Gangnam Style

I have a smattering of thoughts I want to express here, and cannot think of a more suitable title. I guess the general theme is the cultural divide from the Cold War. I use Gangnam Style as the title since it is a representative, and also it’s occurred to me that it’s better for attracting attention/marketing. It is or at least was the most viewed video on YouTube after all.

Why am I suddenly reminded of Gangnam Style? Well, yesterday somebody spoke of that Crazy Rich Asians movie that just came out, that’s in a couple weeks time gotten $86.6 million box office already, almost thrice the $30 million budget. After searching online, I learned it’s based off a novel of the same name by a Singaporean-American of Chinese descent from, predictably, quite a prominent family in Singapore. I had already learned of it, as it has been everywhere online for a few weeks, though I didn’t pay much attention to it. I was quickly reminded of an anecdote involving Gangnam Style, which is also Asian. As for the name, Gangnam is this important, wealthy district in Seoul, or something like that. It is Korean for 江南 (jiangnan), which means south of the river, I believe.

What is the anecdote? My smart as fuck Russian friend in math raised in America who identifies strongly with the Soviet era has a younger brother nowhere near as smart as him who plays video games all day. On the car, he would keep singing Gangnam Style. My friend got so annoyed with that he said,

From now on, sing that again, and I’m going to sing back No Motherland Without You, Comrade Kim Jong-il.

I have listened to Gangnam Style by the way, and my reaction was like, “how the fuck did this trashy culture-less music video in Korean become number one on YouTube? What the fuck is going on with the taste of the current generation?” I guess it’s also impressive, that South Korea can produce a video music this viral, in their own language. Korean drama is also a big thing. Samsung and Hyundai too. Koreans (in the South) are both technically and culturally innovative.

Reminds me of my unusual ABC (actually born in America) friend who’s sympathetic to the North. He said some things about them which surprised me. Now, most Chinese in my parents’ generation I’ve encountered were from relatively humble backgrounds, often first in their family to attend college. He’s an exception though. He told me that his father’s family used to own a four story building in Tianjin that he’s visited. During the war, it became Japanese barracks. After the Japanese left, they got it back, but four years later, they ended up sharing it with a bunch of poor people. He told me his grandpa was about to go study in Britain, but the Japanese invasion disrupted that plan. His mother’s dad were also highly educated in STEM, and occupied a relatively high up position there. Ironically though, he really surprised me by saying a bunch of stuff in Chinese in the likes of what you hear from people during the Mao era or nostalgic for it, like how back then people didn’t need to buy a home, because the state provided one. I concluded that he, who has spent his entire life in America, must have learned all that from his parents.

As for North Korea, I told him about how some Korean was telling me about how there’s this map of lighting of world, in which South Korea is super bright while the North is almost completely dark, which exception of a glimmer from Pyongyang, which just goes to show the sheer economic disparity in level of development. His response was,

Or maybe because while the South Koreans are being worked to death, the North Koreans are sleeping.

Inside Facebook office, there’s an analogous display.

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In this one, China is also entirely in totalitarian darkness. 😉

On DPRK, that guy was also like,

In a situation of war, the South Korean soldiers are not going to fight to the death to preserve the interests of their capitalist masters.

I spoke of how American and South Korean media talks about how the North’s army is extremely weak and ill-equipped now. Like their pilots don’t even have enough fuel to do sufficient training. On that he was like,

That’s not how the American and South Korean armies staging military exercises think.

I was like “lol okay.”

A few days ago, I finally learned of Erich Honecker and his wife Margot Honecker, who were the General Secretary and Minister of Education of East Germany respectively. They both pretty much got screwed after reunification. Erich escaped a criminal trial out of poor health to reunite with his wife in South America, who had sought asylum in Chile through the Chilean Embassy in Moscow. Margot died in 2016 and defended the GDR till her death. I had known before of the predecessor of Honecker, Walter Ulbricht, but not that he also had training Moscow from the 20s on as part of the German Communist Party. Not a surprise though, after the war, the Soviets pretty much planted those types in positions of power in East Germany. The system they established certainly had some political influence, they trained communists from all over the world, setting up schools just for that. The Comintern was certainly quite an effective political organization. Many of the old Chinese revolutionaries had that background too. I also learned of Egon Krenz, a top East German politician who actually travelled to China in 89 to thank Deng Xiaoping on behalf of the regime for using force to suppress the student protests, who subsequently published some books sympathetic to the GDR.

I’ve read before that there is quite a bit of East German nostalgia, with the so-called Ossis still being culturally different, of course, I’m not qualified to judge. In any case, it’s probably safe to assume that the stuff we hear in English about East German and the Stasi should be taken with a grain of salt. Victor’s justice after all, those part of the Stasi (an equivalent of Department of Homeland Security really), along with just about everyone high up in the East German regime, were politically disgraced after reunification.

More generally, I can sense how the political outlooks and ways of doing things still vary widely, and the legacy much persists today. The political rhetoric employed is markedly different, needless to say. Also, how those former socialist countries do those military parades, which would be naturally viewed in American mindset as distasteful and totalitarian, the style of dictatorship. Many from former those states also think that, especially ones who emigrated to the “free world,” also eventually grow to think that. They’ll say stuff like “waste of money.” An uncool way to “show how good we are.” I once said С днем победы to a Russian friend raised in America and he was like,

It’s stupid to celebrate the deaths of so many people.

My response was

So you’re saying that it’s basically, “we beat the Nazis, we saved Europe, we saved the world, we’re the best!”

And he was like, “pretty much.”

In the American political narrative, that stuff is almost always portrayed as people taking part in that not because they want to but because they have no choice under a totalitarian regime. An easy way to be dismissive of course. Expectedly, I find this perspective rather problematic. I’ve heard enough times the likes of “I like China, just not the Chinese government,” and “Remember that the Chinese people and the Chinese government are not the same thing.” The reality is that a government of a country is made up of a subset of its people, with the percentage depending on degree of government affiliation, not to mention that a government is necessarily influenced by its people, so it’s entirely unrealistic to speak of a government and its people as entirely separate.

