Even though the Power of Nightmares was a comparison between Radical Islamists and the American Neoconservatives what is more important is recognizing the behaviours between the two, while the stage is different in 2016, the same kind of behavioural games are played with governments in attempting to maintain control. If the Government is successful to create any fear then the likely hood of increased support for whatever the government wants to accomplished. The Power of Nightmares is only and example – André Faust: Editors Note
Originally release on October 2004, Adam Curtis explains the relationship between the Islamic extremist and the Neo-conservatives. The points made in the documentary The Power nightmares are relevant to the ISIS crises that we see today.
THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES
By Adam Curtis
BBC Current Affairs
The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear, written and produced by Adam Curtis (2004)
PART I: BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE [1949-1983]
The following notes summarize the argument of the first part of The Power of Nightmares, and add some additional historical information.
Sayyid Qutb (1906-1966): [In 1939, he became a functionary in Egypt’s Ministry of Education (wizarat al-ma’arif); from 1948 to 1950, he went to the United States on a scholarship to study the educational system, receiving a master’s degree from the Colorado State College of Education (now the University of Northern Colorado). Qutb’s first major theoretical work of religious social criticism, Al-‘adala al-Ijtima’iyya fi-l-Islam (Social Justice in Islam), was published in 1949, during his time overseas. — The perceived racism, materialism, and ‘loose’ sexual conduct that he saw in the United States is believed by some to have been the impetus for his rejection of Western values and his move towards radicalism upon returning to Egypt. Resigning from the civil service he became perhaps the most persuasive publicist of the Muslim Brotherhood. The school of thought he inspired has become known as Qutbism. ―- Wikipedia.]