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August 22, 2019 • 13 Comments

The Baby Boom is usually dated 1946 to c. 1964. While the spike in births in the U.S. can be dated precisely to 1946, there’s no obvious end date to this famous generation: fertility fell throughout the 1960s, so although 1964 is usually chosen, that date, like most in generational thinking other than 1946, is arbitrary. (In Britain, the Baby Boom was much less of a thing: there was a spike in births in 1946, but then births didn’t go up again until good times finally arrived in the late 1950s.)

By those 1946-1964 dates, just about everybody who was famous during the Sixties was not a Baby Boomer:

Rock stars born during Baby Boom (1946-c. 1964) and a big deal at Woodstock (August 1969) are pretty limited in number. I can find:

– Keith Moon of The Who, the co-headliners with Hendrix, born 1946
– Carlos Santana, 1947
– Bob Weir of Grateful Dead, 1947
– Edgar Winter, 1946

I’m sure there were others, but not many. Most Woodstock stars were born during WWII years (1939-1945).

If Led Zeppelin had accepted their invitation, three of the four musicians (all except Jimmy Page), would have been Baby Boomers. But Led Zeppelin is more associated with the Seventies rather than the Sixties.

Other Baby Boomers who were famous during the 1960s include athletes O.J. Simpson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Peggy Fleming, Reggie Jackson, and Johnny Bench (although Bench didn’t become a superstar until his 148 RBI 1970 season).

Perhaps the first American born during the late Baby Boom to become famous was Michael Jackson (b. 1958). The Jackson 5’s electrifying single I Want You Back was released in October 1969,...

August 21, 2019 • 68 Comments

Via Doug Jones’ Logarithmic History:

ARDÈCHE, FRANCE—Saying that the recently discovered figurative art sheds new light on prehistoric speculative conflict, archeologists working at France’s Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc Cave announced Friday the discovery of a 300-century-old painting of an adult European mammoth squaring off against five sabre-toothed tigers. “This well-preserved and surprisingly detailed illustration shows us that ancient humans, people we refer to as cavemen, were capable of surprisingly sophisticated thought and probing insight, asking themselves mankind’s oldest philosophical question: Who would win in a fight?” said prominent paleolithic art expert Dr. David Whitley, noting that it was only a small intellectual step from sabretooth-versus-mammoth to such fundamental human debates as Hercules versus Gilgamesh, double-size Muhammed Ali versus one-tenth-size Godzilla, and the 1996 Bulls versus the 2012 Heat. “It’s a question that has shaped and molded all of human history. Also, I don’t care what this cave painting says—the mammoth would totally prevail unless it got, like, stuck in a tar pit.” …

Read the rest here.

I’m patenting the future of pay-per-view Saturday Night Fights: genetically revivified Ice Age megafauna battle at Caesar’s Palace to answer humanity’s age-old question: Who would win in a fight: Wooly Mammoths or Sabre-Toothed Tigers?

Undercard: Giant armadillo vs cave bear.

Somebody get David Reich on the phone. There are billions to be made.

Update: Snopes warns that this mammoth vs. sabre-tooth drawing may not be 100% legit. On the other hand:

Concerning Survey Finds Too Many People Believe Snopes Is A Legitimate Fact-Checking Website
August 21st, 2019

U.S.—A troubling new survey released by The Babylon Bee confirmed Wednesday that too many people think Snopes is a real fact-checking website.

The survey found that over 60% of people believe Snopes is a real website, while only...

August 21, 2019 • 42 Comments

News about America’s rapidly growing Slavery Crisis was more than four times Fitter to Print in 2018 than in 2012, according to the New York Times.

August 21, 2019 • 12 Comments

Two stories of Old, Weird Eurasia, both featuring the tireless paleogeneticist David Reich.

From the New York Times:

The Mystery of the Himalayas’ Skeleton Lake Just Got Weirder

Every summer, hundreds of ancient bones emerge from the ice. A new genetic study helps explain how they got there.

