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Reclaiming the State

February 1, 2011 by

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In the US, right wingers use the rhetoric of liberty to argue against asking more from the state. They rhetorically position the state as in opposition to the people, rather than their collective organ for deciding the public good. This is hugely damaging to the people's capacity to use the state for democratic purposes. British PM David Cameron is trying to do the same - under the guise of the rhetoric of responsibility. Both are rhetorically powerful and are capturing the public imagination. Both are selective deployments based on lies.