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November 8, 2015
Crisis: About the crisis series - November 2015
"They who can give up essential 
   liberty to obtain a little temporary
   safety, deserve neither liberty
   nor safety."
 
 
  -- Benjamin Franklin
   "All governments lie and nothing
   they say should be believed.
"
   -- I.F. Stone

   "Power tends to corrupt, and   
   absolute power corrupts
   absolutely. Great men are        
   almost always bad men."
   -- Lord Acton

















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Sections
Introduction

1.
About the crisis series
2. The crisis series hasn't ended
3. There will be more theoretical  reviews by me
4.
I am quite pessimistic
5. On The Guardian


Introduction

This is a Nederlog of Sunday, November 8, 2015. There are five sections, and they all explain things about the crisis series, that will continue, but not as it was between June 10, 2013 and November 7, 2015.

1. About the crisis series

As I explained yesterday, the crisis series ended that day, mostly for the simple reason that since yesterday I can't copy anything from The Guardian anymore, that I relied on as one of the three best papers to report on the crisis, and that was almost daily quoted by me (I think quite fairly, but see below).

The other two papers are Common Dreams and Truthdig, which continue as before, but they have far fewer journalists and far less money.

So after 2 years and 5 months, and between 1030 and 1040 files [1] this is the end of the crisis series as it was run since June 10, 2013, when I learned about Edward Snowden.

These are some reflections on the crisis series.

2. The crisis series hasn't ended

The crisis series, that started on September 1, 2008, hasn't ended. There will be more items called "Crisis", that indeed will be about the crisis, but I will not  report daily on the crisis anymore, and it also will be more like the crisis issues in Nederlog were from September 1, 2008 (when the first Dutch one appeared) till June 9, 2013.

That is, there will be fewer or indeed no articles reviewed in the crisis series, that probably also will be a bit more philosophical and a bit less journalistic (for that is what I am: much more of a philosopher or a scientist than of a journalist).

What has ended is the crisis series as it was written since June 10, 2013: To do that, I needed access to The Guardian, and that was yesterday denied to me (for more on The Guardian see below).

3. There will be more theoretical  reviews by me

Also, there will be a number of more theoretical files about the crisis. These will mostly expand on December 25, 2012/January 31 2014, and will explain in some detail what I learned about the crisis by daily reviewing journalistic articles about it.

For I did learn a fair amount from closely trying to follow journalists, though indeed most of what I learned was inferential, which is to say that it required not only journalists' input, but also more, such as is summarized here, on politics.

4. I am quite pessimistic  

My conclusions will be mostly quite pessimistic, for I am not a journalist (I know a lot more, for one thing) and I am certainly not a politician (nearly all of whom are careerist liars, whatever politics they pretend to for their careers), and besides, I have learned that most real journalism is dead, and that the very rich have reached almost everything they wanted over the last 35 years, since Thatcher and Reagan were elected.

In good part the reasons for my pessimism are the nearly total decline of genuine leftist politics; the lies and deceptions of nearly all political careerists; the radical decline of the liberal free press; the enormous deregulations that took place since 1990; and the stupidity of the masses, most of whom are completely talentless consumers, without any intellectual, moral, or artistic talents, and who don't care for anyone but themselves, their family, and some of the groups they belong to.

Here is a little expansion of these themes.

First, the nearly total decline of genuine leftist politics is mostly due to the very rich multi-millionairs Clinton and Blair, who were both faintly leftist conservatives - "Tory lites" - who sold their rot as "Third Way" politics, and succeeded in destroying most genuine leftwing politics. (They started it, but it is also true they were much helped by nearly all personal careerists who made their career in politics.)

Second, almost everyone I have seen in politics during the last 45 years, left, right and center, was quite simply a liar and a careerist who pretended to work for "the people" or "the nation" but in fact only worked for themselves and the top of their parties, for whom the same held.

Third, another important thing is the radical decline of the liberal free press: Over the last 20 years, most of the incomes of most papers have very radically shrunk because of the lack of advertisers, that these day mostly spend on the internet and not on papers. Also, quite a few papers have been bought by rich corporations, and turned right.

Fourth, one main reason why I am quite pessimistic is that there have now been over 20 years of successive deregulations, all of which served only the very rich, and each of which diminished the effective rights, possibilities and incomes of everyone who is not rich. And since all of these deregulations were legal changes, I think it will be very hard to change these without a genuine revolution, which in turn will almost certainly need an enormous economical collapse. [2]

Fifth, the stupidity of the masses. I am deeply sorry, but - while I completely agree that IQs are not a good measure of intelligence - both of my parents and myself had or have higher IQs than 130, and all of us are more gifted than most. But no, we did not use our talents to get rich but to try to improve politics, and we did not succeed at all: Most of the more stupid much rather wanted to be rich than to be fair.

5. On The Guardian

Finally, a few thoughts about The Guardian.

First, I think I have always treated The Guardian fairly: I always quoted them with full reference and links to their titles; I always listed the journalists; I only quoted from articles that were about the crisis; and I also would say that this gained them quite a few clicks. 

Also, while I do know The Guardian since quite a long time (from when I lived in England, in the early 1970ies), and while I also viewed it quite a few times before I started writing daily about the crisis from June 10, 2013 onwards, I did not really follow it until June 2013, and also quoted it rarely or never before that date.

Second, in the nearly 2 1/2 years that I have followed them, I have seen two major shifts away from their previous long-standing liberal attitudes:

First, the radical Verschlimmbesserung (German, for an improvement that turns out to be no improvement but a destruction) in January of this year, which made the site for half a year incredibly ugly since they did it all with text and without pictures (which now got undone again), and also increased Javascript to something like half the size of the articles, and now this second Verschlimm- besserung, that makes it impossible to even copy anything from the site. [3]

I do think both are firm and strong retreats from a previously quite liberal newspaper, but indeed that is according to the tendencies of the internet: Now that most people have it, it can be broken down and turned into a free advertisement-organ for the big corporations, which is what The Guardian is.

Finally, while I much dislike both changes to The Guardian, I also admit that this last change, that forced me to stop the crisis series as I did it since June 10, 2013, is at least a little welcome to me, simply because it forces me to give up writing the daily crisis series, which took most of my time, and left me little time to do other things, given the disease that I also still have.

But my sites still exist; I still exist; and I will carry on with both, and also with Nederlog, and I now can - again - write about various other topics as well.

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P.S. Nov 14, 2015: Reformatted.
Notes

[1] The reason I am imprecize is that there were 11 articles added to the crisis series all under number 226. If these are added, the total number of files I wrote on the crisis since 2008 is 1040. (Of these, the first 83 are in Dutch, the rest in English.)

[2] I do believe there will be an economic collapse, and possibly quite soon, but I do not know whether it will be large enough. Also, most men simply are not revolutionairies nor radicals.

[3] Well... it still is possible to copy from it if one (i) saves the article (ii) turns it to text and saves that (iii) finds the passage one wants to quote and (iv) copies that, but I don't have the health nor the time for that exercise.

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