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The Power Of Nightmares – The Rise of the Politics of Fear Part 1 of 3

August 21, 2006

A friend reccomended that I watch a BBC documentary over the weekend. It is called “The Power Of Nightmares – The Rise of the Politics of Fear”. It came out in 2005 and is narrated by Adam Curtis.

In part one which is called “Baby its Cold Outside” the film covers the origins and birth of two radical schools of thought. The first school of though is the birth of the modern radical Islamist movement. The second school of thought is the beginnings of the American Neo-Conservative movement.

Below are a few excerpts from the BBC summation of the serries. The origional BBC write upof the series can be viewed here at the BBC website.

In a new series, the Power of Nightmares explores how the idea that we are threatened by a hidden and organised terrorist network is an illusion.

It is a myth that has spread unquestioned through politics, the security services and the international media.

At the heart of the story are two groups: the American neo-conservatives and the radical Islamists.

Both were idealists who were born out of the failure of the liberal dream to build a better world.

These two groups have changed the world but not in the way either intended.

…. Together they created today’s nightmare vision of an organised terror network.

A fantasy that politicians then found restored their power and authority in a disillusioned age. Those with the darkest fears became the most powerful.

I feel that this is such a good video that anybody that belives in freedom should see it. Therefore I have placed the Google video viewer for episode 1 and I will follow up with episodes 2 and 3. Because he running time for each episode is about one hour I thought I would be kind to my reader and spilt the episodes up.

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