"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." - H. L. Mencken<br />
The downside of a democracy is that in order to keep the people in line and the politicians secure in their positions, the politicians must always ensure that the public lives in fear.<br />
Of course, sometimes they make errors. Right now they created enough bad laws that a large minority, and perhaps a majority of Americans are coming to the realization that the greatest danger is the politicians themselves. Of course, that presents other real dangers: some may see that as an opening for a better society in which the role of government is diminished or eliminated, but others will want to install a dictator in a vain attempt to establish security.
Fear seems necessary for the survival of the State, but not for the survival of humanity. There have been many peaceful, stateless societies - and some still persist within the official borders of existing states. These seldom seem to create a State for themselves, but where they become governed it is usually through conquest.
using threats to control the masses is the lazy way of controlling a 'democracy'
Let's see.........could it be that no place there is sacred or safe and you can get gunned down anywhere, anytime by anybody without warning? That could be a factor.
It is indeed a 'dimension of reality that is consistently perpetuated by news and media' because it's true. But the statistics and Hospital records speak for themselves. I'd be scared to live in the US knowing that people have gone off half cocked and blown away people with a gun, and that it happens often and that even little innocent school children aren't safe.
It is. And just because our country solved it a certain way doesn't mean the US can. Even our solution is flawed and gun crime is increasing in certain areas, but over all we are safe because the PM banned people having house hold guns. Guns can only be owned with a permit. Yes, there are those who will circumvent that, but nothing like the US, because there are other factors in their culture that contribute to that fear and paranoia that don't exist to the same extent in our country.
How else are you gonna have full control over "free" people, if not through fear. Scared people let you get away with anything as long as they think you'll protect them.
I didn't realize that we did.
Guns, Big shotism and The History of slaughtering the Native American People….don't you think those ghosts still roam the prairies?
I do not know since the world is nothing but pink kittens and pretty rainbows.
After reading some of your other replies, here's my opinion. If you go by the media and their sensationalism, yes, we are a culture of fear. However, if one can realize that these shows are out on so they can sell ad space, the pressure drops dramatically.
Agreed. And one we realize that, we can turn the television off and go outside. Who knows, we might even find a way to make the world a better place.
Why do you think that's true?
I can't speak to the entire culture .. but ignorance breeds fear .. and sadly, that's a huge problem not only in the US, but in many other parts of the world too.