3. Crisis Files
This is a Nederlog of Wednesday, June 7, 2017.
This is a crisis
log but it is a bit different from how it was the last four years:
I have been writing about the crisis since September 1, 2008 (in Dutch) and about
the enormous dangers of surveillance (by secret services and
by many rich commercial entities) since June 10, 2013, and I probably will
continue with it, but on the moment
I have several problems with my computer, my modem, the company that is
supposed to take care that my site is visible, and my health.
It may be that I'll be off for a few weeks, that is, I will
publish nothing or little for a few weeks. I don't know yet,
but I will keep you informed in Nederlog.
what I will do for the moment - since I am still looking at 35
sites every morning - is to list the items I selected,
but without any of my
comments. Today I selected six items, and they are below
and link to the originals, but on the moment I have no comments,
basically because that takes too much work on the moment.
As I have said above, I am writing less these weeks for various
reasons. These are the first ten of my own aphoristical reactions to La Rochefoucauld's aphorisms:
Virtuous acts are often done for vile reasons, and vile acts for
virtuous reasons. The worst deeds are often done for the best of
reasons and nearly always excused by a pretense of the noblest
In case you like them, there are quite a few more here.
explain all human acts in terms pleasing to themselves.
It is not egoism that is bad, but its abuse.
Lack of self-control is a
much more important human weakness than is self-love, which seems
mostly unavoidable anyway, since all that any man ever knows and feels
are his (or her) own beliefs and feelings.
cannot will feelings, but we can will beliefs that enhance or decrease
can be rational when passionate (though one may be reasonable).
can be predicted and produced by plans, but extraordinary events
require extraordinary circumstances.
It seems to me that - in spite of
Hume's ageeing: "Reason is and must be always the slaves of the
passions" - it is not true that "The passions are the only advocates
which always persuade":
our feelings, passions, needs, values and desires and our acting upon
these stand judgement, free will, conscience, or deliberation, which
are four names for the same faculty.
If it were
otherwise, no imputation of personal responsibility makes sense, for
these all involve the notion that one could have acted differently, if
only one had thought better, deliberated better, chosen better, had
more self-control, or done's one duty like other men in similar
passion excludes others, and noone impassioned can impartially survey
all possible evidence about the subject of his passions.
People live adrift an ocean of moods, tossed about by waves of
feelings. Noone can control his emotions, but all may control their
expressions and the beliefs that embed them.
3. Crisis Files
have been writing on the crisis since September
1, 2008 (Dutch) and
with considerably more attention since June
10, 2013 (English).
If you check out the crisis index you will find that I wrote in over
eight years nearly 1600 files, that nearly all consisted of a
reference to one or more articles that were partially quoted and mostly
I will continue with that, simply because I think the crisis is
a very important social, political and economical event, but
meanwhile I have turned 67 and need a little rest,
so what I'll be doing the coming weeks (at least), is selecting 3 to 6
files from the 35
sites I consult every morning to see what's happening in the
world of politics and econonomics, and present them, but now without
Here is today's selection:
1. Twilight of the Courts: The Elusive Search for Justice in the
all well worth reading. (Incidentally, item 4 was originally published in 2013.)
American Police State
2. NSA Contractor Charged for Leak After Intercept Exposť
Reveals Russian Cyberattack of 2016 Election
3. A Time for ‘Sublime Madness’
4. Diving Deep Into Radical Thought During the Hippie Era
5. Russia-gate’s Mythical ‘Heroes’
6. Edward Snowden Comes to Defense of Jailed NSA Contractor