This is the Nederlog of May 1.
It is and it isn't a crisis issue, and it is a litte bit special.
in the last statement is explained by different references:
It is, in the sense that the first section explains, in
considerable detail also, although this happens mostly by the links
(!!), a song of Frank
Zappa (<- Wikipedia) of 1968, that lasts just over a minute, and
that has a text that does state a useful social philosophy,
especially for the more intelligent. (But no, it is not very hopeful.)
It isn't a crisis issue, to an extent, in the sense that Multatuli, who does
qualify by Zappa's standard, died in 1887 and is - apart from Walter
Pieterse - almost only accessible to readers of Dutch. Then again,
he published 7 volumes of Ideas that are all on line, since
2007, with my extensive comments to almost all of them, and my
comments now all have been gathered.
Finally, there are two good videos by Abby Martin, who
is 34 years younger than I am, looks rather like one of my girlfriends,
also of 34 years ago, and who is - at least - smart, sensible and
Also, there may be another file today, which will be an ordinary crisis
file, and the present file is uploaded considerably earlier than is
1. Causes of the crisis: The ugliest part of your body
section is another attempt to explain the crisis. I have made several
earlier attempts, such as
+ DSM-5: It's the
deregulation, stupid! and Crisis:
Hypotheses about the causes of the crisis but this is the briefest and most
philosophical explanation, and it starts with a text of Frank Zappa.
That text is "WHAT'S THE UGLIEST PART OF
which can be found on the LP "We're only in it for the money", that I
bought on January 23, 1969, while I still was 18, and that I still
have, over 45 years later, and that I indeed also still can play.
later editions of the record, which I do not know, and there also is a
complete copy on the internet on several places, such as here, where the
song that is my text starts at 11 min 22 sec, and ends slightly over a
It is here because it
briefest adequate social philosophy that I know, brought to you in the
form of a song of just 1 minute. But I believe I have to explain why I
think so, which requires the text and 10 notes, that now follow - and
you are strongly adviced to listen also to it on the internet:
WHAT'S THE UGLIEST PART OF
What's the ugliest
Part of your body?
What's the ugliest
Part of your body?
Some say your nose
Some say your toes
But I think it's
YOUR MIND 
I think it's your mind, woo woo
ALL YOUR CHILDREN ARE POOR
UNFORTUNATE VICTIMS OF
SYSTEMS BEYOND THEIR
A PLAGUE UPON YOUR
IGNORANCE  & THE GRAY
DESPAIR OF YOUR UGLY LIFE... 
Where did Annie go
When she went to town?
Who are all those creeps
That she brings around? 
ALL YOUR CHILDREN ARE POOR
UNFORTUNATE VICTIMS OF LIES
YOU BELIEVE 
A PLAGUE UPON YOUR
IGNORANCE  THAT KEEPS
THE YOUNG FROM THE TRUTH
THEY DESERVE...  
was the full text of the full song, with numbers for my comments. And
here are my comments, that try to
spell out fairly briefly why this is good social philosophy. Note most
of the explanations are in the links, that are all to my Philosophical
MIND: Note your mind is here supposed to be a part of your body
and what your body does. I agree. As I understand the term: The
human mind is the
sum of human experiences
plus the capacities
produce human experiences. Also, in ordinary circumstances, people have
selves, egos and personalities,
and have characters,
both public and personal,
in several respects, and they also have beliefs
and they act, intentionally
and play roles.
For more, check the links, that are all to my Philosophical
Next, one's beliefs and desires may be rationally
founded, or not, and
as one's actions
and the roles one
plays mostly depend on ones beliefs and desires, it is especially these - the beliefs, the desires, the actions and the roles - that may be either honest or deceived,
besides being true
or false, and
be either intelligent
with a middle area in both cases (that normally is, although in the
middle, more deceived and stupid than
it is honest and intelligent).
For the majority it is true
that they are not intelligent,
and they are both dishonest and deceived. Most of this is due to deception and stupidity
(or at least: insufficient rational intelligence).
