The Uses of Fear and Loathing
Reflecting on the history of war, James Madison once remarked, “Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended.”
Fear of foreigners—foreign invaders, armies, and diseases—has always been a handy tool for rulers who aspire to expand their power, wealth, and scope of their activities in the world. When peoples’ minds are gripped by fear, they become credulous, compliant, and willing to support just about any action their rulers wish to undertake.
Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the American people have been presented with a series of terrifying specters and told that the U.S. government must take extraordinary action to confront these “grave and growing dangers” to quote President George W. Bush’s characterization of Saddam Hussein’s non-existent Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Because this sort of gambit almost always works, it has created a p
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