who can give up essential
liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety, deserve neither liberty
-- Benjamin Franklin
"All governments lie and nothing
say should be believed."
"Power tends to corrupt, and
absolute power corrupts
absolutely. Great men
almost always bad men."
1. On what I wrote about the crisis, so far
2. On who should write about the crisis
This is a Nederlog of
Tuesday, December 23. It is a crisis log, and it is the first daily
one after having given up doing so every day, which I motivated
There are 2 items today, namely On what I
wrote about the crisis, so far which provides some 85 links to items from the crisis series
that were all written before I knew
about Edward Snowden and his revelations, and a brief bit On who
should write about the crisis although there are few publications left that are willing
to publish writings by people who are not conformists.
Tomorrow will probably see part 2 of this
mini-series. O, and as regards the website of
The Guardian: it is back as it was, for the most part, which is
1. On what I
wrote about the crisis, so far
The crisis reports are a part of Nederlog, and
Nederlog exists since the late summer
when it was called Nedernieuws, until
were a few differences, but most don't matter, except one: both
Nederlog and the crisis items were written normally in Dutch,
remained so until 2010, when I changed it to English as the
language, that has been so ever since.
The crisis reports as a specific proper part of
Nederlog, with the
started on September 1, 2008, months
before the Dutch government admitted there was a crisis, and indeed the
first crisis report is quite good, although it is
in Dutch, for it is
about a major economical change: Towards corporatocracy.
second item is also interesting, because it explicitly ends on
the prediction that ordinary men, and not the
who made the crisis, and who continued profiting from it ever since
making it, would have to pick up the tab for the costs - and so
did, and so they do, and this is part of corporatocracy: The 1-10% of
the rich take nearly all the profits; the 99-90% of the rest pay nearly
all the costs, besides doing nearly all of the work.
In fact, the first 81 explicit crisis-reports were in Dutch, and these
cover the years 2008 and 2009, and the first crisis report of 2010.
Nearly all of the rest are in English (that is really as easy as is
Dutch for me: I speak it 52 years now, and lived with three English
speaking women, of which two were native speakers, and in fact I've
and written considerably more English than Dutch).
Also, there are all in all, up to December
21, 2014, 725 crisis items
in all: 715 numbered ones, plus 10 more under 226, which were there
But these are not all alike. First, there are the Dutch ones and the
English ones; second, there are the more theoretical ones, and those
that mainly report; and third, there are the ones written before June
10, 2013 and those written after it.
I've written about Dutch versus English. This doesn't matter much,
except that the English files are readable to far more people, which is
the main reason for me to switch to English.
As to the difference between theoretical ones and reporting ones: There
usually is a little theory in the reporting ones, in my comments, and
certainly more than in the journalism that I usually deal with, but it
my main subject, which was mostly reporting. There are a number
decent theoretical articles, but apart from a few none go really deep.
Here are some - and no, I did not read most of them
recently, though I will read them soon:
Prinsjesdag een hoopvolle dag
voor ons klimaat!"
Staat, de goedwillende tiran
bij de staat en het
Keynes en de economische
over Keynes en Wittgenstein
gedegenereerd Nederlands bestuur - 1
Keynes en crisis
Orwell, Burnham en de managers
& managers: Uitkomende
Xuetong vindt 't ook: Untergang des
en ... taalgebruik
"Na ons de zondvloed"
De exploderende bonussen-pest
+ maatschappij-crisis - 1
+ maatschappij-crisis - 2: Mak's flessenpost I
+ maatschappij-crisis - 3: Mak's Flessenpost II
Het Bureaucratie Plan
Een soort verklaring voor de crisis
Een soort verklaring voor de crisis - P.S.
Hoe word ik een Nederlands Topambtenaar?
"Yes, we can!"
"What happened to Obama?"
The audacity of nope
On some of the roots of the
On the legal corruption in the US
Corporate psychopaths - part A
Crisis: On the supermen who are our
Crisis: Corporations taking over the
Corporate psychopaths - part B
The age of ignorance
Crisis: The age
of ignorance and degeneracy
Big Brother is watching you
Kill Lists + Socialist Capitalism
are the really intellgent, rational and reasonable folks?
Where are the really intellgent,
rational and reasonable folks?
