"They who can give up essential
liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety, deserve neither liberty
-- Benjamin Franklin 
| "All governments lie and nothing
say should be believed."
Noam Chomsky Continues to
2. All in the Family
3. Henry Miller
4. Twenty years at home
5. The rest
is and is not another crisis item, whence also my title. It is because
I found one crisis item, and it isn't because I found no other. So, the
rest is filled with me+ME matters, which are in fact on subjects I plan
Chomsky Continues to Inspire
start with, the one crisis item I found, which again is and isn't one.
It is by Jeff Cohen, and I found it on Common Dreams:
It starts as follows:
This month, Noam
Chomsky turned 85 – and he’s the subject of a new animated movie
focused on his scientific and social philosophies. He has actually seen
this movie, unlike other works about him: “I can’t
stand watching myself.”
And indeed, according to
Wikipedia on Noam
Chomsky he got to be 85 on December 7. In fact, I like Jeff's Cohen
tribute, but if you are interested in Chomsky, the Wikipedia article,
under the last link, is considerably longer and contains much more
He’s one of the world’s
best-known intellectuals and one of the least vain. Or elitist. Put him
in a roomful of a thousand social activists (not uncommon surroundings
for him) and you’ll see him attempt to meet each of them, one-by-one,
until he’s physically removed to rush to the airport or next
Standing at a podium in
his usual brown corduroy sport jacket, he laces his lectures with
biting sarcasm toward corporate malefactors, warmongers and their
sycophants among intellectual and media elites. But with regular folks,
he’s a model of gentleness and compassion that would make Eugene Debs
blush with envy.
As to my being inspired by Chomsky: Yes, I think he is a smart and a
brave man, which I think few people are, certainly with his
qualities of mind and heart, and who is much more right, or at least in
the right direction, than most - nearly all or all - American
academics, in quite a number of fields, that comprise at least
linguistics, philosophy and politics.
Having said so, I should also add that he hasn't been much on my radar
between 1971 and 2009 (and that I am ill since 1.1.1979, which
definitely changed a great lot for me).
The reason is in part that I lost interest in his linguistic theories
in 1972, mostly through understanding them. I understood his theories
from my knowledge of logic, that already then was considerable; I lost
interest in them because in Holland it seemed as if everyone in the
academic world in
the early seventies was
drawing trees all the time to explain the noun phrase
structures, and I found that extremely boring and
unenlightening, while I also thought that very many people were -
somehow - involved in his linguistic theories, and that I could add
little or nothing, and thst anyway I was more interested in philosophy
and logic than in linguistics.
His non-academic positions - he is, according to Wikipedia, an
anarcho-syndicalist and a libertarian socialist - I've always thought
sympathetic, but without believing them, mostly because I think mankind
is on average not intelligent enough, and perhaps also not moral
enough, to practice these ideals on a large scale. (Here I have to add
that I come from a communist working class family, and have reflected a
lot on leftist ideas and ideals, and it so happens 
that I dislike most politics and most - strongly - political people,
although that dislike is a little less since the NSA has been scanning
But in any case: Chomsky definitely is one of the leading intellectuals
of the second half of the 20th century, and indeed is so today. And the
reasons you may not know about him are mostly that people fear to
debate him, because they strongly tend to loose, while his political
points of view are not discussed at all by the conformist media: it is
not his age or his intelligence that are to blame, but the lack of
courage and the lack of intelligence of those who control the media.
2. All in the family
Now to the non-crisis
items, that starts with my very recent seeing of parts of the series "All
in the family", that was on TV in the 1970ies, and was then the
most popular or one of the most popular TV-series, and that now can be
found on Youtube.
In fact, this seeing
started last week, mostly because I saw Rob Reiner in a bit of a recent
Bill Maher series and asked myself "who is he - don't I know
him from something?!".
It turns out that I
did know him from the early seventies, when he played Archie Bunker's
son in law, who was often referred to as "meathead" ("dead from the
neck up") by his father in law.
That is how it
started: While having no TV since 1970, I did keep visiting my parents,
who had one, and I had seen a few of the "All in the family" series, though not many, and
this was also one of the very few things on TV that I did like.
It turns out I still
like them, and that there are very many more in the series than I have
ever seen or indeed had ever realized were made.
