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economics: fear and love [Mar. 25th, 2010|12:49 pm]
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I just suddenly realized that the fear economy doesn't directly rely on blame to balance the books.

If you point a gun at me and say, "do something I want, or suffer a gunshot wound", then I'm fearful for my own self. Even if I decide to do something you don't want, my actions are shaped by that threat.

But if you pout your lip at me and say, "do something I want, or else I'll have hurt feelings" then I'm supposed to be fearful on *your* behalf.... even if you don't say it, even if I read it between the lines, or even if I'm making it up out of my own head. -it's still the fear economy, even if I don't know who's holding the I.O.U.

It's a tempting distraction to worry about who's sending the threat signal, who should be held accountable- instead of deciding that the whole transaction is bogus no matter who suggests it.

I don't think it matters whether you're talking a sink full of dirty dishes, or nuclear deterrence: the dynamic is infinitely scalable, if you let it be.