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Feardom: How Politicians Exploit Your…
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Feardom: How Politicians Exploit Your Emotions and What You Can Do to Stop…

by Connor Boyack

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What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear. Sometimes the fear derives from a pre-existing threat. At other times, crises are created or intensified to invoke a sense of panic and anxiety where none previously existed.

This pattern is as predictable as it is destructive. The end result is the same: a loss of liberty. Policies that are costly, oppressive, and harmful are supported by people who abandon any interest in freedom or personal responsibility in hopes of feeling safe.

Manufactured fear, with its negative impact on liberty, is a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.

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  GalenWiley | Apr 13, 2015 |
Timely!

I started reading Feardom a couple weeks ago and noticed thinking in a different way about the Ebola virus. I had read the book The Hot Zone several years ago so when the news of Ebola being contracted in the US hit I immediately feared the worst. I’m now more worried about how politicians may use public fear of the virus to further trample on individual rights. The book does a good job explaining why they have been able to get away this and what people can do to stop them. ( )
  meritocrat | Oct 27, 2014 |
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What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear. Sometimes the fear derives from a pre-existing threat. At other times, crises are created or intensified to invoke a sense of panic and anxiety where none previously existed.

This pattern is as predictable as it is destructive. The end result is the same: a loss of liberty. Policies that are costly, oppressive, and harmful are supported by people who abandon any interest in freedom or personal responsibility in hopes of feeling safe.

Manufactured fear, with its negative impact on liberty, is a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:19 -0400)

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