VICTIMS OF SYSTEMS BEYOND THEIR CONTROL: "VICTIMS" strongly suggest
evil intent and power,
and that indeed seems to be the case: people are
deceived to work for others for reasons they do not really
understand and are kept from knowing. "SYSTEMS" is the right
of term but needs
more preciseness. I'd say it concers systems - that is here: sets of rules
and regulations - intended for thinking, for reasoning, and
People are taught not to think rationally, not
rationally, and of choosing on irrational grounds. They are
systems of lies
and of falsehoods,
but much of their acceptance of these, after age 16 at least, is due to
their native stupidity
and inability to
think and reason
IGNORANCE: It are ignorance
that causes much, though
not all, of the ignorance. And this involves a particular
kind of ignorance: ignorance about being fundamentally deceived.
The world is not as it is taught to be, when young, and adults
least this much, and large parts of what one is taught is bullshit, false,
or plain mistaken.
DESPAIR OF YOUR UGLY LIFE: And it is not as if conforming and
collaborating lead to really happy lives:
many despair and few have
happy lives. In fact, this is both a valid criticism and one that is
mostly denied or not seen.
 As to
the song: The capitalized lines are read by a bold male strong
voice. The four normal lines that follow are very bland, and
by an ordinary deluded and rather stupid mother.
VICTIMS OF LIES YOU BELIEVE : Here the lies enter - lies
products, lies about kinds,
lies about brands, lies about people and
their possibilities, lies about reality (no, it
is not at all
as you are taught to believe - not politically,
and not personally),
lies about beliefs,
lies about rationality,
lies about reason,
lies about truth,
and it is essential they are lies
that are believed and taught as truths, by the masses. And
they are, and always have been, by the very great
IGNORANCE: Especially ignorance about
being fundamentally deceived.
TRUTH THEY DESERVE... (1) If children and adolescents do need
the truth to act
well, which I think they do, then they deserve to know it. But the
problem is that
almost anyone has been brainwashed into believing many of the lies he
TRUTH THEY DESERVE... (2) One problem is, 46 years onwards on
the moment, what they did with the truth.
The answer to this question is far from happy: Almost
and collaborated - and this was also mostly all they could
least without leaving their houses, their cities, and their nations
around 18 or 20, to
live somewhere radically different, and to rethink their background,
choices, and options. And even then it still is very difficult.
The main problem is really
that of stupidity
(or non-intelligence) and
the next one is that of conformism,
which does pay, in solid money and respect
"by one's peers", and also converts most of the intelligent
from age 25 onwards.
objective summary of the whole argument is this:
Everyone in modern
(at least: I will not consider other ones) has been massively lied to
and deceived, and was taught many falsehoods besides lies and
deceptions. This was done - often though not always
with good intentions - by his or her parents, by the schools, by the
political and religious leaders, by the universities, by the media, by
the press, by corporatist propaganda/public
relations, and by society in general, that is to a large extent
on misconceptions, misrepresentations and hidden interests, that do get
manifest by the enormous heaps of advertisements
that are inescapable.
Almost no one is
capable by him or
herself to escape these systems of lies, deceptions and falsehoods and
replace them by something more rational and
to live a useful and
interesting life without conforming and collaborating.
In fact, those who really escape and succeed in living a useful and
interesting life are, rather literally, one in a million: it requires a
quite uncommon intelligence and character to do it, and also a
considerable talent that one can use to make money with.
Almost the only ones
who succeed in doing this (for the most part: full success is
extremely rare) are artists and writers, and only a very small
minority of these really succeed (more than they fail), which is in
part the case because it cannot be done without considerable social and
financial independence, and it cannot be done while one is a
functioning member of an institution that pays one the money on which
one has to survive and that keeps one "at work".
There are some:
Zappa and Bertrand
Russell are three examples of persons who did make it,
through being specifically talented in various ways, being completely
independent, and also through being radical thinkers, who opposed much
of their societies' morals, education and set up.
