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Feardom: How Politicians Exploit Your Emotions and What You Can Do to Stop Them Paperback – December 8, 2014
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"Liberty and safety are ideals that can be attained together, but too often Americans sacrifice the former in pursuit of the latter. Feardom explains how this happens, and offers important solutions for how the trend can be reversed." --Anthony Romero, Executive Director, ACLU
"Totalitarians gain power by promoting fear and hate among the masses. In the 20th century, the communists gained power by promoting fear and hatred of the czars and capitalists. Adolf Hitler gained power by promoting fear and hatred of Jews and Bolsheviks. While America has not yet reached such heights of totalitarianism, Feardom does a yeoman's job of giving us advanced warning signs." --Walter E. Williams, John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics
"Tools I created for the government to protect the American people were turned, by that very government, into a weapon against us. Sadly, this is nothing new; as Connor Boyack explains in this timely and compelling book, power-hungry politicians and conniving bureaucrats take advantage of whatever opportunity they can to further their agenda. You can help throw a wrench into their machine. Read Feardom!" --Bill Binney, former NSA technical director turned whistleblower
"Feardom explains clearly and succinctly how Americans have lost their freedom and what they need to do to win it back. Everyone should read this book." --Jacob Hornberger, president, The Future of Freedom Foundation
"Good journalism should be skeptical of government actions and should inform and empower individuals. Most media institutions fall short of this ideal and instead routinely paralyze their viewers with fear. As Connor Boyack explains in this compelling book, the consequences of this are drastic and detrimental--but they are not irreversible. Feardom offers solutions to this problem that are sorely needed and very timely. A must read!" --Ben Swann, award-winning investigative journalist
About the Author
Connor Boyack is founder and president of Libertas Institute, a libertarian think tank in Utah. In that capacity, he has spearheaded important policy reforms dealing with property rights, civil liberties, transparency, surveillance, and education freedom.
Connor is the author of several books, including the new Tuttle Twins series that teaches the principles of liberty to young children. Other books include Latter-day Liberty: A Gospel Approach to Government and Politics and its companion, Latter-day Responsibility: Choosing Liberty through Personal Accountability.
Connor's work has been publicly praised by former Representative Ron Paul, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Tom Woods, and other nationally recognized figures. He is a frequent commentator on current events and has appeared in local, national, and international interviews to publicize and comment on his work.
Connor lives in Utah with his wife and two young children. Visit ConnorBoyack.com for more information.
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What can be done? Although Boyack recommends love, perhaps a more practical recommendation is to stop being afraid and stop petitioning politicians to be afraid on your behalf. As the author himself states, develop a healthy skepticism of those in power, extend trust only to those who have proven worthy of it, consume a large amount of diverse information, tell the truth to others, and live by the Golden Rule. This book makes a great contribution to ending fear.
Feardom delves into the consequences of unreasonable fear as the building blocks of our emerging National Security state, including weaponized drones, universal surveillance, warrantless search, and indefinite detention without charge or trial. As a perfect compliment to Suicide Pact, for a dramatization of what the new national security state looks and feels like in the near future, read John Brown's State of Terror (Amazon hyperlink).
Mr.Boyack has written,albeit, too short a recipe for the state to assume power without a fight.
The recent Sony hack show how it's done. The state ,with the FBI leading the way assured us this was done by N. Korea. After a no bite fishing expedition it goes to page 5. Meanwhile the NSA, CIA etc. all increase their power.
A well written fast pace, it draws you in and compels you to think.