I saw this piece in Lenta.ru a couple of days ago. Lenta being a Russian news portal of generally liberal political leanings. Author Mikhail Karpov explains to the Russian audience some of the memes and internet slang developed by Westie fascist and white supremacist organizations. Their purpose being to evade automated censorship algorithms used in so-called “AI bots” which police the internet.
This whole issue is of interest to me, operating as I do within the “Russophile” blogging subculture. “Russophilia” (=”love or liking of Russia”) being in actuality a fairly broad umbrella concept with little or no political content.
People generally assume that “Russophiles” are those who defend and support Russian President Putin. But that definition is way too narrow. Russophiles range the gamut from Communists to Nazis, and even beyond. American Klan leader and neo-Nazi David Duke is a Russophile. Duke does actually happen to like Putin, but for all the wrong reasons. Duke and his followers believe that Putin is the Great White Hope. That he will overcome perfidious ZOG and put Whitey back on track. Ignorant of Russian history and Russian reality, they simply don’t know, or ignore, the fact that Russia is a multi-national, multi-ethnic state. Where Jews, Muslims, Tatars, and dozens of other nationalities (even some Africans!) live side by side with, and on an equal basis with, white-skinned Slavs. And even intermarry – gasp!
When Ukrainian Maidan happened, with Nazis marching in the streets of Kiev waving swastika banners, most fascists the world over felt a thrill course down their loins. But not all. There is a splinter within the American Right, for instance, which, like broken clocks who tell the correct time twice per day, saw right through Maidan as a “cunning Jewish plot” and supported the Donbass Rebels instead. These people believe that Russia is good because it’s a “white man’s country”. Just get rid of the Jews and Central Asian ethnics, and everything will be cool. Their philosophy basically jives with that of Russo-Slavic “nationalists” such as Alexei Navalny who would like to see Russia’s borders shrink to that of the Slavic ethnic core. Jettisoning the ballast of the Caucasus, for example. Which would also, just coincidentally, jive well with NATO’s hunger to expand into those particular ethnic areas. Because NATO doesn’t give a fig about skin color, only the color of geopolitical power!
Karpov begins his piece by noting an event which happened on 21 September, when it was announced on an internet forum that Google had worked out a new automated system for detecting hate speech.
There is a forum called /pol/ which is punctuation slang for “Politically Incorrect”. For those familiar with the world of American adolescent right-wingers, “politically incorrect” is their motto by which they assert their right to call other people offensive names such as “nigger”, “whore”, or “faggot”. Their desire is to hop on the Internet, call other people names, and get away with it. Something they are not allowed to do at school, or in the workplace. This movement, which is juvenile in nature, can be traced back at least as far as William F. Buckley Jr. In the 1950’s, Buckley started his career as a right-wing pundit by posing himself as an “enfant terrible”, a happy-go-lucky rebel tearing down societal norms of correct speech and behavior. In reality, Buckley was no rebel: Ideologically, he was a staunch Roman Catholic. In 1957 he wrote a post called “”Why the South Must Prevail” in which he defended racial segregation in the South. Well, these are people’s political views, that’s fine. The annoying thing is that people who basically defend the status quo and like to kick down on powerless groups such as Southern Negroes in the 1950’s, also get to claim that they are hip, cool, and rebellious. No, My Friends! John Brown was a rebel. He was hanged for it, and his body still lies moldering in the grave. Buckley’s body also molders, but not because he ever actually tried to free anyone.
To this day one of Buckley’s major legacies can be considered the “politically incorrect” juvenile trolls who swarm the internet insisting on their inalienable right to call other people names.
Which brings us back to Karpov’s piece. With the Internet in a tizzy over Google’s new algorithm called “Conversation AI”, which automatically bans comments that include hate speech, the ALT-RIGHT community, to whom hate speech is not merely their political ideology, but even their actual raison d’être, had to work out new code words and internet slang. For example, instead of writing the word “nigger” they now write the word “google”.
Silly, but effective. A computer is not smart enough to know the difference between the proper use of a word, and its use as a code word for something else.
But What Would (((Jesus))) Do?
The other ALTIE great contribution to the human race was the idea of enclosing the name of any Jewish person in triple parentheses. Karpov discloses this puerile trick while explaining its origins:
Apparently there is some Jew-hating American podcast show called “The Daily Shoah“. The hosts are such amusing cards, they came up with an auditory signal. Every time somebody was mentioned who happens to be Jewish, a reverberating gong-like echo would sound. Cracked ’em up every time.
The triple parentheses around a name are a punctuation version of this echo. So, for example, if I were to pen another opera review, I would have to write something like:
“… this brilliant new production of (((Jacques Offenbach’s))) Tales of Hoffman, starring (((Natalie Dessay))) in the role of Olympia, conducted by (((Daniel Barenboim)))….” etc.
Returning to the theme of: What does any of this have to do with Russia?
Well, mostly not. Except for that fringe of the ALT-RIGHT which considers itself Russophile. As the (((Jewish comedian))) once said: “With friends like that, who needs enemies?”
Like many nations, Russia has some anti-hate-speech laws. But what is hate speech? I suppose, like porn, it could be said that “There is no clear definition, but you knows it when you sees it.” So, Google that, my friends.