2. Quotation (about prejudice)
3. Crisis Files
This is a Nederlog of Saturday, June 3, 2017.
This is a crisis
log but it is a bit different from how it was the last four years:
I have been writing about the crisis since September 1, 2008 (in Dutch) and about the enormous dangers of surveillance (by secret services and by many rich commercial entities) since June 10, 2013, and I probably will continue with it, but on the moment
I have several problems with my computer, my modem, the company that is
supposed to take care that my site is visible, and my health.
It may be that I'll be off for a few weeks, that is, I will publish nothing or little for a few weeks. I don't know yet, but I will keep you informed in Nederlog.
what I will do for the moment - since I am still looking at 35 sites
every morning - is to list the items I selected, but without any of my
comments. Today I selected six items, and they are below and link to the originals, but on the moment I have no comments, basically because that takes too much work on the moment.
2. Quotation (about prejudice)
As I have said above, I am writing less these weeks for various reasons. But
I do like to quote good bits. This is the beginning of William Hazlitt's "On Prejudice":
Prejudice, in its ordinary and
literal sense, is prejudging any question without having sufficiently
examined it, and adhering to our opinion upon it through ignorance,
malice, or perversity, in spite of every evidence to the contrary. The
little that we know has a strong alloy of misgivings and uncertainty in
it; the mass of things of which we have no means of judging, but of
which we form a blind and confident opinion, as if we were thoroughly
acquainted with them, is monstrous. Prejudice is the child of
ignorance: for as our actual knowledge falls short of our desire to
know, or curiosity and interest in the world about us, so must we be
tempted to decide upon a greater number of things at a venture; and
having no check from reason or inquiry, we shall grow more obstinate
and bigoted in our conclusions, according as we have been rash and
presumptuous. The absence of proof, instead of suspending our judgment,
only gives us an opportunity of making things out according to our
wishes and fancies; mere ignorance is a blank canvas, on which we lay
what colours we please, and paint objects black or white, as angels or
devils, magnify or diminish them at our option; and in the vacuum
either of facts or arguments, the weight of prejudice and passion falls
with double force, and bears down everything before it. If we enlarge
the circle of our previous knowledge ever so little, we may meet with
something to create doubt and difficulty; but as long as we remain
confined to the cell of our native ignorance, while we know nothing
beyond the routine of sense and custom, we shall refer everything to
that standard, or make it out as we would have it to be, like spoiled
children who have never been from home, and expect to find nothing in
the world that does not accord with their wishes and notions. It is
evident that the fewer things we know, the more ready we shall be to
pronounce upon and condemn, what is new and strange to us; that is, the
less capable we shall be of varying our conceptions, and the more prone
to mistake a part for the whole. What we do not understand the meaning
of, must necessarily appear to us ridiculous and contemptible; and we
do not stop to inquire, till we have been taught by repeated
experiments and warnings of our own fallibility, whether the absurdity
is in ourselves, or in the object of our dislike and scorn. The most
ignorant people are rude and insolent, as the most barbarous are cruel
William Hazlitt (<-Wikipedia) is one of my most favorite writers since I discovered him in 1983.
He was English
(from Irish descent) and lived from 1778-1830. He is best known as an
essayist. He was a highly original and individual man, with original
ideas on philosophy and a beautiful style.
He is not by far as well-known
as he deserves to be, probably because he failed to please and felt
pleased to hate too many and too much (according to those with lesser
talents and less courage). This was mostly due to his honesty, his courage,
and the brightness of his intellect, and the obvious all-too-human failings of
There is considerably more by him on my site, here.
3. Crisis Files
have been writing on the crisis since September 1, 2008 (Dutch) and
with considerably more attention since June 10, 2013 (English).
If you check out the crisis index you will find that I wrote in over eight years nearly 1600 files, that nearly all consisted of a reference to one or more articles that were partially quoted and mostly commented.
I will continue with that, simply because I think the crisis is a very important social, political and economical event, but meanwhile I have turned 67 and need a little rest,
so what I'll be doing the coming weeks (at least), is selecting 3 to 6 files from the 35
sites I consult every morning to see what's happening in the world of politics and econonomics, and present them, but now without my comments.
Here is today's selection:
1. Jared Kushner Still Has a Job Because Washington Only Fears
These are all well worth reading.
2. Trump Administration Returns Copies of Report on C.I.A.
Torture to Congress
3. Hiding the Ugly Business of Torture
4. Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party Is a Beacon in These Blighted
5. Sean Spicer Reaches Orwellian Levels of ‘Duckspeak’ With His
6. Donald Trump's Triumph of Stupidity