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What is a Culture Of Fear?

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And the things that we fear are a weapon to be held against us.
~ Ian Rush
Culture of fear is the theory that fears are commonly manipulated to achieve political objectives. Fear can be an intense and irrational instinct and emotion that is particularly vulnerable to manipulation. The following are common types of fear that may be manipulated for political purposes.

Us vs Them

The positioning of ethnic, national, cultural, social or political groups against each other. Begins by convincing a group it is under attack by another group.

The Unknown

Fear of the unknown may cause individuals to choose an irrational choice over a rational choice that involves the slightest ambiguity.

Dread Risks

Risks that invoke intensive fears such as terrorism and air safety risks.

Fear of Missing Out

Fear of missing out on things you desire such as joy, wealth and information.

Fear of Youth

The theory that every generation of adults fears younger generations that will soon be running things.


Fear that a proposed future will be far worse than today.


Fear of any situation perceived as failure.
Overview: Culture Of Fear
The theory that fears are commonly manipulated to achieve political objectives.
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