Psychoanalysts believe that people can be 'infantilized' - stopped from growing up. Powerful politicians now seem to think that's a neat idea. Dog-whistles and diversions of all kinds are designed to turn us away from active political engagement towards passive consumption. In the process, democracy gets hollowed out. Politics becomes another branch of management, left to a political class and an entire industry of spin-doctors, pollsters, ad agencies, lobbyists and dirty-tricksters.
4 Dumbing down democracy
Puzzled by democracy's failed promise, Richard Swift explores the way our political culture infantilizes both the elected and the electorate.
7 Signs of infantilization
The tell-tale symptoms of a democratic ethos in distress.
8 Pushing your buttons
A visual guide to political manipulation.
10 Paternal deceits
The Indian scholar Ashis Nandy digs deep in the Western psyche to uncover the origins of our political condescension towards others.
12 Siren song - conspiracy!
The resistance to the status quo has not managed to escape the ravages of childish politics. Chip Berlet exposes the great conspiracy addiction.
15 A Guide to Grown-Up Thinking
Polyp's visualized tour of how we can grow up as citizens, and why we had better.
18 Magical thinkers
Trevor Turner has his finger on how the fantasies of evasion trip up the political class.
20 Eleven ways to leave your Mommy and Daddy
Michael Bywater gives us some pointers.
Resisting demolition of poor homes in Argentina; Britain's Camp for Climate Action inspires the world.
PLUS: Wordpower and Seriously
28 Big Bad World
Polyp on a new concept of fairness.
PLUS: NI Prize Crossword
Estranged brothers Christopher and Peter Hitchens, opinionated columnists, have completed ideological journeys from far Left to far Right.
30 Mixed Media
Includes the most expensive Arabic movie ever made, Ethiopian and 'Gypsy' music, plus new novels from Brazil and Iran.
32 Southern Exposure
Burqa and doves, by pioneering female Afghan photographer Farzana Wahidy.
33 View from Montevideo
Uruguayans remain a 'footballized' people, according to Eduardo Galeano.
34 Essay: Israel, Palestine and the hypocrisy of power
Noam Chomsky anatomizes the current US-Israel 'project'.
36 Country Profile: Sri Lanka
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