The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things by Barry GlassnerIn this eye-opening examination of a pathology that has swept the country, the noted sociologist Barry Glassner reveals why Americans are burdened with overblown fears. He exposes the people and organizations that manipulate our perceptions and profit from our anxieties: politicians who win elections by heightening concerns about crime and drug use even as both are declining; advocacy groups that raise money by exaggerating the prevalence of particular diseases; TV news-magazines that monger a new scare every week to garner ratings.
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While fear has always been a tool of the vested interests to retain power, make money, and keep us under control, things may be slipping off the rails. The basic political post-war strategy of the United States power block has metastasized. The old fears deployed — the Commies, the Terrorists — were reliably a fire only a few key people could easily feed fuel into, or cool down, as needed. There was an element of control, evil and insidious, but one that maintained a balance. After all, you want enough fear to make people compliant but no so much that they end up chasing each other with pitchforks. Or driving cars through crowds of protesters. It is too easy now for too many people to put fuel into the fire.
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I like America and actually live in New York currently, so these are just some thoughts. Also note that this post isn't about gun laws, but that is one mention of something us non-Americans find insane. When I explained 17 cultural reasons why I probably wouldn't move to America , there's an important one that I didn't emphasize, which continues to confuse me:. Why is it that Americans seem to be in a constant state of fear about the world? This is about both day-to-day life and especially about how bad other countries are. My time in North America at times has indeed been the one place I've felt the least safe out of an entire decade of travelling to over fifty countries, for a few reasons I'll give below, but also simply because of all the fear mongering the states does so well anyway. I see one consequence of this aspect of American culture to be its need to have so many, and such easily accessible guns, which creates obvious terrible events that do nothing but promote even more fear.
Since the election of Donald Trump, Americans find themselves in a daily intellectual and moral crisis. The number of mainstream social justice movements has exploded, each with hundreds of facets. The exponential multiplication of moral outcry is thanks to our own invention: social media. Reliance on the rapid spread of information creates an environment where she or he who gets the most attention wins. All one has to do is get very good at delivering pithy, in-the-moment content at the right time to create a viral sensation.
We are a nation of laws. If immigration laws are ignored, then what other laws are we free to ignore? The question contains somewhat of a false premise. To discuss the issue, you have to distinguish between legal and illegal immigration. Realistically, only a small portion of the U.