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128,653.  Our political class has merged into one … with their shrunken ambition … They have little to communicate about.  (Politics & Parties Political)  George Galloway, address Oxford Union, Youtube 2013 39.03

 

 

85,633.  A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life.  (Power & Parties Political & Politics)  John Stuart Mill

 

 

129,592.  Anyone who puts himself forward to be elected to a position of political power is almost bound to be socially and emotionally insecurity, or criminally motivated, or mad.  (Language & Jargon & Words & Irony & Speak & Satire & Politics)  Auberon Waugh, Jonathan Meades on Jargon: More Than You Ever Wanted to Know ***** BBC 2019

 

 

129,593.  Don’t they [politicians] realise how tired, how clapped out their paltry jargon is?  It’s the language of people who can’t think for themselves, and arrogantly believe that the rest of the populus shares their infirmity.  We don’t.  These people are programmed morons, their threadbare formulae are more than just pockmarks, they’re seething buboes signalling an absolute contempt for the populus whom they regard as gullible patsies to be patronisingly talked down to.  They signal too a contempt for the language of the country they are meant to be governing.  They signal their own poverty of thought.  Are the brainwashed?  They are certainly tongue-washed.  (Language & Jargon & Words & Irony & Speak & Satire & Politics)  Jonathan Meades on Jargon: More Than You Ever Wanted to Know ***** BBC 2019

 

 

125,340.  Escobar: You are meeting up with politicians, not with gangsters.

 

Poison: Aren’t they the same thing, boss?  (Cocaine & Gangstas: Colombia & Politics)  Narcos s1e3: The Men of Always, Netflix 2013

 

 

120,774.  Politics is the reflex of the business and industrial world.   Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays ***** audiobook 6.57.08, part 10: The Tragedy of Women’s Emancipation

 

 

118,369.  There’s nothing else but politics.  (GBH Films & Italy & Politics)  Il Divo 2008 starring Toni Servillo & Anna Bonaiuto & Flavio Bucci & Carlo Buccirosso & Piera Degli Esposti & Alberto Cracco & Giorgio  Colangeli & Massimo Popolizio & Aldo Ralli & Giulio Bosetti et al, director Paolo Sorrentino

 

 

139,117.  In the past politicians promised to create a better world.  They had different ways of achieving this but their power and authority came from the optimistic visions they offered their people.  Those dreams failed and today people had lost faith in ideologies.  Increasingly, politicians are seen increasingly as managers in public life … Politicians now promise to protect us from nightmares; they say that they will rescue us from terrible dangers that we cannot see and do not understand, and the greatest danger of all is international terrorism, a powerful and sinister network with sleeper cells in countries across the world, a threat that needs to be fought by a War on Terror.   But much of this threat is a fantasy which has been exaggerated and distorted by politicians.  (Politics & Nightmare & Fear & Individual & Egypt & War on Terror & Terror & United States of America & US Foreign Relations)  Adam Curtis: The Power of Nightmares I: Baby It’s Cold Outside, BBC 2004

 

139,118.  Those with the darkest fears became the most powerful.  (Politics & Nightmare & Fear & Individual & Egypt & War on Terror & Terror & United States of America)  ibid.  

 

139,119.  What Qutb believed what he was seeing was a hidden and dangerous reality underneath the surface of ordinary American life … American society was not going forwards; it was taking people backwards; they were becoming isolated beings.  (Politics & Nightmare & Fear & Individual & Egypt & War on Terror & Terror & United States of America)  ibid.          

 

139,120.  [Leo] Strauss believed that the liberal idea of individual freedom led people to question everything.  All values, all moral truths.  Instead, people were led by their own selfish desires and this threatened to tear apart the shared values which held society together.  (Politics & Nightmare & Fear & Individual & Egypt)  ibid.          

 

57,849.  On his return Qutb became politically active in Egypt; he joined a group called the Muslim Brotherhood who wanted Islam to play a major role in the governing of Egyptian society.  And in 1952 the Brotherhood supported the revolution led by General Nasser that overthrew the last remnants of British rule.  But Nasser very quickly made it clear that the new Egypt was going to be a secular society that emulated western models.   (Politics & Nightmare & Fear & Individual & Egypt)  ibid.          

 

57,850.  Sayid Qutb’s ideas were now spreading rapidly in Egypt above all among students.  Because his predictions about the corruption from the West seemed to have come true.  The government of President [Anwar] Sadat was controlled by a small group of millionaires who were backed by Western banks.  The banks had been let in by what Sadat called his open-door policy.  (Politics & Nightmare & Fear Individual & Egypt & Politics)  ibid. 