I’ve also seen some liberal Russians here poke fun at Iosif Kobzon. They’ll say,

Oh, everybody hates Kobzon.

and

He’s ridiculous. Super pro-government. And he’s not even Russian you know, he’s actually Jewish. He’s ridiculous.

When the government routinely organizes those concerts where they sing those songs about the Red Army and crowds clap along, those guys find it either ridiculous or revolting. The thing is that the system gradually normalized that kind of activity to the point where people in that environment don’t find it strange and even enjoy it.

I do wonder how much of one’s preference on this spectrum is heritable versus shaped through experience. Necessarily, experiences shape one’s tastes and views but it is genes which largely determine how people respond to experiences more or less imposed on them as well as which ones they actively see out.

On the political English language

I recall how like four or five years ago, somebody told me that the Ministry of Education of China made English optional on the gaokao. I wonder what exactly was the rationale behind it. That was saying how English will not end up all that useful for most Chinese high school students (remember that those who immigrate to the US are a very small percentage, and that reading technical literature in English isn’t all that hard for smart people in STEM), and that time would be better spent learning more physics and chemistry as well as other non-language skills as far as economic productivity goes. This explanation certainly makes sense. China functions just fine doing everything in its own language, one notoriously difficult and complex in the eyes of outsiders. There is also that too much English might lead to more connection to America than is beneficial. On this note, I can think of how India’s English may have actually hurt it; because of it, the economy there naturally ended up depending too much on English services as opposed to actual industrial production, from which real economic power derives. Moreover, India’s English has greatly hindered her from developing a domestic internet industry, in contrast to China.

More generally, too much English inevitably leads to political brainwash. I’ve more sensitive now to how the English language, its content, style, and words in particular, has been shaped and accumulated over the years to transmit a form of political thinking and narrative in sync with the interests of the Anglo world. Politically, the English news media can be well characterized as relatively uniformly a fusion of fake left and right wing. There is remarkable consistency in how certain countries and political concepts are portrayed and explained in the English language media and education. Learning Chinese reading brought me to realize that the English narrative on China is actually quite a fake, falsified, and politically bastardized one, but most Chinese raised in America have not, sadly. There are also all kind of overused political buzzwords vague and meaningless. Freedom, democracy, dictatorship, totalitarianism, communism, etc. Nobody in China will in Chinese say, “China is a communist country.” They will instead say “China is a socialist country.” The word “communist” in English has obviously a negative connotation. Many Americans might call me a “commie,” and I simply could not give a damn. Most Chinese without exposure to this shit would go, “what the heck?” In Chinese, Marxism (马克思主义) is this political ideology, used in party rhetoric in a certain fashion. I never had any exposure to those politics classes in China where you actually learned about Marxism-Leninism, but I can be almost 100% sure that what they say of Marxism is completely different from this “cultural Marxism” in English, a political buzz term that I learned of recently, which is basically a pejorative for political correctness and multiculturalism.

I notice that I write on this blog about political matters in a way unusual in English, which is surely influenced to some degree by what I have read about such matters in the Chinese language. I must say that in the Chinese language, it is much easier politically to speak in a direct, straightforward, factually analytical manner on many matters than in English, again a product of manufacturing of various forms of political correctness in English by powerful interest groups over an extended period of time. Politically, I do see that in English, there is a strong tendency to talk around the root of problems than to analyze them in an honest manner. In other words, use of the English language has been well moulded for the purpose of fooling people.

Of course, English is the de facto international language. With that, people all over the world tend to see much more of the Anglo viewpoints. With that, people in the United States and other English speaking countries receive generally very politically biased information on a regular basis without awareness of it. Yes, there are certain points of views readily and commonly expressed in Chinese that would be very awkward to do in English, and also the other way round. So those who learn English as a second language in the formal way for academic purposes often communicate with it in a linguistic style and with word choice alien or at least unusual for the native American English speaker. And these people, as they are selected for both linguistic exposure and intelligence, tend to be those smart and learned enough to cross the often very artificially manufactured linguistic political boundaries.

I’m not sure how much the language itself shapes the political thinking through its most natural usage versus that the political forces slowly evolve the use of language to a tool for its own propaganda. I’ll say that from what I’ve seen, English is very good for fooling people by presenting a crude, superficial, distorted version of the picture. It’s good for a certain type of empty, disingenuous but glib talk that seems sufficiently effective at convincing and inspiring people with limited exposure outside the American and English language cultural and political context. It’s very good at painting a simplistically black and white, good vs evil picture of the world. It’s pretty shitty for what I would regard as genuinely powerful political and artistic expression of a more refined nature. As well as for political and historical realism, but maybe because the mass media propagandists have done their job just too well.

Oh right, I realize in English the word “propaganda” is very pejorative. In Chinese, there is no such word for “propaganda.” The closest word for it in Chinese is 宣传, which simply means “publicity,” and is more or less neutral, maybe even slightly positive. So culturally unaware Chinese made a fool of themselves by translating 中宣部 to “Propaganda Department of China,” though it seems they’ve changed that by now. Oh, there are ton of political buzzwords and slogans in Chinese too, but they’re, at least to me, far more humorous, tasteful, and powerful than what the English language can offer. I won’t go into example of that here, since this is supposed to be about the political English (not Chinese) language.

On Americanized Chinese females and colonialism

My general impression has been that Chinese females are generally much more susceptible to American culture than Chinese males. I was talking about this with a friend on this and his characterization of them was as follows

a lot of them are really stupid
there are some good ones

I asked him what kind of stupid, and he was like

mentally weak
self-hating
absorb the dominant ideology without thinking

This is of course consistent with higher conformism and group think in females. My observation has been that even many of the ones who did up through high school or even college in China get pressured/tricked into this.

