"The Mayfair Set is a series of films produced by Adam Curtis that study how buccaneer capitalists of hot money were allowed to shape the climate of the Thatcher years, focusing on the rise of Colonel David Stirling, Jim Slater, James Goldsmith, and Tiny Rowland, all members of The Clermont club in the 1960s."
This four-parter is in my opinion Curtis most important work. It is less open to false interpretations unlike The Trap or The Power of Nightmares which are more open to it; let me expand on that - the Trap closely examines economic theory and psychiatry - relative to biology, chemistry and physics these are pseudosciences, sadly lacking in empirical rigor. Equally The Power of Nightmares deals with two ideologies; which if anyone remembers their Greenspan:
"...An Ideology is, is a conceptual framework with the way people deal with reality." Alan Greenspan KBE
Mayfair Set has an extraordinary array of witnesses, who offer their thoughts or motivations, some even offer their re-appraisals oodef events with the benefit of hindsight. The four programmes offer a very rare glimpse into the BBC archives, they are informative, entertaining and slightly sinister. More importantly they show a part of British History which was completely hidden from us growing up here in the UK. Check it out, you might love it as much as I do.
Also recommended:< br /> The Living Dead http://www.archive.org/details/AdamCurtis_TheLivi...
"The Living Dead, subtitled Three Films About the Power of the Past is the second major documentary series made by British film-maker Adam Curtis.
This series investigates the way that history and memory (both national and individual) have been used by politicians and others."Episode 1. Who Pays Wins
Episode 2. The Mayfair Set episode 2 - Entrepreneur Spelt S.P.I.V.
Episode 3. Destroy The Technostructure
Episode 4. Twilight Of The Dogs
A devastating critique of the shift of power from democratic institutions to corporate business. It is a pity Curtis made no equivalently excoriating study of the equally anti - democratic radical (aka progressive left) who are as addicted to power are the financial elites and political right are to wealth.
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