December 26, 2012

Crisis: Hypotheses about CF+SS - P.S. with some about C.W. Mills

"You 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 time."
-- Lincoln

Then again, in a postmodern democracy, you only need to fool the majority of the badly educated to run what is effectively a disguised dictatorship.
-- MM
"[The 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
About ME/CFS


In the tradition of Christmas sermons, I reproduced
yesterday part of a manuscript I wrote two 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 at the 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.

Hypotheses about CF+SS - P.S.

Today I added a number of notes to yesterday's
You can find them by way of the last two links. I don't think they add much, but they may prevent some misunderstandings.

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 above hypotheses:
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 his children,
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  (German link)
The Power Elite (German link, English excerpts: "Auszüge")
Power, Politics and People  (Collected essays)
White Collar

From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology
Character and Social Structure (with Hans Gerth)
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 essays.

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:
For Mills, 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.

About ME/CFS
(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:
1. Anthony Komarof

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS(pdf)

3. Hillary Johnson

The Why  (currently not available)

4. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf - version 2003)
5. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf - version 2011)
6. Eleanor Stein

Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)

7. William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
8. Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)
Maarten Maartensz
Resources about ME/CFS
(more resources, by many)

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