'Corporations are people, my friend', agrees US Supreme Court
US corporations now beyond the US law
Milgram on obedience
Kohlberg on moral stadia
explains some backgrounds
Crisis: More Gore
Vidal + some notes
more Gore Vidal + notes
Crisis: Quotes from Orwell and
and Control: Brezezinski 1968
Crisis: On the
coming authoritarian police states - 1
Crisis: On the coming authoritarian police
states - 2
Crisis: A little more about
Crisis: The decline of the rule of law & the rise of psychopathology
About "Brave New World" and Aldous Huxley
Christmas sermon: Hypotheses about CF+SS
CF+SS - P.S. with some about C.W. Mills
Why are so many so apathetic?
On the endless 'war on
DSM-5: It's deregulation, stupid!
leaders, on authorities and on misanthropy
nature and on ordinary men
DSM-5: About "The Trap - part 1: F**k your buddy"
Deception - 1
Deception - 3: postmodernism, public
inhumanity to man
ideological ape in action
Deception - 4: More about propaganda
human moral and intellectual problems
Stupidity Is Destroying the World"
Sheldon Wolin on inverted totalitarianism
Wolin on fascism + Greenwald on the Surveillance State
Sadism as part of the explanation
Crisis: The TV and average
On "American Averages"
On "American Averages" - 2
"American Averages" - 3
"American Averages" - 4
Also, all of the above were written before
I came to know about Edward Snowden and his
revelations (and the
last four are about the 1970ies, mainly, and may show you some about
what has been lost since then: Quite a lot, in terms of rights and
Indeed, from June 10, 2013 till December 19, 2014 most of Nederlog was
the crisis, and the main reason for that was Edward Snowden, whose
existence I learned about on June 10, 2013, and the specific news he
got known for:
The NSA, the GCHQ, the other secret services of the Five Eyes (in
Canada, Australia and New Zealand) have been spying like mad on
the traffic that anybody uses a computer for that is
the internet, including all
The pretext was always: "it is because of terrorism", but that
dirty lie, as I already said in 2005.
The terrorism of a few islamic
groups has been used as the foundation stone for the state terrorism
of the USA, England, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, who insist on
knowing everything that anybody knows or believes,
anonymously, secretively, but with very real consequences.
For me - with a father and a
grandfather who were in concentration
camps because of resisting the Nazis - this is explicit and extremely
dangerous neo-fascism, especially combined with corporatocracy,
where the few rich decide everything and get almost all the
2. On who should write about the crisis
answer to the question implied by the title is: Everybody
should, but especially investigative journalists and academics
but then it turns
out that there are not many investigative journalists left, while the
academics do their usual things: posturing and betraying, for
this is what they've always done, also always with a few
exceptions, to be sure, but not by far enough to save the
criticism. (And see Julien
Benda or Noam
not only are there few investigative journalists left: there are also
few independent, strong, well written daily papers left, and there is no reason to
expect any inversion of this tendency.
This means that although there still are quite a few individual writers
about the crisis, most of them are not ordinary journalists and
certainly not ordinary academics (for both groups basically
and also that, apart from The
Guardian, Common Dreams,
Truthdig, and Mother Jones (and a
few more), there are few periodicals in English that would print
the writings of anyone who does not subscribe to the
conformistic agenda most journalists and by far the most "academics" have
effectively subscribed to, since 2001.
Indeed, this is
one of my main reasons for a quite pessimistic point of view:
real, extensive, well-paid, FREE press
democracy is completely lost -
and indeed it seems as if it is, though few notice it, for such things
are only noticed in a FREE press,
and that is mostly, though not (yet)
Finally, this is the first of two of this title: The remaining
On who should read
about the crisis
These will probably be
dealt with tomorrow.
On intellectual and literary
On propaganda, deceit and
 Here it is necessary to insist, with
Aristotle, that the governors do not
rule, or at least, should not rule: The laws rule, and the
if good, is part of its executive power. Here I quote Aristotle from my
More on stupidity, the rule of law, and Glenn
It is more
that law should govern than any one of the
citizens: upon the same principle, if it is advantageous to place the
supreme power in some particular persons, they should be appointed to
be only guardians, and the servants of the laws.
(And I note the whole file
from is quite pertinent.)
(that I prefer
to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate search machines) which
is a disease I have since 1.1.1979: