The Murder Of Jo Cox Did Not Take Place In A Political Vacuum

In Britain we have been persuaded that the unemployed, the disabled, the weak, the poor, foreigners, Muslims, and so on exist outwith the bounds of decent British values, and are therefore deserving of being attacked, punished, hounded, demonised and despised, along with those who dare speak up and defend them. We are made to feel that those groups constitute a threat to society, when in truth it is the politicians, political parties, and those who own the newspapers and media organisations that have shaped this narrative who constitute the threat. That they have been able to enlist public support for their campaign of anger, vindictiveness, and callous disregard for the plight of the weakest and most vulnerable among us, this is testament to the power of propaganda when it achieves its primary aim of having us believe that our opinions and attitudes are freely formed and held. As Joseph Goebbels observed, “Propaganda works best when those who are being manipulated are confident they are acting on their own free will.”

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