A. Selections from October 9, 2017
This is a Nederlog of
Monday, October 9,
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 will
continue with it.
On the moment and since nearly two years (!!!!) I have
problems with the company that is
supposed to take care that my site is visible 
and with my health, but I am still writing a Nederlog every day and
2. Crisis Files
are five crisis files that are all well worth reading :
Selections from October 9, 2017
Faces of Pain, Faces of Hope
items 1 - 5 are today's selections from the 35 sites that I look at
every morning. The indented text under each link is quoted from the
link that starts the item. Unindented text is by me:
2. Elites ‘Have No Credibility Left’: Interview With
Journalist Chris Hedges
3. The Sanitizing of Martin Luther King and Rosa
4. Bob Corker Says Trump’s Recklessness Threatens
‘World War III’
5. North Korean Leader Hails Nuclear Arsenal as
of Pain, Faces of Hope
This article is by
Chris Hedges on Truthdig. This is an article is about a leftwing
community in the USA. I will leave that community mostly to your
interests (but see item 2 that is a long and fine
interview with Chris Hedges), indeed except for the first quotation:
Those who come for events
bring food for a potluck dinner or chip in five dollars each. Bands
play, poets read and there is an open mic. Here they affirm what we all
must affirm—those talents, passions, feelings, thoughts and creativity
that make us complete human beings. Here people are celebrated not for
their jobs or status but for their contributions to others. And in
associations like this one, unseen and unheralded, lies hope.
“We are an intentional community,” said Josh.
“This means we are a group of people who have chosen to live together
to repurpose an old building, to offer to a neighborhood and a city a
place to express its creative gifts. This is an alternative model to a
culture that focuses on accumulating as much money as possible and on
an economic structure based on competition and taking advantage of
others. We value manual labor. We value nonviolence as a tactic for
resistance. We value simplicity. We believe people are not commodities.
We share what we have. We are not about accumulating for ourselves.
These values help us to become whole people.”
And I more or less
agree, but add that if you want to know more about the community and
some people in it, you have to read the original story.
I pick out two more
quotes, both about present-day capitalism:
The message of the
consumer society, pumped out over flat screen televisions, computers
and smartphones, to those trapped at the bottom of society is loud and
unrelenting: You are a failure. Popular culture celebrates
those who wallow in power, wealth and self-obsession and perpetuates
the lie that if you work hard and are clever you too can become a
“success,” perhaps landing on “American Idol” or “Shark Tank.” You too
can invent Facebook. You too can become a sports or Hollywood icon. You
too can rise to be a titan.
In fact, this is
If you want that, then you seem to lack even the sligthest
understanding of the capitalist extremely
pyramidical society, where there is only very little room
at the top, and that room is nearly all
reserved for people like Donald Trump, who inherited
their wealth from extremely rich fathers, and not for people
with fine minds or considerable artistic ability who do not
have rich fathers or a very influential family:
Also, if you
want to be one of the rulers, then you should consent
to the whole capitalist structure that elevates you
(in your dreams) to become one of the very
few rulers, and not one of the very
many fooled and oppressed people who labor for the rich, and get
little in return.
Here is the last bit
that I´ll quote from this article:
Hope means walking away
from the illusion that you will be the next Bill Gates, Mark
Zuckerberg, Kim Kardashian. It means rejecting the lust for public
adulation and popular validation. It means turning away from the
maniacal creation of a persona, an activity that defines presence on
social media. It means searching for something else—a life of meaning,
purpose and, ultimately, dignity.
Yes indeed. But it
also means - usually and normally (and in my case as well: see item 2) - that you and your family will have little
money and - at least - considerable discrimination, simply
because you are not a conformist and
do not like to be one.
‘Have No Credibility Left’: Interview With Journalist Chris Hedges
This interview with Chris
Hedges is by David North on Truthdig and was originally on WSWS (<-Wikipedia),
that abbreviates the World Socialist
Web Site , that I admit is new to
But this a fine interview that starts as follows:
On Monday, WSWS
International Editorial Board Chairman David North interviewed Chris
Hedges, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, lecturer and
former New York Times correspondent. Among Hedges’
best-known books are War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, The
Death of the Liberal Class, Empire of Illusion: the End
of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle, Days of Destruction, Days of
Revolt, which he co-wrote with the cartoonist Joe Sacco, and Wages
of Rebellion: the Moral Imperative of Revolt.
