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Sep 8, 2011           

Crisis: Why it is difficult to improve things for the better

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In the previous piece on Browsers and security I mentioned the moronifation of Dutch society, that has been proceeding and is proceeding for more than four decades now, and where everything got levelled flat as a polder in the names of equality and democracry, with the following result, that I wrote and predicted and published 22 years ago, and translated a year ago in
Here is the prediction, from 1989, then formulated about Holland, but equally applicable to most of the West, indeed possibly all except Finland (or so I have been told):

The result will be what can be seen now, after some 25 years of postmodern levelling education: [4]

Moronic academics; complete, half and threequarter charlatans as Masters of Art in psychology or sociology; academically titled pseudo-intellectuals who hardly know foreign languages and claim to be "too busy" to read; who cannot write, and do not speak good Dutch (of the kind of honourable Members of Parliament - an asylum filled with selfenamoured yahoos that unfortunately has room for only a few hundred minibrains); semi-scientific but heavily subsidized research that never yields anything but above average incomes for "scientists" of very average grocerly brains, and unreadable research reports in awful bureaucratic cant "to help the feminist movement, the trade union movement, and the environmental movement" (as the central aims of the University of Amsterdam were for many years) - in brief, The Netherlands will be governed by corrupt mandarins with an average IQ of 115. And the usual hypocritical impostures and backhanded greed, that is to say "in the name of our exemplary Dutch dumbocray, sorry: democracy".

Nothing new? Real science will become even rarer than it is, in an atmosphere filled with tenthousands, possinly hundreds of thousands Masters of Art of minimal brainsize and maximal greed - for an average IQ of 115 does not precisely exclude greed, ambition, intrigue and that delicious species-searches-species trade unionist mentality).

The cultural level of societies will sink until public mediawhores on the dreambox can move the population to any form of unreason. Public gangsters, frauds, parasites and eagerly upcoming dictators will be left free to do as they please - and the only social group that could have opposed them with rational arguments based on real knowledge and understanding of human civilization, will have been reduced to a set of stammering know-nothings, precisely of the level of people's parlementarians there is already.

Nothing new, I ask again? No, indeed: Virtually the only thing we do not have yet is a populist would-be dictator that abuses the opportunity. For we have had already 25 years of postmodern education. And we live in  moronified society, that moronifies further incessantly.

Thanks to the present so called academic elite, that has let it happen while they parasited upon it: The present generation of university professors and lecturers. Après vous le déluge, quoi? [5

I think this is what happened, on a very large scale, in the US, in England, in the Netherlands, that I know of, and elsewhere, all related to the babyboomers generation, that desired "to democratize the universities and education", which unpacked in practice as careers for them (that still are ongoing!), levelling for all, and academic degrees and standing for many untalented and uninterested, who again were quite capable of being careerists and impostures nevertheless; postmodernism, that closely followed on neo-marxist student-radicalism and feminism, and was in part due to the same characters
and TV, that helped spread it all, and dumbed down everything.

I explained it before, and explain it again because I think it is important, at least if one wants to understand what is happening in Western societies, and what also makes it so much more difficult to change them, in a more rational direction, at least:
Indeed, I put this note in my series about the ongoing economical crisis in the West, and I also wanted to append two remarks, not all negative or pessimistic either:

First, while I think that what I wrote then and am writing now about social and educational developments is mostly bitter truth and describes what happened, if perhaps with satirical overtones, quite well, it may have no such dire consequences as I predicted, which in Holland so far took - e.g. - the fairly frightening if also rather tragi-comical form of the populist politicians Fortuyn, Verdonk and Wilders, incidentally all rather freakish types.

Time will tell, and one can see an enormous social experiment going on that concerns the effects of the vote for all combined with a bad education for most. The 1930ies are suggestive, especially if the crisis deepens, but it need not happen again - or may be much worse, since the means for state repression, state terrorism and authoritarian government have very much increased.

Second, there is a countervailing force or at least medium: The internet, provided it remains free and uncensored. While one's official education, as provided in schools and universities, is mostly bad, people who are intelligent have access to very much more information than everyone who lived before the internet, and also have far better means of expressing themselves individually, and of communicating with and indeed also finding likeminded folks.

It's difficult to say what difference this makes or will make, but it is certain it is a new factor in social developments and processes, mostly qualified by the condition I stated:
provided it remains free and uncensored.

So... here are two interesting organizations, one Dutch, one international, concerned with various aspects of what is involved in a free internet:
I mean, also seeing my title - "Crisis: Why it is difficult to improve things for the better" (*) - it's difficult, but not hopeless, and in fact, so far as I can see, the intelligent folks of good will have always been in a minority, and even so there is great art, great science, and some great civilization.

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(*) I know "improving things" implies making them better, but then often they don't, as with state socialism. The original intent - drowned in exhaustion - was to make a joke along the lines of the exquisite German word "verschlimmbessern", which translates more or less as "to worsenimprove": What happens to very many things when they are said to be improved - in fact, they were made worse in the process.

P.S. Corrections, if any are necessary, have to be made later.
-- Sep 11, 2011: Added the note, that I had forgotten.

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 of 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)
 Maarten Maartensz
ME in Amsterdam - surviving in Amsterdam with ME (Dutch)
 Maarten Maartensz Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Short descriptions of the above:                

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:

7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.
9. I tell my story of surviving (so far) in Amsterdam/ with ME.
10. The directory on my site about ME.

See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources
The last has many files, all on my site to keep them accessible.

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