Through family, I know of a woman college-educated who after marrying some old white conservative man became an evangelical Christian obsessed with prayers, and even went as far as to go on mission trips to Indian reservations. This is just absolutely gross, that Chinese women in the West can be converted into willing accomplices for arguably the worst part of Christianity, the part where it is forcibly put upon those already mercilessly conquered and ethnically cleansed. 共产党快把这类人屠杀好不好啊,饶不了他们在中国的家属。

The way those churches bait poor and lonely students on campuses with food is disgusting. They love to target poor new immigrants without community. And they’re so aggressive in the way they go about it.

By the way, my observation has been that Chinese are by nature very atheist and materialist in their view of the world, and in a poll, 61% of Chinese in China identified as atheist. So naturally, Chinese are also very receptive to HBD and IQ.

Now, many Christians get super emotional when they see a non-believer. As kids I’m sure we’ve all instinctively felt that way when met with some faith very different from ours. The thing is some people grow out of that much more than others, eventually learning to rationalize differences in others in their belief systems. They remove to some degree the psychological blind that is what they wish things were that arises from a more emotional impulse.

It’s amazing how effective Christianity has been historically as a motivator and justifier of conquest. Intrinsic to the religion is a deeply engrained missionary culture, a conviction that God gave some groups of people not just the right but the duty to conquer and colonize in order to spread it to liberate savages devoid of the faith. Speaking of which, the Chinese government is for the most part hostile to Christianity based much on historical experience. It’s symbolic of white, Western conquest of China over China’s so called century of humiliation. After the British easily won the Opium Wars with their modern military technology, among the stipulations with in the resulting unequal treaties was the right for missionaries to spread their faith across China and in exchange for that favor, to live like kings. I’ll put it pretty bluntly, that full-blown conquest of one country and people by another entails the following:

  • Killing their men in a war
  • Subjugating their people
  • Raping their women (to some extent)
  • Brainwashing them with your religion and ideology
  • Cultivating a comprador upper class within the colonized country to serve your interests and do some of the dirty work of managing and subordinating for you
  • Promoting your language and culture there too

And as always, it’s frowned upon but still okay for a man from the colonizer to marry a woman from the colonized, and if a colonized man married or even had intercourse with a woman from the superior, colonizing tribe, he would literally get destroyed and that woman would be shunned for life by her own.

This phenomenon is still very much alive today in the behavior of Chinese women. Their white worship is evident from all the white male Chinese female couples out there in the West as well as their white-loving self-hating behavior in terms of cultural preferences. It’s needless to say that marrying a white man for a Chinese woman is for the most part a straightforward way up the current social ladder.

It’s also somewhat apparent that the extent of white-loving self-hating behavior of East Asian women varies for the most part consistently, monotonically based on degree of colonization of the place of origin. In mainland China, Shanghainese girls are seen as the worst. There was after all the Shanghai International Settlement, despite Shanghai’s never having been fully colonized the way Hong Kong was. And yes, Hong Kong women are almost certainly worse. As for Koreans, we all know that during the Cold War their women were basically sex objects for American GIs. There was I’m sure an element of that for Japan too, though surely, Japanese are less this way due to their stronger history. Still, in the end, they got raped by the US Army. The thing is that Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Singapore all very much developed under America’s patronage post-war. Japan is rather different as it was already rather powerful and advanced before the war, but that doesn’t change their insecurities about being associated with the weaker, inferior race.

Now, mainland China is quite different. It was semi-colonized yes, but the Chinese communists against managed to get even militarily with the former oppressors during the Korean War from 1950-1953. She subsequently modernized rapidly much through Soviet aid and technology, with exchange with the West minimal after the United States was so butt hurt about losing to this backwards country that was led by a ruthlessly competent and formidable new regime. Moreover, the Chinese communists won their civil war with very minimal Soviet aid. There was nothing as far as I know other than the Soviets Red Army secretly transferring Harbin in Northeast China to them, which had some leftover industry and equipment from the Japanese occupation for them to use. Obviously, the current regime in China is so feared and resented by the West because it’s the only non-white that has been able to resist the West. Naturally, the political culture there is relatively very strong and independent too, as opposed to one of subordination to superior outsiders. Still, nowadays, there are plenty of girls in China who would sell out to some white loser for more money and status, and there is little that can be done to prevent that.

Face it, women are the weaker, subordinate sex. They are smaller, weaker, and less intelligent. Mother Nature made it that way, too bad. So to portray the men of the conquered, inferior race as effeminate is the natural way to culturally degrade them and their race. It’s still very much this way for East Asians, that is the reality. Can this be changed? Yes, but it will take many generations. Culture and perception does take a long time to change. There will need to be the hard power, preferably a military victory, to back it up, plus at least a generation of cultural and political education and media in the same direction. You see, centuries of colonialism has been such that inferiority to whites and the West is deeply engrained, the British and Americans have spent generations if not centuries training their lackeys in the East and promoting a culture in their favor. This is why you see Hong Kongers, Taiwanese, Singaporeans, and South Koreans show so much contempt for their counterparts in mainland China, those poor brainwashed communists. Yes, China got Hong Kong back legally and militarily but not the hearts of its people. And the agreement with the British was such that a relative degree of autonomy would remain for another 50 years. There are some people in China who are unhappy with how Deng Xiaoping dealt with the whole thing, mentioning how there is still some British and some South African on some high court in Hong Kong. Hong Kong remains culturally and politically colonized, a hotspot for CIA subversion operations. It took a lot of beatings from the British for the residents of Hong Kong to become that way, I don’t know what the Chinese communists will need to do just to reverse most of that damage. As for Taiwan and South Korea, for the perception to really change, I think China will actually need to take them by force, with economic embargo plus military occupation. Really, you can only truly reshape the world order with military occupation, as the United States and Soviet Union did respectively post WWII, with the United States grabbing a bigger share of course, despite that Soviet Union did much more of the dirty work to win that war.