Anyway... I certainly
will look at more of them (I am in season 2 out of 9 or 10, although
not all programs that were made are available), and I may write about
them, if only because most of the problems now are the same as they
were then, but much aggrevated by there being many more people, and by
forty years of mostly neglected important issues, that still are mostly
3. Henry Miller
I have this year
written repeatedly about Henry Miller (<- Wikipedia) and have also said that I
read a lot of him around 1980, and since then lost all the books I had
of him. (I also went through four or five changes of house, and this
may be part of the explanation).
It so happens that I
picked up "Tropic
of Cancer" and "Quiet Days in
Clichy", and reread them, and I probably will write about Miller
and his books, since I like them, and because he did have something to
say, that very few say.
years at home
My last change of home
was in 1993, and
brought me to where I now have lived 20 years and, apart from 1993,
these were indeed twenty years at home: I had the energy to go
shopping once a week, and walk twice 300 passes, but I had very little
energy for doing other things, and was nearly always at home, and much
of the time I was ill, without that ever having been officially
recognized, which is still the case.
This living at home for twenty years is considerably less boring than
it would have been without computer and without internet, but it is a strange
way of living your life, also with very little money, and the only
reason it happened to me is that most of the health I had left after
the first ten years of my disease, was destroyed by the
city of Amsterdam's gigantic drugscorruption, that denied me four
years of sleep from 1988-1992, because the mayor, the aldermen, the
city-council members and the Amsterdam bureaucrats all chose to serve
the drugsmafia rather than maintain my civil rights, and they still do.
I certainly want to write about this, and the reasons I have written
little about this since 2007 are that most Dutchmen don't care much if
somebody is destroyed in front of their eyes, if he is not family or a
good friend , and that I can't speak the truth
as I see it without offending the degenerate bastards who were the mayors, the aldermen, the city-council
members and the Amsterdam bureaucrats: I've addressed these people very
many times, but I was never even answered, except by two 1-page letters
that the matter - illegal drugsdealing, my being gassed and kept out of
sleep for four years by the terraces of four cafés within 15
meters of my house - "would not be investigated".
Anyway - I will consider this, and also like to point out that in the
last 17 of these 20 years I have built my
site, that is presently around 500 MB, mostly of html, mostly
written by me, which is a lot more than most people ever write,
and also a lot more than any of the Dutch
Actually, I have four
or five more things I planned to write about today, as subjects I want
to write about later, but these will be shifted forward to a later
time. This may be tomorrow, if again there are little or no crisis
items, or later.
 Here it is necessary to insist, with
Aristotle, thay the governors do not rule, or at least, should
not rule: The laws rule, and the government, if good, is part
of its executive power. Here I quote Aristotle from my More on stupidity, the rule of law, and Glenn
It is more proper
that law should govern than any of the citizens: upon the same
principle, if it is advantageous to place supreme power in some
particular persons, they should be appointed to be only guardians, and
the servant of laws.
(And I note the whole file I
quote from is quite pertinent.)
I believe people come in kinds of characters, and I definitely do not
have the character that most people who are much involved in politics
do have. This is difficult to explain, and also something I mistook in
my late teens, because my father was very much interested in politics,
and that I realized only when I was 20, in 1970, since when I paid far
less attention to politics than I had before, believing that mankind
must be emancipated through science rather than through politics. But
as I said: I think this is mostly not voluntary, and indeed many people
may not see it as clearly as I see it, because they were not raised in
a communist family or did not learn much science. (Also, there are very
many more people who are interested in politics rather than in real science.)
 This you may very well doubt, because
almost everyone pretends differently. I know, and I also know not
everyone pretends, but most do, and do so all the time, as can be
illustrated from WW II, when in Holland so very few went into
the real resistance, even though more than 1% of the Dutch population
was to be gassed, and were clearly maltreated and discriminated.
Nearly all of the Dutch did as all of the Dutch Supreme Court members
did: they collaborated.
That is the explanation why so many Dutchmen were murdered in WW II:
Because nearly all Dutchmen collaborated. And this you can see in times
of war, when people really suffer through the negligence and
collaboration of others, but it is far less clear cut in times of peace
and welfare, when all can pretend as they like, and few are found out.
About ME/CFS (that I prefer to call M.E.:
The "/CFS" is added to
facilitate search machine) which is a disease that I have since 1.1.