Cathedral Drone in Slovakia

While searching my name in Google Scholar, I came across the following… interesting article:


Š IŽAK – Journal of Comparative Politics, 2019 –

Here is the journal website,

Journal of Comparative Politics is the semiannually journal of the Consortium of three Central European universities (University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia; University of Ljubljana, Slovenia; Alma Mater Europaea – European Centre Maribor, Slovenia). The Journal of Comparative Politics journal started in 2007 to meet the needs of political scientists throughout the world interested in the advancement of their discipline and in escaping the parochialism threatening the pursuit of knowledge within the confines of a single culture. The journal focuses on the comparison of political cultures of Central and Eastern European countries, their practical policy, theoretical questions of comparative political science, theoretical and practical questions of the development of civil society and civil policy in this region.

Here is a PDF of the issue in question.

And here is the citation in question:

Bad Russian Propagandist Karlin even maligning PISA to advance his demented anti-Western conspiracy theories!

Now what could this be referring to?

The reference Gdovin 2018b leads to this article: Globálna vzdelávacia inštitúcia skúma či školy vedú žiakov k “správnym” postojom ohľadom masovej migrácie, multikulturalizmu či globálnemu otepľovaniu (“The Global Educational Institution examines or schools lead pupils to “correct” attitudes towards mass migration, multiculturalism, or global warming”)

According to OECD criteria, “globally qualified students should have not only a positive attitude to cultural diversity, but they should also appreciate cultural diversity as a contribution to society and a desirable goal for the future.” …

Moscow blogger and researcher Anatoly Karlin warns against such an association of education ideology. He points out that in the former USSR, obtaining a diploma depended on whether your view was identical to that of the communist regime. The “global competence” test of the OECD shows that “neoliberalism is evolving in a similar direction,” he says.

Ah, now I recall it! Here is the article in question: PISA Will Now Test for Tolerance.

Apparently, pointing out that those bastions of the Alt Right International… such as England, France, and Germany – pointing out that even their representatives think asking questions like “do you respect the values of people from different cultures?” on international standardized cognitive tests might be taking things a bit too far – serves the Kremlin’s propaganda narrative.

Now as it happens, the comments to that article by Samuel Gdovin are predictably outraged by these ideas, so far as I can tell via Google Translate at any rate.

Top comments:

  • slnieckari (seeres) rinse the heads of the young and in 20 years we have the same manure as in the snow
  • Well, it’s up to our parents to get the pressure out of school !!
  • We did not have such a lavage at the Ostblok schools … I do not remember asking how much I love the Soviet Union for the questions tests, nor the question of whether the comradeship teacher is well aware of its values! I even allowed myself to refuse that fucking pioneer scarf and nothing happened!
  • Pure neo-marxism!

But guess what? Even in a “based” Visegrad country such as Slovakia, it is people like Štefan Ižak who rule the roost at the universities, and who are going to be setting the cultural agenda.

In other news, I am looking forwards to spandrell’s next essay on “Pol Potism as the Final Solution to the Universities Question.”

Anatoly Karlin is a transhumanist interested in psychometrics, life extension, UBI, crypto/network states, X risks, and ushering in the Biosingularity.


Inventor of Idiot’s Limbo, the Katechon Hypothesis, and Elite Human Capital.


Apart from writing booksreviewstravel writing, and sundry blogging, I Tweet at @powerfultakes and run a Substack newsletter.


  1. Spandrell is still childishly trying to escape death.

    We know what will rule & merely allows these pretenders to assume the roost, for now.

    Hail Holy Rus!

  2. Reminds me: I heard a woman blame Russia for Trump today. It’s pretty shocking when you hear it in person. At first, I thought she was joking. She said “social media.”

  3. How do you impose a soacially conservative government without the younger people revolting against you? Say you ban Netflix, 90 percent of modern Hollywood movies, you ban Tinder, Grindr, Pornhub, what are you going to do if you get Tiannanmen square in your capital in the age of 4g internet? So you call on the police and the call in the tanks to crush the youth revolt by force just like in Beijing in 1989, so you get Kent State times 1000, you people know how bad the optics of Kent State looked? What do you poeple think that optics of this is going to look like, when you have apparently peaceful teens and young adults being fired upon by canister shot and live ammunition?

