The world is filled with stories about how short-sightendess and short-term self-interest can cause disaster and decay of once functioning systems. However, the one published by BBC – and, to make matters worse, describing things happening on a continental level – is amazingly blunt and straightforward, showing how collapse out of sheer neglect and high-level stupidity can have drastic and widespread consequences.
This is one of those texts that cause a deep and overwhelming feeling of sadness over the condition of human mind and the depths human spirit can fall to. It couldn’t have been simpler. It couldn’t have been clearer. And yet, it happened. On a scale that can’t be called anything else but epic.
And the worst thing of all is that not many will learn from it, even those further to the west.
A tidbit I wrote on a small bacwater forum, then realised it makes sense and why not put it here, copy/paste is cheap these days anyway.
I’m inclined to go with Jim: “There is a little bit of me that says, let’s do it, let’s see how crazy shit can get!” Trump is not a presidential candidate nor a person. He is a symptom of a diseased system that has entered a new phase of swallowing its own tail. If he loses, there will be another after him because the causes that created The Trump did not stop existing. It will be the same as with Bernie Sanders: instead of learning from their mistakes and understanding Sanders’ popularity as a consequence of their failures, looking at them and trying to repair them, the Democrats took Sanders’ defeat as a proof that they were right all along and will continue on their old track.
Until a new Sanders and Trump come in and get even more support. The only issue will be which one of them will be victorious. But either way, the system ends there and then.
And no, I’m not inclined to believe that Trump is going to start a WWIII. He is Putin’s buddy, they will drink vodka and sing together and Putin is going to bring in some nice Russian ladies to the party and make Donny feel good. Yeah, CIA will collapse because Vlad will get all the confidential data he needs and American operations all over the world will collapse or fall into Russian hands, but somehow I don’t see that as a necessarily bad thing. As for USA, it may turn into a hellhole, but what many don’t realise is that USA is already a hellhole for many of its citizens. What I find funny is that many humanitarian organizations feel the need to go to Africa to help hungry black people, while they don’t realise that, if they want to help solve Third World problems, they can also start with their own suburbs.
But yeah, I don’t think Trump is going to win. This time or in this body anyway.
I stumbled upon a piece by Francis Fukuyama recently that basically confirmed something I’ve been nagging about for some time: democracy is not a cause, but instead, a consequence of a well-arranged and developed society. Continue reading →
I’ll just put this here for future reference, more as a bookmark than anything else, because Despair Fatigue by David Graeber is one of those epic, monumental texts that should be collected into a universal and permanent textbook for understanding economy and politics of the current era in general. Continue reading →
One of the most renown “small” observatories in the world with the education centre attached – the one in Višnjan in Istria – is going to keep existing, although it was a close call. After a few years of shutting programmes one after another due to lack of funding, local counties came to their senses and realised the tourist potential of the whole educational centre. More information should be published soon; in the meantime, the Croatian version of the text is here, but what is sticking out of the whole case are a few sentences spoken by the observatory and educational centre’s founder and manager, Korado Korlević, where he addressed a wider issue: EU funds being handed out to scientific, cultural and other NGO projects.
“We have seen that this is a very cruel money, that, in the end, it boils down to violence of administratively stronger inflicted upon the weaker. We have also witnessed that the government services in Croatia, instead of helping out, just wait for you to make a mistake and then issue a fine and ask of you to return the money you received. You write projects, you struggle, you wait for the funds for two years, and then someone demands that you return 10 percent because you didn’t do everything according to the 600-page manual. We decided it was best if Europe and the state keep their money. I can’t ask of the girls who work here to go through this administrative violence, to be on edge and unable to sleep throughout the week when they are writing projects and reports. No country should do this to their citizens.”
We are witnessing an event of epic proportions that, as is usual in history, has no immediate solution. Nobody knows of any. So, in these extraordinary circumstances, let us at least try to do as few things as possible that would identify us as non-humans and which would make the future generations ashamed of us. As long as they are here, let’s not stand in the way of grey-road walkers.
When you read a sentence that makes a “click” in your brain and you know that it is the Truth; not a notion that someone constructed to describe reality so well that it fits perfectly, but instead, simply extended his hand and picked it out of thin air, because it has been there for a while, in plain sight, and it simply waited for someone to look at it from the right direction to uncover and share with everybody else.
Austerity is not eight years of spending cuts, as in the UK, or even the social catastrophe inflicted on Greece. It means driving the wages, social wages and living standards in the west down for decades until they meet those of the middle class in China and India on the way up.
The current crisis in the European Union is perhaps the greatest in its history. It is also exposing flaws in the basic principles of capitalism, one of them being that it degenerates into chaos whenever it is allowed to ramble on without the strong intervention of political bodies. At the moment, the main battle line in the Greece Affair is whether the Republic should honour its obligations to its creditors to the letter, or whether there should be some leeway in repayments. Continue reading →