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Posturing behind “the people”

The populist insurgency is a veil—masking money and power

By Nick Cohen   March 2017

Nigel Farage in the lobby of Trump Tower, New York ©Pool/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images

Propaganda hides best behind simple words. The plainer the language, the more devious it can be. A speaker’s apparent lack of pretence promises the audience that in front of them is a man of “the people”, who scorns political correctness, and “tells it like it is.”

Ah, “the people.” What lies are told in your name. To be with “the people” is to be a good neighbour and a good citizen. To be against “the people” is…

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