The Politics of Fear in an Election Year

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Fear has been a major element in a lot of presidential campaigns. In the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, Franklin Roosevelt said, -the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.- With the end of the Cold War, Americans felt less threatened, and Bill Clinton focused on -the economy, stupid.- But September 11th changed all that. Now, the candidates--and the incumbent--are talking about who-s best qualified to keep America safe from terrorism. Are the voters really worried? We consider the electoral impact of the politics of fear with journalists, pollsters and political historians.
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AT&T; Wireless

Vodafone Group of Britain

Pew survey on anti-terrorism (Tom Engelhardt's blog)

KCRW Election Connection

Report to the People of God: Clergy Sexual Abuse in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, 1930-2003

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles

US Conference of Catholic Bishops




Warren Olney