A Culture of Fear

Fear is a powerful lever in the hands of a manipulator. Why does anyone buy insurance if they weren’t sold fear? Why do we pay taxes if not for the fear of reprisal? Why do we go to war if not for fear of losing something which we are willing to die for? Nazi Hermann Goering understood. In his quote at the beginning of this article he describes a simple process for leveraging fear to coerce an unwilling populace. Make people feel as though they are under attack, in danger, at risk, then turn the fearful against those who are unafraid, then manipulate this internal division to incite further fear, all the while imposing your will onto them in the name of their own benefit. Treat them like emotional children, basically.

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