From bomb drills to COVID lockdowns, protective rituals based on irrational fear are a mainstay of American culture.

shutterstock_1745140442-scaled.jpgA masked TSA agent at Bradley International Airport, CT. (By Eric K. Warncke/Shutterstock)

With the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks looming like a hangover it is worth asking the price we pay for fear itself. Barack Obama said at his convention you must vote Democrat out of fear for our democracy. Don Jr. said pretty much the same a week later, just reversing the names and the politics. Everyone wants you to be afraid of anarchy, either the white or black version. The message from all sides is fear. It sounds so 2020 but it is as old as the modern era.


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