In some sense, the only guaranteed solution to the problem of ideological conversion is to kill, or sterilize. That’s happened all the time throughout history. During the Crusades, those with the inclination to resist religious thought were basically wiped out of the gene pool. Similar pressures in medieval Europe. Which explains why whites have such strong religious inclination. The Chinese communists also did their killing of counterrevolutionaries after taking over. Of course, there were some who really despised that regime but sucked it up and hid it well enough that they weren’t killed, and their descendants a generation or two could continue on with their liberal anti-communist crap once the political situation permitted. In South Korea, the solution of American puppet dictator Syngman Rhee was also to simply kill anyone suspected of left-wing leanings. There were plenty of socialists in South Korea during that time. The way to deal with them of course was to kill or at least make life hard for their families, with the effect of suppressing birth of more political undesirables to consolidate the next generation’s power.

Of course, now it’s no longer anywhere near as socially acceptable to use the cold kill or imprison method. (The US and allies can still do this though to small countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya and get away with it, as it is still too powerful, especially politically, that nobody else can really do anything about it.) Norms have changed, too much liberal human rights bullshit, not to mention to more to lose from actual war. Of course, economic and political pressure is still, and always will be, a viable option. Somebody wrote that the USSR lost much because it was much worse than the US at soft power, at getting others to willingly submit to them. Yes, and this has much to do with that the US was able to inherit centuries of British imperialism and colonialism, whereas the USSR was a new superpower that emerged from relative backwardness under the new socialist system they pioneered in order to survive, not to mention that in hard power it was still much weaker. Yes, soft power takes generations, even centuries to develop. The legacy of the British Empire and subsequent American post-WWII world order, and white, Western imperialism and colonialism in general, will be very hard to displace. Even when their hard power is no longer so overwhelming, cultural attitudes remain deeply entrenched, per the colossal political dependency and technological and institutional ecosystem accumulated over generations.

There is still hope though. China will have to create and promote internationally a culture in its favor, with a fuck you attitude to the West to the extent that she can get away with. You never win by abiding by somebody else’s rules. The West is naturally much advantaged in the idiotic politically liberal free for all market setting of its own creation that has effectively induced in people passive submission against their own interests and reluctance to face often unpleasant realities. China could go the opposite way of brutal state control optimizing for national interests in combination of more ethnic identity among the Chinese people. That means the state using access to its large domestic market to extort as much as they can politically and economically, taking advantage of the precedence of private corporate interest in the West. Basically, along with heavy investment on becoming self-sufficient in all advanced, strategically important technologies, telling the West that we’ll only make it easy for our people to buy your products if you give us something, technology or political favor. Tell them that if you say shit about us your companies will have a lot of profits to lose. That also means intense government directed pressure against liberal anti-communist ethnic Chinese. On this, we can see how many have already toned down such political activities for their economic expedience and benefit, just like how economic pressures from the American ruling class has worked wonders to induce the desired political correctness of expression. As this goes on, China will have to absorb more of the rest of the world into its own ecosystem, primarily targeting of course developing, formerly oppressed countries with shared historical sentiment. This means gradually establishing RMB as an alternative international reserve currency. At home, China can using its state media apparatus strengthen the no nonsense brutally capability-based nationalistic/militaristic side of its culture to encourage its people to achieve their potential in a way that benefits the national interest. On this note, I shall point out my observation that the US media loves to sway and deceive mentally weak people with fake ideological bullshit in the likes of freedom and democracy, whereas the Chinese in media discussions of political matters focus primarily on objective capability and leverage. The US is too good at culturally and systemically absorbing and manipulating, so China’s best strategy to counter it is to unapologetically go the opposite way both culturally and economically. You defeat someone by boycotting his rigged game, not by playing it.

All in all, China is still very much in what would America think mode, though recently, with China’s economic and technological strength ever more manifest, there’s been visibly more of an I don’t give a damn what you think attitude that now China easily gets away with, with the trend ever more in that direction. Just as America has used and still uses anti-communist Chinese in Hong Kong and Taiwan to make trouble for China, the Chinese government could, appealing to Chinese ethnic pride and identity, encourage Chinese in America, increasingly discontent with the discrimination they face there, to demand more, or at the very least, contribute to more ethnic inter-group tension in an already very racial spoils driven multiethnic society. After all, the people who win big are almost always those with a strong sense of entitlement and ambition, who dare to cross social boundaries.

I don’t think truly getting along is possible, out of realism. Powerful large ethnic groups/nations are almost always hostile to each other, especially when they are very racially and/or ideologically different. They really only cooperate when there is a more threatening common enemy.

Election time

I just received ballot for primary elections. Now, time to do a bit of “research” into the background of the candidates as well as the election system in general. Truth is of course that primaries are given far less attention by the media (I sure hope I’m correct on this one) than the final election pitting Democrat vs Republican. Enough that I’ve also paid scant attention to it so far. I haven’t found American politics all that interesting, but that may change. In any case, I found myself looking briefly at the backgrounds of superdelegates of the Democratic and Republican National Committees.

There was also that I read a bit more about the background of Ron Unz, whose site I comment on now, who actually won 30+% of the votes in the California Republican gubernatorial primary back in 1994, as a 32 year old financial software entrepreneur. The winner of that got 60+% of the votes, so he wasn’t exactly close, but regardless, 30+% of the votes means you were actually taken seriously. Not bad for a smart as fuck Jewish weirdo who studied theoretical physics, who, according to this article, was still eating half his meals at Burger King despite being a multimillionaire at age 37. I don’t think he married or had kids. Maybe because he only saw his father, an EE professor, three times in his life, and was afraid that he would end up like that too, who knows. What can I say, his maverick, non-conformist streak certainly has relation to such a background, for reasons of both genes and environment. Honestly, I can’t believe a guy like him managed to be as successful as he was in the game of American politics, which, as far as I can tell, tends to select inverse to merit, past a certain, not terribly high filter at least.

