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Nietzsche: Beyond Morality

German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche shared Kierkegaard’s conviction that philosophy should deeply reflect the personal concerns of individual human beings. But for Nietzsche, this entailed rejection of traditional values, including the Christian religion. Nietzche’s declaration of “the death of god” draws attention to our culture’s general abandonment of any genuine commitment to the Christian faith.
According to Nietzsche’s Die Götzendämmerung (Twilight of the Idols) (1889), Western philosophers since Socrates represent a degeneration of the natural strengths of humanity. A noble taste for heroic styles of life can only be corrupted and undermined by the interminable debates of dialectical reason. Traditional Western morality philosophy—and the Christian religion in particular—therefore opposes a healthy life, trying vainly to escape unfortunate circumstances by destroying native human desires.
Only perverse tenacity and cowardice, he believed, encourages us to cling to this servile morality, It would be more brave, more honest, and much more noble to cut ourselves loose and dare to live in a world without God. In such a world, death is not to be feared, since it represents nothing more significant than the fitting conclusion of a life devoted to personal gain.
All of this is, of course, a variety of nihilism. Nietzsche insists that there are no rules for human life, no absolute values, no certainties on which to rely. If truth can be achieved at all, it can come only from an individual who purposefully disregards everything that is traditionally taken to be “important.” Such a super-human person {Ger. Übermensch}, Nietzsche supposed, can live an authentic and successful human life.
Beyond Good and Evil
Nietzsche offered a quasi-historical account of the harmful consequences of traditional ethics in Zur Geneologie der Moral (On the Genealogy of Morals) (1887). “Good” initially and properly designated only the right of those individuals with social and political power to live their lives by sheer force of will. But a “priestly” caste, motivated by their resentment of their natural superiors, generated a corrupt alternative that would appeal to “the herd” of less capable persons, turning values inside-out. In the “slave morality” endorsed by religious establishments, Nietzsche argued, forceful action which should be admired gets labelled as “evil,” while the cowardly tendency to think through everything in advance is transformed into the supposed virtue of prudence.
Genuine autonomy, Nietzsche maintained, could only mean freedom from all external constraints on one’s behavior. In this (natural and admirable) state of existence, each individual human being would live a life without the artificial limits of moral obligation. No other sanction on conduct would be necessary than the natural punishment involved in the victory of a superior person over a vanquished enemy.
But the wish of lesser people to secure themselves against interference from those who are better gives rise to a false sense of moral responsibility. The natural fear of being overwhelmed by a superior foe becomes internalized as the self-generated sense of guilt, and individual conscience places severe limits on the normal exercise of human desire. Thus, on Nietzsche’s view, the fundamental self-betrayal of the human race is to submit its freedom to the ficticious demands of an imaginary god. Afraid to live by the strength of our own wills, we invent religion as a way of generating and then explaining our perpetual sense of being downtrodden and defeated in life.
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ΛΙΛΗ-ΖΩΓΡΑΦΟΥ

Lily Zografos: Greece prostitutes herself, consciously and unconsciously.

No one is innocent no one is above his responsibility
I don’t promote any style, way of expression or literature. I don’t write short stories. I report events and signs of the current days. Everything I report has happened to me or to others. For years I’ve spent my life keeping an eye on everything and everyone.
Life goes through me, entrusts me with its ugliness, infuriates me with its systematic injustice it humbles me for my inability to react, to successfully rebel to defend our common ridicule.
If I could be twenty year old again I would start from the mountain peaks, a partisan, a thief, a pirate to open the eyes of those who with no complain accept their fate, as much as those who close their eyes intentionally. No, my revolution wouldn’t go against the establishment but against those who bow down to it. I would kill I would fight the misery, the submission, the modesty.
There is no room on Earth for the humble and the contempt as there is no room for the mouthpieces of the Revolution.
Life has become so inhumane to be moulded into shapes and schemes it doesn’t belong to us as nothing belongs to us of the earth we occupy to our faces.
When the first stupid ass, the first worthless person can tie us on a chair, on a bench or a bed and he can spit on our faces, whip our backs defile us.
The running rot system condones and supports unscrupulousness, beastly behaviour, chaos, abolishing the respect for human life. Nothing is left unexploited from the generation gap that separates people from each other and prepares the children-informers of Hitler up to the complete abolition of the family.
Man is put up for bids. That the system won’t face any resistance when in the near future will put up for bids our motherland.
Papadoloulos* was a trial, an experiment in the European sphere like the thousands of experiments that take place in every corner of the planet. The recipe is simple: When a people raise their head against their leader, representative of the neo-capitalist system just find a bum and let him put handcuffs on the wrists of these people. Then let them exhaust themselves.
Most likely the people will get used to become neutralized for thirty forty years as it happened to Spain and Portugal. But as time goes by things happen in a lot faster pace as the recipe has been modified.
Take the reign from the bum and give them back to the old leader and send him to un-cuff the people. The populace will lick his hands seeing him as their liberator.
For this, we, the today’s guinea pigs we owe to use the term BC as before the Junta and AC as after the Junta, because the experiment was successful and we can’t forget the moment. Greece prostitutes itself, consciously and unconsciously. No one is innocent. No one is above his responsibility.

