May 15, 2016

Crisis: Welcome to 1984, On
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This is a Nederlog of Sunday, May 15, 2016.

This is a crisis log with 1 crisis item, that may be one of the last, because, that hosted my site well since 2004, recently - was it bought by Google?! - destroyed 99% of the statistics I did get from 2004-2015, and replaced this by completely degenerate crap, that is extremely much worse than the good statistics they did supply for 12 years. Besides, I cannot believe the statistics they give now: These are 1/3rd of what they were 2 months ago (and are totally contradictory to all the other numbers I did get since 2004).

I have to think about this, but with a site of over 500 MB, all composed by me, I want some decent statistics. The sick crap they offer now - accompanied by degenerate propaganda directed at the extremely stupid - is utterly indecent. It is sick shit, as I shall demonstrate later.

1. On 1985

The first item is by Chris Hedges on Truthdig:

This is from near the beginning:

“Our political system is decaying,” said Ralph Nader when I reached him by phone in Washington, D.C. “It’s on the way to gangrene. It’s reaching a critical mass of citizen revolt.”

This moment in American history is what Antonio Gramsci called the “interregnum”—the period when a discredited regime is collapsing but a new one has yet to take its place. There is no guarantee that what comes next will be better. But this space, which will close soon, offers citizens the final chance to embrace a new vision and a new direction.

This vision will only be obtained through mass acts of civic mobilization and civil disobedience across the country. Nader, who sees this period in American history as crucial, perhaps the last opportunity to save us from tyranny, is planning to rally the left for three days, from May 23 to May 26 at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., in what he is calling “Breaking Through Power” or “Citizen’s Revolutionary Week.” He is bringing to the capital scores of activists and community leaders to speak, organize and attempt to mobilize to halt our slide into despotism.

I agree with Ralph Nader that the U.S. political system is decaying or already quite dead. But I am sorry to say that I have not seen much evidence that "[i]t’s reaching a critical mass of citizen revolt.”

Of course, I may be wrong, since I do not live in the USA. Then again, I have been reading some 30 US sites daily since June 2013, and I would say that if there is evidence that the "
critical mass of citizen revolt" has been nearly reached, I would have read some evidence for it in these publications, but I did not.

As to Gramsci's "interregnum": This may be true, in the sense that indeed there also is no massive support for standard (non-left) politics, while there - still - are considerable freedoms in the USA; and many of these freedoms may dis- appear quickly with the next president, and especially if this were to be Trump.

Then there is this:

“Elections have become off-limits to democracy,” he went on. “They have become off-limits to democracy’s fundamental civil community or civil society. When that happens, the very roots shrivel and dry up. Politics is now a sideshow. Politics does not bother corporate power. Whoever wins, they win. Both parties represent Wall Street over Main Street. Wall Street is embedded in the federal government.”

I think that is mostly correct, and especially the last statement, although it should be added that this begun under Bill Clinton, at the latest: It is not something that happened "just recently".

Much of the left, Nader argues, especially with the Democratic Party’s blatant rigging of the primaries to deny Bernie Sanders the nomination, grasps that change will come only by building mass movements. This gives the left, at least until these protofascist forces also give up on the political process, a window of opportunity. If we do not seize it, he warns, we may be doomed.

He despairs over the collapse of the commercial media, now governed by the primacy of corporate profit.
The impoverished national discourse, fostered by a commercial mass media that does not see serious political debate as profitable and focuses on the trivial, the salacious and the inane, has empowered showmen and con artists such as Trump.

As to the first of the last two quoted paragraphs:

One basic problem I have with this is that (with two communist parents) I have heard about the imminence of "mass movements" since the early 1960ies (at the latest), but all I have seen (apart from Paris in May and June of 1968, which was different) are a few big demonstrations against the Vietnam War and against the atom bomb, and both of the demonstrations were claimed (mostly falsely) by the Dutch Communist Party (now dead) and the Dutch Social Democrats (now "neoliberals").

I have seen more actions, but nearly all of these were organized by a few tens of persons, while they reached several hundreds or (at most) a few thousands.

As to the second of the last two quoted paragraphs:

I share Nader's despair about the collapse of the commercial mass media, and he is quite right that they have been replaced by corporate profit, greed and dishonesty.

But I don't think it is merely the loss of honest, free mass media that "empowered showmen and con artists such as Trump". There is considerably more that is responsible for this, notably the degeneration of education, which
has been simplified and further simplified for over 50 years now in Holland (where people did written examinations in 14 or 16 subjects until the Sixties,
and since then in 6, and many subjects that everyone had to take - like history - are now a matter of choice, I suppose because it is much easier to mislead the ignorant and the stupefied than the knowledgeable and intelligent).

This is the last bit I quote:

“The system is gamed,” he said. “The only way out of it is to mobilize the civil society.

“We are organizing the greatest gathering of accomplished citizen advocacy groups on the greatest number of redirections and reforms ever brought together in American history under one roof,” he said of his upcoming event.
Ralph Nader is right that the system is gamed. I hope he succeeds in "organizing the greatest gathering of accomplished citizen advocacy groups" but
- alas - I am doubtful about the outcome.


At long last - after 6 months! - I got access again to, but it turns out that in the meantime this has grown enormously much worse:

The good statistics they supplied (using a fine free program) has now been replaced by something owned by that gives about 1% of the information the previous statistics gave, for 12 years (and that new "information" is false compared with the information I got so far).

Also, I am sorry to bother you with this, but this is not my fault at all: It is an extreme worsening of a service that was quite good, and it is a bitter shame.

More later, but it looks as if ceased to be useful for me:

These extremely dumb "statistics" are so fucking awful and so horribly degenerate, especially since it all did work well for 12 years, that I don't think I want this anymore: I want some decent information about the over
500 MB
I wrote and published on my sites since 1996, and not mere false and degenerate bullshit. (I will illustrate everything I said later, but not today).

More later.


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