There are more, but one of
the main reasons that they are rare is that it takes a lot, and the
vast majority lack the right qualities of mind. Also, few of those who
succeed to some extent, succeed to the extent of the persons mentioned:
that requires great talents, which are rare, and also some luck.
2. About Multatuli
Next there is Multatuli
(1820-1887), the alias of Eduard Douwes Dekker, who in my opinion is
one of the few Dutch writers worth reading (still, also) and also is in
the opinion of many, with whom I agree, the greatest Dutch writer (by
I have an extensive section - 46.4 MB, nearly 4000 files - on Multatuli, that I mostly put together between
2001 and 2007. (It is all in Dutch, so if you do not read Dutch, this
is not for you.)
It got rather well read - considerably better than all the
readers Multatuli had during his life, for example - but it got almost
no comments, and as is also usual for me: absolutely no one in the
academic world registered even its existence, though I am the first
person to comment extensively on the seven volumes of his Ideas, and
that not as "a literary academic", a mere lit. crit, but as a
philosopher and psychologist - which is, in capable hands
at least, much better than most of the comments Dutch academic lit.
crits are capable of making (who exploit but do not really understand
him, which indeed requires an uncommon personality and intelligence,
that also are very hard to combine with being a Dutch academic
bureaucrat, or with being a lit.crit).
I commented on the Ideas by making one file per idea, of which
there are 1282 nominally, though many have several sections, normally
indicated by added a, b, c etc. They vary a lot in length and in
subjects, while all stand pell-mell together in the seven volumes, in a
completely unordered collection, that are only distinguished by their
Having the idea in the file, always in blue, I put numbers for notes on
various places in these files, where I thought these might be useful,
and added my notes under the ideas, in black, thus guaranteeing that no
reader needed to read my notes, but that all my notes were
connected to the ideas they annotated.
I did this for all the ideas in all seven volumes
between 2001 and 2007, and thus got 27.1 MB of the seven
volumes of Ideas of Multatuli with notes and comments by me.
Having done that, I excerpted my notes, and gave them titles, because
one of my ends of annotating Multatuli was to find out about my own
ideas. This I also got done for the most part in 2007, but them I got
stuck, by more ill health, in the first place, and then by the
XMRV-saga, that totally misfired.
I did some more in 2011 - witness, from October 2011: More about Multatuli and More
about Multatuli - 2 (incidentally followed by me+ME: More on the demise of XMRV - 2) but not much more.
But now all excerpts have - at long last - been made and
gathered, and the best way to get them is by way of the
This contains - apart
from the indexes - 3.1 MB of my notes to the ideas, with links
to the ideas they annotate, all standing in the order of the Ideas
(which is to say: still pell-mell, albeit it with titles, ansd
also with indexes to these titles).
Note these are mostly my ideas rather than Multatuli's, though
there are bits by him as well.
All the excerpts have been made now, and also have
been given - all 23 files of them - #CCCCFF backgrounds (as the present
fle also has) to protect my eyes. All the indexes (with only the titles
of the notes and links to them) also have been made, and also now have
#CCCCFF backgrounds, except for the last two ones, that still
must be made.
Even so, I've uploaded the lot today, and checked the links, and it all
works, and it also gives me some considerable satisfaction of having
There is more to follow: the two remaining indexes, and a re-edition of
a selection from my notes, but this now has been mostly finished, and
that is good.
3. Abby Martin
The final item
consists of two links to two videos by Abby Martin (<-
Wikipedia), whom I only know about because she works for RT and got
rather famous by protesting against the events in the Ukraine.
I like her: she is
smart and sensible, and very few are; she has courage - and she also
looks quite a bit like my ex (but my ex was a bit more attractive, I
think, with amazing big bright blue eyes), though this last bit is only
somewhat relevant for me, although it does remind me of the fact that
indeed at 29, which is Abby Martin's age, one is mostly there as one
will be the rest of one's life, which also holds for me (who was 29 in
1979, also the first year of my being ill, which I
Anyway: she runs Breaking the set
on RT, from which I took two videos (from many I haven't seen, so far
And this one:
Both are well done, but
they are here
so that you can judge for yourself.