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.


Ilya Shambat's Links
JANUARY 25, 2015 6:52PM

The Error of "Traditional Values"

Am I the only person who thinks that the people in the West who clamor the most about “traditional values” are the ones with least tradition to speak of?

There are a lot of people in America and Australia who are into “traditional values,” but neither country existed for much… Read full post »

JANUARY 21, 2015 12:37AM

Love and Civilization

The relationship between love and civilization has been a rocky one. Some of romantic-minded people have a low view of civilization, and many people who consider themselves civilized are against love. I believe that both love and civilization are necessary, and that they should coexist.

The worst out… Read full post »

JANUARY 18, 2015 6:41PM

2014 Hottest Year on Record

(CNN)2014 was the Earth's warmest year on record, a U.S. weather agency announced Friday, with average temperatures 0.07 degrees Fahrenheit above the previous high.

The National Climatic Data Center, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, noted the average temperatur… Read full post »

JANUARY 17, 2015 10:49PM

Existents and Dualities

The universe, not having been built by human beings, is not based upon their conceptions of what is good or what is bad. Not being related to these conceptions, it is expected to have zero correlation with them. Statistically, this means that, in physical or natural existents… Read full post »

JANUARY 13, 2015 8:47PM

Patriotism and "Family Values"

In my interactions with Nascar Republicans, I saw a pattern. The conversation starter in that group is either “with all the taxes you're paying, don't you feel like you're living in a socialist country” or “if I found my wife in bed with another man, I would shoot them both.”… Read full post »

JANUARY 11, 2015 12:10AM

The French: Cowards No More

For a long time, the French have had a reputation for being cowards. Their conduct in the latest terrorist incident shows that they are not.

The reason for this reputation is of course France's dismal performance during the Second World War. This reputation is wrong. The Nazis were an exceptionally po… Read full post »

JANUARY 3, 2015 8:02PM

On Islamic Anti-Americanism

So far, most of the fight against Islamic anti-Americanism has involved military operations. Not enough is being done to change minds. I believe that changing minds is a vastly superior strategy, as it costs nothing in lives and minimal things in money.

The Islamic anti-Americanism should be confronte… Read full post »

JANUARY 2, 2015 7:32PM

Reaching the Abusers

People need to be met at their level. A man who is not a feminist can still be prevailed upon to not be an abuser. This can be done through a number of arguments, some of which follow.

I had a friend from Palestine who admitted to being verbally abusive to… Read full post »

JANUARY 1, 2015 8:43PM

Germans and Jews

The best revenge for the Second World War is for a Jewish man to marry a German woman. My ex-wife was half-German, and Hitler was rolling over in his grave.

However there are more serious issues involved in this, and I would like to address them now.

The Germans made… Read full post »

JANUARY 1, 2015 7:55PM

Treatments of Sociopathy

Sociopathy is regarded as a personality disorder; but it appears to be a neurological disorder instead of a psychological one. They appear to have a disconnection between two centers in the brain. This means that ultimately treating sociopathy would involve brain surgery. But until that treatment bec… Read full post »

JANUARY 1, 2015 7:08PM

America is roaring back to life

(CNN) -- For much of the past year, the Republican Party has been doing its best to scare people. Its electoral strategy was dependent on people feeling that we are a nation in decline. The GOP knew that the only way it would do well was by making… Read full post »

JANUARY 1, 2015 4:16AM

"Spare the rod" and the gender debate

My main reason for posting on the Internet is coming up with useful arguments that other people can then use to do meaningful good. I do not place copyright on my arguments; they are out there in the public domain. At this point I would like to address an argument that… Read full post »

DECEMBER 29, 2014 11:14PM

I seek...

Love without possessiveness

Intelligence without cruelty

Prosperity without environmental destruction

Women's empowerment without malice

Strength without bullying

Democracy without conmanship

Education without cynicism

Spirituality without oppression

DECEMBER 29, 2014 1:42AM

White Racists and Black Racists

There are many black people who equate white people with atrocities committed under slave trade and colonialism.

The answer to these people is, yes, these practices were abhorrent. However they do not take place any more, mainly as a result of the actions of heroic white people who fought… Read full post »

DECEMBER 27, 2014 9:30PM

Sociopaths and Pedophiles

There have been any number of people who accused me of being a sociopath; but no psychologist ever did. In fact, whenever I floated the concept, the answer always was, absolutely not.

For people who actually are sociopaths, I have more pity than hatred. Imagine what kind of a hell it would… Read full post »

DECEMBER 19, 2014 6:49PM

Children and Older People

When you are a kid, you want to look older than your age. When you are older, you want to look younger than your age. I've been seeing trends toward both.

Because of hormone additives in the meat, children these days mature a lot younger than they did before. This… Read full post »

DECEMBER 18, 2014 2:40AM

Children's Poems by Agnia Barto



Bear was dropped upon the floor,

And had ripped away his paw.

I won't trash him if I could

For the reason he is good.




A calf is walking, swinging,

And sighing all along:

The board is now ending

I am about to fall.”


HorseRead full post »

DECEMBER 18, 2014 12:30AM

Songs from Film "Musicians of Bremen"

Translations of songs from Russian children's film "Musicians of Bremen."


The Guard Rises Early


Honorable, enviable is our part

The king cannot go without the guard

Where'er we go earth shatters and sings

We're always near, near to the king


The guard… Read full post »

DECEMBER 16, 2014 10:34PM

Melanie's Artwork

Artwork by my former wife Melanie is at

DECEMBER 14, 2014 9:48PM

Jews Stand Proud

After Mel Gibson's film “Passion,” there has been a resurgence of anti-Jewish ideation. This is a response to that.

Jews have made vast contributions to Western civilization. The number of Jews who have won Nobel Prizes is comparable to that of England and Germany combined, and the Jews ar… Read full post »

DECEMBER 13, 2014 11:43PM

Beauty and the Fashion Industry

For a long time, the fashion industry marketed the anorexic look. The results of this were disastrous. Some women went to extreme extents – including starving themselves – to maintain that look. And others decided that they could never be beautiful, so they let themselves go.

Some femin… Read full post »

DECEMBER 12, 2014 10:11PM

American Museum of Russian Culture

American Museum of Russian Culture, with my translations of Russian poetry, can be found on

DECEMBER 12, 2014 2:44AM

On White Supremacism

In some parts of the world, we have seen a resurgence of anti-black ideologies. This is a response to these people from a white man.

For a number of years, I've been a part of a majority-black poetry reading group in Washington. I've found much good in those people.… Read full post »

DECEMBER 8, 2014 11:31PM

Translations of Russian Lullabys

Translated by Ilya Shambat

for Lilian Shambat


Go to sleep, my little kid,

Do not sleep on edge of bed,

A grey wolf will come at night

And will bite you on the side,

And will take you to the woods,

Underneath a willow bush.

The grey wolf, do… Read full post »

DECEMBER 5, 2014 6:40PM

Possessiveness and Hypocrisy

There are many men who complain about marital infidelity or about their wives leaving them. In most of these cases, the men are hypocrites.

An attractive woman will be attractive to other men than oneself. That will inevitably create a temptation for marital infidelity – temptation that will a… Read full post »