This is here because it
is a fair introduction to Chris Hedges
Here is Hedges on the ¨Russia-gate¨ madness:
Yes, I entirely
agree - and the important thing is that this accusation (which is
already ridiculous because Russia is a capitalist
country since 27 years) ¨is used to perpetuate a very frightening accusation—critics
of corporate capitalism and imperialism are foreign agents for Russia¨.
David North: How
do you interpret the fixation on Russia and the entire interpretation
of the election within the framework of Putin’s manipulation?
Chris Hedges: It’s
as ridiculous as Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction. It is an
absolutely unproven allegation that is used to perpetuate a very
frightening accusation—critics of corporate capitalism and imperialism
are foreign agents for Russia.
I have no doubt that the
Russians invested time, energy and money into attempting to influence
events in the United States in ways that would serve their interests,
in the same way that we have done and do in Russia and all sorts of
other countries throughout the world. So I’m not saying there was no
influence, or an attempt to influence events.
But the whole idea that the
Russians swung the election to Trump is absurd.
Here is some more on ¨Russia-gate¨ (which is bullshit) and
the fraudulent and
rich forces behind it (and the speaker is Chris Hedges):
with Russia is a tactic used by the ruling elite, and in particular the
Democratic Party, to avoid facing a very unpleasant reality: that their
unpopularity is the outcome of their policies of deindustrialization
and the assault against working men and women and poor people of color.
It is the result of disastrous trade agreements like NAFTA that
abolished good-paying union jobs and shipped them to places like
Mexico, where workers without benefits are paid $3.00 an hour. It is
the result of the explosion of a system of mass incarceration, begun by
Bill Clinton with the 1994 omnibus crime bill, and the tripling and
quadrupling of prison sentences. It is the result of the slashing of
basic government services, including, of course, welfare, that Clinton
gutted; deregulation, a decaying infrastructure, including public
schools, and the de facto tax boycott by corporations. It is the result
of the transformation of the country into an oligarchy.
please mind that this started around 1980
with Reagan, and that Reagan´s policies were continued by
Bill Clinton and by Barack Obama (both of whom have been
rewarded or hope to be rewarded with around $150 million from
the bankers they helped very much).
Here is some more on ¨Russia-gate¨:
Yes, I entirely agree,
and the same goes for Obama, who is now reaping his awards,
that he gathers by speeches to the bankers which the bankers reward
with $400,000 a speech (as did Clinton before him, although he got
¨only¨ $250,000 per speech).
The Democratic Party, in
particular, is driving this whole Russia witch-hunt. It cannot face its
complicity in the destruction of our civil liberties—and remember,
Barack Obama’s assault on civil liberties was worse than those carried
out by George W. Bush—and the destruction of our economy and our
Politicians like the
Clintons, Pelosi and Schumer are creations of Wall Street. That is why
they are so virulent about pushing back against the Sanders wing of the
Democratic Party. Without Wall Street money, they would not hold
There is this about The New York Times:
At that point the
paper embraced, without any dissent, the utopian ideology of
neoliberalism and the primacy of corporate power as an inevitable form
of human progress. The Times, along with business
schools, economics departments at universities, and the pundits
promoted by the corporate state, propagated the absurd idea that we
would all be better off if we prostrated every sector of society before
the dictates of the marketplace. It takes a unique kind of stupidity to
Once again: precisely!
Here is some on CNN and MSNBC and others:
This was never, really, in
the end, about ideas. It was about unadulterated greed. It was pushed
by the supposedly best educated among us, like Larry Summers, which
exposes the lie that somehow our decline is due to deficient levels of
education. It was due to a bankrupt and amoral elite, and the criminal
financial institutions that make them rich.
commercial broadcast networks, and that includes CNN and MSNBC, are not
in the business of journalism. They hardly do any. Their celebrity
correspondents are courtiers to the elite. They speculate about and
amplify court gossip, which is all the accusations about Russia, and
they repeat what they are told to repeat. They sacrifice journalism and
truth for ratings and profit.
Yes indeed. And there is
a name for sacrificing ¨journalism and truth for ratings and profit¨.
It is corruption
(<-Wikipedia) - but I agree it pays the few who lie to the
many for money quite well.
Then there is this about ¨the
don’t get me started on the American left. First of all, there is no
American left—not a left that has any kind of seriousness, that
understands political or revolutionary theories, that’s steeped in
economic study, that understands how systems of power work, especially
corporate and imperial power. The left is caught up in the same kind of
cults of personality that plague the rest of society.
