Fear and Power



Social Sciences

Rainer Mausfeld


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128 pages

Power Techniques to Generate Fear in Capitalist Democracies

Fear and power are closely linked to the political and social sphere. Unlike the oppressed people, the people who have power have many advantages. Generating public fear is a common technique within the meritocracy to maintain the capitalist democracy. Rainer Mausfeld’s previous book “Silence of the Lambs. How the Power Elite and Neoliberalism Destroy Our Society” (Original title: “Warum schweigen die Lämmer?”), a brilliant and enlightening book, became a bestseller.

Rainer Mausfeld

Rainer Mausfeld is a professor at the University of Kiel. Before his retirement, he was the chair of the faculty for perception and cognition studies. He writes on neoliberal ideology, the deconstruction of democracy into an authoritarian surveillance state, and psychological techniques of opinion.
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