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139,326.  This is the normal world.  You go to work in a city.  All around you are enormous new buildings.  They look alike.  But you will never be able to afford to live in them.  Because they are not really homes.  They are blocks of money bought by global investors whose money had nowhere else to go.  (Normal & Fake & Reality & House)  Adam Curtis, Living in an Unreal World, BBC 2016

 

139,327.  They and you live in a dream world detached from reality.  You spend your days and nights on social media.  (Normal & Fake & Reality)  ibid.

 

139,328.  But as you in glass-walled offices you know that the targets are manipulated and fake.  And the managers know that you know.  But you all sit there are pretend it is objective and rational.  (Normal & Fake & Reality & Office)  ibid.  

 

139,329.  The [Soviet] system was starting to crack.  Russia became a society where everyone knew that what their leaders said is not real.  Because they could see with their own eyes the economy was falling apart.  But everybody had to play along and pretend that it was real.  Because no-one could imagine any alternative.  One Soviet writer called it Hypernormalisation.  (Normal & Fake & Reality & Soviet Union)  ibid.  

 

 

99,432.  We live in a strange time.  Extraordinary events keep happening that undermine the stability of our world.  Suicide bombs, waves of refugees, Donald Trump, Vladamir Putin, even Brexit.  Yet those in control seem unable to deal with.  And no-one has any vision of a different or a better kind of future.  (Society & Fake & World & Reality & Vision)  Adam Curtis, HyperNormalisation, BBC 2016

 

99,433.  Over the past forty years politicians, financiers and technological utopians rather than face up to the real complexities of the world, retreated.  Instead, they constructed a simpler version of the world in order to hang on to power.  And as this fake world grew, all of us went along with it.  The simplicity was reassuring.  (Society & Fake & World & Reality & Simplicity)  ibid.

 

99,435.  This retreat into a dream world allowed dark and destructive forces to fester and grow outside.  Forces that are returning to pierce the fragile surface of our carefully constructed fake world.  (Society & Fake & World & Reality)  ibid.

 

139,347.  In 1975 New York City was on the verge of collapse.  For 30 years the politicians who ran the city had borrowed more and more money from the banks to pay for its growing services and welfare.  By in the early ’70s the middle classes fled from the city, and taxes they paid disappeared with them.  So the banks lent the city even more.  But then they began to get worried about the size of the growing debt.  (Society & Fake & World & Reality & New York & Debt)  ibid.   

 

139,348.  Out of eight members, nine of them were bankers … The financial institutions took power away from the politicians and started to run society themselves.  The city had no other option.  The bankers enforced what was called austerity on the city … To them there was no alternative to this system: it should run society.  (Society & Fake & World & Reality & New York & Debt & Banks)  ibid.   

 

99,436.  No-one opposed the bankers.  (Society & Fake & World & Reality & New York & Debt & Banks)  ibid.   

 

99,437.  The rise of a new powerful individualism that could not fit with the idea of collective political action … ‘the revolution was deferred indefinitely.’  (Society & Fake & World & Reality & New York & Debt & Individual)  ibid.   

 

139,349.  Trump started to buy up derelict buildings in New York, and he announced he was going to transform them into luxury hotels and apartments. But in return he negotiated the biggest tax break in New York’s history worth $160 million.  The city had to agree because they were desperate.  And the banks seeing a new opportunity also started to lend him money.  And Donald Trump began to transform New York into a city for the rich, while he paid practically nothing.  (Society & Fake & World & Reality & New York & Debt & Banks)  ibid.   

 

99,439.  1975: There was a confrontation between two powerful men in Damascus, the capital of Syria.  One was Henry Kissinger, the US Secretary of State.  The other was the president of Syria, Hafez al-Assad.  (Society & Fake & World & Reality & Syria & Kissinger)  ibid.

 

139,350.  President Assad dominated Syria.  The country was full of giant images and statues that glorified him.  He was brutal and ruthless, killing or imprisoning anyone he suspected of being a threat.  (Society & Fake & World & Reality & Syria & Kissinger)  ibid.

 

139,351.  He [Kissinger] set out to do the very opposite: to fracture the power of the Arab countries by dividing them and breaking their alliances so they would keep each other in check … In reality, the Palestinians were ignored.  (Society & Fake & World & Reality & Syria & Kissinger & Division & Palestine)  ibid.

 

99,440.  The Soviet Union became instead a society where no-one believed in anything or had any vision of the future.  (Society & Fake & World & Reality & Soviet Union & Vision & System)  ibid.  

 

99,441.  The plan had run out of control.  But rather than reveal this, the technocrats began to pretend that everything was still going according to plan.  And what emerged instead was a fake version of society.  The Soviet Union became a society where everyone knew that what their leaders said was not real.  Because they could see with their own eyes that the economy was falling apart.  But everyone had to play along and pretend that it was real.  Because no-one could imagine any alternative.  One Soviet writer called it HyperNormalisation.  You were so much a part of the system that it was impossible to see beyond it.  The fakeness was hypernormal.  (Society & Fake & World & Reality & Soviet Union & System)  ibid.  

 

139,352.  ‘Into the hands of America God has placed the destiny of an afflicted mankind.  God bless America.’  (Society & Fake & World & Reality & United States of America & US Empire & Reagan)  ibid.  Reagan

 

139,353.  Israel was now determined to finally destroy the power of the Palestinians.  And in 1982 they sent a massive army to encircle the Palestinian camps in the Lebanon.  Two months later thousands of Palestinians were massacred in the camps.  It horrified the world … Israel had allowed it to happen.  (Society & Fake & World & Reality & Israel & Palestine & Lebanon)  ibid.