Roopkund Lake, in the Indian Himalayas, is frozen for much of the year. But in warmer months it delivers a macabre performance, earning the nickname

By Robin George Andrews, Published Aug. 20, 2019
Updated Aug. 21, 2019, 6:40 a.m. ET

… Genetic analysis has helped make some sense of the jumble of bones. The researchers, led in part by Niraj Rai, an expert in ancient DNA at the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences in India, and David Reich, a geneticist at Harvard University, extracted DNA from the remains of dozens of skeletal samples, and managed to identify 23 males and 15 females.

Based on populations living today, these individuals fit into three distinct genetic groups. Twenty-three, including males and females, had ancestries typical of contemporary South Asians; their remains were deposited at the lake between the 7th and 10th centuries, and not all at once. Some skeletons were more ancient than others, suggesting that many were interred at the lake lifetimes apart.

Human skeletal remains at Roopkund lake. A new genetic study partially identified some of the individuals: young and old, some interred long before others, none of them related.CreditHimadri Sinha Roy
Then, perhaps 1,000 years or so later, sometime between the 17th and 20th centuries, two more genetic groups suddenly appeared within the lake: one individual of East Asian-related ancestry and, curiously, 14 people of eastern Mediterranean ancestry.

Also from the NYT:

An Archaeological Puzzle on the Danube

Unique sculptures date from the historical moment when two peoples and two cultures met on the banks of a section of the river, now known as the Iron Gates.

By James Gorman, Published Aug....

August 21, 2019 • 14 Comments

So I finally got a picture of myself at my new weight of 175 pounds, down from the 220 pounds I spiked up to in 2015 during Merkel’s Million Muslim March. I appreciate you putting up with my stepping away from the keyboard long enough to walk a few miles per day. I hope to be in this for the long run, which being 220 was not conducive towards.

But then I went for a barefoot walk and gave myself huge blisters, which she shall see.

Thanks to everybody who contributed so far to the August iSteve fundraiser.

August is one of the three months of the year (along with December and April) when I hassle you for donations. I sometimes find myself discouraged, but then my loyal readers chip in with cash in its manifold forms, which I find highly encouraging. Say not the struggle nought availeth.

Large or small, I find each to be a personal message of encouragement to keep doing what I’m doing. I more or less figured out the basic logic of the 21st Century, which hasn’t made me popular, but with your support I can keep on keeping on pointing out how the world works.

I haven’t taken a new picture of myself, but I’m down to 6’4″ and 175 pounds. Honest!

I’ll soon prove it to you.

I peaked at 220 pounds in the fall of 2015 during Merkel’s Mistake. That was a wake-up call that no matter how insane Respectable World Leaders are acting, I can’t stop taking care of my health just because they aren’t worrying about the the well-being of their nations.

Here are eight ways for you to contribute to me, iSteve:

First: You can use Paypal (non-tax deductible) by going to the page on my old blog here. Paypal accepts most credit cards. Contributions can be either one-time only, monthly, or annual. (Monthly is nice.)

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August 21, 2019 • 140 Comments

From my new column in Taki’s Magazine:

1619: Founding Fallacies
by Steve Sailer

August 21, 2019

Last week, Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The New York Times, informed his staffers that due to the collapse of their conspiracy to overthrow the president by disseminating their Russian conspiracy theory, the Times was pivoting to Plan B: to dump Trump by promoting their racism conspiracy theory.

As reassurance that this latest intrigue would not fizzle as ignominiously as the Times’ previous machination, Baquet proudly pointed to their 1619 Project. This commemoration of the first blacks arriving in Virginia 400 years ago megalomaniacally “aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.

How exactly retconning American history will get rid of Trump was left vague, but Baquet was confident that it was all part of the Times’ seamless plot.

Read the whole thing there.

