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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Crisis+Quotations: For-Profit, May, Trump, Oliver Stone, Five Men - Aphorisms + Drop Out



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Introduction

1. Summary
2. Quotations
3. Crisis Files
4.
Don't drop half out
Introduction:

This is a Nederlog of Tuesday, June 13, 2017.


1. Summary

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.

And 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 five 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.


2. Quotations

As I have said above, I am writing less these weeks for various reasons. These are the fifth ten of my aphoristical reactions [1] to Chamfort's aphorisms:
Nearly all things nearly all men believe have no better foundation than faith: It is make-belief based on authority, not on individual thinking or effort.

In public, most men pretend; in private, most men misbehave.

A philosopher who knows neither science nor mathematics is a fraud -  and the same is true of a carpenter, if not to the same degree.

If a fool is witty, he generally is so by accident, if the wit is in any way refined.

There are extra-ordinarily few people who dare to be their own man, and not someone else's creature or follower, because so very many men oppose whoever is not like them, and so very few men can think well.

It is much more reasonable to try to help those who have been harmed, than to try to improve those who have harmed, but it is also more common and more popular to moralize verbally than to act practically.

Human stupidity is one of the greatest "unacknowledged legislators of mankind".

There is no fashionable opinion that is not mostly cant.

Character is destiny, and there is no one without the weaknesses that belong to the character he is, or tries to pretend to be, just as there can be no mountains without valleys.

There are no social judgments of people without bias; there are few social judgements of people that are based on adequate knowledge.

There is a lot more from where the above comes from.


3. Crisis Files

I 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 commented.

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 my comments.

Here is today's selection:
1. The U.S. Government Has Become the Ultimate Extension of
     Donald Trump’s For-Profit Brand

2. Take Heart, Progressives: Theresa May Is Putting a Nail in the
     Coffin of the U.K. Right Wing
3. Trump New World Order
4. Oliver Stone Reveals a Vulnerable Putin
5. Now Just Five Men Own Almost as Much Wealth as Half the
     World's Population
These are all well worth reading.

4. Don't drop half out

This is quoted from the diggers.org, from /bibscans/cc-110a-m.jpg. For more on the Diggers, see here (in Nederlog) or on the diggers.org.

The following bit seems to have been published on January 28, 1967:
DON'T DROP HALF OUT
                             If you have got to be cool, you're not free.

It isn't easy to be free in America, but it is possible. Do it.

Be free. Drop all the way out. Reject the whole system. All of it. The system is what is making you unfree. The system is what has you in chains. The system is what is killing you. And it's only the system, understand? Not the way things have to be, just the way things are. Nothing horrible will happen to you if you throw the system away.
The world won't come to an end. You won't starve or die or be punished or bear guilt or any such system-sponsored thing. Without the system things will happen in a different way, but they'll still happen. Civilization will survive. It'll be all right.

Be free. Drop out. All the way.

Anything that is part of the system is the whole system. It's all hung on the same string. If you accept any of it, you've got it all. Money is the system: reject it. Give all you have to the poor and do your own thing.

Wealth, success, security, luxury, comfort, certainty: these are all system-oriented goals. They're what the system uses to reward its subjects & keep them from noticing that they're not free. They're the system's bait, & they've all got hidden hooks in them. If you go for  them, you're caught.

There's no possible compromise. Either you're hooked or you're free. No third alternative.

Drop all the way out. Stop wanting what the system tells you. Be free. Do what you want to do. Be free.

Throw it all away. You don't need any of it. You only think you need it because the system says you need it. It ain't true. The system has addicted you to an artificial need. Kick the habit. It ain't real.

Do your thing. Be what you are. Do what you think is right.

All of you. All the way out is free.

If one man breaks the system's law & gets caught, he gets busted. But how much room is there in jail? What would short circuit the system? If everyone in the Haight lit up on Haight Street, right out there in front of God and The Man, all at once: would that do it? How much does it take?

If a million angels came to him at sunset bearing truth, could officer Garrens hear it? Does it matter?

What matters is you: being; being free. What matters is freedom. All the way.

There has been no freedom in America since 1865. The government defines freedom instead of guaranteeing it. You can call it freedom, but it ain't free.
RESTORE CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT. Drop out. Be free.
RESTORE THE SANCTITY OF THE INDIVIDUAL. Drop out. Be free.
WATER THE TREE OF LIBERTY.
Drop out. Be free.
DEPEND ON YOUR COUNTRY, NOT YOUR GOVERMENT.
Drop out. Be free.
BE A CITIZEN, NOT A SUBJECT.
Drop out. Be free.
LIBERATE CAPTIVE AMERICA.
Drop out. Be free.
ALL THE WAY OUT.

Do it now.
  printed by the communication company
As I said, the above bit is from January 1967 and is by the San Francisco Diggers. It is here for three reasons: I like the Diggers, without agreeing with them; I will soon write more about the Diggers (and a first part is here); and the above is a good example of how radical the Diggers were.

Note
[1] These are aphorisms of my own. I like them and therefore reproduce them. Nicolas Chamfort was French and lived from 1741-1794. He was extremely witty. (And I admit neither he nor I are friendly about the majority.)

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