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25 september 2009

 

Meer juffrouw Ali = More on Ms Ali = The hollow men



As Shelley wrote: "Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of mankind" - at least sometimes (Homer, Chaucer, Dante, Shakespeare, Lafontaine, Heine), and here is some relevant evidence for that thesis, also by a poet, followed by a survey of some hollow men and women that illustrate it.
 

The hollow men

We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats' feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar  

Shape without form, shade without colour,
Paralysed force, gesture without motion;  

Those who have crossed
With direct eyes, to death's other Kingdom
Remember us-if at all-not as lost
Violent souls, but only
As the hollow men
The stuffed men

T.S. Eliot (partial quote)


This piece and what it links to, all on my site (except for the fine poem quoted in part above from another site that is linked in), is mixed Dutch and English, and lists mosts of what I wrote in Nederlog, mostly in Dutch, about Ms. Ali - as I call her, for that is her last name, she says, and this Ms. is not married - namely, the Somali-Dutch ex-refugee, ex-parlementarian, ex-Dutch Labour, ex-Resistance-Fighter, ex-would-be French citizen, and present American Enterprise Institute employee, where she sits at the feet of the great Dick Cheney to greedily drink up all he has to give about becoming a political success in the best neo-conservative Republican modern TV-traditions.

I believe I have analysed her rightly and fairly, as it also has turned out in the course of the five years I did so, and since I also think that this deserves a somewhat wider readership than the Dutch give it, I wrote this in English and point you directly to two English pieces about her: Ayaan Hirsi Ali and her mates: A psychological experiment - 2. (*)

The rest of what is in fact a fairly extensive well-written diagnosis of postmodern politicking and careerism is nearly all in Dutch only, but I'll keep this mostly in English and also add a few English explanations:

A few days ago I quickly read through the pieces I wrote about miss Ali, the supposed Black Somali-Dutch Resistance-Fightress And Thinker Of World-Status (so Times-Newsweek concluded, some years ago: she was supposed to be one of the one-hundred brightest and best minds of the present generation), which I did not do before, and found that I still quite agree, and also that I indeed have been proved right by the facts (in so far as one can be proved right on ever-evasive ever-posing slick political careerists, of course).

In October 2007 I also put together a survey of the pieces I wrote about her since 2004, that was also partially motivated by my having known Theo van Gogh personally - and the link is to an amusing Dutch interview I had with him and published precisely 20 years ago - and my belief that unfortunately Theo led himself be abused by Miss Ali 's political careerism (and curves and seductive smiles, very probably, and also by Theo's own prejudices and inclinations, that also are explained in the linked interview, that originally was for an audience of psychologists).

So here is an update of that survey up to today - and I also recommend that you read the English piece that follows today or tomorrow, on Ervin Goffman's "The Presentation of Self in Ordinary Society", for that book, that deserves far wider readership than it got, thought it is known deservedly as a classic in sociology and psychology, clarifies a lot about the ordinary human role-playing, emptyness, multi-layered and multifold hypocrisies, that has become the norm in the West - and that also explains a lot about the moral and intellectual decline of Western civilization over the last 40 years or so, including the erosion of all moral and intellectual standards, and their replacements by postmodernistic impression-management, and indeed also about such would-be postmodern opinion-makers and political leaders like Glenn Beck, Russ Limbaugh, Geert Wilders, miss Ali and Rita Verdonk.

For it seems these are indeed all of the sort of - the Calvinists would say: sinful and depraved - human cloth the Glenn Beck persona is made of, that in so far as I can see is a kind of personality that in my very well-trained psychologist's mind (**) seems to provide excellent footage of a man who strongly seems to have many kinds of mental issues and who seems to be of very doubtful sanity:

Note also that the same person has accused Obama of being "a racist", "a communist" and many more things that are factually so obviously totally false that only morons, neo-con Republicans and the functionally insane could possibly take them serious - and that regardless of one's politics also, and also regardless of one's personal assessment of Obama (since even John McCain denied these racialist slurs, and rightly so).

But on to my survey of five years of Ms. Ali-antics-descriptions - and the squarely starred items - "[*]" - are (mostly or wholly) in English, while the rest is in Dutch:

2004

2005

Mar 20 Halsema over hysterisch Holland
Mar 24 Verdonk's videos en de mores van cipiers
Nov 6 Ali
Nov 12 Ayaan Hirsi Ali [*] (Best English summary, for US readership)
Dec 20 Verdonk

2006

2007

2008

2009

Sep 25  Meer juffrouw Ali = More on Ms Ali = The hollow men [*]

The last is today's piece, and the poetical judgment on Ms Ali and her likes - fellow Republicans also, it seems - seems quite fair and factually adequate to me (and like most Dutchmen I only was undeceived about her many lies about her being a political refugee and Freedom Fighter in and around Somalia in 2007, during the parlementarian debates about her, that she ended by effectively fleeing to Dick Cheney's American Enterprises Institute).

In the end, the real rational evidence for my thesis is in the sociological and psychological literature on Groupthinking, that runs from Aristotle, De la Boťtie, Machiavelli, Mandeville, Swift, Gibbon, Hazlitt and Mill to Orwell, Burnham, and Goffman, and that is not by far as well-read and well-understood as it ought to be. (All the links in this paragraph are to material on my site, and are very worthy of your serious consideration, if you are interested in politics at all.)

More of this today or tomorrow - and here is in conclusion my personal psychological advice to Ms Ali: Shut up, lay low, and finally really try to do some decent studying, thinking and writing - or else become a Louis Vutton model, where all would-bes of days of yore gather these days to milk their eroded fame for a little more financial fortune, so as to help sell extremely ugly extremely expensive status-show-shit for dumbos and phoneys.

Alas Ms., you just do not have the wherewithall for something better, for if you had, you have had 5 years of fame to show it, and all you have shown is intellectual and moral thousandth-rate trash: You are not a decent thinker, not as much as a halfway decent politician, and not even a political refugee at all, as you lied when you arrived in Holland to profit from its economical riches: You are a born fashion model with delusions of grandeur.

And it is not just that, as Lord Acton said so well "All power corrupts": it is that the desire for power is usually a clear sign of moral and personal corruption, notably these days of cheap media-fame, and especially in those who pose their curves and smiles for political upman-ship without having the brains and knowledge to write or speak rationally and reasonably about any of the social, moral and philosophical topics they meddle with.

And as the poet wrote

Between the desire
And the spasm
Between the potency
And the existence
Between the essence
And the descent
Falls the Shadow
(...)
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.
T.S. Eliot (partial quote)

P.S. And as I wrote before in Dutch: It is not that Ms. Ali may originally have meant well, for this I even grant to Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler, who also started their political careers as young idealists, and it is also not that I regard her as worse than the average Dutch parlementarian, that also are intellectual and moral incompetents by my standards, for I don't.

It is that I regard her as a cheapo - a political careerist who cannot even cite Glenn Beckian mental issues in exoneration: She is smart enough to know that she is crafted together from poses and roles she doesn't have the intellectual and moral talents for, while she is not messed up enough to mean it mostly honestly.

(*) Especially the first - of november 2005, when I knew far less about Ms Ali's very many lies than I and the Dutch know now - seems to me still quite accurate and fair.

(**) I must conclude, having an M.A. with the best possible marks in the subject, from the University of Amsterdam, that is, according to its own Board of Directors, One Of The Very Top Universities Of The World Today (and I ain't kiddin' you, though - having the degree - it seems to me they are, and know they are).

Maarten Maartensz

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