"To blot people out of existence first you must blot them from your mind. Then you can persuade yourself that what you are doing is moral and necessary. Today, this isn’t difficult. Those who act without compassion can draw upon a system of thought and language whose purpose is to shield them – and blind us – to the consequences…
The contention by Lord Freud, a minister in the UK’s Department of Work and Pensions, that disabled people are ‘not worth the full wage’(1) isn’t the worst thing he’s alleged to have said. I say ‘alleged’ because what my ears tell me is contested by Hansard, the offical parliamentary record. During a debate in the House of Lords, he appeared to describe the changing number of disabled people likely to receive the employment and support allowance as a ‘bulge of, effectively, stock’(2). After a furious response by the people he was talking about, this was transcribed by Hansard as ‘stopped’(3), rendering the sentence meaningless. I’ve listened to the word several times on the parliamentary video(4). Like others, I struggle to hear it as anything but stock."
As most readers of the Armory are aware, Mr. Manbiot is describing what Col. David Grossman calls "emotional distancing.” Emotional distancing is but one of the 5 "Killing Enabling" factors; demands of authority, group absolution, distance from the victim (which includes the sub-sets of both physical distancing as well as the above mentioned emotional distancing), relevance and payoff, and predisposition of the killer.
These elements are driven into young military recruits in order to enable them to kill on the battlefield when told to do so - unfortunately, all to often for all the wrong reasons.
(Via.) George Monbiot - Cleansing the Stock