I accepted an award not long ago with the words
Fear is a scary thing.
And it is.
This is from the Power of Nightmares:
In the past, politicians promised to create a better world.
They had different ways of achieving this. But their power and authority came from the optimistic visions they offered to their people. Those dreams failed. And today, people have lost faith in ideologies.
Increasingly, politicians are seen simply as managers of public life. But now, they have discovered a new role that restores their power and authority. Instead of delivering dreams, politicians now promise to protect us from nightmares.
They say that they will rescue us from dreadful dangers that we cannot see and do not understand. And the greatest danger of all is international terrorism.
A powerful and sinister network, with sleeper cells in countries across the world. A threat that needs to be fought by a war on terror. But much of this threat is a fantasy, which has been exaggerated and distorted by politicians. It’s a dark illusion that has spread unquestioned through governments around the world, the security services, and the international media.
This BBC documentary shows how and why that fantasy was created, and who it benefits.
This is particulary relevant today, because just this week, ABC News broke a story about a secret FBI report that reveals that,
Well, there aren't any sleeper cells.
In Lackawanna or anyplace else.
Pretty Scary Stuff.
Remember to right click on the screen to watch it in Real Player.
If that doesn't scare you,
How about the Bolton appointment to the UN?
Isn't appointing John Bolton to the U.N.
a little like appointing Dracula to a blood bank?
Here is Jon Stewart.
This is in quicktime.
And here is Paul Krugman
explaining the Great Unraveling.
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