Behind anger is fear. For instance, many wealthy people are not greedy — they are terrified of poverty and can never accumulate sufficient wealth to appease that anxiety. Fear and emotions take primacy over logic. George Orwell explained in 1984 how Big Brother employed constant fear to pacify the masses (the “proles”), with vague foreign “threats” that were purely fictitious.
In the Cold War, it was nuclear extinction; in the Iraq War (and still), it was “threat levels.” After 9/11, Americans were cautioned with “threats to the homeland.” Orwell warned not just of Soviet socialism, but of any monolithic government that sought dominance.
Vermont is the national Petri dish for the Orwellian fear-mongers. Visceral quaking by overwrought Vermont “progressives” over firearms was well funded by out-of state interests, and Vermont swiftly shifted from one of the least restrictive Second Amendment havens to one of the most oppressive, employing a “thoughtcrime” that was perfectly timed (post–Sandy Hook) to dupe the electorate: a student was charged with an “attempted” attack on a public school, when there had never been any attempt. Fear trumped logic.
Vermont is one of the most amenable states in the nation to blacks, yet racism and Nazi-fear have been employed by the Vermont attorney general to undermine police efforts to arrest fentanyl-traffickers and to create a panel that labels Vermont a “white supremacist culture” and redrafts Vermont textbooks to inculcate “white guilt” in schoolchildren. Vermont voters embraced Barack Obama more than almost all states, Vermont has the narrowest income disparity between blacks and whites, and Vermont never permitted slavery — but the Legislature has rewritten the state constitution. And “fear” of imagined Kavanaugh-driven changes to Roe v. Wade led to one of the most extremist post-Roe abortion laws in the nation. read more