Wednesday 24 February 2021

Can't Get you Out of my Head- Part 2

See here for my review of Part 1:
It's pretty clear from watching Part 2 of Adam Curtis' latest documentary that Can't Get you Out of my Head is a single story split into episodes, rather than a six-episode series with each part being a different story. See: Alternative link: This second episode looks into the origins of modern identity politics. Once again the focus is on the UK, the United States of America and China. One of the figures the narrative follows was Michael de Freitas or "Michael X". He was one of the leading founders of the "black power" movement in the 50's and 60's. However he began his career as a henchman for a London gangster and rogue landlord called Peter Rachman. Rachman came from Ukraine and had witnessed cannibalism during World War II. As a result he had become a moral nihilist and it turned out de Freitas had hidden selfish motives beneath his exterior of political principle. He smuggled marijuana in Trinidad and Tobago and killed a young supporter when she tried to expose him. Meanwhile in China, Jiang Qing was acting in a similar way. She rose through the ranks for the Chinese Communist Party, but abused her position to take revenge on her personal enemies, even a rival actress whom she starred with in a film many years earlier. Germany was partitioned after World War II with its eastern third as part of the Soviet socialist bloc; and its fragile democracy in the Western two thirds of the country gave rise to intergeneration warfare in the upper middle classes. The young saw their parents and elders as Nazis. They were also driven into a frenzy by the horrors and injustices of the world and saw Marxism as the solution. This situation is very well described by Flying Buffalo, a character in my novel Roswell Revealed- a World After Disclosure: "Julian is a familiar type. You see, we live in a world where there is injustice, inequality and deprivation around every corner. Are there worse things than being born into that deprivation? Perhaps being born into a privileged position in such a world and not being the kind of person who can simply say: 'To hell with it! I'm alright, Jack.' and enjoy the fruits of their good fortune. Julian is one of those who can't do that. His empathy will not allow him to. It generates the most toxic guilt. Believe it or not, it is his innate virtue that has led him to behave in such a destructive manner... Marxism is an enticing lure for people like Julian. It delivers a simple explanation for the unbearable inhuman horrors of the modern world, and also an apparently straightforward solution." Source: The Julians of West Germany formed the Red Army Faction which carried out shootings, bombings and kidnappings across the country, reaching its peak of activity in the mid-1970's. Interestingly, and most relevant today, the gang were traced by a nationwide computer database; the first time that this method had been used by the police, but obviously not the last. The intelligence officer in charge, Horst Herold, said that such a system should be expanded across the world in true Orwellian style.
In the USA in the '60's, the Black Panther Party was formed, a militant civil rights movement similar to the more recent Black Lives Matter, with an image and modus operandi that were very similar. In 1969 some of their members, led by Afeni Shakur (mother of the rapper Tupac), were arrested and charged with terrorist activities. What happened next should be one of the most important news stories in history, but it is hardly mentioned except by Adam Curtis. The twenty-one accused were put on trial, but the case against them collapsed and they were acquitted. The reason is that it was revealed that the Black Panther Party were infested with undercover police intel officers and that these moles had incited the group's most extreme actions. In other words this court case exposed that the worst Black Panther violence was a government false flag! Surely this must make people wonder how many other domestic terrorist incidents, before and since, were also orchestrated by government insiders. In the UK black civil rights activists were taking a different line. Up until then they had been very much affiliated with other leftwing causes such as trade unionism, local community actions and environmentalism; but they slowly broke away from them, using an excuse that is all too trite today: they were "too white!" Michael X developed a very low opinion of the British white working class calling them "One dimensional creatures!" Once again this is reminiscent of the Remoaners after the Brexit referendum. Curtis is good as drawing parallels and juxtapositions over long periods of time and distant geographies. By the end of the 1960's black activists were already making public statements that will sound very familiar to everybody today. Martin Luther King had once said: "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character." This was all wrong; a person absolutely should be judged by the colour of their skin, in fact the content of their character is determined by their race. Regardless of a person's individual personality, their nature is inevitably shaped by the role they play within the human power hierarchy. It was the beginnings of the white privilege delusion and the widespread rise of cultural Marxism. Curtis, who narrates his own documentaries, ends the episode by saying that all the revolutionaries of that era failed, but that the social engineers inside psychological warfare institutions learned a lot of lessons from them. They came up with new ideas to control the masses... and no doubt I will learn about that in part three.
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