Fear, the Great Motivator

Students at a Brooklyn middle school have a 'duck and cover' practice drill in preparation for a nuclear attack; silver print, 1962. From the New York World-Telegram archive. Photo courtesy @GraphicaArtis/Getty Images

Annie Peterson | Civil Patriot

When I was a kid, we had air raid drills in school. We were convinced we were going to be bombed by the Soviet Union at any moment. I can still remember hunkering down, terrified at the thought that I might die. 

No doubt you would have responded as I did! People (like animals of all sorts) sense and respond to fear. When we’re afraid, we’re alerted to danger. Something is threatening our well-being. 

And the government knows how to take advantage of our swift and sure reaction to fear. Consider this quote by Robert Higgs: 

The people who have the effrontery to rule us, who call themselves our government, understand this basic fact of human nature. They exploit it, and they cultivate it. Whether they compose a warfare state or a welfare state, they depend on it to secure popular submission, compliance with official dictates, and, on some occasions, affirmative cooperation with the state’s enterprises and adventures. 

The goal, of course, is submission. And you have to admit, our government is very good at getting us to submit. They cry wolf and we cower. And then, when we’ve grown numb, they change the wolf’s howl to something else. 

In order to get citizens to do as they’re told, the government will often give the people a common enemy so there is the illusion of all being on the same team. 

  • We all oppose the Russians! (They’re going to kill us!)
  • We all oppose nuclear power! (It’s going to kill us!)
  • We all oppose Islamic terrorists. (They’re going to kill us!)
  • We all oppose climate change. (It’s going to kill us!) 
  • We all oppose police officers! (They’re going to kill us!)
  • We all oppose COVID-19. (It’s going to kill us!)
  • We all oppose fascists (i.e. Trump supporters)! (They’re going to kill us!)

Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “We have nothing to fear but fear, itself.” 

That’s not completely true, as our government quickly learned. There’s a lot to fear, and when you coach people to be afraid, they will often do exactly that without thinking twice. Why? Because sheep trust the shepherd, and the government has claimed to be our gentle, loving shepherd. So, we fall in line. 

In the 70s it was global cooling. That narrative has since been switched to global warming. If you were to believe the far-leftists, we’re all going to be dead within twelve years because of climate change. (Just ask Greta Thunberg. She’s hysterical much of the time because she truly believes we’re all going to die if we don’t stop putting gas in our cars.) 

But if that “climate change” wolf doesn’t get you, maybe the “fear of the day” on MSM will. It seems our news folks just can’t help themselves. They’ve got to terrify us with every headline. (Don’t believe it? Remember those Coronavirus death toll numbers scrolling, scrolling, scrolling on the news channels for months on end?) 

And then there’s the use of the word “crisis.” Whether it’s a drug crisis, a racial crisis, or a health crisis, a police crisis, a “Trump” crisis, America is (according to the media and those who lean left-ward) always in crisis. 

Consider this quote by the Peter Ludlow 

The goal of terrorism is not to crash planes, or even to kill people; the goal of terrorism is to cause terror. … But terrorists can only do so much. They cannot take away our freedoms. They cannot reduce our liberties. They cannot, by themselves, cause that much terror. It’s our reaction to terrorism that determines whether or not their actions are ultimately successful. That we allow governments to do these things to us — to effectively do the terrorists’ job for them — is the greatest harm of all.

The government uses fear in a manipulative fashion to keep us from questioning decisions made “for the greater good.” When you’re afraid, you go along with what they tell you to do because—as I stated before—they’re the Good Shepherd and we are the sheep. 

Scared sheep.
Terrified sheep.
Gullible sheep.
Sheep with no rights.
See the problem?

When you’re afraid, you’ll look for a protector. And Big Brother is happy to be that protector. Very happy, indeed. 

I say it’s time we break free from the fear. Maybe Roosevelt was right after all. Maybe the only thing we really have to fear is fear, itself. Why? Because the rest, my friends, is simply an illusion, a trap set by The Left to ensnare you.  



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