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The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom [documentary miniseries]
by Adam Curtis
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0930852621, DVD)Explores how a simplistic model of human beings as self-seeking, almost robotic, creatures led to today's dysfunctional idea of freedom. In three parts. The first explains the baleful influence of game theory on economics and international relations. Game theory says humans are basically suspicious, selfish and constantly strategizing. It was created by a man who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia... Part two is about some ill effects of game theory / free market theory on society, for instance with over-the-counter drugs, bureaucracies and schools. Part three, "We Will Force You To Be Free," starts with the concepts of negative and positive freedom, that is freedom from and freedom to. It goes on to how the rhetoric of freedom has been used by revolutionaries to justify violence, by the neo-cons to justify "shock therapy" in Eastern Europe and more recently in Iraq, with horrific consequences. Certainly one of the most thought-provoking and intelligent films of recent times.
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