by Wim Rietdijk
1. Intense lust is
good for the same reason why torture is wrong.
is just as objective a phenomenon as the unhappiness it produces.
has a mere two bases: love of one's neighbour and efficiency.
4. The rules
of law and justice make only sense as an instrument in the struggle
between good and evil, viz. by bringing the guilty and their lawyers
in the weakest possible position.
correctness is not an error, it is a flaw of character: appeasing
people commit 46% of all crimes in Holland (more than 20 a year
per recidivist). (NRC Handelsblad, 6/12/01.)
Why not simply
execute them painlessly?
7. The problems
of the Third World are of its own doing: not having Western values,
and indifference to bureaucracy, corruption and the facilitation
of starting a business.
8. Of course
terrorism should be fought by totalitarian methods.
9. If, inter
alia, the EU car lobby could for decades prevent free competition
of dealers, why nobody draws conclusions about the reality of
one find any other interest in softness on Third-World immigration
than leftist parties wanting more voters from the "disadvantaged"
and the helping sectors being eager on more clients? And, in some
countries, employers seeking cheap labour?
11. The utmost demise of leftist
philosophy came when Jürgen Habermas and Regis Debray called
for more religion as a means of integrating society...
the New Left did for genetic rearguards is give them a big mouth.
13. My work
is hated for a similar reason why the queen and the pope are cheered:
the opinion leaders want "solidarity" (with what is
calling the tune).
"uncertainty", "emptiness", "the subjective"
and the "poly-interpretable" became popular because
they leave everything in its place. Thus they contribute to the
current paradigmatic association complex too. (Compare the relevant
15. The paranormal is far from
implying that the world is not scientifically coherent. On the
contrary: it suggests that coherence even extends to the super-local,
that it also holds beyond our scheme of space and time.
common obligation of culture, society and morals is fighting suffering
and frustration, and to optimize happiness.
and philosophy should scrutinise, and where necessary expose,
such culture etc. in view of that obligation.
should I feel solidary with society if it does not protect me
but releases criminals even after their 20th crime, and
prevents me from euthanasia being applied to a seriously handicapped
only sound basis for feeling social solidarity refers to the antithesis
of good and evil.
20. If you
have nothing to say, make "art" that is neither clear
nor can be explained. Or push (your) emptiness as "innovative".
means that power and privilege cannot and, hence, need
not be legitimized. Bet on it that the powerful sensed this!
opposing my thesis that current establishment is largely morally
fraudulent, imply that it differs fundamentally in this from all
historical ones. This could be true - but at the same time they
maintain moral progress to be very limited...
hedonism as abounding now will cause decadence; the best way of
avoiding it is integrating lust and our vital strivings with the
sublime. Many cannot, because they are less than sublime...
as well as social science should strive for coherent models
of the world.
denatured when its adherents started to get positive feelings
rather than experiencing moral indignation about socio-genetic
rearguards such as problem youths.
consistency of current philosophy and social science can be inferred
from the circumstance that most thinkers in these fields are moral
relativists but at the same time condemn the holocaust.
most mental qualities are largely genetically defined, very many
"disadvantaged" are simply genetic rearguards. Why our
speech-makers taboo this insight too, so that useless social approaches
are continued? Who thrive?
website mentions or quotes many chutzpahs. I see two alternative
explanations why no outcry about them appears:
a) well-nigh everybody is indeed morally indifferent by nature;
b) there is an intuitive conspiracy of silence about everything
- such as moral exposure - that affronts or is unpleasant to influential
more people are muddleheaded in the domain of the emotional than
in that of the intellect: they cannot discriminate black from
white in the frequent grey, and even muddle up cleanness and beauty
in sex and the "dark", sin and aggression.
can be much improved if voting about people in many instances
were substituted by voting about alternative policies.
31. My work
is not at all difficult: you grasp the gist of it in understanding
the difference between the nouveau roman and most films
of Ingmar Bergman. (Or, say, between relativism and Anne Frank's
32. My social
criticism is counted against me for essentially the same reason
why whistle-blowers are hated: I am breaking ranks rather than
being "solidary". A similar "Right or wrong, my
country" mentality explains much of objections to lie detectors,
rational values and straightforwardness.
irrational variants of solidarity constitute the principal source
of misery in history.
is a common background of the obscurity of politicians, philosophers
and most modern artists: on different levels, all subtly manipulate
us within the scope of the same orthodox association complex.