And the very same thing holds for Holland, where I have
to live because I am ill and poor, and not because I want to.
In fact, the Left in Holland started to die in the late
Sixties and early Seventies, and was almost completely dead by
the time I arrived back in Holland in 1977 (from Norway, where I very
much prefer to live).
The reasons for me started in August 1977, that is this year 40
years ago, and a few days after I had started to study philosophy
in the University of Amsterdam, and already had been marked by the
facility and fluency with which I spoke.  I was
asked out by some students of philosophy who asked me, fairly politely
¨What do you think of Marx?¨
I did not reply to them that I had seriously studied Marx for
several years, nor that my parents were prominent communists. What I
said was literally this (in translation): ¨I know Marx but it so happens that I think Charles
Sanders Peirce was a greater philosopher.¨
The answer I received was this, from a couple of 20-year olds, and
after some considerations amongst themselves that I could not hear: ¨Then
you are a filthy fascist.¨ I was very amazed, and asked
them why. Here is their literal reply (in translation): ¨Peirce
was an American. Americans are fascists. Therefore you are a fascist.¨
(Note the exquisite logic!)
From that time until 1989 (I studied only half of the
intervening years because of my ill
health) I was called tens or hundreds of times ¨a fascist¨, ¨a
dirty fascist¨ etc. indeed in part also because I had created a
student party in 1980 that was the only opposition to the
Stalinists that ruled the University of Amsterdam between 1971 and 1995
I was given the same reason as I quoted quite a few times, also
in the so-called ¨University Parliament¨ that ruled the ¨University¨ of
Amsterdam from 1971 till 1995. I was never asked anything:
I must be a fascist (and in 1988 ¨a terrorist, a terrorist, a
terrorist¨) simply because I opposed the Stalinists from the ASVA .
What the ASVA glorified in were political
(that made almost every adult woman work as a wage-slave
because that also opened the way for a few academic
¨feminists¨ to well-paid academic posts), ¨identity politics¨,
trade unionism (they loved trade unions, for these contained
many workers), and a very vague kind of ¨environmentalism¨.
They also pretended to read Marx, but I think
that for 99% this amounted - at best, also - to a cursory reading of the Communist Manifesto.
O, and fully forty years after being called ¨a fascist¨ and 29
years after being called ¨a terrorist¨ I still am one, or
at least: Absolutely no one made any excuse for slandering
me for 12 years or for throwing me extremely briefly before
taking my M.A. on philosophy from the faculty of philosophy, thereby destroying
all chances of getting an M.A. in philosophy - and everyone who did so at present
is a ¨neoconservative¨ or a ¨neoliberal¨ and everyone
also earned 10, 20, 30 or more times as much money as I got, though
everyone I know who did so is - at the very least - considerably
less intelligent and learned than I am.
Here is Chris Hedges on ¨identity politics¨:
about the impact that you’ve seen of identity politics in America?
identity politics defines the immaturity of the left. The corporate
state embraced identity politics. We saw where identity politics got us
with Barack Obama, which is worse than nowhere. He was, as Cornel West
said, a black mascot for Wall Street, and now he is going around to
collect his fees for selling us out.
and that is also what became of the old Left: A bunch of totalitarian
that pretends to be Left but in fact is much closer neofascism
than it is to the real Left.
Then there is this on
the WSWS (<-Wikipedia),
that abbreviates the World Socialist
Web Site (<- the web site):
mentioned that you have been reading the World Socialist Web
Site for some time. You know we are quite outside of that
not a Marxist. I’m not a Trotskyist. But I like the site. You report on
important issues seriously and in a way a lot of other sites don’t. You
care about things that are important to me—mass incarceration, the
rights and struggles of the working class and the crimes of empire. I
have read the site for a long time.
I agree with Hedges
that I am also neither a Marxist nor a
Trotskyist and I also grant that this article is the first time
that I heard of or read about the WSWS. And I am willing to believe
Hedges, but - so far - the present article is the first that I have
read from the WSWS (but I agree this is a quite good
And this is the last
bit that I quote from this article:
Yes indeed! And I agree
a good alternative name for ¨the left¨, as I learned it at the
University of Amsterdam, that also was mostly much opposed,
both morally and factually, to the Real Leftism that my
parents represented all their lives
(as did three out of four of my grandparents) 
is in fact the pseudo-left, that
at least in Holland covers nearly everyone who calls himself or
herself ¨left¨: It is boutique activism, that I also agree is a whole
lot more amenable to a neoconservative career in academia.
of what claims to be left—that is, the pseudo-left—reflects the
interests of the affluent middle class.
