may fool all the people some of the time, you can even fool some of the
people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the
postmodern democracy, you only need to fool the majority of the
badly educated to run what is effectively a disguised
Constitution] only will end, due to the corruption of the people, in
despotism which will be the only form of government suitable for them."
-- Benjamin Franklin
(quoted by Gore Vidal)
1. Hypotheses about
CF+SS - P.S.
2. More updates
In the tradition
of Christmas sermons, I reproduced yesterday part of a
weeks ago, called without abbreviations "Hypotheses about Corporate
Fascism and the Surveillance State".
Today, I made some corrections, added some links, and also added a series of notes
end, that may help to clarify the first 15 hypotheses some. I
also supply some sociological links, that follow below, that may
be of some help.
And earlier today I uploaded the tour of the site,
that I mistakenly
thought I had done.
1. Hypotheses about CF+SS - P.S.
Today I added a number of notes to
You can find them by way of
the last two links. I don't think they add much, but they may prevent
Also, here are a few links that may help you to make sense of the world
you live in and that also are related, albeit in a general way, to the
Neumann was a German socialist
of Jewish descend, who lived from 1900-1954, and who published one of
the best studies of Nazism aka National Socialism, called "Behemoth",
published during WW II, when he lived in England.
From the second site, I learned from a 1942 review of "Behemoth" by C.
Wright Mills, who was a sensible sociologist who also wrote well:
Indeed, the reviewer was an
interesting man, whose books are well worth reading:
Unfortunately, he died rather
young, namely aged 45, in 1962. There is a website about him, made by
Mills wrote a number of quite
interesting and well written books, most of which I owe and have read,
and can recommend:
The sociological imagination
The most important and most
well known are the first three, respectively an introduction to
sociology in several essays; an analysis of the American power
eilite, both written and published in the 1950ies; and his collected
The Power Elite (German link,
English excerpts: "Auszüge")
Power, Politics and People (Collected essays)
From Max Weber: Essays in
Character and Social
Structure (with Hans Gerth)
There is an essay on Mills and his The Power Elite here:
I quote from it:
Mills — a
broad-shouldered, motorcycle-riding anarchist from Texas who taught
sociology at Columbia — argued that the "sociological key" to American
uneasiness could be found not in the mysteries of the unconscious or in
the battle against Communism, but in the over-organization of society.
At the pinnacle of the government, the military and the corporations, a
small group of men made the decisions that reverberated "into each and
every cranny" of American life. "Insofar as national events are
decided," Mills wrote, "the power elite are those who decide them."
Here is a long English review
that explains well what Mills was about, and why his book still matters
I quote from it:
politics was primarily a facade. Historically speaking, American
politics had been organized on the theory of balance: each branch of
government would balance the other; competitive parties would ensure
adequate representation; and interest groups like labor unions would
serve as a counterweight to other interests like business. But the
emergence of the power elite had transformed the theory of balance into
a romantic, Jeffersonian myth. So anti democratic had America become
under the rule of the power elite, according to Mills, that most
decisions were made behind the scenes.
Finally, there is this, from
the present year
This starts as follows, and is
a fairly long review of Mills' main books:
C. Wright Mills,
the radical Columbia University sociologist who died 50 years ago
(March 20, 1962) at age 45, would have loved Occupy Wall Street. In the
1950s, when most college professors were cautious about their political
views and lifestyles, Mills rode a motorcycle to work; wore plaid
shirts, jeans and work boots instead of flannel suits; built his house
with his own hands; and, in a torrent of books and articles, warned
that America was becoming a nation of "cheerful robots," heading toward
a third world war and was being corrupted by an economic elite.
I could quote a lot more but
will not: My main point is that Mills is very much worth reading.
2. More updates
Earlier today I
uploaded the repaired version of the tour of the site
that I thought I had uploaded some weeks ago.
(that I prefer
to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate search machines) which
is a disease I have since 1.1.1979: