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  May
1, 2014
me+ME+crisis: Frank Zappa, Multatuli, Abby Martin
   "They who can give up essential 
   liberty to obtain a little temporary
   safety, deserve neither liberty
   nor safety."
   -- Benjamin Franklin [1]
   "All governments lie and nothing
   they say should be believed.
"
   -- I.F. Stone.
   "Power tends to corrupt, and   
   absolute power corrupts
   absolutely. Great men are        
   almost always bad men."
   -- Lord Acton
















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Sections
Introduction

1. Causes of the crisis: The ugliest part of your body
2. About Multatuli
3. Abby Martin

About ME/CFS


Introduction:

This is the Nederlog of May 1. It is and it isn't a crisis issue, and it is a litte bit special.

The contradiction 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 courageous.

Also, there may be another file today, which will be an ordinary crisis file, and the present file is uploaded considerably earlier than is normal.

1. Causes of the crisis: The ugliest part of your body 

This section is another attempt to explain the crisis. I have made several earlier attempts, such as Crisis + 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 YOUR BODY?", 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.

Incidentally: there are other 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 minute later.

It is here because it is the 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 YOUR BODY?
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 [1]
I think it's your mind, woo woo
ALL YOUR CHILDREN ARE POOR
UNFORTUNATE VICTIMS OF
SYSTEMS BEYOND THEIR
CONTROL [2]
A PLAGUE UPON YOUR
IGNORANCE [3] & THE GRAY
DESPAIR OF YOUR UGLY LIFE... [4]
Where did Annie go
When she went to town?
Who are all those creeps
That she brings around? [5]
ALL YOUR CHILDREN ARE POOR
UNFORTUNATE VICTIMS OF LIES
YOU BELIEVE [6]
A PLAGUE UPON YOUR
IGNORANCE [7] THAT KEEPS
THE YOUNG FROM THE TRUTH
THEY DESERVE...[8] [9] [10]

That 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 Dictionary.

[1] YOUR 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 that produce human experiences. Also, in ordinary circumstances, people have selves, egos and personalities, and have characters, and histories, both public and personal, in several respects, and they also have beliefs and desires, and they act, intentionally and unintentionally, and play roles. For more, check the links, that are all to my Philosophical Dictionary.

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 may be either intelligent or stupid, 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).

[2] 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 kind 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 for choosing. People are taught not to think rationally, not to reason rationally, and of choosing on irrational grounds. They are also taught 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 rationally for themselves.

[3] IGNORANCE: It are ignorance and stupidity 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 know at least this much, and large parts of what one is taught is bullshit, false, useless, ideological, or plain mistaken.

[4] 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.

[5] 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 presumably sung by an ordinary deluded and rather stupid mother.

[6] VICTIMS OF LIES YOU BELIEVE : Here the lies enter - lies about 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, not socially, not scientifically, 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 majority.

[7] YOUR IGNORANCE: Especially ignorance about being fundamentally deceived.

[8] THE 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 was educated with.

[9] THE 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 everybody conformed and collaborated - and this was also mostly all they could do, at 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.

[10] An objective summary of the whole argument is this:

Everyone in modern Western societies (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 based on misconceptions, misrepresentations and hidden interests, that do get manifest by the enormous heaps of advertisements and propaganda that are inescapable.

Almost no one is capable by him or herself to escape these systems of lies, deceptions and falsehoods and to 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: Henry Miller, Frank 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 far also).

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 number.

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 done this.

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 still am).

Anyway: she runs Breaking the set on RT, from which I took two videos (from many I haven't seen, so far at least):

And this one:

Both are well done, but they are here so that you can judge for yourself.

Enjoy!
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Note
[1] Here it is necessary to insist, with Aristotle, that 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 Greenwald:
It is more proper that law should govern than any one of the citizens: upon the same principle, if it is advantageous to place the supreme power in some particular persons, they should be appointed to be only guardians, and the servants of the laws.
(And I note the whole file I quote from is quite pertinent.)

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 Komaroff

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS(pdf)

2. Malcolm Hooper THE MENTAL HEALTH MOVEMENT:  
PERSECUTION OF PATIENTS?
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)
9.
Maarten Maartensz
Resources about ME/CFS
(more resources, by many)



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