in all the world is more dangerous, than sincere ignorance and
-- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
from May 7, 2019
This is a
Nederlog of Tuesday,
This is a crisis
log but it is a bit different from how it was until 2013:
I have been
writing about the crisis since September
1, 2008 (in Dutch, but
since 2010 in English) and about
the enormous dangers of
surveillance (by secret services and
by many rich commercial entities) since June 10, 2013, and I will
continue with it.
moment and since more than three years
problems with the company that is
supposed to take care that my site is visible 
and with my health, but I am still writing a Nederlog every day and
I shall continue.
2. Crisis Files
five crisis files
that are mostly well worth reading:
A. Selections from May 7, 2019:
1. On The Crisis Series in Nederlog: Part 2
The items 1 - 5 are today's
selections from the 35 sites that I look at
every morning. The indented text under each link is quoted from the
link that starts the item. Unindented text is by me:
2. Creeping Toward Tyranny
1. On The Crisis Series in
Nederlog: Part 2
|The internet is the surest way
- and it has been designed to be so. And now it has arrived.
-- Maarten Maartensz
According to Gore
speaking in 2008, the internet would be taken over in 10
years. Well... he was off by one year, I think.
At any rate, the internet has become much more horrible lately,
and presently also Firefox - on Ubuntu - has quite radically
changed; has removed nearly all add-ons I had installed
(without any warnings or explanations whatsoever); has made
selecting new add-ons a horrible process
(your input cannot even be copied
and also comes suddenly with much more advertisements
(which I hate: I do not want to be lied to)
I can also not do anything, for the model is the following
That is to say: You accept
our ever lying, sick and degenerate advertisements
stealing of your private data, and also
our sending of your personal
data to Google, so that we can send you more advertisements -
and if you do not like this you can drop dead.
The above is a sick, sadistic, immoral, degenerate, fascistic and
terrorist piece of "news" - and it got widely repeated by the sick, sadistic, immoral, degenerate,
fascistic and terrorist Firefox that seems now to be very willing to extend
the sadofascist degenerate practices of the fascist terrorist and
deeply criminal Facebook over the whole
Either I accept their cookies (Firefox has removed
my add-ons that block and/or remove cookies, all without the least
warnings or explanations) and their
advertisements and their sendings of my personal data
interest") to Google, or else I can drop dead.
I prefer to drop dead, that is, I will not use these sites
anymore for I do not want to be terrorized by advertisements
i.e. sick degenerate intentional lies nor by the sadists
This also means that I am now "a second-rate" citizen aka a
sub-human and that I have been made that by Firefox:
Either I consent to being followed everywhere by the
sadofascists from Google and consent to being advertised by
their lies and bullshit or
else I can drop dead.
And yes: I do think
all of the above was totally intentional on the
part of Firefox. More tomorrow.
The above is a rewritten bit of yesterday. O, and those who want to
start actions against me because I call them fascists are welcome, but
should realize that I have been called "a dirty fascist" and "a
terrorist" for eleven years in the "University" of Amsterdam
because I was not a communist and opposed the
communists (and later the postmodernists)
who effectively ruled the "University" of Amsterdam from 1971 till 1995
Absolutely no one cared one bit, not for 11 years, even though I am one
of least fascist and least terrorist Dutchmen there are, with the most
anti-fascist parents and grandparents I know in Holland (with a father
and a grandfather in concentration camps since 1941, because they
resisted the Nazis, where my grandfather was murdered - which I now
think was known to the communists of the ASVA, who wanted to
teach me a lesson).
Anyway... there will
be more tomorrow in Nederlog on the present subject. And as I have said
before, I shall continue Nederlog, though without a crisis series-as-was, which probably will
require some changes in Nederlog, and which also, almost certainly,
will come with fewer articles in Nederlog, and possibly more on the
rest of the site.
2. Creeping Toward Tyranny
article is by Chris Hedges on Truthdig. It starts as follows:
Yes indeed: I think all of
the above is quite correct - and see above for more.
O, and since I have given up the crisis series (as was), I can add now
that Chris Hedges is one of the very few jourmalists that I have read
in the context of the crisis series who has a good mind, a good style,
The destruction of the rule of
law, an action essential to establishing an authoritarian or
totalitarian state, began long before the arrival of the Trump
administration. The George W. Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq
and implementation of a doctrine of pre-emptive war were war crimes
under international law. The federal government’s ongoing wholesale
surveillance of the citizenry, another legacy of the Bush
administration, mocks our constitutional right to privacy.
Assassinating a U.S. citizen under order of the executive branch, as
the Obama administration did when it murdered the radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki
in Yemen, revokes due process. The steady nullification of
constitutional rights by judicial fiat—a legal trick that has enabled
corporations to buy the electoral system in the name of free speech—has
turned politicians from the two ruling parties into amoral tools of
corporate power. Lobbyists in Washington and the state capitals write
legislation to legalize tax boycotts, destroy regulations and
government oversight, pump staggering sums of money into the war
machine and accelerate the largest upward transfer of wealth in
American history, one that has involved looting the U.S. Treasury of
trillions of dollars in the wake of the massive financial fraud that
set off the 2008 economic collapse. The ruling elites, by slavishly
serving corporate interests, created a system of government that
effectively denied the citizen the use of state power.
