Against Hysteria



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8 Responses

  1. Avatar Jaybird says:

    When we started having more people in their late 30’s with toddlers than we had people in their early 20’s with or without them.Report

  2. Avatar Gold Star for Robot Boy says:

    When politicians made the connections that fear = votes.Report

  3. Avatar North says:

    If I were to guess I’d say it was roughly one generation after we defeated the old specter of death of children before ten being common. Once the majority (vast majority) of the population had never experienced loosing a child as a fact of life then they started having fewer of them and also started coddling the ones they had more.Report

  4. Nob Akimoto Nob Akimoto says:

    We do remember that there was a lot of fear mongering going on in the late 19th and early 20th century against the whole “anarchist menace” and the scary scary German/Irish/Russian immigrants that were coming to destroy the fabric of American society, right?Report

  5. Avatar Aaron says:

    I don’t understand why we give the terrorists exactly what they want by having a collective freakout for months afterwards.Report

  6. Among so-called conservatives, it came during the Bush Jr. Administration, when the so-called part of less government wanted nothing more than for the president to “keep us safe”.Report

  7. H. L. Mencken observed the tendency in his own day. It’s hardly anything new. Only the focus changes.Report