Fear: The History of a Political Idea

In the wake of a presidential election marked by the explicit use of fear to gain votes, Corey Robin argues that a web of political institutions, elites and private associations derive a sense of purpose and confidence from global evil and the fear it provokes. He claims that political fear has undermined America’s commitment to freedom and equality, and he seeks a return to unvarnished egalitarian and libertarian principles. Robin’s book is at once a call for Americans to reject fear as a moral or political foundation and a sobering assessment of the shortcomings of American society.


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