Anyway. Here is some more:
Well... I do not like
terms like “kakistocracy”,
mostly because they are purely subjective ("worst"), because the term
is not a part of any decent philosophy or sociology, and hides its
subjectivity behind mock Greek.
This decades-long disregard by
the two major political parties for the rule of law and their
distortion of government into a handmaiden for corporations set the
stage for Donald Trump’s naked contempt for legality and
accountability. It made inevitable our kakistocracy, rule by the worst
or most unscrupulous (“kakistocracy” is derived from the Greek words kakistos,
meaning worst, and kratos, meaning rule).
Besides, I think neofascism
(in my sense) is a far better description of Trump and his
But then I agree that in over 10 years of extensive readings in
all manner of journalism and journalists, I still have to meet the
first journalist or public figure
who can and does give as much as a halfway correct definition
of either "fascism" or "neofascism".
Here is some more:
Yes, I basically agree,
and the means are - in quite objective terms, also - corruption, which
is defined by Wikipedia as follows (minus note number):
Those in the parade of
imbeciles, grifters, con artists, conspiracy theorists, racists, Trump
family members, charlatans, generals and Christian fascists, all of
whom often see power as a way to enrich themselves at the expense of
the taxpayer, are too many to list here.
And I agree with Hedges
that the USA has been growing more and more corrupt since (at least) 20
In general, corruption
is a form of dishonesty or criminal activity undertaken by a
person or organization entrusted with a position of authority, often to
acquire illicit benefit. Corruption may include many activities
including bribery and embezzlement,
though it may also involve practices that are legal in many countries. Political corruption occurs when an
office-holder or other governmental employee acts in an official
capacity for personal gain.
The mechanisms that
once made democracy possible have withered and died. We no longer have
elections free of corporate control; real legislative debate; an
independent press rooted in verifiable fact that lifts up the voices
and concerns of the citizens rather than peddling conspiracy theories
such as “Russiagate” or cheerleading for disastrous military
interventions and occupations; academic institutions that vigorously
examine and critique the nature of power; or diplomacy, negotiation,
détente and compromise.
This is where we have come, not because of Trump, who is the grotesque
product of our failed democracy, but because the institutions that were
designed to prevent tyranny no longer function.
Yes, I quite agree - and "the institutions that were designed to
prevent tyranny" no longer
function because they have been - generally quite willingly, also -
Here is some more:
I agree with most of the
above, except for "the
inverted equivalent", which
I think I also should explain:
The billions in campaign funds
provided to selected candidates by the wealthy and corporations, as the
political philosopher Sheldon
Wolin wrote, created, before the arrival of Trump on the political
landscape, “a pecking order that calibrates, in strictly quantitative
and objective terms, whose interests have priority. The amount of
corruption that regularly takes place before elections means that
corruption is not an anomaly but an essential element in the
functioning of managed democracy. The entrenched system of bribery and
corruption involves no physical violence, no brown-shirted troopers, no
coercion of the political opposition. While the tactics are not those
of the Nazis, the end result is the inverted equivalent. Opposition has
not been liquidated but rendered feckless.”
First, Hedges made a fine series of interviews with Sheldon Wolin
in 2014. The last link provides some information on Wolin, and the next
link links to a comprehensive
page with many links that I wrote in 2014 about this series of
And second, while I think Wolin is interesting, I do not think I agree
with his concept of inverted
totalitarianism - and that is "the inverted equivalent" that Hedges refers to in the above quotation.
And third, I mostly disagree because it marks a brief intermediate
stage between democracy and totalitarianism;
and also a brief
intermediate stage between honesty (mostly) and corruption (mosty).
Anyway. Here is some more:
Quite so, although I did not see
the movie. Here is the ending of this article:
Armando Iannucci’s movie “The
Death of Stalin,” a brilliant black comedy, captures what happens when
self-interested narcissists, buffoons and gangsters make the laws and
rule a state. Once power is based solely on blind personal loyalty and
whim, anything, including wholesale murder, becomes possible. Rights
are transformed into privileges that can be instantly revoked. Lies
replace truth. Opinions replace facts. History is erased and rewritten.
The cult of leadership replaces politics.
Yes, I agree - and see the
current practices of the sick and degenerate Firefox that I sketched above. And this is a strongly recommended article.
history, have backed fascism to thwart even the most tepid forms of
socialism. All the pieces are in place. The hollowing out of our
democratic institutions, which cannot be blamed on Trump, makes tyranny
end of 2015 that
xs4all.nl is systematically
ruining my site by NOT updating it within a few seconds,
as it did between 1996 and 2015, but by updating it between
two to seven days later, that is, if I am lucky.
claimed that my site was wrongly named in html: A lie.
They have claimed that my operating system was out of date: A lie.
just don't care for my site, my interests, my values or my
ideas. They have behaved now for 3 years
as if they are the
eagerly willing instruments of the US's secret services, which I
from now on suppose they are (for truth is dead in Holland).
two reasons I remain with xs4all is that my site has been
there since 1996, and I have no reasons whatsoever to suppose that any
other Dutch provider is any better (!!).