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I suppose I should get another Open Thread going before people begin to think I got Mossaded (bearing in mind the topic of the previous post). Speaking of that, a recent poll found that 42% think he was murdered, vs. 29% who buy into the suicide theory. Is this the US general public's most significant... Read More
All elites need some kind of internal disciplinary mechanism for their polity to function. In traditional societies, it is mainly the aristocracy's sense of solidarity, noblesse oblige, feudal bonds, the Mannerbund institute. Though I don't mean to idealize it. It proved completely maladaptive come the industrial age. In totalitarian regimes, chiliastic ideology and repression/terror plays... Read More
This week's open thread. I am going to Volokolamsk again today - so there'll probably be an update. :) I will be staying for a day at the Joseph-Volokolamsk Monastery, will also try to swing by the New Jerusalem Monastery in Istra on my way back. *** More notable posts since the last Open Thread... Read More
As commenter Reykur recently pointed out - citing the work of the blogger denalt, there is a rather curious phenomenon occurring in a few ethnic Russian regions, where rural fertility has exploded in the past decade. There are precisely four of these regions - Arkhangelsk, Komi, Kirov, and Karelia - and they are all located... Read More
This is yet another question that excites much heated commentary in the "Ukraine debates." There is a "school" of thought amongst the more ideological Russophiles that the Ukraine has completely emptied out. Here is an article by Andrey Fomin in which he argues that it only has 22-24 million people versus the official figure of... Read More
This is one of the main topics of discussion in the endless "Ukraine debates" on this blog, though not one that I usually participate in due to lack of qualification in this subject. That said, I recently saw a very interesting article that I believe definitively answers the question. While supporters of the Ukraine's Polish... Read More
Sergiev Posad is a city of slightly more than 100,000 people that is 75 km to the north-east of Moscow. Unlike the other cities on my list, I am not going to say much about Sergiev Posad's socioeconomic status. I was there for a day, and it was filled up with purely "touristic" things. As... Read More
The city of Novgorod has played a central role in the emergence of the Russian state since its founding in 862, as per the Primary Chronicle. That was the approximate date of the appearance of the first settlement at Rurikovo Gorodishche, around 2 km south of the present day city: "And so Rurik acquired sole... Read More
In my tradition of rescuing sufficiently fine comments from the relative oblivion that are long comments sections, I am reprinting Thulean Friend's detailed comment on Israel's prospects in the last Open Thread. *** I got into a discussion with Dmitry some time ago about emigration patterns from Israel. His postion was that it was an... Read More
This week, I will post my impressions of Veliky Novgorod and Sergiev Posad - both are already written, and ready to go. I will also have something about my visit to the KrioRus cryonics facility this week or the next. Now that I have brought my travel reviews up to date, I will start doing... Read More
I can't summon any interest in following the Moscow protests. What was interesting in 2011-12 (when I covered the Bolotnaya protests in detail, and produced what is perhaps the most comprehensive popular English language account of Russian electoral fraud), and a novelty for me personally in 2017 (when I personally attended a couple of those... Read More
Rather interesting article from the FT on Russia's recent successes in VAT collection, which is soaring thanks to digitization and AI. How was this done? Basically, hiring IT nerds and giving them authority. I wrote about a seemingly similar reshuffle at Rosstat earlier this year, in which an ageing Soviet-era economist was replaced with a... Read More
I am not exaggerating when I say that the Jewish Museum and Center of Tolerance might just be the single best museum that I have ever visited. This isn't because I identify with Jewishness, consider myself an outstanding philo-Semite, or am particularly moved by its spiritual gravitas. I admire it because it does absolutely everything... Read More
So I hear that there have been some protests in Moscow regarding the Electoral Commission's refusal to register some of the liberal candidates, despite getting the requisite signatures. TBH this is so banal by now that I can't even be bothered writing much about them, let alone personally reporting on them as I did in... Read More
Bryansk was founded in 1146, just a year before Moscow - at least, that was when it was first cited in a chronicle, which is the standard way of dating Russian cities. Its name, which was originally "Debryansk", approximates to "wooded hillside" in Old Russian. That is an accurate description of its physical geography, as... Read More
It has been a while since I last had an Open Thread with proper links, so... this one is going to be big. And the next one is going to be pretty big as well. Barring last minute changes, I will be touring the KrioRus cryonics facilities tomorrow. KrioRus is the Russian equivalent of Alcor,... Read More