August 20, 2019 • 131 Comments

From the New York Times news section:

Trump Accuses Jewish Democrats of ‘Great Disloyalty’

Uh, I think that headline is missing a couple of important words: “to Israel”. The point, of course, of the headline is to rile up Jewish Democrats into imagining that Trump was anti-Semitically accused them of being disloyal to America, when he was pro-Semitically accusing them of not being loyal enough to Israel.

Shouldn’t the controversy be instead over why the President is criticizing American citizens for not being loyal enough to a foreign power?

Yeah, I know, my brain hurts, too.

By Julie Hirschfeld Davis
Aug. 20, 2019, Updated 9:34 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Tuesday that any Jewish person who votes for a Democrat is guilty of ignorance or “great disloyalty,” intensifying his efforts to drive in a partisan wedge over religion and support for Israel even as he appeared to draw on an anti-Semitic trope.

Is “trope” the 2019 Word of the Year? Is it because it’s alliterative with “Trump?”

Mr. Trump did not go into specifics about what he considered to be Jews’ disloyalty, but his language echoed the anti-Semitic smear that Jews are more devoted to Israel than they are to their own country, an accusation that goes as far back as the Roman Empire and is now used by white nationalists.

Mr. Trump’s comments were the latest turn in a toxic controversy over religion and politics that erupted last week after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, at the president’s urging, barred an official visit to Israel by the first two Muslim women in Congress, Representatives Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, both Democrats. The two have been harshly critical of Israel.

The move prompted condemnation from diplomats and analysts across the political spectrum that in Mr. Trump’s zeal to curry favor with Jewish voters and tighten his alliance with Mr. Netanyahu, he risked endangering...

August 20, 2019 • 45 Comments

This picture of the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field looks like somebody set off a tactical nuke in my old apartment on North Clarendon in Lakeview.

August 21, 2019 • 44 Comments

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 acceptance of a “conspiracy theory” (as defined by officialdom and Vox – “Russiagate” is also a conspiracy theory, but is not considered as such) in modern history?

I am noticing a major uptick in Sinophobic sentiments. They have been building up gradually, in connection with the Uyghur nonsense, but they have been turbocharged by the metastasizing Hong Kong protests. Chinese bots (or people considered to be such) have been getting mass deleted on Twitter. I wonder if this marks the point at which the China hysteria will overtake Russophrenia as the “Great Bifurcation” between the Blue Empire and the Sinosphere accelerates.

I am halfway through Janet Martin’s Medieval Russia, 980-1584. I will imminently have a lot of powerful takes come the review.

Just a heads up that I do not think I will be able to resume intensive blogging for yet another 2-3 days. Apologies for the hiatus.

August 10, 2019 • 212 Comments

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 a major role.

Modern, largely non-ideological populist regimes at odds with GloboHomo – that’s Putin, Orban, etc. – distribute resources or economic “demesnes” to their cronies, creating networks of personal loyalty unbeholden to the global elites – a sort of “counter-elite,” or Dugin’s so-called “patriotic corruption“. One additional “benefit” of such systems is that damning kompromat is available on “defectors” by default. Though obviously this is not the only mechanism. Putinism also has elements of a Mannerbund, as well as more severe punishments.

China has elements of all the above, but with greater load on legitimizing ideology (it is still a Marxist-Leninist state) and on repression.

But how does GloboHomo, Blue Empire, Davos World, ZOG – call it what you will – keep its elites in line?

Western propaganda would have you believe it’s some inherent feature of liberal democracy – the political equivalent of efficient free markets.

Alternatively, the remarkable consolidation of ideology in politics, media, and academia across both the Atlantic and ideological spectrum in decade or two can be explained by requiring some critical number of “Inner Party” members to engage in highly criminal and morally damning “rituals” to advance in station (as Ron Unz has suggested in a recent essay that has suddenly become extremely pertinent). For this mechanism to work, the “rituals” in question must remain strongly taboo. It is rather...

