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Politics is a tool for managing fear.

I was just listening to an interview with Martha Nussbaum on Isaac Chotiner’s Slate podcast. They were talking about her new book Monarchy Of Fear, which is about the role that fear plays in our politics and society.

It has gotten me thinking about the degree to which politics is a tool for managing and dealing with fear, either by channeling it into something productive and thereby migrating it, or by exploiting it to accumulate power.

The Nussbaum interview is interesting. I do not necessarily agree with everything she said, I have added her book to my reading list.