There is much criticism over the election system in America, obviously, especially with regard to the electoral college, which one can think of as a layer of indirection in the voting process. Think of them as virtual votes, which correspond to electors apportioned based on state population (via number of House of Representatives plus two Senators). They actually correspond bijectively to the members of Congress of each state but are not those. They are nominated by the political parties per state, and they vote for the representative of their party in the presidential election, with the exception of cases of faithless electors. There were quite a few in the controversial 2016 election. The one who stood out most was a Native American who instead of voting for Hillary Clinton voted for some Native American activist. On that note, that other smart and weird as fuck Jewish Ron who studied theoretical physics is Ron Maimon, and he once spoke of America as a culturally rotten nation founded on white supremacy and dispossession. This is what I was reminded of when I learned of that faithless elector.

Of course, what’s been the most controversial about the 2016 election is alleged Russian interference. Just a few days ago, there was quite some media backlash there with regard to Trump’s denying it in his summit with Putin in Helsinki, to the extent that Trump was pressured to publicly take back his statement, framing it as an accident of word. I learned of this incident after I started seeing these Facebook posts on Putin/Russia, and I was like, huh, what just happened.

As for Russian interference, they say, among many other things, that Russians hacked into the Democratic National Committee computer network. I would believe that is real. I guess Russian government is doing that for revenge against Ukraine. Reading Andrei Martynov’s book reminded me of the Ukraine coup back in 2013-14 and consequent sanctions against Russia for annexing Crimea. It seems like Russia has pretty much lost hope in trying to make peace with the United States and is going direct confrontational now. I guess Russia might also want revenge for their banning from the Winter Olympics earlier this year for doping, which many there believe was pressured and manipulated by the US.

There were also Russian internet trolls, on Twitter and Facebook especially. I hate to say it, but that’s part of the game of manipulating public opinion. In the US there are these election campaigners who essentially play it professionally. The only way to fend this off would be to have these sites block Russian IP addresses, which I’m sure these sites would be very reluctant to do, as it would mean loss of business for them. Again, the conflict between private interest and “national interest.” Of course, this won’t stop Russians from using proxies in the US to do the same, just as the Great Firewall of China doesn’t stop people from bypassing it via VPNs. There are, I’m sure, companies in the US acting as covers for Russian intelligence activity. Those would be difficult to eliminate, unless America chooses to go full anti-Russian domestically, meaning that the smart Russians with a lot to contribute will come here less and less, and instead make Russia better at home. In any case, Russia has succeeded in undermining public faith in America’s democratic process. My question now is when will the American public wake up and realize that “democratic” is a meaningless political buzzword with a positive connotation artificially manufactured and promoted by the US mass media?

In any case, this shows that Russia is still really politically formidable, *in spite* of her big fall in the 90s. At the core, Russia is still the world’s number two. It’s not China, which I don’t think could have interfered in a US presidential election enough to get as much blame for it even if she really wanted to. Of course, this has to do with that Russians are physically and culturally much closer to the US than China, making it easier for them to blend in when necessary. There is also that Russia is still more technologically advanced than China. Even in computer security, Russia has Kaspersky. Nginx, a real rival of Apache, was created by a Russian in Russia. What does China have there? No web server from there that I know of. In anti-virus, I know of Qihoo 360, but I would not bet on them vs Kaspersky. On this, I’ve written the following:

China is still way behind

Buys its best military gear from Russia. S-400 surface-to-air missile system. Su-35 fighter jet along with Russian engines for its own planes because its own aren’t good enough. Its Comac C919 passenger plane is taking longer than it should, and it’s collaborating with Russia on a better one (CR929). Still not self-sufficient in CPUs/semiconductors. Russian military technology may well be the best in the world now: https://www.unz.com/tsaker/book-review-losing-military-supremacy-the-myopia-of-american-strategic-planning-by-andrei-martyanov/. China is still junior partner just like back in the 50s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wg8Zd-IPHYg.

On the plus side, China has mostly completed its Beidou satellite navigation system (though Russia’s GLONASS still came first), and it’s being incorporated into Chinese defense industry and tech companies. Baidu Maps probably uses it now.

It’s not just technology of course. It’s also the political posture, though surely, that part is hard if you don’t have really strong indigenous military technology to back it up. In that respect, everybody else is still << United States and Russia. And maybe Martyanov is right that there, as far as quality is concerned, we are having Russia > United States. Though perception wise, I don’t expect that for a while.

王明瑞,极有趣的中国青年

通过一位丹麦人,我有幸认识到了王明瑞,一位中国研究生。但与典型的循规蹈矩死读书的研究生恰恰相反。比如,他翻译了理查德·林恩,专门研究智商及其种族和性别差异的心理学教授,撰写的Eugenics: A Reassessment (Human Evolution, Behavior, and Intelligence)(翻译成中文为《优生学:重评(人类进化,行为和智力)》),但目前还无法将此出版。同时,他还是中文维基百科具有十一年编辑经验的人。前几天,我给他看了我的《祝党的生日快乐》一文,他却回,“最后一个链接所指的中文维基百科页是我添加的”。我总是好奇是什么样的中国人为中文维基百科和百度百科这些中文百科做相当大贡献,猜测肯定大多是一些具有某种性格的学生,只能说很高兴终于认识到了此中一员。我想他肯定还有其它的我未知的才华和成就,毕竟我对它这个人还了解的相当少,刚网上认识吗。中国像他这样的人看来还是有不少,但是我觉得还是远远不够,与美国相比,这当然跟中国的应试教育体制有一定的关系,当然在中国考上大学或进入真正工作之后也不太在乎这些的,还是要看你能做出什么真正的成果来,之后学习没有考试,要靠自己主动,而靠非考试的方式展示自己的知识和技能。前几天发邮件我还写道:

I created a few days a Baidu account using my US mobile phone number, with the thought of possibly contributing a bit to Baidu Encyclopedia, which to my disappointment doesn’t even have LaTeX support, though I have learned much from its non-mathematical content over the years. China still has a long way to go, but I believe they will get there in a matter of time.

