Wednesday 19 May 2021

Can't Get you Out of my Head- Part 5

See here for my review of Part 4: Part 5 is called: The Lordly Ones. See here for Part 5: and: This episode is about how societies create myths to cushion their morale from unpleasant realities, apparently. However it begins with the end of the Jiang Qing story. She hangs herself in prison in 1991 leaving a suicide note condemning the current Chinese elite. This is a BBC production and so has an inevitably leftwing bias. Previously Adam Curtis has managed to maintain a heroic level of intellectual honesty in the face of this institutional prejudice, but in this programme that resolve breaks down. In each of the narrative segments, the antagonists are always white people and/or Britain and/or America. Not that there aren't real examples of colonial infamy, such as the Opium Wars. Mao's successor Deng Xiaoping commissioned an historical feature film in 1997 that condemned the alleged crimes of the British Empire. It starred real English actors such as Corin Redgrave and Nigel Davenport. We hear no end of the supposed "EEEEEEEEEEvils!" of white European imperialism these days and the continuous reinforcing of that message has nothing to do with history; it is about mind control, for example see: I am not against having an honest and open conversation about my country's past, but right now that is impossible because any negative feelings we might engender as a result will simply be weaponized against us. In the mid 19th century there was already a fear that China might try to take revenge via its expatriate communities in the West. This was called the so-called "yellow peril" because the East Asian people tend to have naturally a slightly yellow tinge to their complexions. However, there was no real danger because, unlike today, Chinese people had not moved in large numbers from their homeland. Nevertheless this mistake has been used to scorn the more legitimate concerns of today's population, especially white Westerners. When people who feel racial hatred are given political power it always results in atrocity. History is very clear on that and we're already seeing the first signs of it in South Africa, see: It seems that the rulers of this world want people to feel racial hatred, either for others or themselves. They have deliberately stirred it up numerous times. The current Black Lives Matter riots are nothing new; something similar happened in 1991 when a black man called Rodney King was beaten by the police. Sometimes the government's desperation to keep up appearances leads them to commit terrible injustices. In 1974, pubs in Birmingham and Guildford were targeted by bombs that killed dozens. The UK government failed to catch the perpetrators (if indeed they were not the perpetrators themselves), but felt it necessary for the public to believe, even if completely falsely, that they were succeeding to handle the IRA problem; so they framed ten innocent men. The "Guildford Four" and "Birmingham Six" were eventually released on appeal after more than a decade in jail. I suspect a similar conspiracy was plotted in the more recent conviction of Derek Chauvin, see:
The government also suffers from involuntary self-delusion as well as lying so brazenly through their teeth. Right up until the end of the 1980's, when it was blatantly inevitable, Western intelligence analysts couldn't believe that the USSR and its sphere of influence were truly about the collapse. This kind of denial can be found in the Truth movement among those who think "everything is a conspiracy and everybody is a shill!" They don't realize the New World Order itself is facing a genuine threat; but like the shill-heads, government advisers tried to convince their leaders that the cracks in the Soviet regime were just a KGB disinformation programme. Early in the 20th century British society was rocked by strikes and protests from the working class and corruption scandals from the international financial sector. The solution for some people was to retreat back into our country's traditional past. There was a folk revival movement centred on rural culture, song, dance, language and literature. There was an annual festival in Glastonbury celebrating that town's rich spiritual legends that ran from 1914 to 1927. It was held in the Assembly Rooms where Ross Hemsworth's Now That's Weird conference was also held, see: I can see why that idea is attractive and in my Devon videos I describe country villages as "the fortresses of native culture", see: I suspect this movement influenced JRR Tolkien, see: In America the Ku Klux Klan was revived into a new form based on the Scottish clans. However, everything we associate with its popular image, the white robes, burning crosses etc, came from a classic silent movie by DW Griffith, Birth of a Nation. Because this is the BBC, the programme sees the old racial conflict in United States in the same way it does the modern, as a very black-and-white issue, literally and figuratively: white people bad, everybody else good. The truth is more complex. In Iraq after World War One the British tried to rebuild the Middle East and removed the democratic urban classes from power in Baghdad in favour of the Sheikhs whom they regarded as similar to the benevolent English aristocrats of the traditional revivalist movement; but this mistake led to the destabilizing of the country, the rise of Saddam, the 2003 invasion and the Islamic State. James Bond was also apparently an archetypal figure of British self-esteem that became so successful because he emerged in the immediate post-imperial period. However, the real British secret service was nothing like the Bond stories. It was being run by Soviet agents, like the Cambridge spies and George Blake. With the exception of Anthony Blunt, they all escaped detection and punishment. George Blake was convicted, but he escaped from prison, see: see: and: In America, the CIA was busy fermenting coups across the world and installing fascist dictatorships. This was kept secret from the American public because the government wanted them to believe in the American Dream. The benefits of filling people's heads with comforting myths was not lost on the Trump campaign, supposedly, when Donald Trump said "Make America Great Again!" It also fuelled the sentiments of Brexiteers. I think the last two are misleading examples and the happiness and strength they gave the American and British people is real, see: and: Nevertheless, this conclusion sets us up for the final episode of Can't Get you Out of my Head which I will be reviewing next.
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