December 1, 2010


ME + me:  Tocqueville on what's wrong with modern society


   "J'ai pour les institutions démocratiques un goût de tête, mais je suis aristocrate par instinct, c'est à dire que je méprise et crains la foule. J'aime avec passion la liberté, la légalité, le respect des droits, mais non la démocratie. Voilà le fond de l'âme."
   -- Alexis de Tocqueville 

   "It was from this time that I developed my way of judging the Chinese by dividing them into two kinds: one humane and one not. "
    -- (Jung Chang)
   "Son, it's like a latrine in this society: the shit drifts to the top."
   -- My father explains society to me ca. 1958

I continue being not well, and otherwise also as before, so I cannot do much.

Today I give some quotes that explain fairly well what's wrong with (post-)modern society, without going all the way, especially this, from Alexis de Tocqueville:

It's a constant fact that, at the present day, the ablest men ... are rarely placed at the head of the affairs ... The democracy [people] not only lack that soundness of judgment which is necessary to select men really deserving of their confidence, but often have not the desire or the inclination to find out ... An instinct no less strong induces able men to retire from the political area, in which it is so difficult to retain their independence, or to advance without becoming servile ...  Those who engage in the perplexities of political life are persons of very moderate pretensions. The pursuit of wealth generally diverts men of great talents and strong passions from the pursuit of power; and it frequently happens that a man does not undertake to direct the fortunes of the state until he has shown himself incompetent to conduct his own. [1]

Note the above does not only apply to politicians but also and as much to their faithful servants, the bureaucrats, where one finds more human degenerates than in any other profession (and yes, Eichmann was a bureaucrat too), simply because moral degeneracy is is a conditio sine qua non, for the job. [2]

The Dutch seem to find the following inspirational, which indeed it is, since it describes so many of the folks they know as their lying deceiving and/or criminally incompetent or corrupt bureaucratic overlords so well:

The title means "How do I become a Dutch Top Bureaucrat?", and the answer is as follows, though more witty, instructive and extensive in Dutch:

In Holland, especially in and around its drugscapital Amsterdam, by being a very willing confederate of the mafia, willing to gas and to torture invalid people, willing to protect drugscorrupt fascist terrorists - colleagues, after all! - who are mayor, alderman or bureaufascistic Schreibtischmörder [3], all paid heavily paid to protect the population against criminals instead of protecting the criminals against the citizens, as is Amsterdam and Dutch practice since decades.

For which see

The last link has the merit of explaining some about the decline of civilization in Holland over the past 45 years, and also of explaining in part why I was removed from the University of Amsterdam, briefly before taking my M.A. in philosophy there: I dared to ask forbidden questions in public, when asked to make a speech in the faculty of philosophy [4], in the free country of Holland, in the democratic University of Amsterdam: Off I went, screamed at by 16 staff members that I am "a fascist" and "a terrorist" for publicly asking these 39 Questions: Thrown from a Dutch university for freedom of speech and for my opinions, the first and only person to whom this happened since the Nazis were defeated in 1945.

It is this - having to do some things that relate to this, my miserable health, and the dole -that may cause Nederlog to turn to Dutch again, since I want to discuss my being gassed, my being removed and my receiving no help during 32 years of illness in Amsterdamn, and with the Dutch degenerates who are responsible for these facts, who still live, very much better off, richer, protected and helped than I am, who is neither drugscorrupt nor a political liar and careerist nor a sadistic human degenerate, as they all are.

For that is indeed one of the things I learned over the past year of learning a lot about and around ME: There are human degenerates, real sadistic beasts, and they are not only in politics and bureaucracy, they are in medicine and pseudo-science too. [5]

Meanwhile, that is a may be, which depends on various things such as my health. [6]


[1] Appendix II to volume II of Tocqueville's "Democracy in America", ed. Phillips Bradley, publ. Albert A. Knopf, Inc. 1945. (The so called Reeves translation, from the 19th C.)

[2] Yes, there are decent bureaucrats, as there are decent - rational, reasonable, honest - men: A few, in a pronounced minority, and probably not long in nor on the bureaucratic job.

German: "Desk killer" - "Some will kill you with a six-gun, and some with a fountain pen" (Woodie Guthrie).

[4] Also, another crime I committed at the time is that I criticized the education I got, and the sexual sadism of the director of the faculty, who gave away study points for sexual services to him. To quote the man, professor of ethics, no less, dr. Frans Jacobs, also written in public, but nobody else dared to protest.

Here is, in translation, how he persecuted female students in the faculty paper, namely by addressing, cajoling and corrupting them as follows - and I quote (in translation)

"I can easily get into the mindset of lust killers: something so attractive hurts your eyes, it is best to smash it to pieces."

"She gets a passmark for free, if she sleeps with me first. But if she doesn't want to have anything to do with me, I cannot be bought. How do I make this clear to her?"