还想强调在这方面中国人还真的是比白人差一些,白人有更多愿意自愿投入这类的。刚和他(在脸书上)又聊了另一个话题:

MingruiOnAntiCPCPropaganda

所以王明瑞是非常独立思考的人,为了满足求知欲要翻墙,但翻了墙后对新的信息依然保持批判性思维,多赞!谁知道那,说不定王明瑞的星星之火会将来燎起中国的优生大原。我就希望中国能多出一些像王明瑞这样的人。

 

祝党的生日快乐!

97年了,我无话多言,直连到此文。此终结为:

上世纪20年代的青年思索救亡图存,30年代的学生投笔从戎,60年代的学子以身许国献身戈壁,当代年轻人面向社会追寻人生意义……一代代青年人的从心而行,何尝不是一种精神传承?让信仰之火熊熊不息,让红色基因融入血脉,让红色精神激发力量,我们就能更坚定、更执着、更无畏地前行,为国家为人民创造一个更好的明天。

哈哈,说是这么说,只不过据我所观察现在的人大多已经失去往时这种宝贵精神了,人也远远不如老革命那一辈了。总是感觉现在的人比起以前过于保守,缺乏胆量。作为一位在美国长大的被动无声的minority(少数民族)的一员,在一种腐朽无味的文化环境中,何以得到精神力量?当然,有个人的学习和事业,但我想说的不是这个。所想说的是文化认同。在这一点,不是多沉浸于ABC的伪文化中,而是多认识我们的革命前辈,从之得以启发。可惜与我同感的人实在太少。

今年初,我有幸得知并读中共创始人李大钊的《狱中自述》,感受到了他为党壮烈牺牲所留下的信念。共产党当时在受蒋介石发动的白色恐怖下的残酷冲击,此余力最终逃避生存而从建真是奇迹,从而中华民族得以新的诞生。此文之外,还看了讲这位民族英雄的一部纪录片,里面有不少他写的诗,开头还有他二十年代在莫斯科向当时多位共产主义战士演讲的镜头。

提到莫斯科,我还想说我业余自学俄文,直到今天基本能读会说一点,也很大处于更深入理解党的历史背景的愿望,当然,苏联的那一套也有不少非常值得学习的。

从建党建国的历程可以看到组织和动力的重要性。不用说,当时的人的确与现在非常不一样的,现在的社会太放纵,诱惑太多,过于注重金钱,人愈来愈自私,缺乏社会责任感和理想。我觉得市场经济是有一定用处的,但是同时,他鼓励很多对社会不良的表现,过于注重短期谋利,导致有长远意义的工作难以实施。在我前文所提,金钱的诱惑干扰实在太大,使得现在中国愿意静下心长期投入核心科技研制的精英越来越少,前辈知识分子坚持信念以身许国的精神已大大消失。

当然,你可以说我太理想主义了,可是我觉得接近于马克思想象的那种共产主义社会还是有可能的,尤其在现在机械化信息化高产能社会,此与以前的未工业化社会相比截然不同。以前稀缺是因为生产技术不够发达,而现在的稀缺大多是人为的,出于少数大资本家掌握太多物质资源,为了他们自己的利益囤积居奇,中国的房地产泡沫就是个好的例子。美国的大学学费过高也是又一个例子。在美国,公立教育是很烂的,学校提供的极少,完全需要家人自己投入。同样,美国没有医疗保证,好多人都没有医疗保险,有不少人得病而破产。总之而言,中国由于他的红色基因和毛主席时代的遗产比美国好得多,在价值观上。在美国资本家完全不会在乎你,也不在乎社会的健康,就为了你的钱,鼓励或垄断迫使大量销售,而且媒体由于被私人掌握好多都是故意误导人的。可惜中国人,尤其是领导人,不够自信缺乏志气,经常还要向美国这些学习,若不是毛泽东时代所留下的遗产,可能中国也会面临俄罗斯同样的遭遇。

在冷战时期社会主义苏联和中国的存在慢慢给世界形成了新的社会规范。两国在有经济条件的情况下都提供免费教育和医疗,加上有分配房子,按马克思的“各尽所能,各取所需”的原则。同时,社会主义国家所提供的育儿也提升了妇女的地位。相反,美国现在天天闹虚伪的,反常识的女权主义,而不解决此最根本的问题。强大的对手这样做导致美国资本家把在美国内地的剥削和系统种族歧视减轻了一些,好避免美国人民造反推翻他们的风险和赢得世界非白种人对美国的支持以对付社会主义阵营。当然,我们都知道中苏之间不久决裂了,毛时代晚期起,中国却开始偏向美国,所谓的逻辑是打着红旗反红旗威胁比公开资本主义更大,当然也是为自己利益的一种妥协。改革开放后,美国所施加的软压力和诱惑实在太大,导致了89年运动不当处理所引发的六四事件,此突然更大弱化了早已决裂的社会主义阵营。在这一点,我的确发觉到六四所制造的国际政治影响对苏联及东方集团的崩溃有了相当大的催化作用。我想,若社会主义在此复辟,何况共产主义实现,胡耀邦赵紫阳这俩王八蛋,如赫鲁晓夫一样,肯定会被划为历史的罪人。

当然,不少人用苏联的最终失败和中国的转型来证实社会主义制度的劣势。当时,从科学严谨角度而言,这一点都算不上什么证实,只不过是一种容易忽悠人的政治宣传而已。在冷战时期,因为美国特别怕红色中国,才给了日本和四小龙大量的经济援助和政治支持,在彻底封锁红色中国的同时,欲之崩溃。这样当然更加貌似资本主义民主制度优越于社会主义民主集中制,可说服大多数人。当然,也有少数一般智商比较高的人,如我的美国数学奥赛金牌朋友(纯粹美国人)也说好多是因为苏联二战后还是很落后于美国,中国与美国的主要盟国英法日加起来就更不用说了。我也想,可能当时如果苏联没有变修,采取适当的改革,并且维持与中国的结盟合作,结果会是反过来的,那就是社会主义赢得冷战,在美国进行更多向着社会主义的和平演变。当然,冷战不光是意识形态的冲突,也是大国之间的冲突,要是苏联和中国要赢,肯定也要像美国传播一种服从似的社会主义,此也是中苏分裂的根源,那就是中国到了一定的程度不想继续做服从的社会主义二哥。

