Good, Old-Fashioned, American Fear Mongering

Sunday, January 5, 2014
Posted in category Crisis & Fear Mongering

Yes, we are supposed to get up to a foot of snow today in SE Michigan, depending on what way the winds blow and what forecast you believe. Every time I see these stories about folks rushing to the stores in anticipation of a winter snow dump, I wonder … do people really not have food in the house to the point they feel the need to rush out and “stock up?” Of course not. People are conditioned to panic and follow the lead of others – everyone else is doing it, and they will follow. It makes the conformists feel as if they are a part of the collective, the pack. Generally speaking, the masses want to be on a leash, told what to do, and they don’t want to stray too far from the comfort zone established for them by the fear mongers in government and media.

On that note, I was in tears watching this video that someone plopped onto my Facebook page today.

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5 Responses to Good, Old-Fashioned, American Fear Mongering

  1. M. Terry says:

    January 5th, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Reminds me of a TV report by a weatherman in Arizona, standing in a dry wash, explaining that, had it rained as expected, there would be actual WATER running down that dry riverbed…

  2. The Americanist says:

    January 5th, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Hilarious! That’s about what it was around here too! especially at the Meijer’s in Lincoln Park here on Toledo Rd. OMG! there were people….everywhere.

    ….and to beat all. It didn’t even snow that much. Now, it’s snowing again right now. But… I think all that PANIC! was overdone a bit. 

  3. The Americanist says:

    January 5th, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Oh by the way…. Howdy!

    I see your writing on Lew Rockwell all the time. 

    I’ll ad you to my list of hardcore libertarians.  

  4. Beth Erfert says:

    January 13th, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Hmm, not sure which is more worthy of ridicule–the folks described here, or the ones who are out driving around in the snow, having/causing accidents, going in the ditch, b/c no, they DON’T have actual food in the house and rely on things like school lunches and fast food to get thru the day…

    I totally agree that the weather forecast often seems pumped up; every storm is “the storm of the century” and so on.  However, if I see that lots of snow and/or extreme cold is on the way, I DO make sure my grocery shopping is done and all my errands are out of the way before the weather hits.  I call that “being responsible for myself and being prepared”, and that’s something I would think this site would be in favor of.

  5. Tommy Udo says:

    January 14th, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    You should see the local news in southern California. If there’s a 30-percent chance of a quarter-inch of rain, they all have field reporters out on a road somewhere in thick, hooded parkas giving deadly serious alerts. They actually show close-ups of water running along gutters. This goes on for half an hour, pushing aside national and world news, and even celebrity gossip. It’s embarrassing. 

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