 

139,121.  This group became known as the Neo-Conservatives.  The Neo-Conservatives were idealists; their aim was to try and stop the social disintegration they believed personal freedoms had unleashed.  (Politics & Nightmare & Fear & Individual & Egypt & War on Terror & Terror & United States of America & Neo-Conservatives & US Foreign Relations)             

 

100,205.  The Neo-Conservatives were going to have to defeat one of the most powerful men in the world: Henry Kissinger was the Secretary of State under President Nixon and he didn’t believe in a world of good and evil.  What drove Kissinger was a ruthless pragmatic vision of power in the world; with America’s growing political and social chaos,  Kissinger wanted the country to give up its ideological battles; instead, it should come to terms with countries like the Soviet Union to create a new kind of global interdependence, a world in which America would be safe.  (Politics &  Nightmare & Fear & Individual & War on Terror & Terror & Kissinger & Neo-Conservatives & United States of America & Globalisation & US Foreign Relations)  ibid.

 

139,122.  But a world without fear was not what the Neo-Conservative wanted to persue their purpose.  And they now set out to destroy Henry Kissinger’s vision.  (Politics & Nightmare & Fear & Individual & War on Terror & Terror & Kissinger & Neo-Conservatives & United States of America & Globalisation & US Foreign Relations)  ibid.

 

100,206.  They allied themselves with two right-wingers in the new administration of Gerard Ford: one was Donald Rumsfeld, the new secretary of defence, the other was Dick Cheney, the president’s chief of staff.  (Politics &  Nightmare & Fear & Individual & War on Terror & Terror & Kissinger & Neo-Conservatives & United States of America)  ibid.

 

100,207.  The Neo-Conservatives were successful in creating a simplistic fiction: a vision of the Soviet Union as the centre of all evil in the world.  (Politics & Nightmare & Fear & Individual & Neo-Conservatives & United States of America)  ibid. 

 

139,123.  This dramatic battle between good and evil was precisely the kind of myth Strauss had taught his students would be necessary to rescue the country from moral decay.  It might not be true but it was necessary.   (Politics & Nightmare & Fear & Individual & War on Terror & Terror & Kissinger & Neo-Conservatives & United States of America & Mythology)  ibid.  

 

139,124.  In 1977 [Anwar] Sadat was flown to Jerusalem to start the peace process.  To the west it was an heroic act but to the Islamists it was a complete betrayal.  (Politics & Nightmare & Fear & Individual & War on Terror & Terror & Kissinger & Neo-Conservatives & United States of America & Middle East & Egypt)  ibid. 

 

139,125.  Religion was being mobilised in America for a very different purpose.  And those encouraging this were the Neo-Conservatives.  Many Neo-Conservatives had become advisers to the political campaign of Ronald Reagan.  (Politics & Nightmare & Fear & Individual & Neo-Conservatives & United States of America)  ibid. 

    

139,126.  The Neo-Conservatives believed that they had the chance to implement their vision of America’s revolutionary destiny … in an epic battle to defeat the Soviet Union.  (Politics & Nightmare & Fear & Individual & Neo-Conservatives & United States of America & Soviet Union & US Empire)  ibid. 

    

139,127.  The Neo-Conservatives set out to prove that the Soviet threat was … the majority of terrorisism and revolutionary movements around the world were actually part of a secret network coordinated by Moscow.  to take ever the world.  (Politics & Nightmare & Fear & Individual & Neo-Conservatives & United States of America & Soviet Union & Black Ops & US Empire)  ibid. 

 

139,128.  Reagan agreed to give the Neo-Conservatives what they wanted … The country would now fight covert wars to push back the hidden Soviet threat around the world.  (Politics & Nightmare & Fear & Individual & Neo-Conservatives & United States of America & Soviet Union & Black Ops & US Empire)  ibid. 

 

139,129.  They began to believe their own fiction … who were going to use force to change the world.  (Politics & Nightmare & Fear & Individual & Neo-Conservatives & United States of America & Soviet Union & Black Ops & US Empire)  ibid. 

 

 

100,210.  At the heart of the story are groups: the American Neo-Conservatives and the radical Islamists.  In this week’s episode the two groups come together to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan; and both believed that they defeated the evil empire and so have the power to transform the world,  But both failed in their revolutions.  (Politics & Nightmare & Fear & Individual & Neo-Conservatives & Afghanistan & War on Terror & US Empire & Al Qaeda)  Adam Curtis, The Power of Nightmares II: The Phantom Victory

 

100,211.  The strange world of fantasy, deception, violence and fear in which we now live.  (Politics & Nightmare & Fear & Individual & Neo-Conservatives & Afghanistan & War on Terror & US Empire)  ibid.

 

100,212.  But the Americans were setting out to defeat a mythological enemy.  (Politics & Nightmare & Fear & Individual & Neo-Conservatives & Afghanistan & War on Terror & US Empire)  ibid.  

 

100,213.  American money and weapons now began to pour across the Pakistan border into Afghanistan.  CIA agents trained the Mijahideen in the techniques of assassination and terror including car-bombing.   (Politics & Nightmare & Fear & Individual & Neo-Conservatives & Afghanistan & War on Terror & US Empire & Al Qaeda)  ibid.       

 

100,214.  Zawahiri and his small group settled in Peshawar … a military rejection of all American influence over the jihad, because America was the source of this corruption.  (Politics & Nightmare & Fear & Individual & Neo-Conservatives & Afghanistan & War on Terror & US Empire & Al Qaeda)  ibid.

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