February 25 2001
Slowly but deadly BSE is spreading throughout the world. It originated in
England, then spread to Western-Europe and now cases of the mad cow disease are already
seen in South-Korea and Thailand.
The masses can only protect themselves from this illness by abstaining from eating any cow
It is certain that the growing dispersion of this illness is promoted by humans.
till now not one higher-placed person is punished though many are guilty.
authorities because they covered the facts and waited too long to take the right
decisions. The European leaders because they still allowed English cow meat to enter the
Common Market. And even the Thai leaders because they only banned European meat in 2000
while they already knew about the problem for several years. The last leaders are however
somewhat forgiven because the leaders of the European Market exert a tremendous pressure
on third countries not to ban their cow meat.
In our society leading persons are hardly punished when something has gone wrong. Fines
are given to concerns, to factories, to institutions but dead things can never make
mistakes. It are always humans who act wrong, but persons who have made mistakes are
nearly always allowed to go on in the same way.
The whole BSE-affair is characteristic for the behaviour of leaders. They cheat, lie,
cover up facts and resort to many other tricks to hide the fact they are in the first
place responsible for the damage caused by their incorrect behaviour. Mainly because those
leading persons only think about the interest of the masses when the interest of the elite
There exists a simple reason for this behaviour. The pressure from other members of the
elite - for example those members who have vast interests in the meat industry - is far
greater than the pressure of masspeople who only want to eat safe food. It should be right
when people should exert more pressure on higher-placed persons.
One of the means to increase people's pressure can be the founding of Autonomous Clubs
as I have described in the first chapter about Jean Paul Marat of my
book "The Power of the Autonomous Human".
Yours truly, Joost van Steenis