Those in higher education and the media do “political work” but in a way that is not seen as political. Listen to a senior BBC person sincerely describe the nirvana of neutrality to which he or she has risen. “Taking sides” is anathema; and yet the modern professional knows never to challenge the “built-in ideology of the status quo”.
Indeed. I frequently come across people who would say that ‘aren’t political’ but who don’t seem to realise that their approach to issues, to music, to books, to ‘common sense’, is the result of and is shaped by political choice. Acknowledging this enables you to take ownership of it. Ignoring it ensures blank complicity.