  4. I mean the reason why the younger Eastern Europeans revolted against communism was not really because of economic issues alone. But how stifling and socially conservative they are right? So how do you expect socially conservative governments to survive by popular consent given that they will try impose of culture the same socially conservative rules as the failed Communist regimes?

  5. Screw the optics, I’m going in.

    Besides, Tiananmen events saved China from far worse events.

  6. The universities have always been neglected by conservatives, Kevin MacDonald’s point was a lot of the far left stuff that burst in to public consciousness in the sixties was ensconced in the university system by the twenties and thirties.

  7. Arguably, you simply can’t. Imposing anything on anyone, especially in the day of mass connectivity, does not yield much in the way of results – unless you’re China.

    If you want to develop a more ‘conservative’ society you’ve got to accept that it’ll be a slow and laborious process that will involve compromising your own morality on much policy.

    I’m sceptical of the use of banning anything in an age where people are so tech savvy, but if you do, you pick the few worst culprits eg. pornhub, rather than taking out the degenerate sites/apps en masse.

    The key really revolves around the national identity you’re building. In the schools, in your news media, in your own arts & culture. And naturally convincing people that your ‘conservative’ system works better by making your country run better. You’ve got to make it cool to be conservative (but that’ll never happen, so you’ll need to hide it within another ideology, eg. swpl nationalism).

  8. You have it completely the wrong way round, the ones that are doing the censoring are the progressives. They are the ones that are pushing to get ever more ideas to be removed from public discourse, what you need to do is get the message out that non whites overrunning Europe and that in no way will this bring any good to the future white generations.

  9. FYI, the term slniečkár was invented by the Czechs to describe the Prager intelligentsia but was quickly adopted by Slovaks to a very successful and potent campaign against the native analog. They are literally powerless against it. They tried to use the term as a shield, wear it proud, but really, that made them look only more stupid. It is very similar to the NPC meme but better, because it is more narrow. Read about it here>

    As for the clowns such as Izak setting some cultural agendas, I can confidently say that’s never going to happen. These people, around SSPI but slnieckari in general, are a literal joke here. Nobody takes them seriously outside a small minority in Bratislava and some University departments, much less the kids. For the past couple of years they tried all kinds of stuff, they did Elementary/High school tours with speeches and flyers and such, under several different brands and strategies only to their horror to find out the Slovak youth is the definition of based. The most popular party in High school polls are literal Nazis. The only problem with the Nazis around here is that they are depressingly incompetent and stupid. But there are some hopeful iterations in the work.

  10. outside a small minority in Bratislava and some University departments

    This is where it always starts. Besides them, there can be no doubt that outside forces such as the EU and the US regime is working towards making society the way it wants it to be.

  11. Yes you can rule by brute force, North Korea style, but be prepared to build big walls to keep people IN, especially the young, educated, high IQ.
    Look at Hungary – Orban is only palest shadow of things you want, and 600,000 Hungarians already left the “christian paradise” for Yuropean gay muslim capitalist hell.

  12. True Bespoke: Hire more university professors

    Unpopular opinion: Many of our national problems would be ameliorated if we just doubled the number of university professors.— Noah Smith (@Noahpinion) January 23, 2019

    Bonus Round: Nigeria should industrialise by building an aircraft carrier

    As long as I'm tossing out unpopular opinions that are going to get ratio'd:I think Nigeria needs an aircraft carrier.— Noah Smith (@Noahpinion) January 23, 2019

  13. Replace Netflix with wholesome films about national heroes and phase out pornhub by slowly banning from the most degenerate pornography inwards until only women in bikinis are left.

    Also destroy California.

  14. reiner Tor says

    Though the number of immigrants is lower than in most neighboring countries. (Most likely due to problems with language acquisition – Hungarian is so unlike other European languages, that most people find it really hard to learn other languages, and so many find emigration quite difficult. This also results in higher human capital people leaving the country in larger numbers – those who managed to learn a foreign language already while in Hungary.)

  15. reiner Tor says

    Replace Netflix with wholesome films about national heroes

    In Hungary it was difficult to find money for such films. (They need to compete with Hollywood gigaproductions.) Also lots of untalented hacks jumped on the “national movie” bandwagon whenever there was some money available.

  16. Dacian Julien Ciolos says

    Yesterday, I heard The Young Turks Kasparian and Cenk blaming Russia for Smirkgate. The first video, obviously truncated to support BS claims against Sandmann, was uploaded by an anonymous Twitter user.