By publishing it in the faculty paper "Cogito", and then, when criticized by me, who thinks and thought this manner of utterance from a professor of ethics  stank to the skies like a combination of sich sexual sadism, abuse of power, personal corruption, and intentional breaking of the academic rules and regulations - but then it turned out that this degenerate freak was protected by all the fucking bastards who were his colleagues, and who did just the same, for the most part, but less public, and after that it turned out he and they were again protected to the hilt by the sick degenerates, and thieves of sixty million guilders at least, who were at the time the Board of Directors of the UvA: Cammelbeeck, Poppe, De Hon, Noorda: Degenerate sadists, corrupt thieves of millions of guilders, and willful destroyers, betrayers and levellers of Dutch civilization, without exception, and all hardly human beasts from the group of leftist Dutch fascist terrorists that calls itself The Dutch Labour Party, that prepared the ground for the rightist Dutch fascists that are at present trying to seize power in Holland, namely by levelling and trivializing all standards, all education, and all human beings except Celebs and Leaders to the level of the majority of uneducated dumbos, moved by chauvinism, conformism and xenophobia, easily manipulated by any form of populist degenerate bullshit of the Beck, Limbaugh and Wilders sick and freaky kind, because they've hardly a clue how to think rationally, but indeed have understood tolerably well they have been betrayed and deceived for decades by corrupt and lying lefties (of yore, now for the most part arrived "neo-conservatives", who keep stumm at present, hoping to draw no attention to themselves, and escape unscathed, with their moneys and lives, if they can't collaborate with the rising flood of righist Dutch fascism).

Finally, the great majority of the students of philosophy at the time strongly approved what the UvA offered them: Male students got passmarks and degrees by squating and demonstrating "for the environment", or "for feminism"; female studens got passmarks and degrees by sexual favours to the scientific staff of the UvA - and indeed, on of these willing philosophical whores, Connie Palmen, got lasting fame a few years after I was removed, namely by describing how she had fucked all the professors of philosophy of the UvA - or so I have been told. In fact, facially and intellectually - I am sorry to say, but the truth is the truth - she reminds me of stale urine, and she is a total pomo, therefore either a major idiot or a major liar, so I have never read the book in which she wrote out her many philosophical conquests, that no doubt contributed much to the ease of getting her degree in philosophy, and that made her A Dutch Celeb to this day, which is what she wanted.

But I do trust Theo van Gogh in matters like this:

I think Connie Palmen is a darling, and I really mean it. I also think she can't write well. But she has one brilliant talent: the gift to act so pretentiously that everyone is taken in. [Origin: "Ik vind Connie Palmen een schat van een vrouw, meen ik echt. Ik vind alleen dat ze niet goed kan schrijven. Maar ze heeft wel één briljant talent: het vermogen om zo gewichtig te doen dat iedereen erin stinkt." (Theo van Gogh, HP/De Tijd, 16-04-1999)].

[5] Unfortunately, I don't have a real cure, though I have a considerable number of recommendations - or in fact I do have a real cure, but it is one that depends on the future, indeed if there is a human future, which is, given the talents of those the rest of the world depends on, far from certain:

Meanwhile, here are some of my recommendations:

[6] I should add that I have learned a lot the past year about and around ME, for which see

part of which concerns the frightful sadists and pseudoscientists Wessely, White, Sharpe, Reeves, Jones, Bleijenberg, Van der Meer, and other total moral, scientific and human frauds:

and more, all listed in the index of Nederlog for 2010 or in my ME - Resources.

Since I have excellent degrees in philosophy and psychology I want to do something with these - namely contradict pseudoscientific sadists like Wessely and Bleijenberg: I know they lie and deceive, and I know they know they lie and deceive, and I find that sickeningly inhuman, immoral and nauseating - but indeed I have found that I have to do so mostly alone, given the abilities and inclinations of most (not all) with ME who write on ME-forums.

Also, what I can do very much depends on my health, that is no good, though presently I do have some hopes about a new medicine I started on today.

P.S. De Tocqueville is another of my favourite authors. If you read Dutch, here are two partial explanations why: De Tocqueville en de geest der de-mo-kra-tie and Odi profanum vulgus: Het citeren van De Tocqueville.

You'll find more of him in Project Gutenberg: Tocqueville, including a version of the Reeves-translation of "Democracy in America", of which I have a paper version. And in case you are interested: Volume I is mostly an outline of the US as Tocqueville found it in the 1830-ies, and was and is very widely admired; volume II are for the most part Tocqueville's ideas about democracy, and while being widely admired are and were less so because Tocqueville, as my opening quotation shows, was not a great enthousiast for democracy, and especially not for giving the vote to the vast uneducated minorities, an opinion that their populist tribunes, spokesmen and abusers, who thrive on a majority of the clueless, the ignorant, the prejudiced and the stupid, always have much criticized.

P.P.S. It may be I have to stop Nederlog for a while. The reason is that I am physically not well at all. I don't know yet, but if there is no Nederlog, now you know the reason.

As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):

1. Anthony Komaroff

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)

3. Hillary Johnson

The Why

4. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf)
5. Eleanor Stein

Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)

6. William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
7. Paul Lutus

Is Psychology a Science?

8. Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)

Short descriptions:

1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understands ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:
   "it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon
     insufficient evidence
7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.

    "Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!

No change, no pause, no hope! Yet I endure.
I ask the Earth, have not the mountains felt?
I ask yon Heaven, the all-beholding Sun,
Has it not seen? The Sea, in storm or calm,
Heaven's ever-changing Shadow, spread below,
Have its deaf waves not heard my agony?
Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!
     - (Shelley, "Prometheus Unbound") 

    "It was from this time that I developed my way of judging the Chinese by dividing them into two kinds: one humane and one not. "
     - (Jung Chang)


See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources

Maarten Maartensz

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