Some comments are so good that shouldn't be allowed to sink in remote discussions threads. Commenter Vendetta writes on China vs. Japan in the late 19th century: *** The British did not provide any of this assistance for free. Japan had to pay for every weapon and every warship supplied by British yards. Its ability... Read More
The joint air patrol between Russia and China - the first of its kind - was a further major development in the strategic partnership between the two countries. These have been getting closer for years, despite Western fantasies about an eventual break. However, the most interesting thing about this is Russia's violation of Korean/Japanese airspace... Read More
Igor Sikorsky was a giant of aviation history. He designed the world's first heavy bomber (Ilya Muromets), the world's first mass produced helicopter (Vought-Sikorsky VS-300), and founded a multi-billion worth aviation company that continues making helicopters to this day. He was also a devout Orthodox Christian and a strong Russian patriot: "My family, which comes... Read More
My latest trip to London was to visit the infamous "psychology conference"... and, ofc, to debrief with my MI6 handler. I also used the opportunity to tick off many of the last big museums in London that I had yet to visit, as well as Brighton and St. Albans. Previous posts: England 2016 (London, Oxford,... Read More
In my autistic drive for completion - at any rate from the end 2016, when I shared my impressions of London (Portsmouth, Oxford) in this blog's first ever Open Thread before repatriating to Russia - the next couple of posts will be about my two visits to Blighty since. Why London? Well, I need to... Read More
Kolomna is a small city about 120 km to the south-east of Moscow. Our dacha is in that general area, so I pass through it a few times a year. Just like Moscow and Volokolamsk, Kolomna was founded in the 12th century, and could almost be considered to have been an informal second capital during... Read More
So apparently the Hong Kong authorities have had the Galaxy Brain idea of unleashing their equivalent of titushki against the Hong Kong demonstrators. It is extremely bad optics. An article about the assaults is the top headline on /r/worldnews, probably the world's single biggest international politics forum. A pregnant woman had a miscarriage as a... Read More
Volokolamsk is a small, medieval Russian town about 120 km west of Moscow, where I spent about a couple of years before being taken to the West. As a strategic portage point on the River Lama - the name Volokolamsk literally means "portage on the Lama" (волок на Ламе) - it figured in numerous battles,... Read More
Sweden (Yes!) comes in for a hard time with the Alt Right and the /pol/ crowd on the Internet where it has basically become a meme. However, there's something Sweden - and the Nordics - are doing right. According to Twitter demographer Cicerone's calculations, the Nordics are the only major world region where fertility rates... Read More
There are reports just coming in that Iran has seized 1 2 3 (?!) British-linked oil tankers in the Persian Gulf. This is in response to analogous British piracy off Gibraltar a few weeks ago. Anyhow I suppose we will soon see how special the "special relationship" between the US and the UK really is.... Read More
The past weekend saw the ninth Geek Picnic. This is an annual Russian science/sci-fi festival where technologists and futurists come together to hear lectures presentations, see tech exhibits, and do other futuristic things. I decided to come to this one to see what's it's all about. Some of you may have followed my Twitter thread... Read More
I'll be at the Moscow Geek Picnic this Saturday and Sunday. It will be my first time there. It seems to draw a disproportionate number of interesting Russians, so it's worth checking it out. The Geek Picnic is basically a yearly tech festival where technologists and futurists come together to make presentations, tech exhibits, VR... Read More
Both futurist progressives and right-wing obscurantists (such as Dreher and Dugin) often regard transgenderism as a subset of transhumanism. This gets it 100% backwards. At current tech levels, gender reassignment surgery is just glorified mutilation. Transhumanism is about human augmentation, not incapacitation. You don't augment yourself in any way whatsoever by transitioning towards an ersatz... Read More
I do realize that producing three posts a day one week, then one post per week the other, is rather ineffective. But what can one do with the vagaries of life's schedules. For now, here's another Open Thread to relieve the last one. Our ancient car broke down so we will need to get another.... Read More
I was rather unexpectedly occupied the past few days. I suppose I should get over my hesitation about posting content-less Open Threads so that my readers have somewhere to continue the discussion. Anyhow, I should be much freer as of Friday. I did a 5 day (~120 hour) fast last week because I saw a... Read More
On April 15, BTC was ~$5k. Now it's around $13k. You can make good money by reading me. My long-term prediction is that Bitcoin will remain within the $10-20k range for the next couple of years, but will converge to an ultimate price of $100k within five years.
