Cleansing The Stock’ And Other Ways Governments Talk About Human Beings

Counter Information

Those in power don’t speak of ‘people’ or ‘killing’

By George Monbiot

October 23, 2014 “ICH” – “The Guardian” –  To blot people out of existence first you must blot them from your mind. Then you can persuade yourself that what you are doing is moral and necessary. Today this isn’t difficult. Those who act without compassion can draw upon a system of thought and language whose purpose is to shield them – and blind us – to the consequences.

The contention by Lord Freud, a minister in the UK’s Department of Work and Pensions, that disabled people are “not worth the full wage” isn’t the worst thing he’s alleged to have said. I say “alleged” because what my ears tell me is contested by Hansard, the official parliamentary record. During a debate in the House of Lords, he appeared to describe the changing number of…

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