AMSTERDAM 2.0 HYPER-LEXICON
Fear of the market; also known as a city within AMSTERDAM 2.0.
see further: fear, free market
Contrary to modern canons, the grotesque body is not separated from the rest of the world. It is not a closed, completed unit;
it is unfinished, outgrows itself, transgresses its own limits. The stress is laid on those parts of the body that are open to
the outside world, that is, the parts through which the world enters the body or emerges from it, or through which the body itself
goes out to meet the world. This means that the emphasis is on the apertures or the convexities, or on various ramifications
and offshoots: the open mouth, the genital organs, the breasts, the phallus, the potbelly, the nose.
The mandarins draw their power from the law;
Expression of the right to claim another culture; see the article 'Choosin' Cholita'.
The AMSTERDAM 2.0 is a 'Consititution of Spawn'.
Think Smart Contracts, historical charters, the Magna Carta.
Of, befitting, a feast; festive, jovial.
An obligation by which a tenant is bound to provide meat and drink for his lord at least once in the year.
see further: cities, jurisdiction, territory
DO NOT ASK YOURSELF WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR CITY...
Let a thousand flowers bloom.
Behind everything that we feel,
Fear is sharp sighted,
Fear has the largest eyes of all.
Fear is stronger than arms.
Fear protects life.
When men are ruled by fear,
Where fear is, happiness is not.
A specific non-territorial city 'contained' in AMSTERDAM 2.0.
see further: Cities, Citizen, Client, Closed, Membership, Open
Works best as an invention. Consider the role 'Myth of Venice' and the Myth of Batavia' in the successful formation of the Dutch Republic.
The Future Shall Look Like the Past.
The Past Shall be Actively Mined for Just Causes.
Not all cities of AMSTERDAM 2.0 are known. Since not every client of AMSTERDAM 2.0 knows of the existence of every city, knowledge effectly acts as a border.
At present, there are some 185 recognized members of the 'United Nations'. In addtion, there are over 50 members
of the 'Unrecognized Nations and Peoples Organization'. Toss in a handful of 'recognized' countries that don't belong to
the UN, and there are some 240 countries on this planet. These are the Macronations.
The movement of populations of animals between one region and another, usually brought about by seasonal changes in the climate. resulting in lower temperatures and a reduced food supply (in many species migration is the alternative to hibernation).
Open-membership communities invariably end up swamped with freeloaders and sex-starved pathetic creeps. [The autonomous community] must
choose their own membership mutally--this has nothing to do with 'elitism'. The [autonomous community] may exercise a temporary open
function--such as hosting festivals or giving away free food, etc.--but it need not be permanently open to any self proclaimed
sympathizer who wanders by.
see further: closed, semi-permeable
A city is a territory with a purpose.
see also: cause
There are a number of historical precedents for this idea. To pick one famous example, the Icelandic Free Commonwealth (930-1262) operated on the Thing system. A 'Thing' was a court or assembly. (The English word 'thing' originally had this meaning also; when Hamlet says "The play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the King," the pun is successful because in Shakespeare's time the word 'thing' had begun to have its modern meaning, but also still retained the earlier flavor of a judicial proceeding to establish guilt or innocence.) The national legislative assembly, with its attendant national judiciary, was called the All-Thing; beneath it were four Quarter-Things, corresponding to the four geographical regions of Iceland. But here the tie between geography and jurisdiction ended.
Under each Quarter-Thing were three or four Varthings, and assigned to each of these were three Things. Residents of a
Quarter were free to choose membership in any of the nine or twelve Things attached (through the Varthings) to their
Quarter-Thing. Membership in a Thing determined who your Godhi or chieftain was; a Godhi protected his Thingmen
against local threats, appointed judges from his Thing to serve on the judiciary, and represented his Thingmen in the
national legislature. In return, a Godhi's Thingmen paid him fees and did him various favors. One could officially switch
one's membership from one Thing to another simply by making the appropriate announcement in front of witnesses. Since
the cost of transferring one's allegiance to another Godhi was far smaller than it would have been if the Things had been
purely territorial entities, competition put a brake on the ability of any Godhi to oppress his Thingmen too severely or to
demand excessive favors or tribute. ! This decentralized system appears to have been quite effective. The Icelandic Free
Commonwealth did eventually succumb to centralization, but it took three hundred years; the United States took much less.
The 'Vrije Vaart', that terse expression of Amsterdam's common faith, represented more than just the mere notion of free, unencumbered shipping. It might indicate unadultered freebooting (i.e. by the 'vrijbuiter'), piracy and the snatching of Spanish 'silverfleets', it might mean the punishment of Dunkirk 'Kapers' who tried the same acts on Dutch ships, it might involve the ravishing of the natives' territory in the East Indies, or the forcing in 1644 of a toll-free entrance through the Danish Sound by Cornelis Witte de With. Beyond this, however, the free sea was the source of inspiration in the most original sense of the term, and it became the conception of a divine law.
It is therefore not without significance, that it should have been a Hollander who produced a doctrine of the free sea. Grotius'
'Mare liberum' is a true document of traders' pride, anonymously published in 1608 for the young aggressive East India Company.
It was, to be sure, a lawyer's brief for the justification of any violent means, to which the company might have to resort in order
to protect its trade against the Portuguese. Above this harsh reality, however, arose the human wisdom, through which Grotius
could say: "Go on, o nation, never conquered on the sea, and fight courageously, not merely for your own freedom, but for that of
the human species".
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