And they suggest something where there is nothing...
35. Of course,
in-groups thriving on networking and "relatiocracy",
rather than genes and qualities in general, push the "social
dimension", "nurture" and relativism rather than
eugenics, IQ measurements and the "scientifization of culture".
in the history of science so many phenomena appeared to be explainable
from so few starting points as appears with respect to the struggle
between pro- and anti-red thread (pro- and anti-enlightened) interests
discussion about man should essentially be one about happiness,
suffering and human qualities conducive to them; and on how he
coherently fits in a scientific model of the world. Not about
"being", "alienation", "intersubjectivity"
massive abuse, manipulation, hypocrisy, obscurity and malevolence
in society simply have as condition that philosophy, ideology,
art and thinking about enforcing integrity are far from enlightened
too. Hence their current state...
one imagine a more extreme conformism than that of about everybody
feeling there are no common unconscious motives at the
background of anti-rationalist philosophy, incoherent art, anti-intellectualistic
education and incoherent (relativistic) ethics, which are all
40. If you
don't repress part of your conscience, part of your sexual desires,
and part of your intuition about the moral level of our leaders
and of our conventions, your life could be more difficult and
you will feel less "solidary". Somehow society says
to you: "If you don't conform, we will make you sick and
41. If there
were a rational, transparent and efficient sex market, and people
would have some rough knowledge about what happens after death,
individuals would be only little dependent on their social environment
and "the group". Is this the ultimate reason why there
is neither a good sex market nor any massive research into life
42. It seems
a rational hypothesis to me that the churches were/are against
contraceptives, abortion, euthanasia (also as to seriously handicapped
newborns), and are also disinterested in parapychological research,
because the main base of their power is man's ignorance and
helplessness in the domain of life and death. They unconsciously
sense it to be in their best interest if these continue.
solidarity should be based on rational values: jointly increasing
happiness. Other kinds of solidarity used to be instruments like
nationalism: for concentrating power.
mere circumstance that being "cool" - not showing feelings
and warmth - is "in" in large parts of the West should
warn us of being "solidary" with most of mankind.
on evil is lack of compassion; this is the essential fault
of our leaders.
ultimate hypocrisy: euthanasia on seriously handicapped newborns
is taboo; advertising for smoking is allowed, though the World
Health Organization estimates that, of those living now, five
hundred million people will die as a consequence of it.
47. If the
laws of the universe would anyhow play dice, it would not be very
impressive. Worse, it would be indifferent to those who called
from the depth...
single most crazy law in the West I know of is one obliging the
police to wipe out the information about (some) criminals after
a certain period. How anybody can feel solidary with a society
in which such law is continued?!
social abuse or abusive power can only survive by the grace of
violating reason or rational values or of unawakened and incoherent
(manipulation-prone) human emotions. Therefore, most current
ideology - such as trendy art and philosophy, and the cult of
"here and now" - concentrates on relativizing or undermining
precisely such reason and values, and on frustrating a coherent
supporting a right to silence of whoever in whatever juridical
or public investigation are simply not on the side of truth.
51. By not
cracking down on squatters, on people causing more than incidental
inconvenience etc., our authorities are the main origin of current
degradation. Egalitarianism is the deeper one.
old right canonized morally dubious institutions and traditions
as they historically developed. The new left canonized morally
and genetically dubious kinds of people as they evolutionarily
53. Of course,
nobody openly says he likes troubled waters: he will emanate "complicated",
"shaded", "relative", "difficult",
"subjective", or elaborate on James Joyce.
54. In the
Dutch weekly HP/de Tijd (March 29, 2002) former minister
of the interior Bram Peper wrote that in Holland it costs four
years to close a house where drug dealers are active and addicts
cause much annoyance. Main conclusion: How extremely innerly dependent
on "solidarity" most people appear to be if not even
this causes them to discontinue their belief that our establishment
is in good faith, in spite of the authorities sleeping well notwithstanding
against "performance ethics" is being anti-progress.
