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Our Malitias

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At 1:20 Curtis says, “It was one of our malitias” when talking about the antagonists in a civil war in the Congo.

Our malitias, our wars, our Playstation 2’s. One of our scientists was wrong.

We’re all guilty. No one is guilty.

This is the point of the group ownership, or “commonwealth” of England. It’s in their mind, or at least in Curtis’s.


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June 29, 2011 at 8:28 am

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Notes on a terrible BBC documentary taking on Ayn Rand « Fuguewriter

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This is an excellent response to Adam Curtis’s documentary. I enjoyed the catchy music and active pace of the show. I liked the video editing. It is mostly engaging. But the part it does not engage, or even tries to subvert, is the intellect.

I get the impression that the BBC gave Curtis full access to all footage ever shot by them. He had a monumental library spanning decades to rummage through. He needed all of this to dazzle the viewer with large quantities of interesting footage to not notice the junk that was coming out of his mouth. Why? The BBC must be shaken and scared that the ideas of individual rights will finally reach across the Atlantic and into the hallowed walls of the University of London.

Curtis has made several of these types of documentaries. One is called “The Century of the Self” in which he uses BBC library footage to show that the individual is a myth made up by Sigmund Freud’s cousin to sell more cars and clothes.

I agree with pretty much everything you are saying, accept I think you should clarify the virtue/virtues of selfishness point you are making. She did write a book called “The Virtue of Selfishness”.

As far as the roots of the collapse, they actually show Greenspan diverging from the path of Objectivism but don’t point that out to the viewer. They show him using the Fed to help Clinton. At this point he is not running the Fed as a bank but as a charity. This has nothing to do with Objectivism but Curtis and the BBC doesn’t mention this divergence.

You can only refute Rand by misrepresenting her. But for the BBC and Curtis to stake their reputations on such an attack means they think no one will notice, or they are just so desperate that they have to play dumb and try anyway.

There is an alternate explanation to the events portrayed in the show. The New Economy was laid low, not by irrational exuberance, but by a DOJ attack on it’s greatest champion.

Here is an interesting section of the Dot Com Bomb taken from here:

2000 Jan 30 Super Bowl XXXIV Features Seventeen Dot-Com Companies

2000 Mar 10 Dot-com Bubble Reaches Peak

2000 Mar 13 The Market Opens 4% Lower On Monday Than It Closed On Friday

2000 Mar 24 S&P 500 Peaks

2000 Apr 3 Microsoft Is Declared A Monopoly

2000 Apr 15 Gave Away Ten Million Dollars To A Lucky Contestant

2000 May 18 Goes Bust

2000 Nov 6 Announces Closure

via Notes on a terrible BBC documentary taking on Ayn Rand « Fuguewriter.

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June 27, 2011 at 1:22 am

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YouTube – All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (Ep. 1) – Full

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YouTube – All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (Ep. 1) – Full.

From the youtube comments:

  • @eduardoobregon You make her point. She says some of us depend more on others. It is zeitgeist-blasphemy to say this. Don’t repeat it.

    For most of our evolutionary lives we lived in mud huts and all messages had to be delivered by foot. No one knew a password.

  • I love watching this on the web. Ironic.

  • @strangetranceoffaith The path of reason did go astray in Europe and even in the US. The feudal system had been rehashed into the socialist/collectivist morality which lead where it always does; human sacrifice, like the millions forcibly starved by Lenin and Stalin. Mao’s Cultural Revolution similarly starved millions. And then, of course, there is Hitler.

    Nietzsche had declared, "God is Dead". Eternal damnation no longer threatened.

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June 26, 2011 at 7:42 pm

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All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace | Watch Free Documentary Online

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All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace | Watch Free Documentary Online.

"It was a vision of society where the old forms of political control would be unnecessary. Because computer networks could could create order in society without central control. this had never happened before. Because at the heart of Western political thought there had always been a fear that if you allowed individuals too much control, you would get anarchy."

Actually it has happened before. You may have heard of it BBC, it was called the AMERICAN REVOLUTION!!!!

Many British still just don’t comprehend that the American Revolution happened. The "divine right of kings" still operates there in the minds of the people and even in the laws.

It’s no wonder that revolution has failed in the emerging nations in Eastern Europe and now the Middle East. Revolution failed in the capitals of Europe and the BBC is broadcasting that fact!

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June 26, 2011 at 7:41 pm

AWOBMOLG – BBC’s Critique of Reason‬‏

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YouTube – ‪jamesyireland’s Channel‬‏.

"And no one believes you can change the world for the better any more"

The BBC program is filled with such blanket statements. This one is written in large, bold, all-caps at the beginning of the program.

It is such an easily refutable assertion that one must wonder if it is more of a wish.

There are many blanket statements. The manufactured dispute between Hutu’s and Tootsie’s is said to be something that "we" caused. I assume by "we" Adam Curtis means Europeans?

There are many juxtapositions of incongruous images. The film is like "The Kid Stays in the Picture". The producers had access to the BBC’s newsreels and made great use of them. But much of it is disorienting. When they discuss Bill Hamilton’s death from a hemorrhage they show a close-up of blood bursting through some membrane into another bodily fluid and then some glamorous woman dancing under a disco light.

Much of the archive footage is helpful, and of a quality that you would only expect from the BBC or other news mammoth. But a lot of it is fluff or even subterfuge.

At one point a theory is said to assert that there is absolutely no differences between humans and animals. They show a human yawning and a chimpanzee yawning.  No thought is given to the fact that humans are creating such theories while chimpanzees are not.

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June 26, 2011 at 7:40 pm

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YouTube – Adam Curtis Interview – Das Internets (P1/2)

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YouTube – Adam Curtis Interview – Das Internets (P1/2).

The first Adam Curtis video I watched online was "All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace" which bemoaned our use of the internet. It attempts to show the downside of cybernetics, distributed systems, democracy, the internet, and the so called "California Ideal".

In this audio clip from some interview that I found on the internet purports to be him talking about new possibilities made possible by those systems as the apply to documentary creation, presentation, and delivery.

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June 26, 2011 at 7:39 pm

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AWOBMOLG Ep 2 Transcript

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in the mass democracies of the West a new ideology has risen up. We have come to believe that the old hierarchies of power can be replaced by self organizing networks.


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June 26, 2011 at 7:31 pm

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