December 28, 2012

Varia: On Mills, hypotheses, "fascism" and George Carlin

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 sane.

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
About ME/CFS


There was no Nederlog yesterday, and also no other updates of the site: I am not very well, and also not very happy or optimistic.

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 themselves 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

To 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 matters most.

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 Hazlitt:

            On Corporate Bodies

3. 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 e.g.
The 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:
    1. George Carlin - Top 20 Moments (Part 1 of 4)
    2. George Carlin - Top 20 Moments (Part 2 of 4)
    3. George Carlin - Top 20 Moments (Part 3 of 4)
    4. George Carlin - Top 20 Moments (Part 4 of 4)


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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