The Century of Self

Don’t miss this documentary! In it Adam Curtis (producer of another excellent documentary we shared recently), takes a captivating look at how studies into the human psyche over the last century have been adapted by Big Business to calm and pacify a restless and growing population, herding modern man and manipulating his inner desires for fulfillment – diverting his search for self-expression towards all things profitable. More, the same techniques, originally meant purely to help business keep control of the masses and stabilise society into a life of simple consumerism, have now been fully incorporated into politics, with unsettling consequences….

I’ve sometimes been smacked on the hand by readers for talking economics and politics, but I think the next time someone fails to see the need to influence and educate people to not just change their garden design, but to also change the system itself, I’ll send them along to watch this series….

Please watch (bookmark and come back later if you don’t have time this minute!), and let me know your thoughts.

The Century of Self, Parts I: Happiness Machines

The Century of Self, Parts II: The Engineering of Consent

The Century of Self, Parts II: There is a Policeman Inside All Our Heads: He Must Be Destroyed

The Century of Self, Parts IV: Eight People Sipping Wine in Kettering

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard. – Henry Louis Mencken

Politicians and the captains of industry, are frantically trying to ‘grow the economy’. It’s the best they can come up with. It’s the only thing, they think, that’s kept us ‘happy’ for decades. At the very least, it’s the only thing that’s kept us passive.

A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship. – Alexander Tytler

With the world facing widespread bankruptcy – economic and environmental, with all the resources that fuel our consumer treadmill in decline – it’s clear we are well behind schedule in getting mainstream citizenry on board with a plan to redefine what’s important and in doing so reinvent ourselves and reinvent our system.

Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Will it happen? Or will we try to persevere with the status quo, and watch our world become increasingly aggressive, increasingly stratified and continue to watch governments becoming fascist out of fear of their unsettled populations and to protect the interests of Big Business?

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