On what freedom the rich really protect

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“ Propaganda works by sanctifying a single value, such as faith, or patriotism. Anyone who questions it put themselves outside the circle of respectable opinion. The sacred value is used to obscure the intentions of those who champion it. Today, the value is freedom. Freedom is a word that powerful people use to shut down thought (…) You can exercise freedom of thought, for instance, without harming others. In other cases, on person’s freedom is another’s captivity. When corporations free themselves from trade unions, they curtail the freedoms of their workers. When the very rich free themselves from tax, other people suffer though failing public services. When financiers are free to design exotic financial instruments, the rest of us pay for the crises they cause ”

George Monbiot, ‘Freeing up the rich to exploit the poor – that’s what Trump and Brexit are about’, The Guardian

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