What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear. Sometimes the fear derives from a pre-existing threat. At other times, crises are created or intensified to invoke a sense of panic and anxiety where none previously existed.
This pattern is as predictable as it is destructive. The end result is the same: a loss of liberty. Policies that are costly, oppressive, and harmful are supported by people who abandon any interest in freedom or personal responsibility in hopes of feeling safe.
Manufactured fear, with its negative impact on liberty, is a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
©2014 Connor Boyack (P)2014 Connor Boyack
Every American needs to read or listen to this book! Boyack is excellent at explaining the relationship between fear and freedom. His historical examples of how people gave their liberties to feel safe will open your eyes to how it is happening currently. Throughout human history societies have tried to strike a balance between safety and freedom all to often ending up with little to no freedom and in total fear of their governments. Boyack's book is part history, part science, part philosophy and very enlightening without partisanship. This book is for everyone who is feeling their freedom slip away and isn't sure how that is happening or how to stop it.
The antidotes to fear are best perceived through the lens of liberty. Connor elegantly interwove the concretes of history, data and neurological science with the abstract principles of justice and human autonomy. This fantastic read is causing me to reevaluate the whys behind the whats of my actions. When posterity looks back at our time through objective and unemotional eyes, I want my name to be cleared from the selfish and immoral acts which our generations took part in - atrocities that we often accept because our fears seem more expedient than freedom.
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