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Adam Curtis just came out with a new series called The Trap: What Happenned To Our Ideas of Freedom. The basic gist of the documentary being how game theory permeated into the fields of military, economics, psychiatry, politics, in spite of having fundamental flaws.

However, within this simplistic idea lay the seeds of new forms of control. And what people have forgotten is that there are other ideas of freedom. We are, says Curtis, in a trap of our own making that controls us, deprives us of meaning and causes death and chaos abroad.

And in typical Curtis style, he puts tremendous weight on personality and philosophy, as if it were the guiding stars for the motives and actions of men. This is my fundamental objection to the 3-part series. Curtis pins pivotal movements in history to philosophers like Ali Shariati and Isaiah Berlin; to me, these intellectuals are not the catalysts that he thinks they are, rather, their free market ideologies have been championed because it suits the interests of technocrats and oligarchs – the corporations and the banks.

The actions of these corporations (In Iraq they could take 100 percent of the profits they made in Iraq out of the country. No reinvesting, no tax.) have less to do with theosophy and more to do with greed and exploitation.

Some good analysis from the blogosphere: here, and here

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  1. Anonymous

    G. Vineetha
    The emotional actions of Sreesanth are being ridiculed beyond imagination. It is a normal outlet of a bit overenthusiastic youngster and more and more comments like this will demoralise the youngster. The North South divide is very much visible here. Had the guy been from North or West the on field action of Sreesanth would have been hailed as valour beyond compare.