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p. 1049. The politics of fear and controllocked

  • Christopher S. Browning


Following the attacks of 9/11 politicians and analysts declared that a new age of terror was upon us and that new times called for new measures. ‘The politics of fear and control’ describes how 9/11 and subsequent atrocities indicated the emergence of a global terrorist network utilizing new technologies and social media to organize and further their cause. Another reason for the attention paid to terrorism since 9/11 is that various states and governments have used it as rhetorical cover to pursue various other goals at home and abroad. In trying to subdue terrorism, democratic societies may well be in danger of surrendering the very values that underpin them.

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