Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Terrorism and the Power of Fear
Every time there's a terror attack, I fear yet another loss of civil liberties will soon follow. Bombs are not the real weapon here; ideas are. And what idea drives conflict more fluidly than framing the struggle as a clash of cultures somehow destined to come to conflict? What idea can make beasts of us faster than the idea that conflict is the engine of progress and supremacy? What can skew our emotions beyond acting rationally faster than media spiced with fear porn of dead children? And while the people cheer the arrests and killings that come in retaliation, they blithely ignore that the noose of tyranny grows ever tighter around their own throats in the name of safety and security.