|It does not
require great talents of any kind to behave morally and decently to
others - all it usually requires in ordinary society is some character,
some honesty, some self-control, and a little altruism or empathy.
If only a few intelligent
men and women reach similar conclusions about human frailties as a few
intellectually less privileged reach, it seems few people are really
As soon as intellectual
ideas are involved, that are remote from everyday practice and common
sense, or ideas which strongly involve the emotions, such as religious
or political ideas, most men cease to be rational.
MM - Comments
on Chamfort's Maximes-1.19
1. On Mills, on
hypotheses and on "fascism"
2. George Carlin thought along similar lines
3. More George Carlin
There was no Nederlog yesterday, and also no other
updates of the site: I am not very well, and also not very happy or
1. On Mills, on
hypotheses and on "fascism"
The previous two Nederlogs consisted of some hypotheses about the
tendencies of the postmodern European and American world, followed by a
P.S. with references to Neumann and especially C. Wright Mills, after
which I noticed the number of visitors fell.
I want to add a little in explanation.
First about the hypotheses.
I called them "hypotheses" because I am well aware that is what they
are. I think they are justified by the facts I know, which I think are
treated and presented quite well in my Crisis series, that I know no
parallel or analog of; I offer no hope and no remedies, because I have
no hope other than the hope I am mistaken, and no remedies in view of
the fact that only a very small minority seems to see things more or
less as I do, while the vast majority seems to believe the propaganda
they are fed; and I am certainly not dogmatic.
Second about C. Wright Mills.
I like Mills, mostly because he thought for himself, wrote well, and
seems to make sense most of the time, and because I think especially
his "The Power Elite" does help one understand how the United States
work. Also, I think he seems to be too little known and too little read
- and even if you think he was often wrong, he still wrote a lot better
than almost any other sociologist.
Third, about "fascism".
I put the word between quotes, because I am talking about the word.
This month I used the term repeatedly in two Nederlogs, and both times
the number of my visitors fell noticeably. Since nobody told me why, I
must suppose I lost especially Dutch readers who feel I am not
politically correct; that I do not use appropriate terms; that I do not
know what I am talking about; or that I am not kind or forgiving enough
to careerist shits of my generation.
There is a lot I could say about this, but I will only say this: I have
been called "a fascist" far more times than any Dutchman I knew; this
happened in the University of Amsterdam because I was an opponent of
the ASVA, which was then a student organization directed by the Dutch
CP; I was not pleased because my
parents were real communists revolutionaries rather than phony,
posturing, lying, careerist pseudos, like all those asshole
careerists from the ASVA; and since
then I have realized what were the real reasons why so many sons and
daughters of Nazi-collaborators were convinced I must be "a fascist"
because I insisted truth exists (i.e.: there really have been
concentration camps, and I know because my father and grandfather were
in them) and insisted not all people are of equal value (i.e.: my
family were not of equal value as the Gestapo, but if the
ASVA-careerists insist, by logical implication, that they
are ... who am I to object?!).
The real reasons were projection and malice. This
is also why I have
given up on trying to use a term like "fascism" rationally (in fact
having tried so since the late 1960ies, when the term became very
popular for describing whatever "progressives" disapproved of, for
whatever reasons): Almost nobody does, because almost noboby cares, and
almost nobody cares, because almost everybody lives in a make believe
world composed of wishful
thinking made up from "appropriate" politically
correct buzz words.
Anyway... the hypotheses are there; I hope
they are mistaken, just as I
hope that they may help a few intelligent individuals to do some
rational thinking about the world they live in; and if I am mistaken,
this will become clear within 10 years, which is to say that it is
medically and logically possible that I may admit I was mistaken.
2. George Carlin thought along similar lines
show that Carlin thought along similar lines, here is a part of a
routine of his I reproduced before, and
may be compared with my hypotheses. It's on the internet at various
places, under various titles, one of whic is "The Owners of the
Country". As it happens, I have seen better video formats of this
routine, but the selections are smaller, and anyway it is the text that
The presently linked one has a fine introduction about postmoden
(mis-)education, and at around the third minute arrives here.
The presently linked version also has a user comment - by the person
who uploaded it, at the end of this bit, that I don't particularly care
for, but that's the way things are on the internet, and what matters
most is the text:
But there's a reason. There's a reason. There is a reason for
this. There is a reason that education sucks, and that it will never
ever ever be fixed. It is never going to be any better. Don't look for
it. Be happy with what you've got. Because the owners of this country
don't want that. I'm talking about the real owners now, the big wealthy
businessmen who control things and make all the important decisions.
Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the
idea that you have freedom of choice. You don't. You have no choice.
You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the
important land. They own and control the corporations. They have long
since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the State Houses,
the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets and they own
all the big media companies so they can control just about all the news
and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls. They spend
billions of dollars every year lobbying, lobbying to get what they
want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and
less for everybody else. But I'll tell you what they don't want. They
don't want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They
don't want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They are not interested in
that. That doesn't help them. That's against their interests.
That's right. They don't want people smart enough to sit around the
kitchen table and figure out how badly they're getting fucked by a
system that threw them overboard, thirty fucking years ago. They don't
want that. You know what they want? They want obedient workers.
Obedient workers. People who are just smart enough to run the machines
and do the paper work and just dumb enough to passively accept all
these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours,
the reduced benefits, the end of overtime, and the vanishing pension
that disappears the minute you're going to collect it it. And now
they're coming for your social security money. They want your fucking
retirement money. They want it back, so they can give it to their
criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know something? They'll get
it. They'll get it all from you, sooner or later. Cause they own this
fucking place. It's a big club and you ain't in it. You and I are not
in the big club. By the way it is the same club that used to beat you
over the head all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day
long beating you over the head in their media, telling you what to
believe, and what to think, and what to buy. The table is tilted,
folks. The game is rigged. And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care.
Good honest hard working people, white collar, blue collar, it doesn't
matter what color shirt you have on, good honest hard working people continue - these are people
of modest means - continue to elect these rich cocksuckers who don't
give a fuck about them. They don't give a fuck about you; they don't give a
fuck about you: they don't care about you. At all. At all. At all. And nobody seems to
notice. Nobody seems to care.
That's what the owners count on: The fact that Americans will probably
remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white an d blue dick that's
being jammed into their assholes every day. Because the owners of this
country know the truth. It's called "The American Dream", cause you
have to be asleep to believe it.
I believe this is from
2008, but it may be a bit earlier. In any case, it seems to me mostly
correct (true, adequate), and I
am quite certain C. Wright Mills
would have agreed. As
indeed would William
On Corporate Bodies
More George Carlin
One of the reasons I fear my hypotheses may not be mistaken, is that George
Carlin, who was a brave and intelligent man, thought along similar
lines as I do, without my knowing of his existence before 2010, and
without him knowing of my existence, ever.
I have said so several times since finding this is so, in 2010 - see
tragi-comical human fundamental problem
- and I do so again, mostly
because I find him also amusing, and because my readers may be, and
probably are, much more likely to believe a well-known American
comedian than an ill-known Dutch philosopher.
There is a fine four-part selection of (parts of) routines of Carlin
here, which should give anyone an hour of comic rational relief:
Carlin - Top 20 Moments (Part 1 of 4)
Carlin - Top 20 Moments (Part 2 of 4)
Carlin - Top 20 Moments (Part 3 of 4)
Carlin - Top 20 Moments (Part 4 of 4)
(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: