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Fear Mongering
A person promoting something undesirable is a Monger. Fear Mongering is often used to influence people to
action or inaction. In the case of politics, fear mongers will exaggerate possible dangers to influence opinion on
who can better protect the people.

Causing anxiety and fear in the population for political gain is despicable, yet we see Fear Mongering used to
defend unpopular positions and to justify the use of force.

We all know that we live in a dangerous world with possible attacks from radical groups so fear mongering is a
powerful tactic.

If we understand the difference between real threats and exaggerations, fear mongering becomes less effective
for those seeking political gain by raising fear levels. Constant patterns of fear mongering helps expose those who
use fear to influence.

Fred Flanagan
Copyright © 2006

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