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Are 'noble lies' and myths often told to society by the philosophical elite in order to ensure social order?

In the past, politicians promised to create a better world. They had different ways of achieving this, but their power and authority came from the optimistic visions they offered their people. Those dreams failed and today people have lost faith in ideologies. Increasingly, politicians are seen simply as managers of public life, but now they have discovered a new role that restores their power and authority. Instead of delivering dreams, politicians now promise to protect us: from nightmares. They say that they will rescue us from dreadful dangers that we cannot see and do not understand. And the greatest danger of all is international terrorism, a powerful and sinister network with sleeper cells in countries across the world, a threat that needs to be fought by a War on Terror. But much of this threat is a fantasy, which has been exaggerated and distorted by politicians. It's a dark illusion that has spread unquestioned through governments around the world, the security services and the international media. This is a series of films about how and why that fantasy was created, and who it benefits. At the heart of the story are two groups: the American neo-conservatives and the radical Islamists. Both were idealists who were born out of the failure of the liberal dream to build a better world, and both had a very similar explanation of what caused that failure. These two groups have changed the world, but not in the way that either intended. Together, they created today's nightmare vision of a secret organized evil that threatens the world, a fantasy that politicians then found restored their power and authority in a disillusioned age. And those with the darkest fears became the most powerful.

Asked By: johndehaura - 4/14/2009
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The ruling parties, especially in the west seem to thrive of fantasy. The only trouble is, many sheeple are taken in by it, and are conditioned in a certain way, maybe from school in voting for what is considered 'the norm'. I'm not saying that we should all have a revolution either, I'm saying that people are not very... More
Answered By: RETURN OF THE JEDI - 4/14/2009
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You are starting to take the 'Blue Pill', ARE YOU READY FOR THE RIDE.?
Answered By: Myrina Pepper ClassWar - 4/14/2009
 
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