YouTube - The Power of Nightmares - The Rise of The Politics of Fear I
2:41 pm EST, Feb 3, 2007
The ease with which video can be spread through the internet has given rise of late to something which is not a new genre, but newly accessible... The Conspiracy Documentary. Rattle has quite a collection of these things. Some are reasonable enough to bubble up into pop culture, some are crazy enough to be entertaining in the way that B horror movies are.
I stumbled on this one by searching around from some of the videos that Jeremy posted this morning. I found it rather interesting. I have no idea if the history being presented here is reasonable or not. Part of the reason I'm posting it is to see if anyone else who bothers to watch it has any insight into the threads that are being pulled here. In any event, there is some interesting footage... Turns out there is a wikipedia article about it.
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. "