A principle by which we can live is whenever we find ourselves feeling fear in a persuasion context, then we need to consider that we might be victims of manipulation via fear- mongering. We need to consider the motivations of the person advocating fear. I refer generally to the national debate about immigration and specifically Dr. Glenn Mollette’s recent offering, “Immigration desperation does not make it right.”
He began his missive asking us to imagine reasons to be afraid. None of the reasons were based in reality and were designed to make people believe they were personally at risk from immigrants. We are to assume that they will enter our house, occupy all the space, and demand all our money. He posits these facts as an illustration; yet, he knows the result will be fear.