When everybody was, you know, pushing for multiculturalism in lead
institutions, it really meant filtering a few people of color or women
into university departments or newsrooms, while carrying out this
savage economic assault against the working poor and, in particular,
poor people of color in deindustrialized pockets of the United States.
Very few of these multiculturalists even noticed.
Much of the left was fooled
by the identity politics trick. It was a boutique activism. It kept the
corporate system, the one we must destroy, intact. It gave it a
And this is a strongly recommended interview: Don´t miss it,
for there is a lot more in the interview.
Sanitizing of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks
This article is by
Jeremy Scahill on The Intercept. It starts as follows:
A lot of
the debate around black NFL players kneeling to protest police
killings and racism seems to take place in a historical vacuum.
The history of athletes and protest is seldom mentioned and, what’s
worse, the reason why Colin Kaepernick and his comrades began
protesting during the national anthem has been drowned out in the
- and I should add that three important reasons why ¨the history of athletes and
protest is seldom mentioned¨ are that (i) the mainstream media have been lying and
propagandizing for forty years now:
they do not inform anymore, but they propagandize,
and they do so for money, from the rich; that (ii) most Americans
are not aware that much of ¨the news¨
they consume is no longer real news, but is a combination of
amusement and propaganda; and that (iii) another important role is
played by the collapse of a real education for most: If you did
not get history, geography, literature, mathematics or
science in your schools - and many don´t - it is very much more
difficult to see and understand that you are less informed than
this on King and Rosa Parks (that also explains my points in the
Invoking King’s name on the right is nothing new —
ahistorical versions of King have been used to defend gun
ownership, racial discrimination, and the Republican Party. In this
current climate surrounding the NFL protests, King has once again
been transformed into a malleable symbol for rampant deployment by
people trying to tell protesters and black people today to shut up. One
of the biggest problems with all of this is that it is based on
complete fiction and total ignorance of who King actually was and what
he actually believed. It is also particularly vile when used to try to
suppress protest against police killings.
The same pattern applies to Rosa Parks and her civil
disobedience against segregation on public buses. It applies
to the civil rights movement in general. Caricatures have
been created after being sanitized, historically revised, and made
palatable for mass consumption and abuse by crass politicians. It is
these sanitized versions that are made into statues, given national
holidays, and may one day end up on U.S. currency.
completely agree. And there is this on the person who
is interviewed in the rest of this article:
important and groundbreaking new book coming out in January digs deep
into this manufactured mythology surrounding King, Parks, and other
figures and movements. It is called “A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The
Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History.” Its author is Jeanne
Theoharis, a distinguished professor of political science at Brooklyn
College in New York. Her previous book, “The Rebellious Life of Mrs.
Rosa Parks,” won an NAACP image award and other accolades. Theoharis
joined us last week on Intercepted. Below is a transcript of the
entire, unedited interview.
will leave that - long - interview to your interests.
Corker Says Trump’s Recklessness Threatens ‘World War III’
is by Jonathan Martin and Mark Landler on The New York Times. It starts
Senator Bob Corker, the
Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, charged
in an interview on Sunday that President Trump was treating his office
like “a reality show,” with reckless threats toward other countries
that could set the nation “on the path to World War III.”
In an extraordinary rebuke of a president of his own party,
Mr. Corker said he was alarmed about a president who acts “like he’s
doing ‘The Apprentice’ or something.”
“He concerns me,” Mr. Corker added. “He would have to
concern anyone who cares about our nation.”
Mr. Corker’s comments capped a remarkable day of sulfurous
insults between the president and the Tennessee senator — a powerful,
if lame-duck, lawmaker, whose support will be critical to the president
on tax reform and the fate of the Iran nuclear deal.
I say! And
of course Mr. Corker is quite
correct about Donald Trump in my - psychologist's - view. Here
is some more about Corker:
The senator views Mr. Trump as given to irresponsible
outbursts — a political novice who has failed to make the transition
from show business.
