Videos

I’ve curated these clips to illustrate the theme of relationships, knowledge, and power.

The Lives of Others is an absolute must-see for understanding the dynamics of political correctness -- the political uses of fear, of isolation, and of imposed silence to oppress and control others. Academy Award winner in 2007 for best foreign film, The Lives of Others takes place in the 1980's when East German life was oppressed by the Stasi secret police.The Lives of Others is an absolute must-see for understanding the dynamics of political correctness -- the political uses of fear, of isolation, and of imposed silence to oppress and control others. Academy Award winner in 2007 for best foreign film, The Lives of Others takes place in the 1980's when East German life was oppressed by the Stasi secret police.'The Honnecker Joke,” scene from The Lives of Others. This clip will give you the chills. Note the psychological manipulation used on Alex, and the isolation of Alex, even from his friends, when he is called out by his superior Lt. Col. Grubitz for telling a tame joke about Communist Party leader Erich Honnecker.In the first minute or two of this clip from The Lives of Others, Christa-Maria feels she must give in to sexual extortion by the Minister of Culture so that she can retain her acting career. Her lover, Georg Dreyman implores her not to go. She responds: “Don’t I need this whole system? Then you don’t need it either, or need it even less. You get in bed with them too. Why do you do it? Because they can destroy you too, despite your talent and your faith. Because they decide what we play, who is to act, and who can direct. . .”James Clavell wrote “The Children’s Story” in 1964 after his daughter, then 6, said she didn’t understand the meaning of the words to the Pledge of Allegiance. Clavell remarked, “It was then that I realized how completely vulnerable my child's mind was — any mind for that matter — under controlled circumstances. . . why is it so easy to divert thoughts and implant others? What is freedom and why is it so hard to explain?” The whole TV play from 1982 is about 26 minutes.James Clavell wrote “The Children’s Story” in 1964 after his daughter, then 6, said she didn’t understand the meaning of the words to the Pledge of Allegiance. Clavell remarked, “It was then that I realized how completely vulnerable my child's mind was — any mind for that matter — under controlled circumstances. . . why is it so easy to divert thoughts and implant others? What is freedom and why is it so hard to explain?” The whole TV play from 1982 is about 26 minutes.James Clavell wrote “The Children’s Story” in 1964 after his daughter, then 6, said she didn’t understand the meaning of the words to the Pledge of Allegiance. Clavell remarked, “It was then that I realized how completely vulnerable my child's mind was — any mind for that matter — under controlled circumstances. . . why is it so easy to divert thoughts and implant others? What is freedom and why is it so hard to explain?” The whole TV play from 1982 is about 26 minutes.“When you give free speech to people, then things get out of hand . . . the ghost gets out of the bottle.” From the 2006 documentary about how the Baltic nation of Estonia freed itself from Soviet communism.Eric Metaxas, author of biographies of freedom fighters Dietrich Bonhoeffer and William Wilberforce, gives a supreme example of how to speak the truth in love – and with humor – in the company of President Obama and the First Lady at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast.Watch world renown pediatric neuro-surgeon Dr. Ben Carson take on the insidious nature of political correctness in the company of President Obama at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast.How do you choose to live? In reality or in 'The Matrix?'