Brainwashing ~ The Polite, Professional & British Way

In Britain

as in America,

the object of training professionals in everything from banking to the media

is to produce a class of “managers” who instinctively muffle dissent

— even if no one tells them to do so.


One of the most original and provocative books of the past decade is Disciplined Minds by Jeff Schmidt (Rowman & Littlefield).

“A critical look at salaried professionals,”

says the cover,

“and the soul-battering system that shapes their lives.”

Its theme is postmodern America

but also applies to Britain,

where the corporate state has bred a new class of Americanised manager to run the private and public sectors:

the banks,

the main parties,


the BBC.

Professionals are said to be meritorious and non-ideological.


in spite of their education,

writes Schmidt,

they think less independently than non-professionals.

They use corporate jargon –




“strategic oversight”.

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