The recent release of a manipulated video to justify the exclusion of a journalist from the press corps provides yet more evidence that we have passed, possibly irretrievably, from a world of facts into a world of delusions, dreams and projection. The inability to distinguish between reality and fabrication suggests the presence of psychosis, whether at an individual level, or as evidenced in collective behaviors such as political rallies.
Now comes filmmaker Amanda Zackem, with excerpts from an interview in which she discusses her recent film with its title descending from an essay by Chris Hedges, who has been identifying critical pathologies within the American body politic for many years. On the big picture:
On gutting the Humanities within our education system:
On toxic masculinity:
The entire film is worth close viewing/listening, and is freely available on vimeo:
In the essay predating the film, Hedges refers to Dr. Joost Meerloo, in his pioneering research on the psychology of mass mind control, menticide, and brainwashing. Excerpts below, with images added by DP:
FAT ON CONFUSION
WAVE OF TERROR WRAPPED IN FLAG
We are regular readers of Chris Hedges here at DP; we found his most recent essay of particular interest. The images are from the wise intuitive mind of Brian Dettmer: two of his extraordinary “recycled” encyclopedias, that reveal a knowledge re-viscerated.
The deformations of the high priests of modernity spill forth in a relentless rhythm that seems to accelerate with each passing day. The plodding conscious mind creates delusions that gallop: headless horsemen. Yet fear not, for now comes a surgeon named Sergio Canavero and his dream to transplant a human head.
In a recent call to radical action, Chris Hedges cites a passage from theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, referring to the moral necessity of retaining a sharp hunger for “perfect justice”, a hunger that may appear from the outside to resemble a kind of “sublime madness”. We tracked the passage to the final chapter in Niebuhr’s Moral Man and Immoral Society: a Study in Ethics and Politics, published in 1932. Excerpts, below.
The images are from Hannah Hoch; in that same year 1932, over in Deutschland, the Nazi Party classified the work of the sublimely mad artist as “degenerate”, forcing cancellation of a major retrospective. The following year saw the burning of the Reichstag, as well as the public burning of books written by designated “un-German” authors such as Walter Benjamin, Franz Kafka and Karl Kraus. On and on, the folk dancers danced, turning and turning, eternally. Of course, none of that could ever happen here; not now, not to us.
THE DREAM OF HIS LIFE, 1925
THE BRIDE, 1933
THE ETERNAL FOLK DANCERS, 1933