The state’s sales pitch: Mal Content.

In order to survive the state must persuade each of its subjects, even the most downtrodden, that they have at least one enemy in common with the state.

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The enemy has ranged from Communists to drug barons, gang members, paedophiles and terrorists, latterly ‘Islamists’. The enemy will be fearsome, alien and ill-defined. Sometimes the state even claims to be waging war on an abstract noun: drugs, terror, knife crime etc.

Don’t be deceived; the state  always has far more in common with its own worst enemies than with any of us.

The most pious and liberal-minded government will be responsible for more killings, rapes and child suffering than the worst criminal you’ve ever heard of, it goes with the job.

Mal C x

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