October 16th, 2009

Great documentary:
The New American Century

MUST WATCH, unfortunately …




9/11, the unwarranted influence of the military-industrial complex, and what 50 years of same has done to American society.

Here’s Part One at youtube.

The other nine are there too. About 100 minutes total.

Can buy a copy here.

The producers include Wim Wenders — a fave.

Most of what the film has to say is familiar. But the last two parts (on youtube) have revived basic despair about not only our owner-operator class but the young soldiers, who seem as alien and rabid as the teen zealots of 1917 did to so many Russians.

It’s only a few baby steps from shooting civilians for fun in Iraq to the same in American cities. I guess we will see this sooner than later, perhaps even before election day 2016 if Romney beats Obama in 2012.

And of course I don’t mean to imply that it’s okay in Iraq. It’s so NOT okay that … words elude.

And thoughts of leaving the country intrude.

I mean only to gauge the degradation of our people — our enemy met that is us — raised on video games and patriotic television. We mirror the owner-operators with gruesome fidelity.

And have deprived ourselves of sound basis for complaint should one day a city of our own go up in smoke.


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  1. ed says:

    NYC CAN is an organ founded, mostly, by relatives of people who died in the 9/11 attacks.

    Their campaign to have a referendum for a new 9/11 investigation on the upcoming city election ballot was squashed this week by NY State Supreme Court, with one judge dissenting on the panel.

    Here’s their new strategy. Something of a manifesto. Not yet giving up. Their slogan:

    Thinkers think. Talkers talk. Patriots act.

    October 16th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

  2. Ilidas says:

    Listening to Pacifica Network radio in NYC last night, I was lucky enough to hear much of the audio of this film broadcast over the airwaves, along with in-studio discussion. All this in the context of a fund drive, with the DVD of the film as a gift for pledgors. This suggests to me that, if there hasn’t been already, there will be a general DVD release for sale and rental.

    October 16th, 2009 at 11:18 pm

  3. ed says:

    You can buy the DVD at the producers’ website — linked in the first post above.

    The chief filmmaker is an Italian. And, as said, Wim Wenders seems to have been one of the half dozen prime movers.

    Last I was aware, Wim still lives in Los Angeles, where he makes commercials and the occasional feature. I like everything he does, including the recents that got little rave.

    Eg, Lisbon Story, recently chatted about here. And Don’t Come Knocking.

    And perhaps my favorite film: Until The End of the World.

    And Land of Plenty — which is about what I’d call the 9/11 Syndrome, and returns us to the documentary at hand.

    So what do you think about its substance?

    October 17th, 2009 at 12:12 am

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