Who uses fear more as a tool to manipulate the masses? The political left or right?
It is my position that the political left use fear far more than the right to effect public opinion.
I remember the Linden Johnson commercial using an image of a little girl being incinerated by an atomic blast to bash Goldwater in the Presidential race. I think it only aired once. It only had to air once.
I remember Jimmy Carter suggesting that the world would run out of natural resourses.
"The oil and natural gas we rely on for 75 percent of our energy are running out. In spite of increased effort, domestic production has been dropping steadily at about six percent a year. Imports have doubled in the last five years. Our nation's independence of economic and political action is becoming increasingly constrained. Unless profound changes are made to lower oil consumption, we now believe that early in the 1980s the world will be demanding more oil that it can produce."
Because we are now running out of gas and oil, we must prepare quickly for a third change, to strict conservation and to the use of coal and permanent renewable energy sources, like solar power.
If it were possible to keep it rising during the 1970s and 1980s by 5 percent a year as it has in the past, we could use up all the proven reserves of oil in the entire world by the end of the next decade.
we are running out of petroleum.
Jimmy Carter, "The President's Proposed Energy Policy." 18 April 1977. Vital Speeches of the Day, Vol. XXXXIII, No. 14, May 1, 1977, pp. 418-420.
There were also issues of global climate change in the 70's that the left used to affect political opinion. Except then it was referred to as global cooling.
Remember the book by, Lowell Ponte? A huge best seller called The Cooling: Has the new ice age already begun? Can we survive?
Scientist were just as sure then. And the looney left fell right in line like a herd of sheep.
How about pesticides? DDT. Remember Rachel Carson's book, Silent Spring? This vegetarian labeled DDT a dangerous substance that caused cancer and was to blame for her own breast cancer. She was wrong. And because of the propaganda espoused by her and those like her (Dr. Samual Epstein), many countries were pressured to stop using the very chemical which had virtually eliminated malaria. Malaria currently kills about 2 million people each year.
And then there was global warming...
Dr. Sue Blackmore looking on the bright side in Britain's Guardian:
"In all probability billions of people are going to die in the next few decades. Our poor, abused planet cannot take much more. . . . If we decide to put the planet first, then we ourselves are the pathogen. So we should let as many people die as possible, so that other species may live, and accept the destruction of civilization and of everything we have achieved.
"Finally, we might decide that civilization itself is worth preserving. In that case we have to work out what to save and which people would be needed in a drastically reduced population -- weighing the value of scientists and musicians against that of politicians, for example."
An Inconvenient Truth. The movie by Al Gore that used state of the art computer animation (some of which was from the movie, The Day After Tomorrow, authored by Whitley Streiber, a UFO abductee, and Art Bell, radio talk show host and enthusiast on all things metaphysical). Claims that the entire world and all of civilization are on the brink of destruction. The global climate issue has all of the earmarks of a full blown religion, including damnation.
We have seen campaign ads such as the one created by the NAACP about James Byrd, who was chained to a truck and dragged to his death in 1998.
ON THE SCREEN -- The spot combines colorful abstract backgrounds with stark lettering echoing the narration by Ms. Mullins. The letters change in size and location like an MTV video. The final message, over the logo of the N.A.A.C.P. National Voter Fund, is ''Vote on November 7.''
THE SCRIPT -- ''On June 7 1998, James Byrd Jr. was beaten, chained and then dragged behind a pickup truck three miles to his death simply because he was black. Even after such a brutal act as this, hate crimes legislation in many states still remains nonexistent. I'm Renee Mullins. James Byrd was my father. On Nov. 7, let it be known we will not be dragged away from our future. Vote on Nov. 7. Please.''
This list is not exhaustive, I am sure. But when one looks at the scope of fear mongering coming from the left it is evident that they are far more willing to scare the public into submission.