Originally published May 27, 2012
This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.
“A gripping, deeply informative account of the plunder, hypocrisy, and mass violence of plutocracy and empire; insightful, historically grounded and highly relevant to the events of today.” – Michael Parenti, Historian, Author The Face of Imperialism
The Power Principle
from S DN
Part 1: Empire
Part 2: Propaganda
Part 3: Apocalypse
The Power Principle (all in one long video)
Mystic Dave4 on May 17, 2017
“The Power Principle is a non-profit documentary movie directed by Scott Noble and released online for free. The film makers explore how, in their view, the US establishment promotes a culture of fear in order to secure increased military expenses, year after year. The film claims the US government and the military-industrial complex, together with the US media developed a powerful propaganda machinery (inspired in good part from Nazi propaganda) in order to scare and convince the public that US invasions like those in Dominican Republic (1965), Grenada (1983), US support for brutal mass-killings, terror campaigns like those in Guatemala (1954), Indonesia (1965), El Salvador (1979), US-designed assassination plots like those in Nicaragua (1981) and in huge parts of Latin America (Operation Condor) and support for overthrowing democratically elected governments like those in Brazil (1964) and Chile (1973) were needed in order to prevent the spread of communism, using mainly the domino theory.
“The movie also points at the help provided by the Western countries to fascist regimes in order to counter movements supporting workers rights (socialism, communism, anarchy). The fascism is presented as an instrument in the hands of the plutocracy for oppressing and enslaving the working class.
“The meaning of the movie’s title, “The power principle” is revealed as the Mafia principle, which is “not allowing disobedience” – in this case not allowing the countries in the developing world to have governments that try to improve the life of the many.
“The movie traces the roots of the US establishment (both Republican and Democrat parties) mindset into the doctrine of Edward Bernays, pioneer in the field of public relations and propaganda, who believed the democracy is hard to handle and people are just too stupid to govern themselves in democracy, so there is a need of an elite, public guardians who manage the society and there is a need of public relation practitioners who would be professionals in working for the government for managing, manipulating the public and engineering consent.”
from the archives:
What Was The Creel Committee? by The Anti-Social Socialist
SPIN: The Art of Selling War (2004)
Pilger: Obama Is A Corporate Marketing Creation
Abby Martin and Mark Crispin Miller: Propaganda and the Engineering of Consent
Psywar: The Real Battlefield is the Mind
Instances of the United States overthrowing, or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War by William Blum
U.S. Government Assassination Plots by William Blum
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (videos)
Edward Bernays and the Art of Public Manipulation
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I share Michael Albert’s innovative, sane & visionary sensibility ~ expressed in his excellent remarks that head up the Postscript section of Part 3 (Apocalypse) @ 54:40ff.
Two additional points to reinforce his thesis. The first is, that “defense” implies that we have something actually worth defending, a civil society that the world can emulate; not a military complex that justifies its own existence by perpetuating ecocidal aggression and manipulative regime change paranoia, whilst exploiting vulnerabilities for corporate gain.
Secondly, if we were to work out the reasonable and proportionate percentages that would still maintain reasonable strategic US advantage over potential adversaries, it would still be far less than it is currently. As a rough estimate I’d say at least half.
That would free up an enormous fund for domestic and international development, to deliver real life-enhancing education and services to constituencies, while at the same time winning hearts and minds abroad, without resorting to primitive ‘religiously motivated’ propaganda, psychological ‘mind-control’ contortions or soft-power Hollywood kitsch.
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