“Every stable society imposes on the majority of its members the social and economic attitudes of its beneficiaries.
“A corollary to this obvious, but seldom applied, law is that a society is constantly evolving a new language of automatic self-justification.
“This language is to be found in its most polished and accomplished form on the leader-pages of all those newspapers which defend the existing social system. ... [It] is by scarcely disguised moral arguments that we are constantly urged to accept the present structure of our society.”
– Philip Toynbee (1965), in Encounter magazine, Stephen Spender & Melvin J. Lasky, eds.