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2004

Government and the fear factor

by Arnold Kling

TechCentralStation

09/07/04

My theory is that the political process preys on fear. A politician identifies something that constituents might perceive as a threat. Next, the politician 'markets' the threat, playing up its importance. Then, the politician says, 'If you are afraid of this threat, then vote for me.' The politician's proposal for addressing the threat typically involves expanded government activity, which often does more harm than good. Rinse, soak, repeat...

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