Fear mongers belittle politics and humanity

Here’s my latest piece for The King’s Tribune…

Fear is a fascinating thing. It’s fairly easy to initiate, can sometimes be used to motivate, and can bring out the best or worst in any of us. Right now, it’s being used against us for craven political purposes.

Fear motivates some people to wear a seat-belt, insure their house, take their medication, run from a person brandishing a knife, or perform heroic feats to save loved ones. It can also cause people to be prejudiced, belligerent, aggressive, or perhaps even trample others while trying to escape danger.

Fear is a powerful emotion, and it’s used daily by companies, governments, political operatives and the media to influence our behaviour.

While the tabloid media are best known for playing the fear card, politicians now seem to be trying to trump them. The Greens proclaim that devastation will soon be wrought by dangerous climate change; the Coalition foretells the doom that will befall us from the carbon tax; and the ALP warns about the apocalypse that will come with the ascension of Prime Minister Abbott.

Added to this, we’re cautioned about mining magnates, asylum seekers, newspaper proprietors, rabid Christians, vampiric bosses, a burst housing bubble and another global economic meltdown.

It’s no wonder the Australian citizenry has become anxious and seeks solace amongst the glittering halls of Westfield Plazas scattered thoughtfully around the country. Perhaps the public’s whinging and wringing of hands, attributed by many to our selfish sense of entitlement, actually arises from our confidence being battered by fear-mongers on a daily basis.

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Author: Drag0nista

Political columnist at The New Daily | Editor of Despatches & AusVotes 2019 | Author of On Merit, a book on the Liberals' *women problem*. Former Liberal staffer and industry lobbyist. Studying the entrails of federal politics since 1989.

4 thoughts on “Fear mongers belittle politics and humanity”

  1. While you mentioned the embedded-media and shock-jocks, you omitted the rest of `the-paid-mouthpieces`, corporate Lobbyists and politico spin doctors. The problem is not merely one of these but, the combination of all of them.

    eg. Do you really think Mr-Rabbits policy of `NO` would be pursued for so long without the planning of Peta Credlin?

    Or would Limited-News wage war on `sustainability` without the connivance of their corporate Lobby mates?

    I doubt it. – Nice Post.

  2. Thank you. And yes, you are right to mention the other alarm-peddlers, although I think you give Ms Credlin more credit than she’s due 🙂

  3. Very good post. The Australian perception of ourselves as a hardy, self-reliant and even courageous nation is undone every night by a steady stream of hysteria from the media. To hear them tell it we’re living in a hideous amalgam of Greece, Afghanistan and New Zealand.

  4. Public perception is definitely controlled by the media. When in the USA I keep hearing how good Australia’s economy is and how they envy the way we handled the GFC, yet every Aussie I bump into does nothing but complain about our government. In America they read good stuff about us. In Australia we read that the sky is going to fall in.

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