crisis series hasn't ended
The crisis series, that started on September
1, 2008, hasn't ended. There will be
more items called "Crisis", that indeed will be about the crisis, but I
will not report daily on the crisis anymore, and
it also will be more like the crisis issues in Nederlog
were from September 1, 2008 (when the first Dutch one appeared) till
June 9, 2013.
That is, there will be fewer
or indeed no articles reviewed in the crisis series, that
probably also will be a bit more philosophical and a bit less
journalistic (for that is what I am: much more of a philosopher
or a scientist than of a journalist).
What has ended is the
crisis series as it was written since June 10, 2013: To do
that, I needed access to The Guardian, and that was yesterday
denied to me (for more on The Guardian see below).
3. There will be more theoretical reviews by me
Also, there will be a number
of more theoretical files about the crisis. These will mostly
expand on December 25, 2012/January 31 2014, and will explain in
some detail what I learned about the crisis by daily reviewing
journalistic articles about it.
For I did learn a fair amount
closely trying to follow journalists, though indeed most of what I
learned was inferential, which is to say that it required not only
journalists' input, but also more, such as is summarized here, on
I am quite pessimistic
My conclusions will be mostly quite
pessimistic, for I am not a journalist (I know a lot more, for
thing) and I am certainly not a politician (nearly all of whom
whatever politics they pretend to for their careers),
and besides, I have learned that most real journalism is dead,
the very rich have reached almost everything they wanted over the last
years, since Thatcher and Reagan were elected.
In good part the reasons for
pessimism are the nearly total decline of genuine leftist politics; the
lies and deceptions of nearly all political careerists; the radical
decline of the liberal free press; the enormous deregulations
that took place since 1990; and
the stupidity of the masses, most of whom are completely
talentless consumers, without any intellectual, moral, or artistic
talents, and who don't care for anyone but themselves, their family,
some of the groups they belong to.
Here is a little expansion of these themes.
First, the nearly total
decline of genuine leftist politics is mostly due to the very
multi-millionairs Clinton and Blair, who were both faintly leftist
conservatives - "Tory lites" - who sold their rot as "Third Way"
politics, and succeeded in destroying most genuine leftwing
(They started it, but it is also true they were much helped by
all personal careerists who made their career in politics.)
Second, almost everyone I have
seen in politics during the last 45 years, left, right and center, was
quite simply a liar and a careerist who pretended to work for "the
people" or "the nation" but in fact only worked for themselves
and the top of their parties, for whom the same held.
Third, another important thing
is the radical decline of the liberal free press: Over the last
20 years, most of the incomes of most papers have very radically shrunk
because of the lack of advertisers, that these day mostly spend on the
internet and not on papers. Also, quite a few papers have been bought
by rich corporations, and turned right.
Fourth, one main reason why I
am quite pessimistic is that there have now been over 20 years
of successive deregulations, all
of which served only the very rich, and each of which
diminished the effective rights, possibilities and incomes of everyone
who is not rich. And since all of these deregulations were legal
changes, I think it will be very hard to change these without a
genuine revolution, which in turn will almost certainly need an enormous
economical collapse. 
Fifth, the stupidity of the
masses. I am deeply sorry, but - while I completely agree that IQs are not
a good measure of intelligence - both of my parents and myself had or
have higher IQs than 130, and all of us are more gifted
than most. But no, we did not use our talents to get rich but
to try to
politics, and we did not succeed at all: Most of the
more stupid much rather wanted to be rich than to be fair.
5. On The Guardian
a few thoughts about The Guardian.
think I have always treated The Guardian fairly: I
always quoted them with full reference and links to
their titles; I always listed the journalists; I only
quoted from articles that were about the crisis; and I also would say
that this gained them quite a few clicks.
while I do know The Guardian since quite a long time (from when
I lived in England, in the early 1970ies), and while I also viewed it
quite a few times before I started writing daily about the crisis from
June 10, 2013 onwards, I
did not really follow it until June 2013, and also quoted it
rarely or never before that date.
in the nearly 2 1/2 years that I have followed them, I have seen two major
shifts away from their previous long-standing liberal attitudes:
the radical Verschlimmbesserung (German, for an improvement that turns
out to be no improvement but a destruction) in January of this year,
which made the site for half a year incredibly ugly since they
did it all with text and without pictures (which now got undone again),
half the size of the articles, and now this second Verschlimm-
besserung, that makes it impossible to even copy anything from the
think both are firm and strong retreats from a previously quite
liberal newspaper, but indeed that is according to the tendencies of
the internet: Now that most people have it, it can be broken down and
turned into a free advertisement-organ for the big corporations, which
is what The Guardian is.
while I much dislike both changes to The Guardian, I also admit
that this last change, that forced me to stop the crisis series
as I did it since June 10, 2013, is at least a little welcome
to me, simply because it forces me to give up writing the daily
crisis series, which took most of my time, and left me little time to
do other things, given the disease that I also still have.
sites still exist; I still exist; and I will carry on with both, and
also with Nederlog, and I now can - again - write about various other
topics as well.