Can you rebuild a bankrupt country with drunks, gangsters, warmongers, Chicago school economists and about 15 strains of nationalism? Adam Curtis has found the answer in the BBC archives: nope. Some people here are thinking very hard, and some look like they've never had a thought in their entire lives, but they all manage to come up with the worst decision 100% of the time, over seven hours/15 years, and the disaster may never end.
"The Iranian revolutionary experience is a guideline for Third World countries to learn from. Not only the Third World, but also the Western world. It's a step forward in the political and social history of the world, I feel. And all this talk of reactionary Islam and returning to the 15th century ... it's all nonsense, really."
—Someone who probably fled back to the UK in a panic within six months of saying these words