Vide the Third World.
social theory can match the combination of coherence, explaining
power and simplicity of the one on this Site?
look at the starry sky or a beautiful (wo)man, or listening to
Orff's Carmina Burana, should do to make one independent
of the moral support of and endorsement by "the others".
sense of society is the advancement of happiness.
core flaw of political correctness is indifference to human quality.
60. My greatest
triumph is the reactions of my opponents.
61. It is
precisely the extreme, studied, unreason, muddleheadedness,
absurdity and/or sterility of modern philosophical and artistic
orthodoxy - from Foucault and postmodernism to Duchamp and Rauschenberg
- that suggests an unconscious "conspiracy" against
the enlightened way of thinking.
emphasizing technicalities and privacy in law enforcement, tolerating
whistle-blowers to be fired or frustrated, and permissiveness
or inaction with respect to many kinds of inferiority, are too
conspicuous for not sharing a veiled message: good and evil are
less important than the solidarity and formal rules of the community.
63. It is
the good right of opponents to reject my explanations of modern
art, irrational philosophy, anti-eugenics, softness on crime,
inferiority and Third-World-immigration, political correctness,
"progressive" education and the like. But it is unforgivable
not to violate apparent taboos and seek explanations alternative
conformism started when intellectuals got themselves geared towards
people rather than arguments and the truth.
as he is simply became an idol and "inviolable": no
eugenics, no euthanasia for seriously handicapped newborns, no
death penalty for serious repeaters, no violation of "privacy"
to find the truth,...
66. In former
ages people were kept ignorant by well-known means. Currently,
it occurs to a great extent by a cult of the superficial and incoherent:
"you should not look for hidden intentions", "life
is coincidence", "take things at face value", "we
live here and now",...
the anti-enlightened tendencies of our time can be interpreted
as a reaction to rapid actual evolution in the direction of rationality
and technical progress, to abandonment of irrational values (such
as those inimical to abortion and euthanasia), to sexual freedom,
to a reduction of the influence of convention and traditional
68. A possible
objective moral order in the universe, encompassing rational values
and purposes, is also physically part and parcel of a coherent
model of such universe because it will indeed effect certain purposes.
Insight into the moral order may then produce insight as to longterm
and nonlocal coherence such as evolution and human destiny.
about "emptiness", "nothingness", "meaninglessness"
"uncertainty" and the commonplace, as if these were
philosophically important, is a means by which people who are
empty, meaningless or commonplace try to elevate their miserable
emotional state to an artificially interesting "existential"
is not only much collusion of interest groups, such as neocorporatism,
but it appears on the level of ideas too: practically no
speech-maker concretely criticizes such collusion and debunks
those responsible as immoral.
is more tolerance of underclasses and moral rearguards than of
serious dissidents. This reveals much about our leaders.
more than in the West, the core problems of the Third World are
of a moral nature: its establishments are so wicked that
they not even abolish the complicated bureaucracy which will frustrate
starting a new business. (Compare NRC Handelsblad, 9/12/01.)
73. I never
feel unhappy about how the orthodox treat my work; it tends to
instil in me a mild and agreeable superiority feeling.
74. In recent
decades conformism has also been stimulated by the dominant way
of life in business and the media: selling oneself.
engaged on Finnegans Wake, Joseph Beuys, Lyotard or Foucault can
be compared with the Chinese etiquette in the times of Confucius:
it kept the educated from subtantial thinking about the important
and gave them the pleasant feeling of belonging to an elite.
a few feel me to be "fanatic", "repetitive",
"intolerant", "egocentric",... But what about
the vices underlying the many abuses I discussed?
are hardly social problems; what is called so will be moral
ones. More generally, being a truly social man amounts to being
morally good. The rest is little but conformism, such as what
young people are teached in many students' unions and the like.
problems are merely there, or drag on, because many problem solvers
seek a job. E.g., they fight genetic causes by social means. Think
of underclasses, low-IQ groups and the like. Though such "problem
solvers" have a point of humanity, they still taboo open
thought about this kind of questions.
