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We’re all afraid of something. But what is it that Americans, collectively, are afraid of (or told to be afraid of)? This book looks at how fear is perpetuated in the United States and offers a compelling argument for why our fears are vital to our survival.

 

The Merchants of Fear takes a unique approach in developing the fundamental argument that despite our nation’s emphasis on freedom, Americans often see their freedoms reduced as a reaction to fear. The expressed ...

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Overview

We’re all afraid of something. But what is it that Americans, collectively, are afraid of (or told to be afraid of)? This book looks at how fear is perpetuated in the United States and offers a compelling argument for why our fears are vital to our survival.

 

The Merchants of Fear takes a unique approach in developing the fundamental argument that despite our nation’s emphasis on freedom, Americans often see their freedoms reduced as a reaction to fear. The expressed intention of this book is to examine how fear is used by government officials, big business, and corporate organizations to mold public policy and drive profits for the media.

 

Christopher Catherwood and Joseph DiVanna argue that the use of fear to influence social and economic change is not new. In fact, there is a long history of its use in the United States over the past two hundred years to help effect a particular outcome—so much so that scaremongering is now commonplace and part of our collective psyche. For example, watch Fox News, and if the yelling doesn’t get to you, the alarming nature of its messages and news stories are enough to send anyone running for cover. Fear—in all its forms (past and present)—is examined through historical documents to the events and decisions that are affecting Americans today. Corporations, large and small, have successfully used fear to hoodwink consumers into purchasing any number of products, from personal safety items to terrorist insurance.

 

Be afraid. Be very afraid!

 

This is an important new work that every American should read, no matter his or her party affiliation, religion, or age. Timely and relevant in this post–9/11 world, it leaves us with a question that all Americans must ask themselves: “Are we any safer now, or are we simply more aware of being afraid?”

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  • ISBN-13: 9781599212814
  • Publisher: Lyons Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.27 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Catherwood is a professor of history at Cambridge University and a summer lecturer at the University of Richmond. He has been a consultant to the prime minister of the United Kingdom and a resident fellow at the Rockefeller Institute and University of Virginia. His previous titles include the international best seller, Churchill’s Folly, and A Brief History of the Middle East. He lives in Cambridge.

 

Joseph DiVanna is an American economist and business consultant who also lives in Cambridge. He is the author of several books, including Strategic Thinking in Tactical Times and People: The New Asset on the Balance Sheet.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures     ix
Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xix
Introduction: A Nation at the Crossroads of Freedom     xxiii
The Road to Fear Is Paved with Good Intentions     1
A History of Actions and Consequences     5
A New McCarthyism     37
The Romance of the Cold War     43
Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders     51
Religion and the Rationale for Violence     63
The U.S. Fear/Threat Reaction and Global Defense     79
Ethnic Tents and Nationalist Hatreds: The Need for Enemies     83
Who Hates Us and Why?     97
And What About the Media?     107
The Erosion of Liberty Values: Fear Is a Distorting Force     121
Internalizing Fear: Venturing Down a Slippery Slope     129
The Consequence of Fear and America's Decline from Within     133
The Value Proposition of the United States     143
Effects of U.S. Policies on the Value Proposition of Its Goods and Services     157
Good and Just Trade versus Evil and Unjust Commerce     165
The Price of Freedom, Liberty, and Commerce     175
The Next Wave of Commerce     181
Breaking the Cycle of Fear: Can America Rebound?     185
How Not to Be a Victim of Fear     189
An Inconvenient Truth and the Convenient Enemy     199
Rekindling the American Spirit     207
Endnotes     219
Index     238
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We’re all afraid of something. But what is it that Americans, collectively, are afraid of (or told to be afraid of)? This book looks at how fear is perpetuated in the United States and offers a compelling argument for why our fears are vital to our survival.
 
The Merchants of Fear takes a unique approach in developing the fundamental argument that despite our nation’s emphasis on freedom, Americans often see their freedoms reduced as a reaction to fear. The expressed intention of this book is to examine how fear is used by government officials, big business, and corporate organizations to mold public policy and drive profits for the media.
 
Christopher Catherwood and Joseph DiVanna argue that the use of fear to influence social and economic change is not new. In fact, there is a long history of its use in the United States over the past two hundred years to help effect a particular outcome—so much so that scaremongering is now commonplace and part of our collective psyche. For example, watch Fox News, and if the yelling doesn’t get to you, the alarming nature of its messages and news stories are enough to send anyone running for cover. Fear—in all its forms (past and present)—is examined through historical documents to the events and decisions that are affecting Americans today. Corporations, large and small, have successfully used fear to hoodwink consumers into purchasing any number of products, from personal safety items to terrorist insurance.
 
Be afraid. Be very afraid!
 
This is an important new work that every American should read, no matter his or her party affiliation, religion, orage. Timely and relevant in this post–9/11 world, it leaves us with a question that all Americans must ask themselves: “Are we any safer now, or are we simply more aware of being afraid?”
Read More Show Less

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