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Marx e Nietzsche sui Comunisti Invidiosi

(a completamento del mio precedent blog: “Socialisti? Comunisti? Invidiosi!“)

(mille grazie ai mie amici M ed E per queste segnalazioni)

Sul tema dell’invidia come la base del socialismo e del comunismo come vengono intesi adesso (e anche: come sono stati implementati nei “Paesi Socialisti”, e nella forma che ricorre oggi sotto la forma dell'”ecologismo verde-rosso”), cominciamo da Karl Marx, che riguardo alle proposte egualitariste come quelle di Babeuf, rispondeva (nei “Manoscritti Economico-Filosofici del 1844“):

Il comunismo rozzo non è che il compimento di questa invidia e di questo livellamento partendo dalla rappresentazione minima. Esso ha una misura determinata e limitata. Proprio la negazione astratta dell’intero mondo della cultura e della civiltà, il ritorno alla semplicità innaturale dell’uomo povero e senza bisogno, che non solo non è andato oltre la proprietà privata ma non vi è neppure ancora arrivato, dimostrano quanto poco questa soppressione della proprietà privata sia un’appropriazione reale

Ecco invece Friedrich Nietzsche nell’Anti-cristo (#57):

Chi detesto di piu’ fra gli agitatori di oggi? Gli agitatori socialisti, gli apostoli del Chandala [da un nome per gli “intoccabili” dell’India], che minano l’istinto, il piacere, il senso di soddisfazione del lavoratore con la sua piccola esistenza-che lo rendono invidioso, che gli insegnano la vendetta. La fonte del torto non è mai diritti disuguali ma la richiesta di diritti ‘uguali’“.

Nietzsche si occupa del socialismo anche negli aforismi 446 e 473 del libro “Umano, troppo umano”.

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English EU Politics UK

Britain, the European Union’s Half-Virgin

And so we see again another big debate in Britain about Europe, about the European Union, about the need to be part of it and the will to stay away from it. Some people will argue for a referendum limited to the EU Constitution-in-all-but-name, others will declare their intention to ask the populace if they want to stay in the EU at all. The smarter people in the two main political parties will try to postpone any decision, avoiding the risk of internal rifts, in the hope that the Irish will kill off the Constitution with their own referendum.

I have even heard former PM candidate William “The Vague” Hague dodge the question on what he wanted the country actually to do right now: one wonders what the “let’s stay in Europe but without the Constitution” people will say were the UK left to be the last one to ratify the so-called Lisbon Treaty (like, they had the courage to kill it anyway…).

With more than 10 years of UK residency behind me, this circus is becoming very boring. Somehow the UK wants to mantain a nominal independence AND lead or least stir Europe in the directions most convenient to itself. The practical result is that neither goal is ever achieved, and the best Downing Street can do is come back from Brussels with opt-out clauses, while the big scheme of things is dreamed up, directed and implemented from somewhere else.

I just wish there were a single, comprehensive referendum asking the British people the question: do you want a. to get completely out(1) of Europe or b. to engage within it fully (with the Euro and the “whole hog”)?

Then we could move to a different subject. And if the answer were b., we could finally see the UK at the forefront of the Continent, instead of occupying the position of Chief Sulker.

(1) Of course that’s an euphemism. With all the trade links between the UK and Europe, a wholly-disengaged Britain would turn into some kind of overtly rich Norway. Nominally “internal” legislation would then show up as faxes from Brussels with the latest EU directives, about which not a vote could be cast at all.

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Data Omniclimate Science

January Warmth Weakens BBC Meteorologist's Logical Skills

How many times have we been told that “weather” is not “climate”, that a heatwave or a cold front or heavy winds or hurricanes or the lack thereof, can say absolutely nothing about the state of the global climate?

Lo and behold, here comes the BBC’s John Hammond in the current “Monthly Outlook” for the UK:

The predominance of south or southwesterly winds kept temperatures at or above average in many parts in the early days of 2007. This theme looks set to continue for a greater part of the next month.
This comes on the back of recently released figures for 2007, which showed that on a global level 2007 was the seventh warmest on record since 1850.

Should it really be necessary to tell a meteorologist that if local above-average temperatures are due to “south/southwesterly winds” THEN the only way to connect the temperatures to global warming would be by demonstrating a link between those winds, and that warming?

Furthermore: the Hadley Centre has not published yet the final figures for 2007. Data so far show sea-surface temperatures for 2007 to be the 9th on record, globally (the southern oceans have actually recorded in December the coolest value in 13 years).

UPDATE JAN 26: HadCRUT data now available up to December 2007