August 10, 2019 • 630 Comments

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.

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@ak

More notable posts since the last Open Thread in case you missed any of them.

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Featured

  • Epstein chokes on pizza.
    • Michael Tracey: “The popular media definition of “conspiracy theories” is incoherent. They’ve spent three years pushing a debunked Trump/Russia conspiracy, but now will try to denigrate anyone who suggests a sinister explanation for the suspicious, sudden death of Epstein as a crazy conspiracist
    • NBC: “A guy who had information that would have destroyed rich and powerful men’s lives ends up dead in his jail cell. How predictably…Russian.
    • Jim Hoft: “What Censorship? Twitter Removes #ClintonBodyCount with 84,000 Mentions from Trending List After Epstein Death – Replaces with Trump, Barr Hashtags
  • 1 year bond yields <0% throughout Europe

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Russia

  • The recent US sanctions: Worth noting US only sanctioned foreign currency denominated Russian debt (which Russia hardly issues), not ruble-denominated OFZs.Many US funds invested into OFZ (foreigners make up ~30% of holders) so probably their lobbying at work.
  • Insomniac Resurrected: Myrotvorets Confirms Georgians Piss in the Wine
  • Post of a Russian nationalist oppositionist – his friend suggested the protesters wear St. George’s ribbons, to which the libs replied, “Why not also smear yourself in shit? Or put on a swastika? It’s horrific to just pick it up, never mind to wear it.”
  • Ivan Tkachev: “In Q1 $6.3bn of Russian exports to China was settled in dollars, CBR data imply, while exports of oil and oil products totaled $9bn. This means a large chunk of petroleum exports was settled...

August 10, 2019 • 80 Comments

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 in the Russian North. (These patterns do NOT apply to neighboring & culturally close Murmansk and Vologda).

As you can see from the above graph, there has been a rather strange divergence between rural fertility rates in those four Russian regions and Russia as a whole. Moreover, they even overtook rural fertility in DICh (Dagestan, Ingushetia, Chechnya) around 5 years ago.

Even for a rural locale, a fertility rate of 4-4.5 children per woman is probably almost unmatched in any other predominantly white society in the world today. And yes, just to confirm, those regions are predominantly ethnic Russian: Arkhangelsk – 94%; Komi – 62%; Kirov – 89%; Karelia – 79%.

denalt has termed this phenomenon the “Northern Renaissance”, and suggests that they are the long-sought Russian “breeders”:

In the search for the Russian Haredim we looked into the houses of priests, the villages of the Old Believers, and even the Kazakh steppes, we missed their actual emergence on the historical scene.

I wouldn’t make too much of these figures.

In particular, the urban fertility rates of these regions are actually even lower than for their region as a whole, so as a result Arkhangelsk current TFR (1.58) is barely different from Novgorod’s (1.56). Nonetheless, it is certainly something worth bearing in mind.

In another post, denalt looks at demographic trends in some specific villages of Arkhangelsk oblast. Quite a few of them are undergoing population increase, which is rather remarkable considering (1) the massive amount of Soviet boomers dying off in these areas and (2) massive emigration...

August 9, 2019 • 77 Comments

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 42 million. This article is typical of the “genre”.

I debunked such ridiculously low estimates in my “Ukrotriumph” article from last year.

Even so, while the Ukraine has more than 24 million people, it is still way short of 42 million. But by how much?

  • The official Ukrainian figures exclude Crimea, but include all of the Donetsk and Lugansk oblasts (including those controlled by the LDNR).
  • The official population of the LDNR is around 3.8M – let’s consider it to be 3.5M in practice.
  • There are approximately 5M Ukrainians temporarily or permanently abroad at any given time (as will be reflected in the next Census in 2020).

So my best guess is that the real population of the Ukraine is currently around 33.5M (official: 42.0M).

