kid… someone who runs in ever-decreasing circles until they disappear up their own arse.

    • Replies: @Anounder
    , @Kronos
    , @Art Deco
  121. @Intelligent Dasein

    I am totally stealing that – it should become common parlance in the *afinil community.

    And modafinil can be “#muhDaffodil”.

    (“Armoured Daffodils” is the R-isomer of modafinil – same chemical formula, different shape. It seems to work better for focus).

    I liked your joke so much (and the ‘armoured’ corollary) that I thought about registering armoureddaffodils.com just for a wheeze – as one word the two d’s make it look a bit shit (and underscores are domain-name cancer).

  122. Anounder says:
    @Kratoklastes

    You left out her being a Jew, childless womam, and an atheist. All of whom are degenerate. See also:

    http://www.unz.com/article/are-atheists-genetic-mutants-a-product-of-recent-evolution/

    Note how many practicing athesists tolerate homosexuals, women who refuse to have a child, miscegenation. All harmful to society.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  123. ferdowski says:
    @Jack D

    You also get a lot of figurehead types whose stories of invention are flatly and obviously untrue. The one I remember was a 19th century coalman who improved upon the cutting edge of the day’s telecommunications technology.

    The Patent Office has long been a den of righteous shenanigans.

  124. Kronos says:
    @Kratoklastes

    I always appreciated Rand because she was a major asset in popularizing the philosophy of Fredrick Nietzsche into fiction. Rothbard may have been more of an intellectual heavy hitter (and perhaps better writer) but Rand was able to win in sheer readership numbers. It’s helpful to identify which writers liberals/progressives truly fear based on the number of newspaper and journal column “antibodies” trying to defend the host.

    It’s independent of Rand and her books, but the fact that my school teachers/professors despised her made reading it more enjoyable. (Though they likely hated it not for reading it themselves but because their newspapers told them to hate her work.)

    https://xkcd.com/1049/

  125. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anounder

    Rand’s childlessness was probably a feature, not a bug.

    Not all women should birth and Rand was a good example of one who should not have, nd didn’t. Her doofus but loyal and decent husband Frank O’Connor got vasectomized before that was popular, and by the time she started having wild monkey sex with Nathan Blumental, er, Ben-Rand, er , Nathaniel Branden, she was post menopausal.

    Her kids would have had crummy lives.

  126. JackOH says:
    @Jack D

    Jack D, yep, agree, with a quibble. I think we’re already at the point where deplatforming, loss of livelihood, effective banning of publication, and self-censorship are already regarded by many Americans as having social utility.

    I was already a young adult when I saw that TV news item about the Czech intellectual who’d been “deplatformed”. I clearly recall thinking something very stupid like, “What’s the big deal with this ‘dissent’ stuff? He’s just a mouthy troublemaker, right? Why didn’t he have the good sense to shut up and keep his good university or government job? Besides, his only punishment was a boiler room job. Far cry from being worked to exhaustion in the Gulag, right?”

    I was still young enough, and very foolish enough, to believe the American government at all levels was basically on my side, my employers’ interests in my career were aligned with my interest in career growth, the academy and journalists were uniformly dedicated to truth, there was a sort of immutable natural order to human relations that laws and politics could not disturb, etc.

    Well, I was very mistaken. My personal feeling is that some of the strange phenomena we see–mass shootings, sex changes, Trump’s election, massive opioid deaths, and plenty more–are a consequence of laws and politics that are, indeed, disturbing the natural order I’d thought existed in human relations. Some people, in my opinion, handle that disturbance pretty poorly.

    Thanks again.

  127. Anonymous[164] • Disclaimer says:
    @bored identity

    This website is a safe and harmless way for people to let off steam.

  128. @res

    Conservatives probably pay more than they need to for high end pickup trucks.

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  129. New high end pickups are an incredible scam, pickups in general are overpriced because of the chicken tax -you do know about that, right?-and the used market being denuded for a long time by the Obama clunker junker bill and rampant export buying.

    Part of the club-cab-pickup and SUV craze is because of the corporate average fuel economy laws too. Detroit can’t build and sell large sedans with a full frame that can handle Midwest chuckholes. So people buy even bigger pickups and SUVs.

    You can buy a decent new pickup for a reasonable price in many third world countries, but they can’t be imported here because of the insane safety and emissions regulations and of course, the chicken tax.

  130. res says:
    @Anonymous

    I basically agree, but one issue is defining what exactly constitutes a Veblen good. Especially high quality (or custom) goods can get caught up in the net. As an example, Nike sneakers which cost $200 because of whose name is on them are one thing. Custom shoes made with high end materials are another. Not sure those should be classed the same.

  131. res says:
    @Steve Sailer

    That’s a good example (it seems every subgroup has its own status goods, activities, or services). Do you think they are failing to buy value? (given the margins on high end pickups I suspect so) I had in mind things like Air Jordans and Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. My sense is much of their price is the name. But I don’t know how the quality of those really is.

    I think this article gives an idea: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2013/05/are-beats-by-dr-dre-headphones-worth-the-money/index.htm
    Basically you can buy a pair of Grados (which I have ; ) for about a third of the price.

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  132. Art Deco says:
    @Amerimutt Golems

    It is averse to things like talking about Zionists.

    Because that’s an obsession of peculiar people.

  133. Art Deco says:
    @Kratoklastes

    Of course Mr Magoo – Greenspan – stayed for the duration, and then performed so abysmally in the private sector that he had to attach himself to the public tit for the rest of his life.

    Come again? He ran a consulting firm for 30-odd years. He was appointed to run the Fed when he was 61 years old. His only previous period of public employment had lasted two years and change (1974-77).

  134. Art Deco says:
    @J.Ross

    Cruz is an example of weak government, not some secret agent.

  135. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @res

    Joe Grado was one of the greats of hi-fi in the days when that was a thing. Met him sevral times. Great guy.

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