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4,192. In this world only the paranoid survive. (World & Paranoid) Dean Koontz, Midnight
84,639. Only the paranoid survive. Andrew Grove, cited New York Times 18th December 1994, variously attributed
6,484. Your mind is working at its best when you’re being paranoid. You explore every avenue and possibility of your situation at high speed with total clarity. (Mind & Paranoia) Banksy, Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall
20,896. This is what I call the Paranoia Time – being grassed up, an occupational hazard. (GBH Films & Paranoia) St George's Day 2012 starring Craig Fairbrass & Frank Harper & Charles Dance & Vincent Regan & Dexter Fletcher & Nick Moran & Keeley Hazell & Jamie Foreman & Sean Pertwee & Luke Treadaway & Ashley Walters et al, director Frank Harper, commentary
23,738. The issue isn’t whether you’re paranoid, but whether you’re paranoid enough. (Science Fiction Films & Paranoia) Strange Days 1995 starring Ralph Fiennes & Angela Bassett & Juliette Lewis & Tom Sizemore & Michael Wincott & Vincent D'Onofrio & William Fichtner & Glenn Plummer & Brigitte Bako & Josef Sommer & Nickt Katt & Richard Edson et al, director Kathryn Bigelow, Max
25,007. Of course I’m paranoid – everyone’s trying to kill me. (Star Trek & Paranoia) Star Trek: Deep Space Nine s7e6: Treachery, Faith & the Great River, Weyoun to Odo
44,108. Gradually this develops into a sort of paranoia ... If they start smoking before fifteen it seems to have a much greater risk of developing some of the harmful things of smoking the drug, like psychosis. (Cannabis & Paranoia) Dr Celia Morgan, University College London
76,885. Paranoia is just another word for ignorance. (Ignorance & Paranoia) Hunter S Thompson
84,638. There is no such thing as paranoia. Your worst fears can come true at any moment. Hunter S Thompson
84,640. Sometimes paranoia’s just having all the facts. William S Burroughs
84,642. A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what’s going on. William S Burroughs
84,641. I am a kind of paranoid in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy. J D Salinger
100,346. All of us have become Richard Nixon. Just like him we have become paranoid weirds. It’s the story of how television and newspapers did this to us and how it has paralysed the ability of politics to transform the world for the better. (Paranoia & Conspiracy & News) Adam Curtis, Paranoia and Moral Panics, short film 2010
100,347. There really were hidden conspiacies in the heart of the establishment … They were running things in their own interests. (Paranoia & Conspiracy & News) ibid.
100,348. The news and television programmes have ended up taking serious threats to society and exaggerating and destorting them. (Paranoia & Conspiracy & News) ibid.
100,355. He [Cecil King] began to poison corrupt the relationship between the press, politics and the city of London. Out of it would become a paranoia. (Newspaper & Paranoia) Adam Curtis, Paranoia and Moral Panics, short film 2010
100,356. The Labour government were descending into paranoia. (Newspaper & Paranoia) ibid.
125,592. I’m finding it more and more difficult to tolerate your paranoia. (Politics & Paranoia) House of Cards s3e6: Chapter 32, Frank to Petrov
7,213. The ultimate hidden truth of the world is that it is something we make. And could just as easily make differently. (Great Britain & Empire UK & Power & Elite & Truth & Paranoia & Individual) Adam Curtis, Can’t Get You Out of My Head I: Bloodshed on Wolf Mountain, BBCiplayer 2021, David Graeber 1961-2020
65,533. We are living through strange days. Across Britain, Europe and America societies have become split and polarised. Not just in politics but across the whole culture. There is anger at the inequality and the ever-growing corruption. And a widespread distrust of the elite. But at the same time there is a paralysis, a sense that no-one knows how to escape from it … And never a different tomorrow. (Great Britain & Empire UK & Power & Elite & Paranoia & Individual) ibid.
65,334. Because in the age of the individual what you felt and what you wanted and what you dreamed of were going to become the driving force across the world. (Great Britain & Empire UK & Power & Elite & Paranoia & Individual) ibid.
36,534. Often power that was decaying and desperate to keep its ascendancy. These strange days did not just happen; we and those in power created them together. (Great Britain & Empire UK & Power & Elite & Paranoia & Individual) ibid.
138,518. In the late 1950s as the British empire was falling apart, there was a growing sense that something was badly wrong under the surface. There was a feeling of unease. Despite all the reforms after the Second World War and the welfare state, the old forms of power had not gone away. And neither had the violence and the corruption that had always been a part of that power. (Great Britain & Empire UK & Power & Elite & Paranoia & Individual & 1950s) ibid.
138,519. Reports had started to come back from one of the last parts of the empire Kenya that seemed to show that those in charge had gone out of control. They had been fighting a liberation movement called the Mau Mau. The reports said that hundreds of thousands of Kenyans had been put into special camps where they were going to be psychologically adjusted. The British were trying to manipulate what their chief psychologist called The African mind. But what then happened in the camps turned into a frenzied madness. The British used mass torture and killing as they desperately tried to hold on to power. The government in London denied all the accusations but the rumours of violence and horror continued. (Great Britain & Empire UK & Power & Elite & Paranoia & Individual & Kenya) ibid.
138,520. Those who came to Britain from the empire were shocked at the strange country they found … a sad and frightened country. (Great Britain & Empire UK & Power & Elite & Paranoia & Individual) ibid.
138,521. In America the idea of individualism had become central to the politics of the Cold War. Because it was what defined the United States against the collective ideology of Russia … Out of these fears came a paranoia that was fuelled by groups on the extreme Right like the John Birch Society. They said that the American government had been taken over by hidden groups controlled by the communists. (United States of America & Power & Elite & Paranoia & Individual & Cold War) ibid.
