Malcolm Armsteen wrote:
One of the most powerful paradigms of Mailism is the dehumanising of certain people, whether they be public figures, whole groups of people or the occasional member of the public who gets the Mail treatment. They are seen as literally not-human, so deserve no 'normal' feelings extended in their direction.
I can't imagine not congratulating a couple on the birth of a much-wanted child, especially a couple in the Camerons' position of having lost a son so recently. But then I can't imagine being so emotionally stunted as to see my fellow men and women as mere ciphers to be hated with impunity.
That's it in a nutshell. Which also colours peoples ideas on other people and specifically on what should be done with them.
Hang criminals - because they aren't human therefore their deaths are irrelevent.
Deport all immigrants - because they aren't human therefore it won't matter if they suffer elsewhere.
Sack all politicians - because they aren't human and as such don't need to support families or have jobs.
Lock up all Muslims - because they aren't human therefore they shouldn't complain, and should be grateful anyway.
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