Adam Curtis makes documentaries for the BBC, using its vast archive of materials. He meets with criticism for sloppy reasoning and for abuse of easy pictorials for argument. Ben Woodhams’s parody The Loving Trap went viral in 2011, see also the comment by Guy Walters in the New Statesman.
However, after my last interview with Vladislav Surkov I think that I can usefully point to these to documentaries by Adam Curtis:
- Years of stagnation and the poodles of power (2012)
- Hierarchy in the UK, anarchy in Kurdistan (2014)
When the Kurds switch from marxism to anarchism as their ideological inspiration, this seems opportunistic as it can be, but not without some realism, since there is obviously some need to replace a failure for something else. The choice for anarchy however is remarkable.
In a way it is not remarkable, since Russia has also kind-of selected that road. It is President Putin who brought back order, but it was his PR manager Vladislav Surkov who helped to create the kind of implementation that reminds of anarchy. That is, anarchy in the sense of lack of legal security, and in the sense of that it doesn’t matter what you do as long as you don’t interfere with the people in power. Perhaps one road towards clarity would be to make that anarchy official, with a legal system with a level playing field and a more equal distribution of wealth and power.
Perhaps the Kurds could explain to Russia why they switched from marxism to anarchism ? My impression is that it was opportunistic but perhaps there is a system in the madness ?
I am reminded of my earlier amazement that the Greek people are very disciplined in their music and dance, but apparently have gained some international reputation of being undisciplined and lazy. What is happening here ? See my earlier weblog texts that link to Greek music on youtube:
- What Greek do to each other (2012)
- A disciplinary board for mathematicians (2013)
- Europe’s amazing connections (2014)
Check the 1995 concert Tribute to Mikis Theodorakis, with Dalaras and various Greek musicians but also with support of the Dutch Metropole Orchestra and overall direction by Dick Bakker. In this case the Dutch orchestra wasn’t there to instill discipline but to partake in the Tribute.