Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Propaganda Machine

1. The Power of Nightmares - 180 mins!
This BBC documentary argues a convergence in aims between the neoconservative movement and the radical Islamists. The three-part programme was first screened in the UK in 2004. It has also been seen in film festivals.

Documentary programmes based on ideas - in this case American philosopher Leo Strauss and Egyptian intellectual Sayyid Qutb - are like rare jewels. Filmmaker Adam Curtis has been branded a conspiracist but he defends his position in this Wikipedia entry. Edward Skidelsky has this critique of Strauss thinking in the latest issue of Prospect.

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