138,522. In the homeland, England, the old structure of power remained intact. And not only in the Institutions. But inside people’s heads as well. The old attitudes of power were still deeply embedded in the minds of the establishment who dominated the country. Those in charge demanded obedience. (Great Britain & Empire UK & Power & Elite & Paranoia & Individual) ibid.
138,523. Peter Rachman was far more than the brutal gangster he was portrayed as. He had lived an extraordinary life … The English judged him: he was hated with an overwhelming disgust as the face of evil … On the surface there was the overt racism against the immigrants that Rachman was bringing into Notting Hill … Rachman’s property empire was a brutal and violent one but it was doing something that polite English society completely refused to do: he was giving people on the very margins of society – prostitutes and black immigrants – somewhere to live … They hated him for it. (Great Britain & Empire UK & Power & Elite & Paranoia & Individual & Housing & Gangsters: London) ibid.
138,524. ‘This is Peter Rachman: one of Britain’s big-time twentieth century racketeers.’ (Great Britain & Empire UK & Power & Elite & Paranoia & Individual & Housing & Gangsters: London) ibid. Panorama
138,525. Behind the polite veneer of the middle classes there was a hard ruthlessness and a suspicion of others. DeFreitas [Rachman heavy] gave it a name: he called it Englishism, it came he said from both an anger and melancholy at the loss of their empire. Then, Peter Rachman died of a heart attack. And Michael DeFreitas suddenly found that he was the new face of evil. (Great Britain & Empire UK & Power & Elite & Paranoia & Individual & Housing & Gangsters: London) ibid.
138,526. For men like Robin Douglas-Home the expectation of power had been deeply embedded inside their minds. But as the world had changed around them, real power ebbed away. They were left with a terrible melancholy. But in some would turn to despair. A year after filming, Robin Douglas-Home committed suicide. (Great Britain & Empire UK & Power & Elite & Paranoia & Individual) ibid.
138,527. The Central Intelligence Agency was trying to find ways to wipe the past from people’s minds. To see if they could free them from the conditioning that had been implanted there … They wanted to see if they could implant new patterns of thought into their minds. The CIA set up a secret project called M K Ultra … Dr Cameron’s experiments were a disaster. (United States of America & Power & Elite & Paranoia & Individual & M K Ultra & CIA) ibid.
138,528. Edgar Mittelholzer had come to England in the 1950s from British Guyana. And he had become a best-selling novelist. What Mittelholzer wrote about was violence: the violence and the racism that had been at the heart of the European empires. Mittelholzer believed that it still haunted the minds of those who had ruled the empires … On night Mittelholzer walked up t he hill by his house, poured paraffin over himself and set himself alight. He burned to death. (Great Britain & Empire UK & Power & Elite & Paranoia & Individual & Racism & Suicide) Adam Curtis, Can’t Get You Out of My Head II: Shooting and Fucking are the Same Thing
138,529. Horst Mahler had been born in what was now East Germany. His father had been a fervent Nazi and an anti-Semite … They knew that many of those in charge of the country had been senior members of the Nazi party. But no-one talked about it … Horst Mahler and other radicals began to think that the problem was far deeper than just individual Nazis. That maybe the whole Nazi system had also survived and was hiding behind the facade of modern capitalism. They argued that the very system of industrial rationality and bureaucratic control that had made the Nazi state so efficient had simply mutated. It had been taken up by the victors, above all by America, and was now being used to run the new global capitalism and the multinational corporations that were ruthlessly exploiting what was called the Third World. Anything that stood in the system’s way was bombed or burnt. (United States & Power & Elite & Paranoia & Individual & Germany & Capitalism & Corporation) ibid.
138,530. The Black Panthers believed that the only way to stop racism in America was for black people to get power. Simply changing the law was not enough. The anger and the fear remained hidden away in millions of people’s mind. The solution was black power, and the first person to articulate this was Stokely Carmichael. (United States of America & Power & Elite & Paranoia & Individual & Black Culture & Black Panthers) ibid.
39,383. ‘The Panther Party at that time took my rage and channelled it against them, instead of against us. They educated my mind and gave me direction, and with that direction came hope.’ (United States of America & Power & Elite & Paranoia & Individual & Black Culture & Panthers & Rage) ibid. Alice Feye Williams aka Afeni Shakur
138,531. One evening after making a speech in Reading Michael X [DeFreitas] was arrested. And he was sent to prison for ten months for inciting racial hatred. The MP Enoch Powell had also made a speech at the same time violently attacking immigrants. He wasn’t charged and he carried on being an MP, which Michael X said rather proved his point. (Great Britain & Empire UK & Power & Elite & Paranoia & Individual & Racism & Miscarriage of Justice) ibid.
138,532. Michael X realised that what was happened now in Notting Hill was the opposite: people were being treated as subjects to be counted and measured and managed. He became increasingly cynical about the liberals’ real intentions. Michael X had come to believe that the talk of revolution had just been empty rhetoric that disguised something else. The new groups might look light radicals and dance to black music but really they were the children of the colonialists who had run the empire, and they had no intention of giving up their power. That old system of power was simply mutating, morphing into a new form that camouflaged itself in radicalism but still would manage and control. (Great Britain & Empire UK & Power & Elite & Paranoia & Individual & Racism & Liberal) ibid.
126,052. Claire: Don’t get paranoid, Francis.
Frank: If not now, when? (Politics & Paranoia) House of Cards US s5e11: Chapter 63