虽然大国之争,民族之争处于人的本性,不可避免,只可良化,我还是相信社会规范是可以并且值得进步的,一点因为此在历史过程中大致是进步的,二点因为世界现在还有很多极其糟糕不仁的制度和社会规范,甚至可以说苏联垮台之后,美国统治阶级无压力,为所欲为,使之退步。比方说,我想有可能,甚至,如果我乐观,很可能,一百年后,现在美国这样的没有免费教育和医疗的社会是难以想象的,至少在发达国家。也可以想象一百年后,通过发达的基因检测及胚胎筛选的实施,社会不会允许智商低于80的人和有昂贵遗传疾病的人出生。无论如何,我相信中国共产党97年前的诞生会经得起历史的检验。这是什么意思?比如,中华人民共和国的不断成功和世界地位的上升已经给中国的体制增强了威望,当然,现在世界舆论还大由美国为首的西方国家掌握,它们还可以说这是因为中国改革开放起转向了资本主义制度,只不过不民主,而若民主只会更好。这中说法我觉得很扯淡,没有根据,认为中国人要敢于在强大的压力下坚持真理,自信主动地带领人类的社会进步,科学的决定并且尝试制度,包括更社会主义的制度,少在意美国如何看待。要想超越别人,带领新的潮流,走向更先进的社会,必须敢于挑战当前的权威,在学习它的同时解开他的缺点漏洞,发展自己的独特之处,大胆而科学的探索尝试新的方法,让时间所检的更佳结果和优越不得不得到世界的认可。

其实,鉴于此文在纪念党的生日,我觉得中共所领导的做的好多都是惊人的,具有无比勇气的。统一了百年军阀混战的中国是一。建国没捞着喘什么气又跟世界老大直接打了一仗,而且还赢了,至少平了。此代价是世界老大采取几乎所有措施让你崩溃,但是二十年后,中国从几乎零的基础下研制出了两弹一星,世界老大也不得不认输了。之后,跟世界老大建交了,他非要让你改变你的制度,到处污蔑你好对你施加压力,但中共依然坚持抵抗着,直到今天发展到世界老大真的怕你代替他咯。所以从任何客观的角度这都是很神的党,奇迹性的政治组织,美国当权派及其走狗对它的诬蔑只能客观表示一种自己深厚的畏惧和对自己失败的回避,是一种拒绝面对客观事实的表现,用另一句话说,是一种sore loser的表现。当然,中国在共产党的领导下还要好多做的不足的地方,如此前文所述,还有很漫长的路要走。我个人觉得中共改革开放那帮领导相对比较差,比较没有骨气,此可以以六四和中国的人才流失证实,当然我也认识到中国要融入美国为首的国际体系就是要失去一定的独立自主为代价。(注:读者别把我搞错,我绝对不是一个极左,四人帮当然也有很多糟糕的地方,基本上是一些弱智流氓,但至少他们是立场坚定,不会去走卖国的自由主义。)

作为终结,我想引用一下我很尊重的一位英国学者所分析的,那就是:

Not that I am any sort of unreconstructed Maoist: I also approve of Deng Xiaoping, including his willingness to be harsh when necessary.  Both Mao and Deng played a big part in producing today’s China, but in a future article I will argue that it was Deng who came closest to wrecking it. Contrary to what most analysts will tell you, Mao always had a fall-back position that he could return to if one of his radical experiments went wrong.

翻译成中文是:

不是我是任何教条的毛派:我也认可邓小平,尤其是他在需要的时候肯采取严厉措施。毛和邓都对建立今天的中国起了决定性的作用,但是在未来的文章,我会论证为何是邓最接近毁之。与大多评论家会说的相反,毛总是,以备他的某个大试验出问题的可能,有了适当的退却安排。

其实随着我对相关背景的不断了解,我也得出了类似的结论(当然,我这么说无法证明这不是看到上文所产生的后见之明偏误。盼望这位可被视为奇异的学者尽快发表对他此”异常”观点的论证!

On manipulating perceptions

My thoughts on the importance of perception management, in addition to actually being good, by way of a chat log.

dude I think the jewish domination of liberal media is just IQ
if white americans are 100 SD 15, ashkenazim are 115 SD 15
Then if you look at 130+
In the US you have a 30:1 ratio but among 130+ you would expect like
2:1
dude like 1/3 of the 130+ whites in the US are jews
jewish verbal is probably even > 115 since spatial is lower
also they are coastal and liberal
 
lol you idiot it has much to do with personality socioeconomics culture too
 
which leads to more representation
yeah i’m saying that
coastal and liberal
already on the 2:1
updating more
 
Lol also if Jewish verbal is so high why are Asians beating them at PSAT/SAT
 
stats?
 
English/culture
 
Read Myth of American Meritocracy by Unz
 
link me the stats
 
I read it
 
He has stats there
 
have you read Janet Mertz takedown
 
Yes I’ve skimmed through that
 
Unz overestimates harvard % jewish
and underestimates other things
 
Sure he probably does a little
 
math olympiad % jewish
wait like half the white people at mop are jewish
like half
Since it can be hard to tell by surname
dude I think chinese americans have a massive
verbal IQ
way higher than of mainland china
maybe even higher than ashkenazim
But they haven’t been here long enough
like Jews in the 50s
also a lot of them are not interested
in verbal professions
 
how trainable is verbal SAT?
 