~Piece from the book “Profession Prostitute” by Lily Zografos, Alexandria Publishers, 1998.
~The last interview given by Lily Zografos to the reporter Anrdeas Roumeliotis

*Papadopoulos, one of the four colonels, dictatorship of 1967-1974
Λιλή Ζωγράφου: Η Ελλάδα εκδίδεται, συνειδητά και ασύνειδα. Κι ούτε ένας αθώος. Ανεύθυνος κανένας
«Δεν πουλώ ύφος, στυλ, λογοτεχνία. Δεν γράφω διηγήματα. Καταθέτω γεγονότα και συμπτώματα της εποχής που ζω. Όλα όσα γράφω συνέβησαν. Σε μένα ή σε άλλους. Χρόνια τώρα σπαταλιέμαι, παρακολουθώντας όλα κι όλους.
Η ζωή περνά από μέσα μου, με διαποτίζει με την ασκήμια της, με γεμίζει λύσσα με την αδικία της την οργανωμένη, με ταπεινώνει με την ανημποριά μου ν’ αντιδράσω, να επαναστατήσω αποτελεσματικά, να υπερασπιστώ το μαζικό μας εξευτελισμό.
Αν ξαναγινόμουν είκοσι χρόνων θα ξεκινούσα από τις κορφές των βουνών, αντάρτης, ληστής, πειρατής, ν’ ανοίξω τα μάτια εκείνων που δέχονται αδιαμαρτύρητα τη μοίρα τους, όσο και κείνων που εθελοτυφλούν. Όχι, η επανάστασή μου δε θα στρεφόταν κατά του καταστημένου και του συστήματός του, αλλά εναντίον εκείνων που το ανέχονται. Θα σκότωνα, θα τσάκιζα την κακομοιριά, την υποταγή, την ταπεινοφροσύνη.
Η γη έτσι κι αλλιώς δε χωρά άλλους ταπεινούς και καταφρονεμένους. Όπως δε χωρά άλλα φερέφωνα προκάτ επανάστασης.
Η ζωή γίνηκε πια πάρα πολύ απάνθρωπη για να την καλουπώνουμε σε σχήματα, δε μας ανήκει καν, όπως δε μας ανήκει τίποτα, από τη γη που κατοικούμε ως τα πρόσωπά μας.
Όταν ο κάθε τυχάρπαστος, ο κάθε τιποτένιος, μπορεί να μάς δέσει πάνω σε μια καρέκλα, σ’ έναν πάγκο ή σ’ ένα κρεβάτι, να μάς φτύσει, να μάς μαστιγώσει, να μάς βιάσει.
Το Σύστημα αποχαλινωμένο καλλιεργεί σκόπιμα την ασυνειδησία, την αγριότητα, το χάος, καταλύοντας το σεβασμό για τον ανθρώπινο παράγοντα. Δεν άφησε τίποτα ανεκμετάλλευτο, από το “χάσμα των γενιών” που αποκόβει τους ανθρώπους μεταξύ τους και ετοιμάζει τους αυριανούς παιδιά-καταδότες του Χίτλερ, ως την κατάργηση της οικογένειας.
Ο άνθρωπος βγαίνει στο σφυρί. Για να μη βρίσκει το Σύστημα καμιά αντίδραση και να μπορέσει αύριο να βγάλει ελεύθερα στο σφυρί και τις πατρίδες.
Ο Παπαδόπουλος ήταν μια δοκιμή και στον ευρωπαϊκό χώρο, κατά το σύστημα των χιλιάδων πειραμάτων που πραγματοποιούνται σ’ όλες τις περιοχές του πλανήτη. Η συνταγή είναι πια κοινή: Όταν ένας λαός σηκώσει κεφάλι κατά του κυβερνήτη του, εκπρόσωπου του κεφαλαιοκρατικού συστήματος, βρείτε έναν αλήτη και αναθέστε του να περάσει χειροπέδες σ’ αυτό το λαό. Κι αφήστε τον να εξουθενωθεί.
Το πιθανότερο είναι να συνηθίσει και να ζήσει εξουδετερωμένος από τριάντα μέχρι σαράντα χρόνια, όπως συνέβη στην Ισπανία και την Πορτογαλία. Επειδή όμως οι καιροί αλλάζουν, τα πράματα πάνε γρηγορότερα, η συνταγή τροποποιήθηκε.
Πάρτε τα κλειδιά από τον αλήτη, δώστε τα στον παλιό κυβερνήτη και στείλτε τον να ξεκλειδώσει τις χειροπέδες. Ο λαός θα του γλείφει τα χέρια, βλέποντάς τον σαν ελευθερωτή του.
Γι’ αυτό και μεις, τα σύγχρονα πειραματόζωα, οφείλουμε να χρησιμοποιούμε πάντα τον όρο π.Χ., που θα σημαίνει τώρα πια “προ Χούντας”, και μ.Χ., “μετά τη Χούντα”. Γιατί το πείραμα πέτυχε και δεν πρέπει να το λησμονούμε ούτε στιγμή. Η Ελλάδα εκδίδεται, συνειδητά και ασύνειδα. Κι ούτε ένας αθώος. Ανεύθυνος κανένας».
Απόσπασμα από το βιβλίο της Λιλής Ζωγράφου “Επάγγελμα Πόρνη”, Εκδόσεις Αλεξάνδρεια, 1998
Η τελευταία συνέντευξη της Λιλής Ζωγράφου στον Ανδρέα Ρουμελιώτη
Source:http://www.nostimonimar.gr/%CE%BB%CE%B9%CE%BB%CE%AE-%CE%B6%CF%89%CE%B3%CF%81%CE%AC%CF%86%CE%BF%CF%85-%CE%B7-%CE%B5%CE%BB%CE%BB%CE%AC%CE%B4%CE%B1-%CE%B5%CE%BA%CE%B4%CE%AF%CE%B4%CE%B5%CF%84%CE%B1%CE%B9-%CF%83%CF%85%CE%BD%CE%B5/

