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August 23, 2008

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I came to the conclusion a few years ago that the "blow-back" from materialism is the fear of truth. Such fear really has no target. In the 1950s it was the 'commies' and now, 'Islam'. I sometimes believe our pharmaceutical industry is based solely on the repercussions of materialism.

Indeed a good article and much reminicent of a documentary I just saw called "The power of Nightmares" by Adam Curtis.

Where did Osama Bin Laden come from, and why does he hate the American way of life?
Why do the American neo-conservatists want the public to believe in a world wide
conspiracy of evil, operating from vast underground complexes that look like a James
Bond film set? In a world that has just witnessed the worst natural disaster in
known history, why are our nightmares filled with images of bearded men and dirty
bombs? This three-part documentary gives the answers. In a cool, factual manner, it
goes back to the historic roots of both sides in this lukewarm war, and shows us how
eerily similar they are. That is what is really scary about the war on terrorism.
This series is essential viewing for everyone who wants to understand the most
important conflict of our time. Which should include you.

Adam Curtis' work deals with fear and control. To quote a review; "In The Century of the Self
he explored how the nephew of Sigmund Freud, Edward Bernays, used Freudian
principles to manipulate the hidden fears and desires of the consumers of mass
media."

The documentary can be downloaded from this site:

http://onebigtorrent.org/torrents/3821/Power-of-Nightmares-by-Adam-Curtis-in-Three-Parts-Repack

If this link doesnt work go here: http://onebigtorrent.org/

Regards

TGL

Good article, materialism seems to have captured the common mind as did christianty a century ago

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