I agree the trainability of the SAT is overstated by people but cramming vocab is totally a thing, no
I dont trust unz statistics at all lol
 
Lol because Chinese-Americans know that verbal careers like law are rigged against them
So many strong ones are hesitant to enter
There’s a cultural affinity aspect to that as well
 
chinese prefer medicine or law
I think a lot of it also is that a society with a functional legal system is alien to most chinese people 😛
once I asked zuming whether china had a legal system
his response: No
 
Haha he’s both right and wrong
 
but yeah law is jewish
but I mean jews are not pulling the strings or anything
like
they are smart verbally
And they tend to be coastal and liberal
The tribe is not jews, it’s coastal liberals
130+ secular coastal liberals are like half jewish
but they dont think of themselves as jewish but as secular coastal liberals
like NYT columnists are half jewish
because 130+ secular costal liberals in the US are half jewish
 
Lol lol
 
if you add the adjective new york
secular new york coastal liberals
it’s a majority easily
 
NYT columnists
 
like manhattan is 20% jewish
 
NYT is full of garbage
 
?
its pretty reliable
Sometimes they call Rouhani a “moderate” and I wince – he’s certainly better than ahmadenijad, but he’s no moderate … “pragmatist” is the right word
 
You really need to broaden your horizons lol
 
hmm?
 
See politically, the Anglo world is setting the standards right now
 
yes, I very much enjoy not living in a society with sesame credit
 
sesame credit?
 
yes
 
I don’t even know what that is
 
china could become an orwellian state
 
Oh that
 
isn’t that great
 
Orwellian state what does that even mean
 
 
It’s just this phrase for evil regime coined by the Anglo media based on the works of an Anglo writer, that’s all.
I’ve read 1984 and Animal Farm
They’re pretty good
Very hyperbolic of course, as is much media
I actually exchanged briefly with Unz
 
ok
 
Maybe I should ask him about what he thinks of Jews being subsumed into the white category in these racial classifications
What do you think of these IQ tests as actual measures of real, biological intelligence
They are very noisy for sure
Especially verbal, because exposure to language varies widely
 
on an individual level
noisy
on a group level good
they are measuring something important
Whether it’s 100% genetic I dont know
I doubt it
 
Lol when most Chinese kids’ parents don’t know English all that well
Heck I’m even unfamiliar with some of the more colloquial English language
People viewed me as funny for it in school
 
sure
what do you think about steven pinker
he’s one of my favorite people
 
No opinion of him
Also those tests are noisy predictors of actual ability on real things as well from my observation
The discrimination against Asians in admissions right now is likely partially premised on the perception that their test scores inflate their actual ability due to prep.
There is still the perception that Asians do well in school but don’t go on to do great things
Again it’s only a perception
Being good and being perceived as good are far from perfectly correlated.
 
I think there is discrimnation against asians
for being recent
for being perceived as grade grubbers
 
Yeah they’re also not rich or well-connected.
 
this perception is not wholly unjustified ofc
yeah also that
i am strongly opposed to ivy asian quotas
 
There is resistance towards Asians becoming successful in America
It’s a white country after all
 
eh
 
Anyhow, I think in a matter of time, the best young people in China will come here for grad school less and less.
America will become a place for China to send its second-rates.
I’ve written that China needs to get better at marketing
 
china gives 0 shits about academics
it’s way too right wing to care about academics
 
too right wing?
And I’ve read on Zhihu that in recent years, the Chinese who studied math in France have turned out better than the ones who came to US for grad school.
 
that’s about france vs US
not china vs US
 
Lol math I think the best young people will still study abroad for a while.
There’s also engineering
Plenty of that China does well now.
I think in actual STEM ability/competence, China/Chinese still have much room for improvement, but now, they’re not bad, and the potential is there, with trends in favor of them.
It’s the whole game of manipulating perceptions that will take longer
Due to cultural difference and inertia
In that regard, it’s already been massively successful in just the last five years if you think about it
The media portrayal in the West has already drastically changed.
For instance, dismissiveness of Chinese tech companies is metamorphizing into fear.
I’m not gonna argue whether or not it’s gone to the other extreme
People can have different opinions on that
In any case, I don’t think China has transitioned to foundational innovator, that’ll take a while, but the increasing level of sophistication combined with the scale is certainly very formidable.
China still relies on US companies for its semiconductors/chips. She has not created a viable ecosystem for its homegrown ones yet. But that could well happen in a decade.
Then US will have even less bargaining chip.
Now, China can easily get away with what it’s doing to Taiwan largely because it is so much stronger economically, technologically, and militarily.
 
jack ma is a smart guy
but I mean
 
Nobody wants to piss off the powerful, because there’s much to lose.
 
china’s system doesnt make too much room for jack ma and yitang zhang
The lack of political freedom is a big obstacle here
 
Lol Jack Ma isn’t smart IQ wise
Struggled to get into a college
He has other qualities
 
The lack of political freedom is a big problem for innovation
 
Hahaha
Elaborate on that one 
 
Name a totalitarian society that was innovative
Germany under the Kaiser wasn’t really totalitarian
 
Uh, USSR?
 
all their jewish scientists moved to america and israel
ussr had good academics, certainly
Because they prevented them from leaving
They didn’t have much in the way of tech
 
Uh, Sputnik?
 
low tech
very low tech
your cell phone is better
there won’t be a chinese steve jobs
 
Sure computer technology they were behind, because semi-conductors and integrated circuits were invented in America
Lol Steve Jobs is mostly marketing 
 
shockley
eugenics
chinese bill gates
 
And what you say about Sputnik is ridiculous
First satellite in orbit
That was back in 1957 silly
You don’t think Ren Zhengfei is as impressive as Steve Jobs?
Huawei
So much of the global telecommunications infrastructure
Now their phones, which US is banning.
 
So
Lol what if China once it has the resources starts a huge propaganda/PR war
You bitch about totalitarianism
China has a ton of young people with nothing to do.
Have them troll the YouTube comments, drown out all the anti-communist Chinese.
Numbers do matter
The Chinese government could also incentivize more people in the West to start blogs supportive of Chinese ideology.
Try to buy out US media outlets
You don’t think China once it is advantaged in resources can start playing the game of manufacturing consent as well