are people who don't like hard facts.
is a common reason why many hush up my work but are fond of Cobra
and convoluted, verbalistic philosophy: they don't want striking
conclusions or exposures but noncommittal social games; that is,
softness on crime and the "nurture" ideology are mere
special cases of the establishment's basic failing at all: its
refusal to protect numerous victims of evil and the inferior -
and to serve the common good - by enforcing integrity and other
rational values by every available means. Generally, it relativizes,
represses or excuses evil and inferiority, within the scope of
collusion or "solidarity".
single most important modern repression is this:
A vast majority feels indeed that much in life is a mess. But
at the same time the relevant people make themselves powerless
by refusing to look for concrete causes and culprits. Within this
scope they also repress this website...
83. Why do so few look
for concrete causes, culprits and mechanisms of frustration and
evil? Well, they need the others and "solidarity",
as they formerly needed God, the Church and convention. Hence,
these continue their function as - now "secularized"
- all-important instruments of conformism and power.
84. What else than unconscious
conspiracy could it be if everybody happens to shun violating
taboos? And what about instituting them in the first place? Or
about nationalism, and distracting public discontent from rulers
and abuses to witches, Jews or foreign enemies? And, by the way,
about those invariably decrying "conspiracy theories"?
85. If social evils were or
ensued from "unintended side effects", "coincidence",
"misunderstandings or the "complication" of problems
rather than interests and bad faith, well, why do so many get
angry if one opposes? And why many "coincidences" continued
86. Some oppose the expulsion
of criminal foreigners, sterilization of psychopaths and ousting
Saddam or the Saudi regime. What else is this than openly side
87. Sociology ignores the most
vital concepts: happiness, progress, and evil and human genetic
quality according to rational criteria.
In the same vein,
psychology ignores the most important of all anxieties: being
afraid of - and conforming to - "the others".
88. If history would lack deep
coherence, it would be uninteresting, because chaos is uninteresting.
Something similar holds for a novel.
89. It is revealing that those
purporting to "liberate" their peoples - Kurds, Palestinians,
Basques, Tamils,... - will call on national or religious feelings
rather than enlightened and cosmopolitan emotions. They seek power
via "solidarity", not freedom.
90. The most negative aspect
of both incoherence and anti-rationalism (chaos, postmodernism,
uncertainty, coincidence,...) is that they exempt many preferences,
ideas, situations and people from the obligation or even possibility
of legitimizing themselves convincingly as to truth, moral quality
and weight. This explains much of their popularity among troubled-water-lovers.
91. Convention and vested interests
will have a (partly ideological) lead by their mere emergence
from past survival-of-the-fittest competition. In particular,
a lead as to both producing "solidarity" and organization
- which, as history shows, are far from always being on the side
These pages are
also an attempt to complete science, technology and "the
onslaught of circumstance" as forces of progress with a moral
and emotional basis. This will contribute to their wresting away
the lead from the status quo.
92. Indeed, "solidarity"
is a dangerous concept in being related to nationalism, collectivism,
fundamentalism, the dismissal of whistle-blowers, primitive cultures
and softness on moral rearguards. More often than not it is a
euphemism for a dominant feature of establishment power: integrating
public emotions around most powerful and vocal interests,
apart from their ethical credibility. This is a psychological
analogue of cartellization. The answer is rational values.
93. A similar euphemism is "realism"
in politics, that will mean appeasing evil.
94. Striking coincidence:
On the one side our intellectuals - philosophers, social scientists,
idea mongers,... - ignore core concepts like happiness, progress,
the quality of human genes and techno-science solving problems
of life, such as by research into a possible hereafter. On the
other side they will be unstoppable in elaborating on "being",
"alienation", "experimenting with language"
and the studiedly irrelevant in general.
As the persistent
result is virtual censorship, couldn't then the unconscious
purpose be censorship too?
