On 6th November, Dublin launched its Autism-Friendly City plan in a bid to become the world’s most autism-friendly capital city.

‘It’s a really exciting day,’ Dublin’s Lord Mayor said. ‘I do hope where Dublin leads, the rest of the country can follow also because it’s so, so important that we are inclusive and, at the moment, we still have a long way to go.’

Sixteen years ago, the French collective The Invisible Committee predicted that imperial expansion in the 21st century would rely on bringing into the fold those previously on the edges of Western societies: women, children, and minorities. ‘Consumer society,’ they wrote, ‘now seeks out its best supporters from among the marginalized elements of traditional society.’
That the drive to nurture our children continues to license a level of surveillance of people and censorship of the materials to which they have access that ought to be anathema in any society purporting to be free, and that the messaging of the general population by government, corporations, and legacy media has become so simplistic as to constitute a widespread infantilization.

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