Mr. Trump poses such an acute risk, the senator said, that a
coterie of senior administration officials must protect him from his
own instincts. “I know for a fact that every single day at the White
House, it’s a situation of trying to contain him,” Mr. Corker said in a
Corker certainly knows more about the Republicans than I do, but I do
Here is the last bit that I quote from this article:
All but inviting his colleagues to join him in speaking out
about the president, Mr. Corker said his concerns about Mr. Trump were
shared by nearly every Senate Republican.
“Look, except for a few people, the vast majority of our
caucus understands what we’re dealing with here,” he said, adding that
“of course they understand the volatility that we’re dealing with and
the tremendous amount of work that it takes by people around him to
keep him in the middle of the road.”
As for the tweets that set off the feud on
Sunday morning, Mr. Corker expressed a measure of powerlessness.
“I don’t know why the president tweets out things that are
not true,” he said. “You know he does it, everyone knows he does it,
but he does.”
once more, because I did not know that Mr. Corker´s concerns,
that are quite realistic in my eyes, are ¨shared by nearly every Senate Republican¨.
since I am a psychologist, I agree that ¨the president tweets out things that are not
true¨, but I also can
conceive of a very plausible reason that Mr. Corker either
misses or does not desire to admit: Mr. Trump is not sane.
is a recommended article.
Korean Leader Hails Nuclear Arsenal as ‘Powerful Deterrent’
This article is by Choe
Sang-Hun on The New York Times. It starts as follows:
I think that is all
correct, as is this:
The North Korean leader,
Kim Jong-un, has vowed to build up his country’s nuclear arsenal as a
“powerful deterrent” to the United States, state media reported, hours
after President Trump said that “only one thing will work” in dealing
with the isolated country.
Mr. Kim made his comments on Saturday at a meeting of the
Central Committee of his ruling Workers’ Party, the official Korean
Central News Agency reported on Sunday. He also reconfirmed his policy
of simultaneously seeking progress in his nuclear weapons program and
pushing for economic growth in the face of expanding
The remarks indicated that Mr. Kim had no intention of
retreating under American pressure even as South Korean officials and
analysts worry that the North will conduct a major weapons test to
observe the anniversary on Tuesday of the founding of the Workers’
Mr. Trump said on
Twitter on Saturday that 25 years of talks and deals with North Korea
had come to nothing, making “fools
of U.S. negotiators.” He added, “Sorry, but only one thing will
Yes. And as I explained
yesterday that ¨if
North Korea goes, a large part of South Korea also
goes, which means that Trump is risking to kill or help kill 25
million in North Korea + 51 million in South Korea, which sums together
to 76 million persons, which is 15 million more than all the
persons killed in World War II on the allied site, and - if all of
them get killed, which seems probable if nuclear arms are used - also
more than the
total number of deads in World War II, which is 73 million
When asked by reporters to elaborate later
Saturday, he said, “You’ll figure that out pretty soon.”
In response to North Korea’s tests of nuclear bombs and
intercontinental ballistic missiles, the Trump administration has
pushed for punitive economic measures while indicating that military
solutions were also on the table.
But Mr Trump also is quite sane, in his own opinion. Here is the last
bit that I quote from this article:
leader has threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea, and warned that
the United States military was “locked and loaded” to take action if
necessary. Mr. Kim has called Mr. Trump a “mentally
deranged dotard” and has said that his country was ready to fight a
nuclear war that would devastate the “entire” South Korea, the North’s
state media said.
It so happens that I
agree with Mr. Kim that Mr.
Trump is ¨mentally deranged¨ (as do 53,000 psychologists), but then
again I think that Mr. Kim is also mentally deranged, though
indeed not a dotard.
And this is a recommended article.
 I have now been saying since the
end of 2015 that
xs4all.nl is systematically
ruining my site by NOT updating it within a few seconds,
as it did between 1996 and 2015, but by updating it between
two to seven days later, that is, if I am lucky.
claimed that my site was wrongly named in html: A lie.
They have claimed that my operating system was out of date: A lie.
just don't care for my site, my interests, my values or my
ideas. They have behaved now for 1 1/2 years as if they are the
eagerly willing instruments of the US's secret services, which I will
from now on suppose they are (for truth is dead in Holland).
two reasons I remain with xs4all is that my site has been
there since 1996, and I have no reasons whatsoever to suppose that any
other Dutch provider is any better (!!).
