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Friday, August 16, 2013

Clockwork Orange: The continuing project

Sorry for the lack of posting; I've got stuff to do. But I did want to direct your attention to the new project undertaken by Adam Curtis, the famed British documentarian who gave us The Power of Nightmares. It seems to be called Bugger.

It ties in with a lot of books I've been re-reading lately -- books about the CIA's James Jesus Angleton and his British followers. As you know, I think JJA masterminded the plot against JFK. But the Angletonians in the UK, as personified by Peter Wright, masterminded a plot of their own against British Prime Minister Harold Wilson, and against the former head of MI5 Roger Hollis.

Both were suspected of being Soviet spies. And in both cases, the evidence was non-existent.

All of that nonsense ultimately traced back to the international cult of Angleton. Angleton himself, like Joe McCarthy, was a drunk. It's odd how substance abuse plays such a large role in right-wing fantasyland.

The British aspect of this intrigue is a tale best told in two books I highly recommend, David Leigh's The Wilson Plot and Smear!, a masterwork by Robin Ramsay and Stephen Dorrill, the founders of Lobster. (Ramsay and Dorrill has since had an acrimonious split.) Curtis seems ready to delve into this territory, but -- as it often the case with him -- he casts his net much wider. Perhaps too wide.

The plot against Wilson was, amusingly enough, code-named Clockwork Orange. If you care to get "Wikipedia deep" into the matter, go here and then here and then here.

Is this history relevant to our time? Of course. Angletonism is alive and well -- in fact, it is a driving force within the contemporary Tea Party right.  One might consider Angleton's mail-opening program to be the forerunner of the NSA's current outrages. Every time you see a right-wing blogger (or a pundit of the Ann Coulter school) speak as though all Democrats are secret bolshies, you're hearing from the ghost of Angleton.

Clockwork Orange never died. 

More to come...
Comments:
Clockwork ORANGE or Clockwork ORGAN ?
Understanding that it is a DELIBERATE misspelling, I think,
is KEY to relly understand both the book and the film.
"Nice rare original Organ Grinder and Performing Bear mechanical bank made by Kyser & Rex cir. 1882 .
One of only a few clockwork mechanical banks made.Very hard to find and highly collectible
There are no cracks or damage to any of the cast iron and has its nice original paint
.The clockwork still works very well.
It is a very nice example of an early American toy.
First wind up the bank w/ the mounted key on the side.
To operate , place a coin into the organ grinders organ.
Slide the lever on the front and the action starts.
The organ grinder turns his arm softly ringing the internal bell.
At the same time the bear spins in circles as if dancing.
It will continue until you slide the lever back.
The coin is then deposited into the bank.
It is in nice working condition.
The bottom has its locking coin door..."
->
http://www.ubbcentral.com/store/item/rare-cast-iron-clockwork-organ-grinder-%26-dancing-bear-mechanical-bank-c-1882_310649200857.html

 
Anon, this isn't about the book or film. (About which you are probably wrong.) It's about a covert project which really did bear that name.
 
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O.k., I got THAT now.
What I suggested, and I may be wrong, is :
there are no better means of
covering-up a covered project (or anything)than by POPULARISING some theme, bearing exactly that same title, name.
I once looked up "propaganda" on that search-engine.
And I was astonished to find an album-title of a famous pop-group occupying the first 100 search-results.
An other one was the term "MATRIX".
Just my 2 cents.

 
I found it interesting that one of the sillier groups of 9/11 conspiracy theorists (they called themselves the Citizen Investigation Team) chose to name their flagship movie "National Security Alert". Both "CIT" and "NSA" were masked in the google search results by Citicorp and the other NSA.

Anon2
 
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