More recently, Dean Fantazzini – an economist at Moscow State University – estimated the Ukraine’s population to be 32.0M on the basis of regression of birth data for east and central Europe. As he notes, Igor Kolomoysky recently made the exact same estimate.

The blogger acer120 estimates 32.0-32.5M based on voter rolls.

Incidentally, commenter AP estimates that Ukraine’s real population is 35.0M. So we can see a pretty good convergence of estimates from people all across the ideological spectrum.

For comparison, Russia’s real population is around 150.1M (official: 146.8M). Perhaps the one bright spot (from Russia’s POV) in post-Soviet relations between the two countries is that its population advantage over the Ukraine has increased from less than 3:1 in 1992 (148.5M to 52.1) to almost 5:1 today (146.9M to ~33M). It is ironic...

August 9, 2019 • 97 Comments

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 slant/Western identity often cite the following graph of lexical distance, which appears to show Ukrainian as being closer to Polish than to Russian…

… the problem with statistical analysis of how close words are to each other is that “cultural innovations” in one language can create the appearance of rapid divergence between otherwise closely related languages.

This point is well illustrated by linguist Asya Pereltsvaig in a blog post from 2014, where she explains this in terms that non-specialists can understand.

For instance, based on the names of the different months, one might conclude that Russian is in an altogether different cluster from Polish, Ukrainian, and Belorussian.

The reality, of course, is that Russian adopted Julian calendar terms, while the Poles and White Russians and Little Russians retained the Slavic originals:

However, this view results from an incorrect interpretation of the data. Rather than being testimony for the closer link of Belarusian/Ukrainian to Polish than to Russian, these data result from the fact that Russian adopted the month names of the Julian calendar, while the other three languages generally retained the original Slavic terms… the earlier Slavic names for months “show etymologies … reflecting various aspects of flora, fauna, climate and activity”. For example, the term for February derives from ‘bitter, fierce’ in reference to the typically cold weather of the month. The term for ‘July’ comes from ‘linden tree’; interestingly, Russian has the word lipa for ‘linden tree’ but it does not preserve the month name based on it....

August 7, 2019 • 28 Comments

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 in Kolomna, the population has declined by 10% since the end of the end of the Soviet period, when it was called Zagorsk (in honor of the Jewish revolutionary Mikhail Zagorsky, whose main accomplishment seems to have been spreading Bolshevik propaganda amongst Russian POWs in German captivity during WW1). During the late Soviet era, the city was a major center of chemical weapons production, which was shuttered down during the 1990s.

On the bright side, Sergiev Posad appears to one of the major epicenters of Russia’s drive to restore its previously neglected and/or destroyed historical legacy. The churches are in much better condition than they were even just five years ago. Frescoes have been restored or repainted. Dirt paths have been paved over, at least in the tourist areas. And with the ROC now declaring its intention to make Sergiev Posad into the Vatican of global Orthodoxy, we can expect to see these transformations accelerate even further.

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Our adventure didn’t get off on the very best footing. Our train took us to Fryazino, a small town away in the middle of nowhere, instead of Sergiev Posad, which was 40 km away. This wasn’t our fault, since at least a couple dozen other passengers faced the same problem – it was obviously a screw-up on the part of the people who were manning the information displays in Moscow. To add insult to injury, the turnstiles wouldn’t let us leave the station, since our tickets were for Sergiev Posad; this would have necessitated buying a second pair of tickets right at the station. Nor was continuing by train an option, since there was no route to Sergiev Posad; continuing by rail would necessitate...

August 4, 2019 • 129 Comments

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 power and came to Lake Ilmen, and founded a city on the River Volkhov, and named it Novgorod, and ruled from thence, and distributed volosts to his retainers and founded cities.” It was the capital of the ancient Russian state until 882, when Rurik’s son Oleg conquered Kiev and named it the mother of Russian cities.

As you might have guessed, despite being one of the oldest Russian cities, its name literally means “New City”. I suppose everything was new at some point.

