The language of supermarkets
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.
But infantilizing all the people all the time is not so easily done. In this issue of the NI we wonder why, and take a sideways look into the empty space where grown-up political debate should be.
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Indian states ban sex education in schools
Bikini Atoll residents still demand compensation from US.
Uruguayans remain a ‘footballized’ people, according to Eduardo Galeano.
Nikki van der Gaag reveals how, in many countries around the world, girls are still discriminated against, abused and treated as second-class citizens – just because they are girls.
Burqa and doves, by pioneering female Afghan photographer Farzana Wahidy.
Michael Bywater gives us some pointers.
Trevor Turner has his finger on how the fantasies of evasion trip up the political class.
The Yacoubian Building scripted and directed by Marwan Hamed
The resistance to the status quo has not managed to escape the ravages of childish politics. Chip Berlet exposes the great conspiracy addiction.
The Indian scholar Ashis Nandy digs deep in the Western psyche to uncover the origins of our political condescension towards others.
A visual guide to political manipulation.
The tell-tale symptoms of a democratic ethos in distress.
Estranged brothers Christopher and Peter Hitchens, opinionated columnists, have completed ideological journeys from far Left to far Right.
Puzzled by democracy’s failed promise, Richard Swift explores the way our political culture infantilizes both the elected and the electorate.
US health-product giant shoots itself in the foot
Code cracker gets four years in jail and loses rights to residency.
Falconers use their influence to help save one of the oldest indigenous groups on the planet.
Over two decades of conflict have bred a climate of impunity where human rights violations – killings and unexplained ‘disappearances’ of people – have become all too common.
Trade unions: rebuild, renew, resist
For Facebook, Amazon and Google, we have traded our privacy for something we find useful and put on hold our support for ethical shopping in exchange for the ease of low (or no) price and almost-instant gratification. This month's magazine looks at just how far down the line we are and asks how deeply exploitative and anti-democratic is this new ‘surveillance capitalism’ under which we now live. This month’s contributors include security expert Bruce Schneier, psychologist Robert Epstein and engineer and software activist Prabir Purkayastha.
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