Adam Curtis

The Power of Nightmares, 2004

Part One: Baby It’s Cold Outside

The film compares the rise of the neoconservative movement in the United States and the radical Islamist
movement, drawing comparisons between their origins, and remarking on
similarities between the two groups. More controversially, it argues
that radical Islamism as a massive, sinister organisation, specifically in the form of al-Qaeda, is a myth, or noble lie,
perpetuated by leaders of many countries—and particularly
neoconservatives in the U.S.—in a renewed attempt to unite and inspire
their people after the ultimate failure of utopian ideas.

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