Ilya Shambat

Ilya Shambat
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
November 21
Adda Enterprises
Born in Russia, family moved to America when I was 12. Got a degree from University of Virginia at 18. Worked for Oracle, translated four books of classical Russian poety, was part of San Francisco and Washington, DC poetry and music scene. Good friends with San Francisco's own Persephone's Bees and acquainted with Patch Adams. Currently married with children, residing in Australia and working on a clean energy technology implementation.


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A major Russian writer once said that there are two kinds of people in Russia: Smart and mean, and kind and stupid. In America and Australia I have found that not to be the case.

In both places, I've known professors, engineers, teachers, journalists, doctors, artists, counselors and enterpreneurs w… Read full post »
JULY 11, 2013 10:02PM

On School Bullying

School bullying is a huge problem around the world; and I say this as someone who went to an excellent school and was a star student. I have the testimony of any number of former students who say that they have been bullied or made to feel like trash. To my… Read full post »
A recent headline referred to Osama Bin Laden as "a doting grandfather and a paranoid terrorist." There are more to this statement than meets the eye.

It appears that most people have both loving aspects and aggressive aspects; and the two can be arranged in any number of ways.
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Russia's most popular songs. Videos and translations. Read full post »

JULY 8, 2013 9:34AM

On the Chestnut Street

On the Chestnut Street
by Yuri Antonov

There are the city center streets, the high ones, the important ones
With plexi-glass shop windows, adorned by many lights,
But I prefer the quiet ones, the simple single-story ones,
And from their tender names the sp… Read full post »
It appears that contemporary Republicans are seeking to recreate 19th century. And my question is, Will these people ever learn?

The 19th century was followed by 20th century for a reason; and that reason is not that 19th century was such a wonderful time. And if these people re-create 19th… Read full post »

Island of Childhood

by Michail Boyarsky


I can talk of this without beguiling,

To it not having too much to add.

In my dreams I see a little island

You won't find it upon a map.


And to no place, to no place can I flee from this,… Read full post »

JULY 6, 2013 11:23PM

My poetry book

My poetry book "Intricate Fire" is now available for $7 at

I am going to tackle a very serious subject - one of the axioms that are central to classical economic theory. Classical economics states that economic decisions are driven by rational self-interest. I am parting with that axiom and suggest the following: That while some economic decisions are in fac… Read full post »
Many white people only care about civilization, but not about nature. Many indigenous people care about nature but have no use for the civilization. Both are incomplete.

Humanity has orientation both to the world of nature, from which it comes and which it has not created, and to the world… Read full post »
JULY 1, 2013 7:05AM

Why Israel Should Remain Jewish

Israel has been claimed by a lot of different people, and for a lot of different reasons. I am making the case that the rightful owner of Israel is the Jews, for reasons that are practical rather than religious.

First, Jews were in Israel before either the Muslims or the… Read full post »
JUNE 26, 2013 6:36AM

Racism and Criticism

I once stayed at a youth hostel with a young white South African. I asked him who was in charge in his country, and he said, "monkeys." This is racism - real, crude, ugly racism that deserves a punch in the face.

Here is what is not racism: Confronting aRead full post »
JUNE 23, 2013 5:23AM

Role of Psychology in Economics

One of the major postulates in economics is that people's consumption decisions are driven by "rational self-interest." It occurs to me that this is not universally true.

How rational is it to work overtime to procure unnecessary products just because your neighbors have them? How rational is it to… Read full post »
JUNE 22, 2013 6:09AM

Conservatism and Change

The conservatives keep making the same mistakes over and over again because they would not learn from history.

For every change, good or bad, there is a reason; and unless one understands these reasons any attempt to roll back the change would re-create the conditions that lead to the change,… Read full post »

Blossomed apple trees and pear trees blossomed,
Over river's water sailed the fog.
On the shore Katyusha went out often,
On the shore of river, steep and tall.

She would sing, each time that she went there,
Of a greyish eagle of the steppe,
Of the o… Read full post »
JUNE 17, 2013 1:44AM

Republican Women and 1960s

There are any number of Republican women politicians who have as a centerpiece of their agenda undoing everything 1960s.

There is a problem with that stance. Without what happened in 1960s, these women would not be able to be politicians or entrepreneurs or anything else they are. The only thing… Read full post »
JUNE 14, 2013 3:44AM

Feminism and Parenting

There are conservative men who want to have families but choose to be tyrannical and violent to their children and wives, and there are liberal men who are not violent or tyrannical but want nothing to do with nuclear family.


Family-minded women do not benefit from either stance. They benefit… Read full post »

I've been called everything from feminist to misogynist, and mostly these statements say more about people saying them than they do about me. I am neither for nor against either women or men. The world will always have both, and we will always see good and bad choices made by both. … Read full post »
JUNE 11, 2013 7:57PM

Correcting Corruption Potentials

The founders of the United States of America realized that government, by its nature, had potential for tyranny and corruption. Out of this consideration they created a government of checks and balances, in which someone who chose to act in corrupt ways would be stopped by others. It occurs to meRead full post »
As somebody who at age 12 came to America from the former Soviet Union, I have had a predisposition to respect American government.

I have strong loyalties with some people in the American government, and I have seen the American government as, for the most part, a benevolent force. Better… Read full post »
The issue I am about to address is one of which I have thought for a very long time. It is a relationship between loyalty and ethics. From what I have seen, the best way to handle this matter is to advocate what I call principled loyalty.

There are some… Read full post »
A recurring error that happens to a lot of black people is that of seeing white people as universally racist, or universally their enemies. This actualizes in nastiness to the very kind of people who have goodwill to black people, while doing nothing to those white people who actually hate the… Read full post »
JUNE 6, 2013 11:45PM

The Foolishness of Hating the Jews

For someone to hate a group, he needs to see the group as a monolithic entity, meaning that it would have similar attitudes, values and ways of life.

With Jews, there is no monolithic entity. There are all sorts of people who are Jews, and many of them are in strong disagreement… Read full post »
JUNE 4, 2013 4:32AM

Turning Conservatism On Its Head

I have paid a lot of attention to conservative politics, and from what I've seen I got an idea.

How about reversing conservative rhetoric and using it to support liberalism?

In 1980s, Reagan conservatives used hippie rhetoric to turn American liberalism on its head. The anti-establishment rhetoric… Read full post »
MAY 31, 2013 9:52PM

In Canada Did Stephen Harper

Canada has had a conservative leader over the last few years, and a
lot of people are not happy with his performance. I did this as a
take-off on "Kubla Khan."

In Canada did Steven Harper
A fascist government decree:
Where oil, just like a river, ran
At price unmeasurable… Read full post »