War on Terror Report: You’re in More Danger than Ever!

How can the failure of the War on Terror mean that we need more of it? The point of most politics is to make us afraid. As H. L. Mencken put it long ago, “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” This explains everything from Climate Change to the war on terror—even though I would not say that all of the terrorists are imaginary. Still, after Read more […]