Anatoly Karlin’s Response to Oliver D. Smith Libel on RationalWiki

I am the victim of a persistent campaign of smears, libel, and harassment from an individual called Oliver D. Smith (ODS) at RationalWiki, as well as at lesser known wikis, blogs, and forum posts. Several years ago, I wrote a long article addressing them. Sadly, he is able to leverage his chronic unemployment to invent new libels and slanders at a rate far faster than I can refute them, since I would rather engage in more productive pursuits, such as blogging and huffing glue.

Consequently, I am just going to refer to the CancelWatch article about this individual. Highlights:

  • He used to be a Stormfront commenter, Holocaust denier, and Nazi techno pioneer before pivoting into stalking and harassing intelligence bloggers/researchers as a hobby.
  • He has a documented record of using sockpuppets and target impersonation to wage personal vendettas from his Neo-Nazi days through to today.
  • His vendetta against me appeared when I defended the intelligence researcher Emil Kirkegaard from his spurious accusations of endorsing pedophilia (the RationalWiki article about me appeared on the same day as this exchange).
  • Although it is heavily promoted in Google search, RationalWiki has minimal editorial standards and no working mechanism to remove the libelous and defamatory material which they de facto both enable and incentivize (my attempts to rebut the claims against me on the Talk page led to my one account getting banned on false charges of sockpuppeting).
  • ODS/RationalWiki have played a central role in the ruination of at least two scientific careers, those of Noah Carl and Bo Winegard, and severe damage and distress to many other scientists who lack a balancing entry in the real Wikipedia.

Briefly regarding the claims this individual makes about me:

  • They are almost all absurdly cherry-picked, grossly lifted out of context, lies by omission, and in some cases, outright hallucinated (e.g. I met Richard Spencer once = somehow I become a “poster boy” for him).
  • I do not espouse White Nationalism and have never done so, unlike my stalker.
  • I do not answer for the words or actions of people who are not me.
  • I have championed transhumanism, equity feminism, voluntary eugenics, and bioliberal politics since I began blogging in 2008.

If you are interested in a summary of my current views you can see the About Me page.

If you are interested in a much longer account of my intellectual history, including a discussion of some views which I once held but have since either rejected or substantially modulated, see Intellectual Restructuring.