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  •  How did these people get so fucking scared? We (3+ / 0-)
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    live in a nation were most of the most primary fears that man has labored under for centuries (disease, war, famine) have been largely reduced.  I grew up in a world that was under the very real threat of nuclear war, something that has been reduced to a great extent.  Where is this fear coming from.  They are getting old and going to die soon?  Hell, I'm old and know that the sands are running out and I'm not afraid of everything.  Where does this mindset of fear and anger have its origin.

    And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

    by MrJersey on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 08:26:54 PM PDT

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    •  Maybe we're seeing both the long term effects of (0+ / 0-)

      modern marketing (both commercial and political) and the degradation of giving children a true education that fosters critical thinking and a love of learning.  But also, a sizable portion of the population will always be genetically sympathetic to fear-based appeals: http://www.psychologytoday.com/...

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      by The Dead Man on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 03:46:41 AM PDT

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      •  or, maybe, the world moved too fast (0+ / 0-)

        the 50's were supposed to last forever.  And then tech and cultural changes just kept coming faster and faster -- too fast for conservatives to cope with.  And in their fear, as cornered animals, they will take down whatever and whoever they can.

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