 

139,354.  Assad decided get the Americans out of the Middle East, and to do this he made an alliance with the new revolutionary force of Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran … Khomeini told his followers that they could destroy themselves in order to save the revolution, providing that in the process they killed as many enemies around them as possible.  (Society & Fake & World & Reality & Iran & Syria & Suicide & Middle East)  ibid.  

 

139,355.  President Reagan withdrew all the American troops from the Lebanon.  Secretary of State George Shultz explained: ‘We became paralysed by the complexity we faced.’  So the Americans turned and left.  (Society & Fake & World & Reality & Lebanon & US Empire)  ibid.  

 

139,357.  By the middle of the 1980s the banks were rising up and becoming ever more powerful in America … The banks and the new corporations were beginning to link themselves together through computer systems.  What they were creating was a series of giant networks of information that were invisible to ordinary people and to politicians.  (Society & Fake & World & Reality & Banks)  ibid.  

 

99,445.  Gibson gave this new world a name: he called it cyberspace.  And his novels described a future that was dangerous and frightening.  Hackers could literally enter into cyberspace … In cyberspace there were no laws, no politician to protect you.  Just raw corporate power.  (Society & Fake & World & Reality & Banks)  ibid.  

  

99,446.  Many of those who had taken LSD in the ’60s were convinced it was more than just another drugs.  That it opened human perception and allowed other people to see new realities that were normally hidden from them.  (Society & Fake & World & Reality & LSD)  ibid. 

 

99,447.  Faced with the humiliating defeat in the Lebanon, President Reagan’s government was desperate to shore up the vision of a moral world where a good America struggled against evil.  And to do this, they were going to create a simple villain, an imaginary villain … and the perfect candidate was waiting in the wings: Colonel Gaddafi, the ruler of Libya.  The Americans were going to ruthlessly use Colonel Gaddafi to create a fake terrorist mastermind.  And Gaddafi was going to happily play along because it would turn him into a famous global figure.  (Society & Fake & World & Reality & Libya & US Empire & Terror)  ibid.

 

99,448.  In December 1985 terrorists attacked Rome and Vienna airport simultaneously killing 19 people, including 5 Americans.  There was growing pressure on President Reagan to retaliate.  President Reagan immediately announced that Colonel Gaddafi was definitely behind the attacks.  But the European Security Services who investigated the attacks were convinced that Libya was not involved at all.  And that the mastermind behind the attacks was in fact Syria.  (Society & Fake & World & Reality & Libya & Syria & US Empire & Terror)  ibid.

 

99,449.  He [Gaddafi] promoted himself as an international revolutionary who would help liberate the repressed peoples around the world.  Even the blacks in America.  (Society & Fake & World & Reality & Libya & US Empire & Terror)  ibid.

   

99,454.  The Americans and Gaddafi now became locked together in a cycle of mutual reinforcement … The Americans and Gaddafi were creating a fictional world.  (Society & Fake & World & Reality & Libya & US Empire & Terror)  ibid.

 

139,364.  In the 1980s more and more people in the United States reported seeing unexplained objects and lights in the sky … The American government might have been making it all up.  That they had created a fake conspiracy to deliberately mislead the population.  (Society & Fake & World & Reality & UFOs)  ibid.    

 

139,358.  What was going to emerge instead was a new system that had nothing to do with politics.  A system whose aim was not to try and change things but rather to manage a post-political world.  (Society & Fake & World & Reality & System & Politics)  ibid.  

 

139,359.  Donald Trump was one of the heroes of the age.  But in reality much of his success was a facade.  The banks that had lent Trump millions had discovered that he could no longer pay the interest on the loans.  Trump’s empire was facing bankruptcy … He was forced to sell most of his buildings to the banks … He himself would become a celebrity tycoon.  (Society & Fake & World & Reality & Trump)  ibid.  

 

139,360.  In December 1988 a bomb exploded on a Pam Am plane over Lockerbie in Scotland.  Almost immediately investigators and journalists pointed the finger at Syria.  The bombing had been done, they said, in revenge for the Americans shooting down an Iranian airliner in the Gulf a few months before.  (Society & Fake & World & Reality & Lockerbie)  ibid.

    

139,361.  And in America all optimistic visions of the future had also disappeared … and everyone became possessed by dark forebodings imagining the very worst might happen.  (Society & Fake & World & Reality & System & Optimism & Pessimism)  ibid.  

 

139,362.  Many of the facts that Trump asserted were also completely untrue. But Trump didn’t care.  He and his audience knew that much of what he said bore little relationship to reality.  This meant that Trump defeated journalism … The liberals were outraged by Trump.  (Society & Fake & World & Reality & Trump)  ibid.    

 

139,363.  The version of reality that politics presented was no longer believable.  That the stories politicians told their people about the world had stopped making sense.  And in the face of that, you could play with reality.  (Society & Fake & World & Reality & Politics)  ibid.

     


139,084.  An experiment that would make people see how absurd all conspiracy theories really were: he called it Operation Mindfuck: in 1969 … Operation Mindfuck by placing a false letter in the Playboy letter’s page; they put it between another letter asking if gun fanatics had small penises and one from a man asking about the physical danger to his testicles from heavy petting.  Thornley’s fake letter asked if all the political assassinations in America were really being masterminded by a single secret society, and the society it named was the Illuminati.  It said that the Illuminati was behind all the chaos and the fear that now was gripping America.   (United States of America & Conspiracy & Power & Elite & Paranoia & Illuminati & Operations & Fake & Letter)  Adam Curtis, Can’t Get You Out of My Head I: Bloodshed on Wolf Mountain