    To that, Kasparian added that we all know who has anonymous accounts, and wants to “make us fight each other”.

    Older Romanians still call the argument “kak izvestno” (“it is known”) as the “Stalin logic”.

  17. Dacian Julien Ciolos says

    In the modern age, the young will always “revolt”. See 1848 and 1968. Whether persistent changes occur, depends on the elders’ tolerance. Has 1968 change France?

  18. Has 1968 change France


  19. How is that supposed to be a good thing?

  20. In Hungary it was difficult to find money for such films. (They need to compete with Hollywood gigaproductions.) Also lots of untalented hacks jumped on the “national movie” bandwagon whenever there was some money available.

    100% accurate description of the film industry in Russia

  21. the young will always “revolt”. See 1848 and 1968.

    Neither is a perfect example. In 1848 they were hotheaded, but actually had goals with which the elders themselves were broadly in agreement with. In Hungary for example the only issue was that some of the elders didn’t think the goals were possible to reach, but they agreed that they were desirable. So the young were conformists, just hotheaded.

    Whereas in 1968 it might’ve been a case of the media/entertainment industry/Hollywood/etc. turning the conformist young against their elders. The young are conformist, but they conform to the ideals they see in the movies or is conveyed to them by pop stars.

  22. It is not. I just put it into context – it’s very difficult to start a “based” country in some second world dump in Eastern Central Europe. Hungary is not doing relatively badly since 2010 relative to its neighbors.

    Though that’s a result of the language issue (already explained), and the very low base (Hungary was f***d up badly by the leftist government 2002-10).

  23. Well having the wife of the Emperor supporting your cause is bound to get you somewhere.

  24. having the wife of the Emperor supporting your cause

    What are you referring to?

  25. I will leave the Moscow State University building unburnt as a token of friendship, tovarisch. But the professors must repent, or burn.

  26. The core of the term is ‘slnko = sun‘, and it rather nicely summarises their sunny, out-of-this world nature. They spread sunniness and pretty much everybody despises them. Their latest slogan is ‘decency‘, as in ‘can we have a more decent society?‘. It looks like a transparent attempt to rebrand ‘slnieckari’ with a new term. It would be hard to find a more vacuous political term than decency.

    I wouldn’t underestimate them. They can only get a few thousand devotees to march around Bratislava (in between drinking endless machiattos), but as in the West previously, they are starting to dominate the media, culture and academia. That allows them to set the allowable discussion space. An endless parade of elderly has-been artists, sit around TV studios and pontificate on how miserable they are because they must live around the damn unsophisticated populist Slovak masses. Then they reminisce about a trip to Broadway, or how seeing LA and its vibrancy changed their lives – real stuff, not like those fujara playing country bumpkins. They would rather be somewhere else, but the damn commies kept them from doing it.

    What is driving a lot of the younger ones is the usual hunger for something else. Anything else, just not what they are, what they have been born into. More isolated they are among their generation, more they slide into absurdity and sunniness. I agree that Slovak Nationalists are not the most competent bunch around – so many potential things to hate, they come across as a bit confused. But in one political form or another they keep on winning elections, the country is fundamentally sound.

  27. “This also results in higher human capital people leaving the country in larger numbers – those who managed to learn a foreign language already while in Hungary.” So, is this why the Budapest High School Science project* of the 1940’s was accomplished in the US, instead of Hungary?

    *Also known as the Manhattan Project. Perhaps better than it being done in Hungary under control of the Nazis?

  28. In 1945 Magyars fire atomic bombs all over London, Moscow, New York, Berlin until all sides of the war surrender desperately to a new Budapest nuclear monopoly?

  29. Bies Podkrakowski says

    Nobody takes them seriously

    That’s how it always starts. Nobody takes them seriously. And then, suddenly it’s to late and Clown World blooms.

  30. Few corrections: Štefan Ižak is extremely progressive (helping migrants, anti-Kremlin-propaganda) post-doc student of ethnology, not yet a trendsetter.

    The web “Hlavné správy” is by their own words “conservative daily”, so the-end-of-the-world-is-near comments are expected. Basically, Breitbart noted your blog, Slovak website rehashed it, the progressive student got dutifully outraged. Trashy academic journals publish almost anything these days.

    The Slovak word “slnieckari”, literally “sunny people”, means multicultural people, in very negative sense.