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The BNP Wives

Posted by charliemarks on January 23, 2008

BNP Wives is a documentary that demonstrates the fascists have learnt nothing from previous embarrassing encounters with the media.

(go to Google Video)

A more apt title for the programme would have been BNP Women as only one of them is married to a BNP member, and though a lot of it is old material in comedy terms (you think they’d be prepared for some of the questions and be a little more polite with members of the public!) it’s worth watching to compare what the women say with the glowing review on the BNP website, where the three are described as “fine ambassadors” for the party…

Posted in anti-semitism, BNP, documentary, ethnic cleansing, fascism, genocide, identity, islam, islamophobia, judaism, nationalism, racism, religion, TV, uk, uk politics | 1 Comment »

The Century of the Self

Posted by charliemarks on January 12, 2008

Adam Curtis’ acclaimed series examines the rise of the all-consuming self against the backdrop of the Freud dynasty.

Episode 1 – Happiness Machines

Episode 2 – The Engineering Of Consent

Episode 3 – There Is A Policeman Inside All Our Heads, He Must Be Destroyed

Episode 4 – Eight People Sipping Wine In Kettering

To many in both politics and business, the triumph of the self is the ultimate expression of democracy, where power has finally moved to the people. Certainly the people may feel they are in charge, but are they really? The Century of the Self tells the untold and sometimes controversial story of the growth of the mass-consumer society in Britain and the United States. How was the all-consuming self created, by whom, and in whose interests?

The Freud dynasty is at the heart of this compelling social history.

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Posted in 1980s, advertising, america, capitalism, colonialism, consumerism, democracy, documentary, economics, fascism, freud, guatemala, imperialism, latin america, marketing, media, PR, propaganda, psychoanalysis, psychology, science, thatcher, tony blair, uk politics, us politics, USA, war | 4 Comments »

Levellers, True Levellers, and The Diggers of 1649

Posted by charliemarks on January 11, 2008

The Levellers were a relatively loose alliance of radicals and freethinkers who came to prominence during the period of instability that characterized the English Civil War of 1642 – 1649.

What bound these people together was the general belief that all men were equal; since this was the case, then a government could only have legitimacy if it was elected by the people. The Leveller demands were for a secular republic, abolition of the House of Lords, equality before the law, the right to vote for all, free trade, the abolition of censorship, freedom of speech, the abolition of tithes and tolls, and the absolute right for people to worship whatever religion they chose, or none at all. This program was published as “The Agreement of the People”.

Part two|Part three

(click here to watch the whole programme)

The Levellers argued that since God had created all men as equals, the land belonged to all the people as a right. Their program was, then, essentially an attempt to restore the situation that they believed had existed previous to the Norman Conquest in 1099; they wanted to establish a ‘commonwealth’ in which the common people would be in control of their own destiny without the intervention of a King, a House of Lords and other potential oppressors.

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Posted in drama, england, history, nature, parliament, politics, poverty, revolution, socialism, uk politics | 4 Comments »

The Trial Of Tony Blair

Posted by Dave (The Void) on January 6, 2008

A Channel 4 drama (72 mins) starring Robert Lindsay as the ex-PM, in characteristic denial about his impending war crimes tribunal. I finally got around to watching this and found it surprisingly poignant. It really stands out not for its quality, but for its willingness, exceptional among the broadly sycophantic media, to refer to Blair as what he undeniably is: a war criminal.

Posted in comedy, drama, guilt, iraq, justice, satire, tony blair, uk politics, war crimes | 1 Comment »

More Racist Antics From The BNP

Posted by Dave (The Void) on December 21, 2007

The master race marches on!

BNP Exposed: The Secret Agent

An undercover BBC reporter infiltrated the BNP, and helped secure the convictions of several party activists.

Re Brand: Nazi Boy

Russell Brand spends the weekend with BNP Youth leader Mark Collett.

( part two | part three )

Dispatches: Young, Nazi And Proud

More conventional and in-depth profile of Collett, and more disturbing too.

This one goes inside the BNP project and explores Collett’s ego and ideology, while ReBrand is a more shoe-string kind of affair, showing him with real people in the real world. I think both sides of the BNP are worth looking at.

Posted in BNP, fascism, identity, nationalism, racism, uk, uk politics, video | Tagged: , , | 4 Comments »

Ministry Of Truth

Posted by Dave (The Void) on November 2, 2007

A fascinating documentary (~30mins) that looks behind the scenes of British quasi-democracy. After discovering that MPs have no legal obligation not to lie, director Richard Symons embarks on a quest to introduce one, through a ‘Misrepresentation of the People Act’.

(click here to watch the whole programme)

You can view the bill – now called the ‘Elected Representatives (Prohibition of Deception) Bill’ – here. So far a total of 35 MPs have expressed support for idea; you can email your representative about it here and keep up to date with the latest news regarding its progress here.

Posted in corruption, democracy, documentary, law, politics, uk, uk politics, video | 1 Comment »

George Galloway …

Posted by Dave (The Void) on July 24, 2007

… has been thrown out of Parliament! This short clip is all that YouTube has to offer, so you’ll miss the nauseating display of smug knife-twisting that followed his exit.

Those of us naive enough to expect a repeat of his glorious performance in the U.S. Senate in 2005 were to be sorely disappointed. That performance, and a half-hour documentary about the honourable member for Bethnal Green and Bow and the smear campaign against him, follow.

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Posted in anti-war, fraud, george galloway, iraq, oil, parliament, politics, uk, uk politics, video | Leave a Comment »

 
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