Government by Fear, and How Activists of Faith Resist Fear

Gail M. Presbey

in Faith, Resistance, and the Future

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780823239825
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823239863 | DOI:
Government by Fear, and How Activists of Faith Resist Fear

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The manipulation of fear is a tool of choice, both for state governments and terrorists. In this current time, in which Americans are asked to send their sons and daughters to wage a War on Terror and to sacrifice their civil liberties as well as substantial amount of public funding to wage that war, Presbey’s chapter could not be more timely. She weaves a synthetic account and makes use of classical and modern Western philosophical thought, Catholic social teaching, contemporary social analyses and a biographical sketch of Berrigan’s life. She then examines the public use of fear, be it in the workplace, in political debate, or in warfare, and finally considers Berrigan’s own grappling with fear, his courageous, challenging response to fear, and his reaching out in service to those society tends to fear, such as persons living with AIDs.

Keywords: Manipulation; Fear; War on Terror; Classical Western philosophy; Modern Western philosophy; Catholic social thought; Berrigan’s response; Service; AIDs

Chapter.  12398 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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