It's a scintillating stratagem. Language is actually employed to keep thought at bay. The words 'the American people' provide a truly voluptuous cushion of reassurance. You don't need to think. Just lie back on the cushion. The cushion may be suffocating your intelligence and your critical faculties but it's very comfortable. This does not apply of course to the 40 million people living below the poverty line and the 2 million men and women imprisoned in the vast gulag of prisons, which extends across the US."
The Nobel Prize citation says of Harold Pinter: "who in his plays uncovers the precipice under everyday prattle and forces entry into oppression's closed rooms"
Now read all Pinter's Nobel lecture exclusively on the Guardian web site
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