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Politics of Fear

Was Freedom of Thought Not Implied?

Dan Bimrose | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Dan Bimrose

Although we are not required to respect our neighbor's opinion we do acknowledge that they are entitled to that opinion. Allowing them that opinion without demonizing them should not be the exception, but rather the rule.

The Politics of Fear in America: A Nation at War With Itself

John W. Whitehead | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

The only thing which will improve our present condition is the taming of our fear. We must act on courage. Courage to think differently, speak loudly, and challenge directly the systems which we know to be unjust.

Obama vs. The Politics of Fear

Brian Whetten | Posted 04.27.2012 | Politics
Brian Whetten

As things stand today, Obama's not running against the Republican Party. He's running against our fears, and the Republican Party has just been going along for the ride.

September 11, 2001: The Day the World Shifted

Don Kraus | Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics
Don Kraus

Ten years later, we know the policies of war have failed. Yet we still allow the fear generated by the horrors of 9/11 and the terrorist acts that followed to silence our better selves.

The Politics of Fear

Corey Robin | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics
Corey Robin

Even before Osama bin Laden was killed and negotiations with the Taliban had begun, it was clear that the war on terror, understood in those terms, had come to an end.

The Fear Profiteers

Naomi Wolf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Naomi Wolf

Billions of dollars in profit now depend on insiders maintaining US society in a state of overhyped alert that demands increasingly costly technology. Maintaining these profits requires a population conditioned by a theater of fear.

When Being Scary Is Okay

Melanie Billings-Yun | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Melanie Billings-Yun

Some people are scared when women, who are supposed to be the weaker sex, are smart, successful, display confidence, take part in the conversation with opinions and challenging questions, and have ambitions.

Chris Matthews, Bobby Kennedy and My Ethical Dilemma

Robert Ellis Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Robert Ellis Gordon

The publisher said do it. The publicist said do it. The agent said do it. My friends said do it. Above all the landlord's insistence that I come up ...

Why The Democrats Deserve To Lose

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lee Stranahan

It's fitting that Halloween and Election Day are only a few days apart. Both days use the iconography of fear to help gain treats and both leave a sor...

Fear Itself, and Why We Should Fear it

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

In this era of change, older, white, conservative Americans should be listened to with respect and encouraged to overcome their fears. It is a law of nature that generations must move on.

Why Democrats Should Not Join in Economic Scapegoating

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

China bashing doesn't educate the public about what's truly at stake economically and what must be done in the years ahead. Worse: It reinforces the politics of resentment, and further legitimizes other forms of isolationism and xenophobia.

Health Care Reform Benefits: Truth vs. Pure Politics

Rep. Jim McDermott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Jim McDermott

Six months after Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, the sky is still there, grandma hasn't been euthanized, and there are no death panels. Today, just six months after becoming law, even more benefits of reform take effect.

What Does a Vote for a GOP Candidate in November Really Mean?

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

A vote for the GOP in November will be a vote for the richest one percent of the country at the expense of the rest of us. And it will be a vote for the kind of fear that we, as a country, would eventually come to regret.

Reinventing Repower America: Our Only Hope for Winning the Climate Change Battle in America

Steven G. Brant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steven G. Brant

If Repower America transforms into a future-based movement, we will be tapping into that core American belief in doing whatever it takes for however long it takes to build a more hopeful future for ourselves and our children.

State of Disgrace: The Right Fiddles While Arizona Burns

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randall Amster

When fear is rampant on all sides of the immigration debate, perhaps the recognition of a basic commonality can serve as a crucible for turning this into an opportunity for Arizonans to act well with the eyes of the nation now squarely upon us.

Guest Blogger Ian Danley in Phoenix: 'I don't want my city to be the Birmingham or Selma in this drama'

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

On Tuesday, a group of local faith and community leaders, along with Jim Wallis and Noel Castellanos, called on the Governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, t...

America's Perfect Storm of Fear: Finding the Cure

Michael Maslansky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Maslansky

When and if government and the media want to get serious about rebuilding trust with the American people, a few corporations are there to help guide the way, as surprising and ironic as it may seem to many.

Wing-Nut Tea

Susan L. Travis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan L. Travis

These are interesting and difficult times for all Americans, though the predicament of our Republican brothers and sisters bears special reflection.

Health Care Passes... Here Comes the Fear!

Ryan Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ryan Mack

It is not enough to yell at the TV to create change. We have to arm ourselves with truth and become as active as members of the GOP. The political success of the left depends upon it.

Caving on the 9/11 Trial Would Send All the Wrong Messages

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

President Obama's advisors are planning to recommend that the administration reverse its decision to try the September 11 suspects in federal court. That would be astonishingly bad politics.

Immigration Reform: Change Takes Courage and Faith

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

If our political leaders won't make room for the "strangers" among us, we will -- because Jesus commands us to do so.

Is the Fate of Democracy in Sarah Palin's Hands?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

When Sarah Palin delivers the keynote address in February we will learn something about political passions and the future of democracy -- something we wish wasn't there.

National Health Care and September 11th

Dr. Gino Yu | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gino Yu

With the confluence of the national health care debates and the anniversary of the terrorist attacks, I couldn't help but put the two together and wonder about the psychological impact of the "War on Terror" and its impact on the health.

Calling All Cynics

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Goulston, M.D.

Deep inside all skeptics and most cynics is a deep ache to trust again, but to do so without the fear of being let down, disappointed, betrayed or devastated.

Lunatic Fringe

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lance Simmens

The fringe elements, carefully nurtured by fear, hatred, mistrust, and fitful bouts of fantasy are positioning the conservative opposition into a death spiral