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May 13, 2011
Why a debt audit in Greece?
By Maria Lucia Fattorelli

After 6 days in Greece, all I could hear from many Greek people is: “we don’t know what is our public debt; we can’t understand how come it became so immense, because we don’t see it’s correspondence in investments, benefits, or anything to the country; workers only know we are paying too much taxes and having our rights being cut down every day with closing of schools, hospitals, kindergartens; employee going high and we’re are hit every day with terrorist information about the future of our country’s economy and even risk for our historical monuments”.

The women are the main victims of these measures, because they are the first ones to be filled from their jobs, and the last ones in line for new jobs. Also, when social services are cut down or eliminated, it’s expected that women will take care of services like health, education, assistance, children care, and many others, without any payment.

People is confused because everything is going on too fast and day by day new adjustment measures are announced, with the strong interference of IMF, European Central Bank and European Commission – the Troika – in the internal matters of Greece economy and policies, interfering directly in the people’s life and in Greek’s sovereignty.

One year ago, the memorandum was signed with IMF. Since then, currently new revisions and new measures are imposed directly to the Greek society, because the Greek Parliament is not even voting these measures that are recommended by the Troika and, in the next day, are already being practiced. The direct intervention of the Troika is a completely new situation for a society who gave birth to democratic way of government in the world history.

All this social, economic and political damage is a consequence of the so called “debt” crisis. But we must remember that it didn’t start as a debt crisis, but as a bank crisis: a financial private sector problem.

In 2008, the largest financial crisis beat the main financial institutions in the USA, because of a huge “bubble” originated by the issuing of an immeasurable amount of series and series of derivatives and other kinds of financial products without any real value, which loaded the financial market of “garbage”. This procedures were possible because the existing controls under the SEC |1| – that had the role, since the 1929 crisis, to control the “quality and authentic” of papers deal in the financial market – were disrespected and bypassed for the many financial institutions.

