3. Quotes (selected by Mike Huben)
This is a Nederlog of Thursday, June 29, 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:
1. After Fire, Britain Asks if Deregulation Has Gone Too Far
all well worth reading.
2. Brazilian President Michel Temer Charged with Corruption, a
Year After He Backed Ouster of Rousseff
3. Robert Parry Wins 2017 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism
4. How Privatization Could Spell the End of Democracy
5. Symposium: Is Free Speech Under Threat in the United States?
3. Quotes (selected by Mike Huben)
The four quotes that follow have been selected from Mike Huben's new site:
The above links to the Huben's blogspot on the new site, that starts with "I declare my new site operational!", from June 5, 2017.
And this is from the index page of the new site (the old one also still exists):
The site is large and is
the product of 23 years of work on it. I certainly haven't seen all or
most, but I liked what I saw, and Mike Huben seems to be an interesting
and smart man. You can check it out by clicking on any of the above
links. The last one is a good one and shows many interesting links to
The subject of this site is libertarianism: in the broad, poorly
defined colloquial sense which includes Objectivism, neoliberalism,
classical liberalism and a host of other ill-defined variants. All are
united by a rhetoric of liberty, bad philosophy and fallacious "free market" claims of various sorts. The Koch brothers and their ilk have been pushing this harmful political theory for around 60 years with vast amounts of money, and have captured the Republican party.
This wiki has roughly 2000 content pages; more are added very frequently.
The long main page has expanded categories which provides a better overview, but it takes a while to load. This is the short, fast main page.
These four quotes have been selected from the blogspot of Huben's new site:
Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles
of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be
restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate.
And this was not collected by Mike Huben:
Bertrand Russell, Sceptical Essays (1928), Chapter 13
But we know God hath not left one man so to the mercy of another, that
he may starve him if he please: God the Lord and Father of all has given
no one of his children such a property in his peculiar portion of the
things of this world, but that he has given his needy brother a right
to the surplusage of his goods; so that it cannot justly be denied him,
when his pressing wants call for it: and therefore no man could
ever have a just power over the life of another by right of property in
land or possessions; since it would always be a sin, in any man of
estate, to let his brother perish for want of affording him relief out
of his plenty.
John Locke, "Two Treatises on Government, Chapter 4, §. 42."
All Property, indeed, except the Savage's temporary Cabin, his Bow, his
Matchcoat, and other little Acquisitions, absolutely necessary for his
Subsistence, seems to me to be the Creature of public Convention. Hence
the Public has the Right of Regulating Descents, and all other
Conveyances of Property, and even of limiting the Quantity and the Uses
of it. All the Property that is necessary to a Man, for the Conservation
of the Individual and the Propagation of the Species, is his natural
Right, which none can justly deprive him of: But all Property
superfluous to such purposes is the Property of the Publick, who, by
their Laws, have created it, and who may therefore by other Laws dispose
of it, whenever the Welfare of the Publick shall demand such
Disposition. He that does not like civil Society on these Terms, let him
retire and live among Savages. He can have no right to the benefits of
Society, who will not pay his Club towards the Support of it.
Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Franklin to Robert Morris, 25 Dec. 1783
In reality, the “free market” is a bunch of rules about (1) what can be
owned and traded (the genome? slaves? nuclear materials? babies?
votes?); (2) on what terms (equal access to the internet? the right to
organize unions? corporate monopolies? the length of patent protections?
); (3) under what conditions (poisonous drugs? unsafe foods? deceptive
Ponzi schemes? uninsured derivatives? dangerous workplaces?) (4) what’s
private and what’s public (police? roads? clean air and clean water?
healthcare? good schools? parks and playgrounds?); (5) how to pay for
what (taxes, user fees, individual pricing?). And so on.
Robert Reich, "The Myth of the “Free Market” and How to Make the Economy Work for Us"
In any case, if you don't like "libertarianism" (<-Wikipedia, which shows this is a very vague and very ambiguous term) Huben's site is quite interesting and contains a lot of material.
The origin of science is the desire to know causes; and
the origin of all false science and imposture is in the desire to
accept false causes rather than none; or, which is the same thing, in
the unwillingness to accept our own ignorance.