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The Synthesizer

Richard is the king of synthesizing ideas, drawing across many different domains of knowledge to spin together a cohesive view on a topic. Whatever it is […] Richard’s point of view is the first I seek to help orient my thinking. Read more “The Synthesizer”


Total Macho Arsehole

Richard is intelligent and thought provoking. So much better now he is off the piss lol. Read more “Total Macho Arsehole”


Refreshingly Different

Richard is great fun. Even if you don’t agree with his take, it’s always refreshingly different. Read more “Refreshingly Different”


Like a brother.

I don’t agree with some of the politics and some stuff I don’t even understand. But I keep coming back. Read more “Like a brother.”


Appreciate his honest comments.

I have been reading his blogs and watching his videos for many years now. Always honest and thought provoking. Read more “Appreciate his honest comments.”


Uncompromising Content

Richard punches hard with a follow up hug. Read more “Uncompromising Content”


Richard Makes Me Think

He gives narratives/takes on subjects that, while entertaining, often makes me think and question how I view things. Read more “Richard Makes Me Think”

Ron Padot Jr.

…unique and honest voices, based in reason

Because it amazes me how often he says what I’ve been thinking […] he called the fiasco that was the pandemic response very early on and was right. Read more “…unique and honest voices, based in reason”


Learn HOW to think, not what to think

I’m not here for co-signing, circle jerk echo chamber nonsense. I’m here for the truth, and that is what Richard delivers. Read more “Learn HOW to think, not what to think”


Robust intellect. Irreverent narrative. Decent writing. Good laughs.

Richard’s writing intrigues me, some of the narratives make me cringe (intentionally) and gets me to examine my beliefs and knowledge base. Read more “Robust intellect. Irreverent narrative. Decent writing. Good laughs.”


Paid Membership

But your heartstrings post got to me. What you did for Yui and kids was great. The house and schooling especially, and then the car and help with the shop. Read more “Paid Membership”


This Blog Is Not For You

If you refuse to be phony, false, plastic then your money will be well spent. Read more “This Blog Is Not For You”


Straight info without channeling into product

I’ve been back and forth to a lot of sites over the years but this one is consistently good. Read more “Straight info without channeling into product”

David Hess

Impossible to feel indifferent about Nikoley!

I am an unabashed fan. I put Richard into the same bucket as Vox Day, Karl Denninger, and Chris Langan. Read more “Impossible to feel indifferent about Nikoley!”

Chuck Remes

Brilliant iconoclast

Always interesting, always informative, always teaching me something new, something beneficial Read more “Brilliant iconoclast”


Cuts through all the bull & pulls no punches

He’s been connecting the dots for years and got the track record to prove his cred Read more “Cuts through all the bull & pulls no punches”


Reliably interesting.

A different point of view is helpful to know, regardless of disagreement. Read more “Reliably interesting.”


He’s an arrogant prick

…he went on full macho offensive as if I’d insulted his manhood. Read more “He’s an arrogant prick”

Mark Mottershead

Awesome from a longtime reader

I have been reading Free The Animal since 2008. It keeps getting better. Read more “Awesome from a longtime reader”


Me Love You Long Time

The essence of the experience has been change. You go from one thing to the next as the spirit moves you. I don’t want to miss out on what’s next. Read more “Me Love You Long Time”


Encouraging, defiant, brave, always honest

I am that rare thing a paying female member. Why? I enjoy getting the honest male point of view with all the rawness and crudity that sometimes entails. Read more “Encouraging, defiant, brave, always honest”


Raw and Unfiltered

…honestly given viewpoints should be unfiltered. Read more “Raw and Unfiltered”


Battling Dogma!

It was the boldness and DGAF attitude of Richard, and others, that helped motivate me to Vote with my Feet and move to Florida from a blue state during government lockdowns last year. Read more “Battling Dogma!”


A Smart, Interesting, & Big Hearted Jackass

If you are looking for content that will make you question the dogma of the mainstream then join Richard. Literally free your mind & free your inner animal. Read more “A Smart, Interesting, & Big Hearted Jackass”


It’s a Simple Choice

Richard’s writings are and have always been funny and offensive. Read more “It’s a Simple Choice”



You actually make me think, even when I don’t agree with you at first I often end up considering your points valid. Read more “Interested”


Always interesting

I’ll have to give them a read once I free some time up. But they do look intresting. Anyway, I highly recommend. Read more “Always interesting”

Jim D.

He will never lie to you

Richard isn’t a “guru” and doesn’t aspire to be one, but if he says something you know it’s worth taking some time to think about it. Read more “He will never lie to you”


Hooray anarchy!

I have been reading your shit for 10 years Read more “Hooray anarchy!”


It’s what smart people do

Sometimes his writing ‘offends me’.  That’s the writing I like best Read more “It’s what smart people do”


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Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2022, contains over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More