95. By not really fighting most
social evils - purporting that they are "complicated"
and "difficult to solve" - the establishment spreads
a feeling of powerlessness, uncertainty and anxiety among
people, which is also instrumental of conformism. A result is
that even as to high crime rates people will blame "circumstances"
rather than governments refusing to remove multi-offenders from
society for good and to radically extend the powers of crime-fighting
authorities. (Within this scope, it would also help putting lawyers
under oath to the effect of obliging them to tell the whole truth,
also if it harms the defendant's cause.)
96. Never any government or
ideological movement aimed at optimizing sexual happiness: an
extensive rational sex market, free oportunity for variedly experimenting,
special help for the better genes,... How many women can compare
a thousand naked men? We still see many sad results. Among them
is the primitivism of people associating "violence, sex and
drinking" and many women preferring cheap macho-types...
97. Saying that a social problem
is "complicated" will be an excuse for doing nothing
about it because one prefers humouring major interests.
98. Indeed a few really difficult
social problems exist. One of them is how to radically elevate
the level of the media without prejudicing freedom. How can we
substantially reduce the influence of ratings, of debasing commercials,
and generally the influence on emotional and mental life of
the most primitive ninety percent of mankind, without endangering
democracy and freedom? How to avoid that by far most Western youngsters
grow up as consumption animals without brainwashing them as in
the past? Could it help banning all advertising not having the
nature of serious, "intellectual" information?
99. Current "orthodoxy"
is radically exposed by one mere fact: it objects to genetically
engineering "supermen" but does not to the procreation
of habitual criminals and anti-socials.
Such state of
matters examples present-day secularized religion in which man
as he is (collectively) succeeded God as the ultimate inviolable
and "sacred", and our concomitant largely accepting
him and his values, culture and vested interests as they are.
They amount to the new conservatism (often called "progressive")
that, inter alia, turns against this Website and humours
the utterly anti-enlightened, such as genetic rearguards.
100. Moral relativism is positing
that one has every right to be a crook.
101. By thinking in terms of
social groups and their relations, rather than rational values
aiming at optimizing public well-being and progress, also sociology
contributed to devalueing individual conscience as an essential
category, and to relativism.
102. Its mere maintaining taboos
- as to sex, eugenics, "unlawful" evidence, objecting
to the immigration of low-quality people, euthanasia for seriously
handicapped newborns, public criticism of incoherent art, contravening
political correctness,... - demonstrates that our establishment
is not in good faith.
103. Apart from introducing
information technology and (much too radical) a reduction of rote,
all ("progressive") educational reforms of the last
75 years stem from anti-intellectualism, egalitarianism, bureaucratic
and conforming ("other-directed") tendencies, and a
here-and-now consumption mentality (up to and including less discipline
and delayed gratification).
104. For the rest, most other
social evils - that are far from coincidental as appears from
their persistence and semi-universality in the West - stem from
a similar anti-enlightened (anti-red thread) mentality as dominates
education: the taboos of 102, softness on crime and genetic
rearguards, relativism, philosophy not joining with the positive
sciences, complicated and impenetrable bureaucracy, technicality-infested
procedures and laws, as well as many "acquired rights"
and much power of "corporatistic networks" rather than
precedence to rational values, individual votes and efficient
105. The core instrument of
anti-enlightenment is repression and silence: "there
are no taboos", "social evils are coincidental and far
from unconscious conspiracies", "people are not at all
subtly kept dependent by the absence of a rational love market",...
Also, the obscurity and complication of law, government and bureaucracy,
and the power of veto groups, are pretended to be unintentional,
as it is called a coincidence that the establishment is more socio-politically
correct than the general public,...
Note here that
the abuses of the past and in the Third World were (are) neither
"coincidental" but almost exclusively due to inferior
value systems, bad faith of interest groups and other moral failings.
In the modern West, moreover, "primitive technology"
or other non-moral factors can only seldom be invoked as excuses...
106. Without any trace of sorrow
or moral indignation many assert that the evils of life are "inevitable",
"coincidental" or even "relative". What strikes
me most in them - who are seldom interested in increasingly bringing
destiny under rational and moral control - is their cold indifference
to suffering and injustice.