Novgorod acquired independence from Kiev around 1020, and threw off princely rule in favor of a republic in 1136. Its subsequent form of government that has been described as proto-democratic (liberal historiography) and/or oligarchic (Marxist historiography). Yet despite its “cosmopolitan” status as a highly literate trading hub with strong links to the Hanseatic League, it was also an undoubtedly Russian city, with patriotic and even proto-nationalistic sentiments. The Russkaya Pravda law code famously prescribed much leaner penalties for murdering foreigners than Russians. When the Mongols invaded Russia in 1237-40, it was Novgorod that coughed up the cash to pay off the tribute imposed by the Horde for the sake of “the whole of the Russian land.”

The “interesting” part of Novgorod’s history comes with the end of its independence in the late 15th century, and the end of any lingering autonomies after the massacre visited upon it by Ivan IV (“The Terrible”) in 1570. Henceforth, it would be just another rural, backwater province of the Russian Empire.

Today, apart from its cultural legacy, the city is an unremarkable...


August 21, 2019 • 4 Comments

Men report being modestly more interested in watching women’s soccer than women are:

In The Current Year, it’s unclear whether this is cause for celebration or censure. Men showing interest in female sports is a Good Thing, but many of these men are doing it for the purpose of ogling young women’s bodies, which is a Bad Thing. And the sisterhood failing to appreciate the success of these female athletes is a Sad Thing.

August 19, 2019 • 176 Comments

If it is magnanimously granted that the corporate media’s primary job is to inform consumers of its content about what is going on in the world, that is. Parenthetically, I do not grant as much. Getting it this wrong cannot merely be the result of incompetence. Mendacity must be in play.

Anyway, a Harvard-Harris poll last Spring asked respondents “about how many people do you think are caught trying to enter through the southern border each year?”. Five possible ranges were offered as answers in multiple choice format.

The subsequent graph is extraordinarily generous in what is counted as a correct answer. Respondents are given credit for answering either “250,000 to 500,000” or answering “over 500,000”, since the reported total number of apprehensions for calendar year 2018 was 467,000, while 2019 is on pace to come in somewhere around 1,000,000.

So on a five item multiple choice question, we’re giving credit for two possible responses. If participants randomly selected answers, the rate of correct responses would be 40%. Well, not a single demographic category of the 26 the survey reported results for did as well as they would have had they randomly guessed:

The American public doesn’t just lack knowledge about what is happening along the southern border, it has anti-knowledge of the situation. The residuals for each of the demographic groups presented in the graph above errantly think fewer than 250,000 attempted border-crossers are apprehended annually.

If we don’t want extremist lunatics shooting up Walmarts in desperate frustration over what they perceive as an invasion the powers that be refuse to acknowledge even exists, let alone deal with–and I certainly don’t–we could stand to have our vaunted media organizations report something approximating the truth about an issue that consistently polls near or at the top of the list of the things Americans find concerning, instead of...

August 19, 2019 • 73 Comments

dfordoom samples a wide swath of those who have taken it:

There are people who believe passionately that the government should be spending immense sums on mass transit but who have have never caught a bus or a train in their lives. There are people who are True Believers in the coming Climate Change apocalypse but they don’t seem to think that their beach houses in Malibu will be affected by rising sea levels. There are the passionate antiracists who live in towns that are 98% white.

There are libertarians who seem quite happy to enjoy the benefits of living in a society with a government rather than heading off into the wilderness to put their beliefs in rugged individualism into practice. Zionist Jews who don’t want to give up their apartments in Manhattan to move to Tel Aviv. Liberals who think that intolerance is evil and believe that people who disagree with them should be sent to prison. People who think everybody should be free to love whomever they like but they’ll go berserk if their boyfriend decides to put that into practice by loving a younger hotter woman.

Of course one can quibble. The choice between striking out into undeveloped wilderness and enjoying the imperfect fruits of society that a mixed economy has provided isn’t a pure comparison. But there is New Hampshire.

