The Power Principle

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"Probably the best documentary ever made about American foreign policy". - Information Clearing House.

Part I - Empire

An Introduction to the Empire; Iran – Oil and Geopolitics; Guatemala – the “merger of state and corporate power”; The Congo – Neocolonialism; Grenada – “The Mafia Doctrine”; Chile – “libertarianism with a small l"; Globalization: Consequences.

1945: Grand Area Strategy; Fascism: a “rational system of the plutocracy”; Case Studies: the Greek Communists; The Italian Communists; the Spanish Anarchists; Fascism’s Western backers; Trading with the Enemy; Fascism as “preservation of civilization”; the Cold War and “A Century of Fear”.



Part II – Propaganda

The Soviet Menace?; Case Studies: El Salvador, Nicaragua; Propaganda: Self-Deception and blowback; The “International Communist Conspiracy”; Declassified Documents; NSC 68; The Pentagon as Keynsian Mechanism; The Military Industrial Complex; The War against the Third World; Shifting rationales; What is imperialism?; Case Study: Haiti; “War is a racket”.

Fear-based conditioning - The War of the Worlds, The Triumph of the Will; World view Warfare; The Russians are coming; Television: The “perfect propaganda medium”; Soviet vs. American propaganda; Hollywood and the Pentagon; Psywarriors and the media; Operation Mockingbird; The Pentagon Pundits; Project Revere; The Bomber Gap; “scare the hell out of them”.



Part III – Apocalypse

Mutually Assured Destruction; MAD men - Curtis Lemay and the super hawks; MAD men - Hermann Kahn and the Rand Corporation; Over flights as provocation; Cuba: the “danger of a good example”; terrorism against Cuba; “Unconventional warfare”; the Cuban Missile Crisis and the “man who saved the world”.

Why did the Soviet Union collapse?; Gorbachev: a “more violent, less stable world”; the Pentagon’s New Map; Did Ronald Reagan end the Cold War?; The Brink of Apocalypse: Able Archer; The betrayal of Russia; The expansion of NATO; Yugoslavia and Libya; the Yeltsin coup; Living standards in the former Soviet Union; A third way?

Postscript: The Power Principle. A gripping, deeply informative account of the plunder, hypocrisy, and mass violence of plutocracy and empire; insightful, historically grounded and highly relevant to the events of today




"A gripping, deeply informative account of the plunder, hypocrisy, and mass violence of plutocracy and empire; insightful, historically grounded and highly relevant to the events of today."
Michael Parenti
Historian, Author The Face of Imperialism
"Remarkable...Scott Noble has taken an extremely complex history and transformed it into a highly comprehensible and moving film."
William Blum
Historian, Author Killing Hope
"A Superb work, full of insight and compassion."
Graeme MacQueen
Center for Peace Studies
"Brilliant...An Ideal educational resource for teachers, concerned citizens and public policy advocates."
James Petras
Professor Emeritus, Ohio State University
"The Power Principle is a remarkable achievement, a gripping assembly of archival footage, interviews and narrative that exposes the powers that be in the world and especially those who advance U.S. empire, their lies and deceit, their crimes, and the havoc they are wracking on humanity and the planet. This is an ideal tool for use in classrooms and communities and for social justice movements seeking to inform and educate the public."
William I. Robinson
Professor of Sociology, University of California at Santa Barbara
Blum, William
Blum, William
Butler, Smedley
Chomsky, Noam
Chomsky, Noam
Chomsky, Noam
Chomsky, Noam
Harwell, Mark A. and Hutchinson, Thomas C.
Johnson, Chalmers
Schlesinger, Arthur Jr.
Scott, Peter Dale
Stone, Oliver and Kuznick, Peter
Third World Traveler