January 11, 2011


me + ME: Political philosophy 101 - A


    There's a sucker born every minute.
     -- P.T. Barnum

    And (s)he will be a voter in a mere 18 years!
    Now all hail Our Fine Democratic State of Law!
    -- Maartensz' corollary


As I said before:

I live in a sort of "civilization" where only the comedians may hope to speak the truth, be heard, and get away with it.

I earlier gave some explanations of the difficulty, and here are links to a few more videos, that should function - probably only for the most intelligent, to be sure, I am very sorry to say - as a course in Political Philosophy 101.


1. "Beware Fake Radicals"
2.  Bill Maher Psychologically Analyzes President Bush
3.  George Carlin Philosophy (Part 1): The End of America and Social

4.  George Carlin Philosophy (Part 2): Religion and Consumerism
5.  Cenk Uygur: Giffords Shooting - Right Wing Media & Politicians To Blame? 

Because I do like people to read rather than watch TV, I start with quoting part of a written piece by George Monbiot, from yesterday's Guardian:

1. "Beware Fake Radicals"

There was a time when conservatives tried to assure people of continuity. The social order would remain intact. Revolution and reform would be suppressed, disruptive change averted. As political consciousness spread, this message became untenable. They repositioned themselves, first as cautious reformers, then, under Margaret Thatcher, as Jacobins, tearing down the old establishment to release people’s stifled aspirations.

They attacked the professions. They attacked state monopolies and the state itself – or so they claimed. While Thatcher insisted that she was the champion of the entrepreneur, the pocket shareholder, the little man, her policies greatly enriched big business and the rentier class. She claimed she was getting the state off people’s backs, but introduced oppressive laws that curtailed our freedom. She deregulated business and re-regulated citizens. Now Cameron’s government and its supporters are attempting the same trick: defending the elite by attacking it.

Quite so, and these were the opening paragraphs: The rest is instructive too. I should add, though, that I probably don't agree with Monbiot on environmental issues, as the main problems as I see them are in men's minds and morality, but then Monbiot does have a personal point of view and the courage to stand up for it, and he is a smart man, which are three good reasons to be interested in him.

If you think he is radical, you should think again - and now follow links to 4 videos all very much worth seeing and hearing, of which I probably linked some before, and which may help you think.

As before, the links are in the titles, and the titles are as used on Youtube, for the rest are all links to videos (or indeed to my prose in Nederlog at some time):

2. Bill Maher Psychologically Analyzes President Bush

This is clever, well presented, and mostly correct, also in terms of psychology or psychiatry - which I should add, as a psychologist, because Maher analyzes Bush Jr. as a paranoid schizophrenic.

Also, Maher is correct on why people get killed: Not so much because there are guns, but because there are madmen. And no, unlike all sound-thinking Dutch leaders of opinion, journalist and politicians, I am in favour of civilians rights to buy guns, simply because as Mencken said

The only good bureaucrat is one with a pistol at his head. Put it in his hand and it's good-bye to the Bill of Rights.

Besides, the persons who want to be and who become "democratic politicians" and "civil servants" these days, at least in the country where I live, are for the most part those not capable of making it in science or art if politician: Too dumb, too talentless, too morally corrupt, and for the most part those not capable of making it in an ordinary job if bureaucrats: Too dumb, talentless, corrupt, lazy and dishonest for being useful to commercial enterprises.

Next, I should remark that the symptomatology Maher mentions, and attributes to Bush Jr., is correct, though one should add in fairness to Bush Jr. that paranoid schizophrenia can be had in considerably worse ways than he may have had it (and brazen indifference to the suffering of others, having the dad he has are also part of the explanation, and being a nitwit - "as stupid as the hind part of a sow", as the Dutch has it, also enter into the explanation: One must be fair and balanced when judging character).

Also, having mentioned in me + ME: Causal explanation: It's malevolence, stupid! that there are quite a few things I can not say or write in Holland, about Dutch politicians, and quite possibly about American ones as well, without getting serious problems if I say them as I could say them on American public TV:

No, the present video and the other ones linked in this Nederlog are probably not possible in the supposedly free, open and tolerant Netherlands, at least not without persecution by judges who studied with those one criticizes, if I were to say the same about e.g. former Dutch PM Balkenende, and certainly not without either being totally neglected or being the center of a lot of hullabaloo about how one should address or describe such noble political dealers in illegal dangerous drugs as have had the power in Amsterdam and the Narco-Nazistic Netherlands (*) since 1970, or 1984 at the latest.

3. George Carlin Philosophy (Part 1): The End of America and Social Stratification

This is the first part of two, and is put together by someone from several clips of Carlin (who died in 2008). There is more on and by him here

and again his style of honest outspokenness is impossible in Holland, without one gettting grave problems. (Dutchies who think other wise are taken in by the fake radicalism of their makers of cabaret, at least of those who get in the media.)

4. George Carlin Philosophy (Part 2): Religion and Consumerism

More Carlin - and I should like to note, in case you missed it, both Bill Maher and Jon Stewart much admired him and were inspired by him.

