Readings: Fear and Where it Leads Us, Revisiting the Financial Crisis, Fading Middle Class


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The GOP likes fear.  They like when people are afraid because scared people can easily be stampeded into doing stupid things.  You could see their attraction to fear – and eagerness to use it as a political motivator – in the other night’s debate, as aptly described by Josh Marshall:

…and really, what could possibly go wrong when you work people into a frenzy of anxiety?
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