3. A quote by Hannah Arendt
This is a Nederlog of Monday, June 26, 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.
Since I am still looking at 35
sites every morning what I will do is to list the items
I selected as worth reading,
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.
2. 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:
Uses Trick to Spy On Americans
all well worth reading.
Nader: The Democrats Are Unable to Defend the U.S.
the “Most Vicious” Republican Party in History
Activists Put Their Bodies on the Line to Defend
the Right Wing's War on Facts Is Driving the Divide in
Behind Trump’s Syria Attack Questioned
3. A quote by Hannah Arendt
I have very little time today so this is a brief file, but here is a quote from Hannah Arendt (from item 4 above):
“The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or
the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between
true and false no longer exists.”
I learned in the "University" of Amsterdam, starting in 1977, was this sick and
contradictory lie -
and I quote professor Brandt who was doing the official and public
opening of the "University" of Amsterdam, and this is a literal quote, translated from the Dutch:
"Everybody knows that truth does not exist"
It also turned out that this point of view was very much respected and very much practised in all of the "University" of Amsterdam: 90% of the students and nearly 100% of the staff fully agreed - from 1977 till 1995.
And I was very briefly before taking my M.A. examination in philosophy
kicked from the "University" of Amsterdam's faculty of philosophy
because I was not a Marxist; because I criticized the above sick, degenerate and contradictory lie; because
I criticized the utterly incompetent parasites who "taught" philosophy;
and because I had created a student party that was for real science and
And therefore I - the son of a prominent communist who
had survived over 3 years and 9 months of German concentration camps;
the grandson of a communist who was murdered in a German concentration
camp; the grandson of two lifelong anarchists - was very many times called (in public) "a fascist" (in various degrees of unwashedness) and also "a terrorist", "a terrorist", "a terrorist" in 1988.
So there went 23 years of my studying philosophy: Kicked out of the
faculty of philiosophy because I ws a proponent of science, rationality
and truth, and because I was not a Marxist nor did I want to pretend to be one.
More about this later, for the "University" of Amsterdam has refused to answer any of my many letters and mails since 1988: I was "a fascist terrorist" according to them, because I believed in real science and real truth.