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2004 - Fear: Political Uses and Abuses - Keynote: Al Gore | The New School

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Published on Jun 10, 2011

Center for Public Scholarship (http://www.newschool.edu/cps) presents Al Gore, Fear: Political Uses and Abuses Keynote: The Politics of Fear After 9/11: Can the Past Inform the Future? - Sponsored by The New School for Social Research (http://www.newschool.edu/nssr)

Al Gore, former U.S. Vice President and former U.S. Senator from Tennessee addressed "The Politics of Fear After 9/11: Can the Past Inform the Future?" in this keynote of the 12th Social Research conference.

Since September 11, 2001, fear has been woven into the fabric of daily life in the United States. Our vulnerability and the fear it engendered has become the justification for so much that our government has done since in the name of protecting us, including two wars and the "slashing away" of certain constitutional protections, all in the name of fighting terrorism. The commercial media thrive on this fear and even exacerbate it.

This conference placed the heightened state of collective fear in cultural and historical perspective, examining the psychological roots of fear and its manipulation by those who hold or seek power. Speakers explored the complexities and consequences from a variety of perspectives. There were papers by Joe Ledoux, Steve Heller, John Hollander, Corey Robin, Cass Sunstein, Aryeh Neier, Andrew Arato, Eric Alterman, Jacek Debeic, Barry Glassner, Stanley Hoffnan, Leonie Huddy, E. Valentine Daniel, George Kateb, Kenneth Prewitt, Tom Pyszczynski, and Aristide Zolberg.

The conference was made possible with generous support from the Russell Sage Foundation.

The conference proceedings are available in a special issue of Social Research, Vol. 71, No. 4, (Winter 2004) [http://www.newschool.edu/cps/social-r...]. You may also join our event mailing list by contacting us at cps@newschool.edu

February 5-7, 2004:

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