You know when you read something and think, “I wish I’d written that’?
This is from the introduction to the latest (2004) documentary by the brilliant Adam Curtis. His last film was about how both Islamicists and Neo-cons (and liberals too, I would argue) play the fear card by forming their constituencies through the creation of mythical bogeymen.
In The Power of Nightmares, he says:
“In the past politicians promised to create a better world. They had different ways of achieving this but their power came from the optimistic visions they offered their people.
Those dreams failed and today people have lost faith in ideologies. Increasingly politicians are seen as managers of public life.
But now, they have discovered a new role that restores their power and authority. Instead of delivering dreams, politicians now promise to deliver us from nightmares…”
(spotted on the Against War on Terror blog)