Public enemy? Mark Laskin, a British American Friend, on polarisation

‘I am not sure words of healing or gestures of cross-party unity will be enough.’

‘No one should de-emphasise the power of propaganda as a force that shapes hardline thoughts and actions.’ | Photo: iStock

Ever since Machiavelli wrote The Prince in the early sixteenth century, world leaders have recognised that having an external enemy has united populations in fear and resentment. It binds them against a perceived threat.

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