107. Sports as a competitive
industry, most "modern" art and philosophy, most bureaucracy,
law and procedure, large parts of the humanities,... all serve
within the scope of institutionalized nonproductive outlets and
"harmless" pseudo-creativity and pseudo-performance
of many mediocre members of, inter alia, an inflated academic
class. Also think here of fashion, Parkinson's Law, and the hypertrophic
etiquette in Confucius' China.
108. Suppose that no hidden
interests were behind humouring abuses. Well, then their
continuance would reflect a moral indifference or perfidy that
is even more unforgivable!
109. The appearance of numerous
taboos is not merely repressed, but they are also the main
reason why so many socio-political problems are "difficult
to solve". For taboos will represent or shield interests
that do not like bold approaches and manage to "repress"
them. Think of the deprivileged industry not wanting eugenics,
lawyers not wanting a reduction of "rights" and the
(semi-)permanent isolation of recidivists, educational or juridical
establishments shunning abolishment of bureaucracy and superfluous
110. The pre-eminent obstacle
to making major scientific discoveries is one's conformation to
prevailing association complexes. Such adjustment is also the
basis of status-quo-mindedness.
Hence vested interests
prefer a climate of "complicated, shaded, relative"
and hate cats among the pigeons and "being emotional":
they want to conserve "vested associations" too.
111. Those who are less than
enthousiastic about truth say that it is relative.
112. The core problem in society
is people being solidary with some organization, ethnic, political
or religious group, or tradition and myth, rather than rational
values such as integrity.
113. The mother of perversions:
associating lust (happiness) with the negative - taboo, shame,
guilt, "base instincts", drinking, violence...
114. Apart from good management,
the single most important task of democratic politics is subordinating
group interests to the common good, that is, to rational values.
"Realism" is largely the opposite.
interviews of relevant people can be a vital means for tracing
pressure-group influences on government.
115. Seldom so much energy has
been wasted on so pointless an undertaking as we see in sports.
116. As formerly most cruelties
and superstitions ensued from people solidarizing with the then
powers that be, current inner censorship and mutilations will
stem from conforming to "the group" too. Rational values
should guide one's solidarities, and in a democracy public opinion
never should cause us to keep mum because - starting from such
values - we don't really need moral support from the others.
117. In the sexual domain, the
existing order is still primitive to the extreme, silence also
being the rule as to the essential. For example, think of masturbation
as the only outlet for many in their most sensitive years, each
of such outlets getting associated with failure on a level of
both the vital and the sublime: intense passion resulting in apology...
118. The sentiments and moral
indignation of ordinary people - of the silent majority - should
be given a vital influence in a democracy. Otherwise, obscure
bureaucracy, well-organized special interests and contrived juridical
shrewdness will prevail. Low IQ is a negative thing. But a high
one without moral common sense backed up by emotion is even worse.
119. All those mediocre conformists
who networked themselves up owe so little to their own talents
and animation and so much to "the others"; small wonder
that our in-crowds will be other-directed and see the group, the
status quo, their values and judgment as the pre-eminent authorities
120. I explained the prevailing
softness on anti-socials and moral rearguards in general largely
via the interests of the "disadvantaged industry". However,
another factor may be vital too. Unconsciously, many feel how
much their unenlightened and self-seeking souls morally fail.
Well, those failing even more may provide them with an excuse.
(The idea that everything is meaningless, uncertain, chaos,...
will also do so.)
121. Many discriminate between
merely instrumental and substantial reason. Doesn't the latter
mean: extending it to rational values too?
122. Our leaders are less than
enthousiastic as to enforcing integrity and fighting abuses. Small
wonder: this reflects the methods by which they themselves made
123. Throughout history evil
and bad faith dominated establishments. Think of cruel punishments,
arbitrary inequality and exploitation, wars about the mere "honour"
or because of the greed of rulers, human rights, the treatment
of women,... Is it plausible that, historically recently, bad
faith evaporated rather than finding more hidden and veiled ways?
124. A radical asymmetry exists
as to good (happiness) and evil (unhappiness): for effecting the
first much more insight, effort and skill are needed than for
causing things to go wrong. This too is at the background of most
ages showing much less good than evil. The latter only needs a
little bit of sand in the machine.
Still, not many
were/are making great efforts to get rid of the sand...
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