Futures Forum: Managed democracy: "The deliberate undermining of people's perception of the world, by creating confusion and contradiction ... undermining any opposition to existing power structures ... which leaves us feeling helpless and depressed and to which the only response is: 'Oh dear'."
This blog has looked at some of the ideas behind this norm - and how we might counter them:
Futures Forum: Moving beyond the ideological boundaries and "empowering people to find the solutions to their problems themselves"
Starting today, Radio 4 goes in search of one of the masterminds behind this set of politics:
The Puppet Master
BBC Radio 4 - The Puppet Master, Episode 1
BBC Radio 4 - The Puppet Master, 1. Snipers