By Connor Boyack
What do history's such a lot infamous despots have in universal with a number of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? either teams upward thrust to energy throughout the exploitation of worry. occasionally the phobia derives from a pre-existing risk. At different instances, crises are created or intensified to invoke a feeling of panic and anxiousness the place none formerly existed.
This trend is as predictable because it is harmful. the result is similar: a lack of liberty. rules which are high priced, oppressive, and damaging are supported by means of those who abandon any curiosity in freedom or own accountability in hopes of feeling safe.
Manufactured worry, with its adverse impression on liberty, is a societal plague. there were frequent casualties. we'd like an antidote. Feardom bargains its readers a much-needed immunization.
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With this data as a backdrop, consider the conversations presented to the American public, couched in terms of fear. News stations packed their lineups with the very same people who had been crying wolf for a decade—architects of the entire war in Iraq, such as Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Paul Wolfowitz, Bill Kristol, and others. S. forces would be greeted as liberators and that the war would be financed through oil revenue. These were the ones falsely claiming that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, which, if left unchecked by “shock and awe” style military campaigns, would jeopardize American interests.
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The shepherd would be out of business, unable to deceive them anymore. The reason fear is such an effective political weapon is that individuals do not have the facts necessary to make an informed decision. When Americans were told by the President of the United States that Saddam Hussein possessed and was planning to use weapons of mass destruction, how could they know otherwise? Most people couldn’t finance a trip to Iraq to verify for themselves, and those who could would not have the connections, resources, or knowledge to complete the task.