Category Documentary

Democracy and the right to dissent

Neither Walter Nash, Peter Fraser or Michael Joseph Savage were communists. Nor in the context of the first Labour government particularly radical. Yet it turns out they were subject to covert surveillance by both the Police and the intelligence service at the time. At one level this is hardly surprising. In an earlier post I […]

The rise and rise of the military-industrial complex in the us

Excellent documentary shown on BBC in 2005 about how pervasive the military and the corrupt military-industrial complex behind it  has become in the US and how corrosive it has been to the body politic. It also raises several of the points I made in an earlier post about cognitive dissonance, propaganda and co-opting the media. Another documentary […]

Why we need partisan political documentary

Propaganda is to a democracy what violence is to a dictatorship In 2011 as part of a PG Dip in Communications I researched elite propaganda and self censorship in the mainstream United States media during wartime. It was at times a profoundly depressing  task, so pervasive, so blatant are the lies and half truths told by political […]

realpolitik – gutless excuse for the status quo?

Realpolitik  – politics or diplomacy based primarily on power and on practical and material factors and considerations, rather than ideological notions or moralistic or ethical premises. Is there room for ethics and morality in international politics? I ask this question after re-reading three excellent articles by Rolling Stone Magazine on Afghanistan, one of which resulted […]