Thursday, June 29, 2017

Crisis: Deregulation, Brazil, Robert Parry, Privatization, Free Speech - Quotes (Mike Huben)

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1. Summary
2. Crisis Files
3. Quotes (selected by Mike Huben)

This is a Nederlog of Thursday, June 29, 2017.

1. Summary

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.

Since I am still looking at 35 sites every morning what I will do is to list the items I selected as worth reading, but without any of my comments. Today I selected five 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.

2. Crisis Files

I 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. After Fire, Britain Asks if Deregulation Has Gone Too Far
2. Brazilian President Michel Temer Charged with Corruption, a
     Year After He Backed Ouster of Rousseff
3. Robert Parry Wins 2017 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism
4. How Privatization Could Spell the End of Democracy
5. Symposium: Is Free Speech Under Threat in the United States?
These are all well worth reading.

3. Quotes (selected by Mike Huben)

The four quotes that follow have been selected from Mike Huben's new site:

The above links to the Huben's blogspot on the new site, that starts with "I declare my new site operational!", from June 5, 2017.

And this is from the index page of the new site (the old one also still exists):

The subject of this site is libertarianism: in the broad, poorly defined colloquial sense which includes Objectivism, neoliberalism, classical liberalism and a host of other ill-defined variants. All are united by a rhetoric of liberty, bad philosophy and fallacious "free market" claims of various sorts. The Koch brothers and their ilk have been pushing this harmful political theory for around 60 years with vast amounts of money, and have captured the Republican party.

This wiki has roughly 2000 content pages; more are added very frequently.

The long main page has expanded categories which provides a better overview, but it takes a while to load. This is the short, fast main page.

The site is large and is the product of 23 years of work on it. I certainly haven't seen all or most, but I liked what I saw, and Mike Huben seems to be an interesting and smart man. You can check it out by clicking on any of the above links. The last one is a good one and shows many interesting links to more.

These four quotes have been selected from the blogspot of Huben's new site:
Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate.
Bertrand Russell, Sceptical Essays (1928), Chapter 13

But we know God hath not left one man so to the mercy of another, that he may starve him if he please: God the Lord and Father of all has given no one of his children such a property in his peculiar portion of the things of this world, but that he has given his needy brother a right to the surplusage of his goods; so that it cannot justly be denied him, when his pressing wants call for it: and therefore no man could ever have a just power over the life of another by right of property in land or possessions; since it would always be a sin, in any man of estate, to let his brother perish for want of affording him relief out of his plenty.
John Locke, "Two Treatises on Government, Chapter 4, . 42."

All Property, indeed, except the Savage's temporary Cabin, his Bow, his Matchcoat, and other little Acquisitions, absolutely necessary for his Subsistence, seems to me to be the Creature of public Convention. Hence the Public has the Right of Regulating Descents, and all other Conveyances of Property, and even of limiting the Quantity and the Uses of it. All the Property that is necessary to a Man, for the Conservation of the Individual and the Propagation of the Species, is his natural Right, which none can justly deprive him of: But all Property superfluous to such purposes is the Property of the Publick, who, by their Laws, have created it, and who may therefore by other Laws dispose of it, whenever the Welfare of the Publick shall demand such Disposition. He that does not like civil Society on these Terms, let him retire and live among Savages. He can have no right to the benefits of Society, who will not pay his Club towards the Support of it.
Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin to Robert Morris, 25 Dec. 1783

In reality, the “free market” is a bunch of rules about (1) what can be owned and traded (the genome? slaves? nuclear materials? babies? votes?); (2) on what terms (equal access to the internet? the right to organize unions? corporate monopolies? the length of patent protections? ); (3) under what conditions (poisonous drugs? unsafe foods? deceptive Ponzi schemes? uninsured derivatives? dangerous workplaces?) (4) what’s private and what’s public (police? roads? clean air and clean water? healthcare? good schools? parks and playgrounds?); (5) how to pay for what (taxes, user fees, individual pricing?). And so on.
Robert Reich, "The Myth of the “Free Market” and How to Make the Economy Work for Us"
And this was not collected by Mike Huben:

The origin of science is the desire to know causes; and the origin of all false science and imposture is in the desire to accept false causes rather than none; or, which is the same thing, in the unwillingness to accept our own ignorance.
William Hazlitt

In any case, if you don't like "libertarianism" (<-Wikipedia, which shows this is a very vague and very ambiguous term) Huben's site is quite interesting and contains a lot of material.

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