 Yes, you are right: I start Nederlogs
again with a list of the titles of the articles I review in that
Nederlog. In fact, I did start that way around 2011/2012,
and instituted it (so to speak) in 2013.
This was maintained until June of 2017, when I stopped doing it mostly
because my health got worse then. Since my condition now has again
somewhat improved I return - more or less - to the style I used in
 In fact - if I can credit Wikipedia -
the WSWS is Trotskyist. I add (for proper understanding) three things:
First, both of my parents were - non-Trotskyist - communists all
their adult lives, which was a choice that was much influenced
by their being among the very few Dutchmen who - really,
and not merely privately, in talking - opposed the Nazis in WW
II, that also cost my father three years, nine months and fifteen days
imprisonment as a ¨political terrorist¨ in four German concentration
camps, indeed like his father, who also was a communist
who was murdered.
Second, I did not have to live through WW II and therefore I did not have the
very strong emotional reasons that made and kept my -
quite intelligent but not highly educated - parents communists, and I
gave up communism in 1970, when I was 20, for several quite good
intellectual reasons: I disagreed with Marx´s historical
materialism, with his economical analysis, with dialectical
materialism, and with totalitarianism.
Also, I refused to accept (since age 14) that the Soviet Union
and its associated states were ¨socialist¨ in any sense I could agree
I remained a leftist (and a real one, not a ¨leftist¨
one, like most non-communist ¨leftists¨ were in Holland from the
1970ies onwards), but without a party and also without a group of
Third, while I disagree with Trotskyism (and I am a philosopher, also
academically) of course I reject all baloney and bullshit that paints
them as traitors or whatnot: They simply are leftists like I am, except
that I don´t quite agree with them, as they are sure not to quite agree
 I should...err, err, ahem... say
...ahem, err, err.. that most ...ahem, ahem, uhh... Dutchmen... err,
uhh ...including ...ahem... err... hum... intellectuals speak ...ahem,
err, err ... like ...uh... so. In fact, nearly all Dutchmen are extremely
lousy speakers, which also has nothing to do with intelligence.
Also, the Dutch - nearly all - are far worse speakers than the
English (where I also lived) and also far worse than most
And I admit I do not know why this is so.
 This is difficult to explain, but the
Dutch universities between 1971 and 1995 were in a completely
unique position in the whole world:
Formally, the parliament in 1971 had given the students the full
power in all Dutch universities by a construction that was much like
the Dutch parliamentary system:
There was the University Council, that was like the parliament, in
which in Amsterdam the ASVA had the absolute majority from 1971
to 1995, and the ASVA was a communist organization until 1985
and a postmodernistic
organization from 1985 till 1995; there was "a government" which in
Amsterdam from 1971 till 1995 was manned by members from the Dutch
"social democrats" (in fact: neoliberals); and there also was a faculty
council for each faculty, rather like the city councils in all Dutch
Everyone - professors, lecturers, secretaries, students, and toilet
cleaners if employed by the university - had one vote in the faculty
("one man, one vote"), which meant, because there were far more
students in the universities than other people, that the students
always had the absolute majority.
In Amsterdam, the absolute majority was in the hands of the ASVA, all
of whose leading members were utter careerists who made all
manner of deals with the "government" of the university, that had the
real power, rather as in Holland.
 I am sorry, but that was the complete
reason why I was denounced over and again as "a fascist" by members of
the ASVA: I was an opponent of the ASVA. "Therefore" I was "a dirty
For more on my very Leftist background see the next note:
 In fact, I was
almost the only Real Leftist in the University of
certainly had the best revolutionary and communist background of anyone
who ever studied there:
Both of my parents were communists all their adult
lives (and I never
quarreled with them about communism); my mother's parents were both
their lives; and my father's father also was a communist. And my
mother, my father, and my father's father were all in the communist
resistance against the Nazis, which caused my father's and
grandfather's arrest in June of 1941, and their conviction as
"political terrorists" to concentration camp imprisonment, where my
grandfather was murdered.
Finally, my father got knighted in 1980 for
designing and building the National Exhibition on Resistance and Nazism
(and to the best of my knowledge he was the only
Dutch communist who was knighted while the Dutch Communist
I do not know of anyone else (other than my brother,
who doesn't live in Holland) with such a Real Leftist background. And I
did not say anything against the ASVA, because I was appalled
their crudity, their ignorance,
their meanness, and their
total disregard or ignorance of any and all norms of reasonable
behavior or rational