Again, what is in this video - made by a fan, whence the comments at places - is probably not possible in the Narco-Nazistic Netherlands (*). Besides, nearly all Dutchmen are truly rotten conversationalists, and those who aren't tend to be either secondhand car salesmen or have sold themselves to do public relations for a politician, city or minister.

5.  Giffords Shooting - Right Wing Media & Politicians To Blame?

This is TYT's Cenk Uygur's take on the causes of the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson some days ago, and it fits with most of the above and with "Beware Fake Radicals" (see above). He seems to me to be analyzing it rightly.

Now... it may be that you think that all or most or part of the above is all political radicalism, mere comedy, over the top commentary, or what not. Well... train your mind with the books I mention in my

Have fun - for most of the linked videos are quite funny, besides instructive to nearly everyone, indeed regardless of your own convictions, as being funny with seems to be the price to be paid for the right to speak the truth on US TV.

And it is still possible in the US, but not anymore in the Narco-Nazistic Netherlands: A week ago a few teenagers were arrested and convicted by a judge to a large fine, only because they wore t-shirts with this text (health warning for tender souls....):


Yes, indeed. It is frightfully offensive, isn't it? Hardly human, wouldn't you agree? Is it perhaps code, calling for a jihad and the killing of all Dutch ministers and mayors? Or does it deny perhaps the Holocaust while calling for gassing Jews, Turks, Maroccans, or indeed is it a code for demands that "camps" be surrected, for "locking up" people, namely "prior to transport", as Leading Politician Geert Wilders of Holland would much like to see happen to  a mere 26 million Europeans who happen to come form Turkey or Marocco, or to have had parents born there, like the Dutch politician Wilders wants to see happen? (**)

No, much more inhuman: It abbreviates the letters "a", "c", "a", "b", which in turn abbreviates

"All cops are bastards"

This you can not have on a t-shirt anymore in the Narco-Nazistic Netherlands, as of 2011, not even as "1312" and while you are a teenager:

The Dutch police, that has been protecting the Narco-Nazis since decades (since 1970, to be precise), gets offended by it, and the Dutch judges, who have been totally silent since all these decades about the "toleration" of dealing in illegal drugs (***) - is the o so non-manipulative Dutch phrase: The Amsterdam mayors "tolerate" dealing in drugs; Geert Wilders "tolerates" the present government as long as they implement his lunacies - do not tolerate that policemen are addressed from a t-shirt of a teenager with "1312".

Dutch "Norms And Values"! (***)


(*) I have been gassed for protesting drugsdealing from the house where I lived, and have been protesting since 22 years that this completely ruined what little health I had left at that point.

Well... I might as well have been dead, and if it was up to the mayors and aldermen of Amsterdam I would have been dead, to their rapturous applaus, since 22 years:

Why my family was in The Dutch Resistance  in WW II

That must have been to allow the human degenerates of the Labour Party to have me gassed for the benefit of their drugscorrupt degenerate bureaucrats, and the Amsterdam driugs mafia, and thrown me from the municipal university for having the cheek to insist truth exists and morals are not totally relative and arbitrary.

O yes, before I forget: The Amsterdam Municipal Police, whose fine officers arrested my grandfather, and delivered him to the SS, whose fine officers arrested my father, and delivered him to the SS, and whose fine officers let me be gassed and threatened with murder from September 1988 - February 1992 also told me repeatedly I "could fuck off", as far as they were concerned because.... and I quote:

"All Amsterdammers are bastards. Therefore we only will do something if the dead bodies are lying on the floor. |
Goodbye, sir."

Sadistic bastards.

(**) Readers of Dutch should consult my scandalous Een enigszins verlicht standpunt, that dates back, in all its awfulness, to 2003.

(***) No, drugs like marihuana and LSD and cocaine are NOT legalized in Holland! And they are are NOT legalized in Holland, since 40 years, because that is much more PROFITABLE: 20-50 BILLION dollars turnover EACH year. Times 40 or so. "It's the economy, stupid!"

It's as simple as that - and see my

Incidentally, the opinion of the makers of that propaganda shit for Amsterdam - "Big Shots", these heroes called themselves - were of the opinion that

"Well, what happened to you is your problem".


P.S. Possibly needed corrections have to be made later.

As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):

1. Anthony Komaroff

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)

3. Hillary Johnson

The Why

4. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf)
5. Eleanor Stein

Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)

6. William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
7. Paul Lutus

Is Psychology a Science?

8. Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)

Short descriptions:

1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understands ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:
   "it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon
     insufficient evidence
7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.

    "Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!

No change, no pause, no hope! Yet I endure.
I ask the Earth, have not the mountains felt?
I ask yon Heaven, the all-beholding Sun,
Has it not seen? The Sea, in storm or calm,
Heaven's ever-changing Shadow, spread below,
Have its deaf waves not heard my agony?
Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!
     - (Shelley, "Prometheus Unbound") 

    "It was from this time that I developed my way of judging the Chinese by dividing them into two kinds: one humane and one not. "
     - (Jung Chang)


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Maarten Maartensz

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