Friday, March 21, 2008

The Power of Nightmares


This film explores the origins in the 1940s and 50s of Islamic Fundamentalism in the Middle East, and Neoconservatism in America, parallels between these movements, and their effect on the world today. From the introduction to Part 1:

"Both [the Islamists and Neoconservatives] were idealists who were born out of the failure of the liberal dream to build a better world. And both had a very similar explanation for what caused that failure. These two groups have changed the world, but not in the way that either intended. Together, they created today's nightmare vision of a secret, organized evil that threatens the world. A fantasy that politicians then found restored their power and authority in a disillusioned age. And those with the darkest fears became the most powerful.

The Power of Nightmares

note: It's a three part 1 hour series, all begin with the same intro so don't be confused.

Part 1 : Baby It's Cold Outside

Part 2 : The Phantom Victory

Part 3:The Shadows in the Cave

Well worth the 3 hours. The strongest statement in evidence yet for the necessary death of ideology that I have seen in any media. Thank you BBC and Adam Curtis.

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