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Big Babies: the dumbing down of politics

Psychoanalysts believe that people can be ‘infantilized’ – stopped from growing up. Powerful politicians now seem to think that’s a neat idea. Dog-whistles and diversions of all kinds are designed to turn us away from active political engagement towards passive consumption. In the process, democracy gets hollowed out. Politics becomes another branch of management, left to a political class and an entire industry of spin-doctors, pollsters, ad agencies, lobbyists and dirty-tricksters.

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Dumbing down democracy

Dumbing down democracy

Puzzled by democracy’s failed promise, *Richard Swift* explores the way our political culture infantilizes both the elected and...
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A visual guide to political manipulation.
Magical thinkers

Magical thinkers

*Trevor Turner* has his finger on how the fantasies of evasion trip up the political class.
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Siren song – conspiracy!

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Paternal deceits

The Indian scholar *Ashis Nandy* digs deep in the Western psyche to uncover the origins of our political condescension towards...
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Eleven ways to leave your Mummy and Daddy

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*Noam Chomsky* anatomizes the current US-Israel ‘project’.
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