Reddit has just quarantined The_Donald, the single biggest Trump support forum on the Internet. The_Donald played a critical role in the 2016 elections, helping generate a lot of the memetic momentum that propelled Trump to the Presidency. Considering his narrow margin of victory, it's entirely possible that Trump would have been stumped without The_Donald. True,... Read More
Today Russia had its voting rights restored at PACE, the parliamentary arm of the Council of Europe - a separate structure from the EU that focuses on democracy and human rights. Russia's voting rights were suspended in March 2014 over Crimea. It took Russia three years to stop paying into an organization where it didn't... Read More
Approval of them seem to be strongly correlated... at least according to this recent BBC poll. That is a rather more puzzling result than the fact that Arab religiosity is going down (through from a very high base), especially amongst the young. This has been frequently noted, by Razib Khan and others. Atheist YouTube is... Read More
This is not meant so much to be an "editorial" post as a set of notes for future reference purposes, although it is hoped that my readers may find them useful as well. Summary of a couple of FOM polls of Russians on China: Russian Interest Towards China (2015) China (2018) (1) As of 2015,... Read More
So apparently the US decided to step up its sanctions on the evil mullahs and gas killing animal Assad by banning the popular multiplayer video game League of Legends in those countries. Anyhow, apart from illustrating the schizophrenia of the USG - do they expect gamers to rise up against those regimes and do what... Read More
Is now ready for 2018. As I wrote last year: The data for this year is attached below. Main observations: 1. As I wrote in The Geography of the Noosphere, China continues gaining ground on the rest of the world. It now produces 56% as much elite level science as the United States. I would... Read More
Kodyleva, T. A., A. O. Kirillova, E. A. Tyschik, V. V. Makarov, A. V. Khromov, V. A. Guschin, A. N. Abybakirov, D. V. Rebrikov, and G. T. Sukhikh. 2018. “Эффективность создания делеции CCR5Ddelta32 методом CRISPR-Cas9 в эмбрионах человека.” Научный Медицинский Журнал РНИМУ имени Н.И. Пирогова 4. This makes Russia the world's fourth country to have... Read More
So protesters have stormed the Georgian Parliament in Tbilisi after a protest over Russian MP Sergey Gavrilov being allowed to address an international assembly of Orthodox Christian MPs there. The local svidomy came out with placards demanding that "Russian occupiers" go home. And soon after Georgia's President Salome Zurabishvili has called Russia an "enemy and... Read More
The last Open Thread went rather haywire quick (though it did end up being a very powerful thread), so I'm posting a new one now. @blatnoi - Enjoy your forthcoming trip to Kazan! While it's a city I'd like to visit, I am entirely occupied all of next week. But I'm always happy to meet... Read More
Cohn, Alain, Michel André Maréchal, David Tannenbaum, and Christian Lukas Zünd. 2019. “Civic Honesty around the Globe.” Science, June, eaau8712. Here is a graph of the results: In contrast to many observers, I did not find the tendency to return wallets with more cash to be a surprising one. Wallets don't cost a lot, and... Read More
Discuss the recent Iranian attack (or "attack") on the oil tankers, and the recent Iranian shootdown of the $200 million American drone (allegedly over international airspace - Iran denies it) here. *** I have discussed the consequences of a major US - Iran war in previous posts. I don't have much more to add at... Read More
This is a question that Steve Sailer asks a lot. That is, why do Middle Easterners tend to have similar average IQ to Latin Americans, but significantly more folks in the cognitive elites? Well, here's one idea: That's pretty impressive. But it sort of came to an end. Why? Apart from dysgenics, and this idea... Read More
Andrade, Gabriel, and Maria Campo Redondo. 2019. “Rushton and Jensen’s Work Has Parallels with Some Concepts of Race Awareness in Ancient Greece.” Psych 1 (1): 391–402. One of the more bizarre theories, even by the standards of postmodern academia, is that "racialism" was an outgrowth of the Atlantic slave trade and/or an invention o
The new list is out for June 2019. Observations: (1) As noted before, the only relevant countries at this stage are the United States and China. (Europe and Japan became marginal in this game a decade ago). The world's two top systems are now again American, while China's one-time leader the Sunway TaihuLight (all built... Read More
Albeit with a minor adjustment for reality that was not to the advantage of our unfortunate patient. Dmitry Tymchuk was a svidomy activist and "information warrior" whose Facebook postings were followed by 270,000 people. He was also a friend of the obese toad Anton Gerashchenko, who set up a website hosting a hit list that... Read More
Spolaore, Enrico, and Romain Wacziarg. 2019. “Fertility and Modernity.” Working Paper Series. National Bureau of Economic Research. As hbd*chick points out, this suggests that the fertility transition in Europe was substantially independent of the Industrial Revolution, and was a process of cultural diffusion that emanated from France (where it began before 1830).
The NYT has reported that US cyberwar unit has placed malware in Russia's electric grid that could potentially shut it down. It also alleges that Trump has been kept out of the loop on this decision. My short take is that this is a nothingburger aimed primarily at US domestic consumption. We know that there... Read More
My "fans" at RationalWiki have recently issued an Updated & Expanded edition on me. Since Google privileges the rantings of a basement troll and Zionist antifa over my Unz column and even my own (eponymous) website, I decided it's time to compile a formal rebuttal for reference purposes. *** More notable posts since the last... Read More
Anatoly Karlin
About Anatoly Karlin

I am a blogger, thinker, and businessman in the SF Bay Area. I’m originally from Russia, spent many years in Britain, and studied at U.C. Berkeley.

One of my tenets is that ideologies tend to suck. As such, I hesitate about attaching labels to myself. That said, if it’s really necessary, I suppose “liberal-conservative neoreactionary” would be close enough.

Though I consider myself part of the Orthodox Church, my philosophy and spiritual views are more influenced by digital physics, Gnosticism, and Russian cosmism than anything specifically Judeo-Christian.