The media generally nominates these “garbage” papers as “toxic assets”. The amount of derivatives and all toxic papers was so large that Obama thought about creating “bad banks” in order to “clean up” the financial system. That idea also came up in Europe in early 2009:

It’s very important to know that the institutions who issued these papers are the largest and most important ones of the financial world, because they are the ones who have “credibility” to have their own papers accepted and negotiated in the financial market. Only very few of these important institutions broke up – Lehman Brothers, for example – but soon the USA approved a plan to bailout the financial system, by transferring great amount of public resources into financial institutions in order to rescue them, saving them from bankruptcy. The same plan went on in Europe in 2009, and since the beginning, everyone knew this plan represented a serious risk for all countries, as shown on the Feb 2009 new:
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Thus, in a certain point, besides aware of the risk of economic ruin, all countries in the North started to put a lot of money in the financial sector, in order to rescue institutions. There is no transparency about this amount of money that has been given by countries to the financial sector. Estimative goes up to trillions, but no country has revealed clearly the right amount that has been given to bailout banks since 2008, and many “secret” documents – as mentioned in the notice above – has been produced.

The worry part of the history is that the northern countries didn’t have, on their budgets, all the money they decided to give to banks. This way, countries created public debt by issuing public bonds to give to banks in order to fill up the big role created by their “toxic assets”. So, a significant part or the “sovereign bonds” of these countries did not represent real “public debt”, or bond issuing to obtain resources to the country, but simply the utilization of debt mechanism to guaranty funds to financial institutions.

Besides this, the deregulation of the financial market is permitting the use of sovereign debt bonds as if they were cards or chips of a casino, used for gamblers bets and games. How can a society be responsible for the losses of such irresponsible and immoral operations, which are taking money from essential services like Health, Education, Assistance, Security, Sanitation, provoking the loss of thousands of employee and, in the other side, making many gamblers very very rich?

Can the result of these operations be considered as “public debt”? The good economy books explain that public debt is an instrument that can be used to finance the stat needs. The bonds issued to bailout banks can’t be considered as public debt, but should be treated as a separated loan to be paid by the banks, not by the entire society.

The instrument of “public debt” is being used now in Europe as it has been used in Latin America since the 70’s. The experiences of debt audit – official audit in Ecuador and citizen initiative in Brazil – have proved that in the last 40 years the only beneficiary of the commercial external debt were the large international banks; instead of being an instrument to finance state activities, this kind of debt in bonds was a mechanism to transfer public resources into the private financial sector.

The debt-audit also proved that the financial crises we had in 1982 were provoked by the same international private creditors and that crises opened the opportunity for an intense interference of IMF in our economies with fiscal adjustment plans – just like it’s happening now in Europe – that cost as at least 2 decades of heavy social sacrifice (that we call lost decades) in order to guarantee benefits for the financial sector.

It’s very important that European countries, who are not under dictatorships as we were in the 80’s in South America, organize civil commissions, like our organization in Brazil – to research documents, encourage popular investigations, studies, social mobilization and elucidation about this debt process as soon as possible.

A debt-audit is an opportunity to have documents and proves of the real nature of the so called “public” debt. The findings of the audit can push concrete actions in all fields: popular, parliamentarian, legal and any other policies.

Most part of Greek public debt is reflected in sovereign bonds. The first question we must ask is: What part of Greek public debt comes from bonds issued to rescue banks? What part of this debt has never being really received by Greece, because is just a result of financial mechanisms, attacks, and speculations in financial market? Does anyone own what has never received? Is it right that all Greek people pay for this?

That’s why it’s so important to have a debt audit in Greece and the organizers of the recent Conference of Debt Audit in Athens and Seminar in Tessaloniki deserve all congratulations for opening this urgent debate.

Footnotes
|1| SEC – Securities and Exchange Comission in United States of America.
P.S.

Maria Lucia Fattorelli is Coordinator of Citizen Debt Audit-Brazil since 2001; Member of the Commission of Debt Audit of Ecuador (2007-2008) and Assessor of Brazilian Parliamentarian Investigation of Public Debt (2009-2010): CPI da Dívida da Câmara dos Deputados em Brasília. http://www.divida-auditoriacidada.org.br Citizen Debt Audit-Brazil is part of CADTM international network.

From: CADTM.Org
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