[e] Political Economy 101

Fear & Courage (Week 6)


This post is part of an online course about political and economic behaviour in a world characterised by contradictions and a deluge of #mixedsignals. This is how it works:

  • Watch/listen to the music videos in the post,
  • Pick ONE of the reading recommendations,
  • Reflect on the links between the post’s topic, the videos, and your chosen reading.

Are you scared of life or do you take it by the horns? Populists and manipulators alike exploit fear but, as it turns out, also hope and courage. Do we live in a world of pure manipulation and populism? Is there an escape?


Fear campaign. Fear factory.

Under Pressure. Queen.

I think I’m paranoid. Garbage.

Enter Sadman. Metallica.

Fools Rush In. Elvis Presley.

Recommended Readings

  • Wodak, R. (2015). The Politics of Fear: What Right-Wing Populist Discourses Mean. Sage. Link.
  • Nail, P. R., McGregor, I., Drinkwater, A. E., Steele, G. M., & Thompson, A. W. (2009). Threat causes liberals to think like conservatives. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45(4), 901-907. Link.
  • Furedi, F. (2007). Politics of Fear. Bloomsbury. Link.
  • Griskevicius, V., Goldstein, N. J., Mortensen, C. R., Sundie, J. M., Cialdini, R. B., & Kenrick, D. T. (2009). Fear and loving in Las Vegas: Evolution, Emotion, and Persuasion. Journal of Marketing Research, 46(3), 384-395. Link.
  • Avramenko, R. (2011). Courage: The Politics of Life and Limb. University of Notre Dame Press. Link.

Cover Photo by Jasmin Sessler on Unsplash.

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