BBC – Adam Curtis Blog: GOODIES AND BADDIES

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BBC – Adam Curtis Blog: GOODIES AND BADDIES

Adam Curtis has a story to tell about humanitarian intervention. Now its Libya, but the story has come to dominate modern ‘power’ politics. Each chapter is well known, Biafra, Bosnia, Afganistan, Iraq… read on….and watch as he includes lots of great clips from old BBC documentaries. Remember though, as one commenter on ILR acerbically pointed out, this is that old mouthpiece of imperium, the BBC talking.

The idea of “humanitarian intervention” which is behind the decision to attack in Libya is one of the central beliefs of our age.

It divides people. Some see it as a noble, disinterested use of Western power. Others see it as a smokescreen for a latter-day liberal imperialism.

I want to tell the story of how this idea originated and how it has grown up to possess the minds of a generation of liberal men and women in Europe and America.

It is the story of a generation who became disenchanted with traditional power politics. They thought they could leap over the old corrupt structures of power and connect directly with the innocent victims of war around the world.

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