The Power of Nightmare

Posted on September 30, 2008
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This BBC documentary, The Power of Nightmares, pursues similar ideas to Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine, the notion that contemporary politics, having lost the power to inspire through ideology, now uses fear as its major motivation in harnessing popular opinion.  Though I found its arguments more balanced and nuanced, as it seeks the threads of radical Islam and neo-conservatism, the two great opposing themes of the contemporary milieu, in the rise and fall of liberalism and the consequent movement of reactionary Conservatism.  Excellent stuff…

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