Big Brother Beeb | James Delingpole

May 22, 2011

For the past few weeks, unnoticed by all but the most sharp-eyed critics, BBC1 has been running a Celebrate Communitarianism season.
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5 thoughts on “Big Brother Beeb”

  1. JimmyGiro says:22nd May 2011 at 10:54 pmIt’s like a slow motion political takeover of Britain.

    A two pronged attack of political correctness, and bureaucratization, during ZanuLabour’s smash and grab raid of our democracy. 4000 new crimes later, and with a public sector larger than the majority vote that won Blair his dictatorship in 1997; it’s possible that our Parliamentary democracy has been made redundant.

    Political correctness has the effect of bewildering the majority as to what constitutes right and wrong, thus allowing arbitrary bureaucratic decisions a free reign in plain sight. The sheer size of the civil service makes it impossible to discipline by the government, which has effectively become a compliant hostage.

    The BBC’s anti-government fear propaganda, may well be a corollary to this; and if correct, then the question is: Whom is calling the shots?

  2. Nige Cook says:30th May 2011 at 9:53 pmHave you seen tonight’s BBC2 All watched over by machines of loving grace (episode 2 attack by Adam Curtis on the Club of Rome ecosystem liars?

    If not, catch it on iplayer. The second half is fundamental. Curtis makes the good points:

    (1) The Club of Rome ignored all feedbacks, and in particular it claimed that ecosystems and nature generally is stable, with humans disturbing the stable equilibrium of nature.

    Curtis documents the discoveries that nature’s ecosystems are never in a stable equilibrium (hormesis) but are always changing and unstable, and that the belief in a stable natural ecosystem is a myth eternally used by politicians to try to maintain status quo, just like the racists of the past. Curtis explains that General Smuts who invented the idea of natural ecosystem equilibrium stability (Smuts coined the word hormesis and holism for this) did so to claim that racism in colonal Raj India was a natural order of nature that must be maintained

    (2) The “balance of nature” has been used as a “political trick” to claim that nature never changes and neither should the world effects of human development. Curtis states:

    “What began to arise up in the 1970s was the idea that we and everything on the planet are connected together into complex webs and networks. Out of it come epic visions of con activity, like the Dyer theory, and utopian ideas about the world wide web and the global economic system. Underlying this was a profound shift. What was beginning to disappear was the enlightenment idea, that human beings are separate from the rest of nature, and masters of their own destiny. Instead, we began to see ourselves as components, cogs in a system, and our duty was to help that system to maintain its natural balance.”

    (3) Attempts to cut “politics” out of “scientific” communes and other “logic based” organizations failed, because they simply banned the kind of political structures that represent opposition, and by preventing organized opposition, permitted powerful personalities to take dictatorial control by intimidation.

    Curtis unfortunately fails to apply this last point to the “peer” review system in science generally, where the claim of outlawing “politics” is used to simply outlaw democratic political methods in deference to dictatorial mainstream majority-is-right intimidation, abuse, and corruption political methods. But Curtis is headed in the right direction.

  3. JimmyGiro says:31st May 2011 at 12:30 amQuite so Nige Cook,

    When watching, I kept thinking: if the ecology is so purposefully static, as a driving force, then evolution would be an anomaly to such stability.

  4. Andrew Ryan says:31st May 2011 at 9:27 am“evolution would be an anomaly to such stability”

    Not necessarily – a) species tend to evolve together in response to each other – thus maintaining an equilibrium, and b) evolution could simply be how ecological stability is maintained.

  5. Nige Cook says:4th June 2011 at 3:59 pmIt’s on YouTube now: I blogged a summary in detail at

    Lefties at the New Statesman who liked Curtis’s earlier stuff (which attacked Cold War systems analysts from a lefty BBC perspective) and now withdrawing their support for him:

    All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace
    Rachel Cooke

    Published 02 June 2011

    How does Adam Curtis get away with it? In the past, this question, falling from my own lips, was implicitly admiring. What I meant was: how, in a world of dross and fearfulness, does he get his brilliant but difficult films screened? Now, though, I’m asking it in a more straightforward way. Whisper it softly, but I’m not sure that his new documentary series – All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace (Mondays, 9pm) – adds up to much.

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