The Trap: What happened to our dreams of freedom is a new series of films by Adam Curtis that begins this Sunday on BBC2 at 9pm.
He is attempting to tell the story of the rise of today’s narrow idea of freedom and it should make interesting viewing. According to the BBC it will show how “a simplistic model of human beings as self-seeking, almost robotic, creatures led to today’s idea of freedom. This model was derived from ideas and techniques developed by nuclear strategists during the Cold War. It was then taken up by genetic biologists, anthropologists, radical psychiatrists and free market economists, until it became a new system of invisible control.”
Many of you have seen the amazing series of films he made called The Century of the Self, that we showed on the human givens diploma course. They explored how, whilst psychoanalytic therapy is a dying out, Freudian influence is still very much alive in many areas from business to politics to social attitudes, due to the involvement of the man who invented PR, Freud’s nephew, Edward Bernays. I interviewed Adam Curtis for issue 35 of the Human Givens Journal in 2002.
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