The most remarkable thing about the last election was actually Bernie Sanders, not Trump. Bernie Sanders broke with a century of American political history. In American elections, for… back to the late 19th Century, elections are basically bought, literally. You can predict, with remarkable accuracy, electability, simply on the basis of campaign funding. Also policies. There’s very substantial political science research on this.

Bernie Sanders came along, no support from the corporate sector, no support from the wealthy, the media simply dismissed him as ridiculous, he was basically unknown, he even used a scare word: “socialist”; and he would have won the Democratic nomination if it hadn’t been for the shenanigans of the ides of march party managers.

If you take a look at popularity today, he is far and away the most popular figure in the American political system.
—  Noam Chomsky

anonymous asked:

What are your favourite documentaries (about true crime or anything else)?

My favourite documentary is Dear Zachary: A letter to a son about his father. It’s probably one of my favourite films in general to be honest. I can’t give it a higher recommendation - I inflict it on everyone I know!

Other than that I consume I shocking amount of documentaries so it’s hard for me to pick ones - especially true crime. There’s a good American Justice series available on iPlayer right now (and another recent one called I Shot my Parents which is worth a watch!), Making a Murderer is also a firm favourite, and anything by Louis Theroux I will watch (and probably love - although My Scientology Movie really wasn’t up to scratch). Capturing the Friedmans, Team Foxcatcher, West of Memphis (and Paradise Lost), The Confessions of Thomas Quick, The Fear of 13, Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer, The Paedophile Next Door, Who Took Johnny?, Newtown and The Witness are other true crime ones that i’d recommend 

Right now though I am obsessed with Adam Curtis documentaries. Hypernormalisation and Bitter Lake are phenomenal and I could watch them over and over and over again. Also The Trap, The Power of Nightmares, The Century of the Self (like I needed any more of a reason to hate Freud), The Living Dead and The Way of All Flesh are incredible and all available on youtube. They are not true crime, some of them are different but in general his documentaries are about what has influenced the current geopolitical landscape and the development of western culture (and the impact this has had in the middle east - and vice versa). I can’t stop watching them…

Also - Requiem for the American Dream, because Noam Chomsky.