August 18, 2019 • 69 Comments

Mr. Unz recently instituted a new rule on commenting that permits a per-hour maximum of three comments on any single post and ten comments anywhere on The Unz Review. Some of the regulars here have the celerity of mind and dexterity of digits to brush up against those parameters, so if they may apply to you, please copy the comments you are attempting to leave before trying to publish them so that you are able to successfully do so once the time limit has expired.

August 17, 2019 • 40 Comments

That the sentiments of Jewish Republicans towards contemporary migration into the US is about the same as that of gentile white Democrats would seem to explain a lot about why conservative outlets like The Daily Wire, National Review, and Prager University are consistently at odds with their putative readership over issues surrounding immigration:

GSS variables used: LETIN1A(1-2)(3)(4-5), PARTYID(0-1)(2-4,7)(5-6), RELIG(1-2,4-13)(3), RACECEN1(1), HISPANIC(1)

August 17, 2019 • 94 Comments

The sentimental touchstone that causes non-British Americans whose ancestors came over in the 19th and early 20th centuries, right? Huddled masses, the poem, the search for a better life–the promise of America.

Though these non-British European immigrants of the past–especially Italians and the Irish–often serve as rhetorical ploys in the service of arguing for open borders in the present and indefinite future, the descendants of the original gentile settlers and the descendants of subsequent waves of gentile immigrants all feel the same way about contemporary immigration into America–they want less of it.

Those of German descent have the excuse of being significantly rural and thus significantly deplorable. Plus, they’re German by heritage, and we know what that means. But big city Italians wanting to slam the door hardest? Freaking fredos!

Members of the third group often invoked alongside Italians and the Irish in efforts to open US immigration policy as wide as possible are immigration romantics, however:

This is an observation gentiles are discouraged from making. But look at the masthead. This is his webzine, not mine, so go pound sand!

Speaking of Mr. Unz, he is often uncharitably referred to as a “self-hating Jew”, a phrase obviously intended as an insult. Would those same people refer to an ethnomasochistic white person as a “self-hating white”, and if so, would it be intended as an insult–or as a laud?

GSS variables used: LETIN1A(1-2)(3)(4-5), ETHNIC(7-9,11,14,15,19,21,24,26), RELIG(1-2,4-13)(3), YEAR(2012-2018)

August 14, 2019 • 206 Comments

A recent YouGov survey asked respondents whether male or female elected officials are better on thirteen different attributes of political leadership. The attributes followed by which sex is perceived to excel more at each of them among respondents who gave an edge to one sex or the other:

Handling immigration — Women
Working under pressure — Even
Maintaining civility and respect — Women
Handling economic conditions — Women
Working out compromises — Women
Standing up for what they believe in — Women
National security — Men
Creating a safe workplace — Women
Persuasion — Women
Compassion and empathy — Women
Serving as role models for children — Women
Dealing with the budget deficit — Women
Ethics and honesty — Women

The differences and some cross-tabs will come in a subsequent post, but this doesn’t look like patriarchy to me!

Channeling my inner Gibbon (or gibbon, mileage will vary), Christianity : Rome’s fall as Wokeness : America’s collapse? That analogy is at best strained. After all, Christianity flourished centuries into the future and without interruption in the east. My bet is that Wokeness, on the other hand, will not because it literally cannot–anymore than a fire can continue burning when all that is left of the log is char and ash.

August 12, 2019 • 79 Comments

Invasion has been bad for American Indians in the past. They sense it will be bad for them in the future. American Indians are the original nativists, even more nativist than native-born whites:

The nerve! Where do they get off thinking this land is their land, anyway?

Thanks to commenter t, with an appropriately laconic handle, for the heads up.

GSS variables used: LETIN1A(1-2)(3)(4-5), RACECEN1(1)(2)(4-10), HISPANIC(1)(2-50), ETHNIC(30)