Adam Curtis just posted this brilliant 1959 BBC documentary on self-proclaimed ‘voice of interplanetary parliament’ and one-time taxi driver, George King. It’s fantastic. In it, George explains how he was contacted by Martians – initially through telepathy, later in person – and went on to become their conduit on earth, a kind of interplanetary ambassador. As is still their wont the BBC behave with great professionalism, tolerate his bizarre pronouncements and offer him the opportunity to present his case to a panel of scientists and psychologists. Indeed, they allow him to actually channel an alien voice. The experts, in turn, offer the most quiet and sensitive rebuttals to his (deranged) ideas. They’re almost apologetic. It’s very sweet.
Curtis calls it ‘one of the most wonderful, odd and touching films I have ever found in the BBC archives’ and I’m with him on that. It’s also like a super-lolzy KPAX, so…
This Adam Curtis blog-post looks at the Greek propensity for civil disobedience and their recent calls for direct democracy. Curtis finds the nascence of today’s social unrest in the collapse of the Greek Military Junta in 1974. He posts a BBC documentary called Greece: The Seven Black Years in its entirety. The film looks at the last days of the regime, the terrible consequences of military rule, and the direct-action implemented by the students of Athens Technical University.
Though direct-democracy is lethal when it comes to solving complex, aggressive, and circular economic problems, understanding the junta is crucial to understanding why Greece and the Greeks are so protective of their right to vote.