Fear: The Motivating Force in Politics and Policy

“A little bit of fear is a good thing.” Those words were spoken to me by a relative just after he warned his 5-year old son of the dangers of stepping one foot into the woods behind the family home. The father, acting on his fear of the unknown, used that fear to control the behavior of his son by over-exaggerating the possible dangers of the suburban Connecticut forest.… [Read more]

Heeeeeeeere’s Omar!!!!

Cue that long gone ‘Tonight Show’ orchestra live from Burbank, and avuncular Ed McMahon chuckling off camera. Doc Severinsen on the trumpet, the band riffing on its signature theme, and through the curtains plunges a guest host with his own style and swing – Omar Khadr, rock star status jihadist just released from Gitmo…. and the crowd goes wild!… [Read more]