Culture of Fear

Myth: Most Americans think violent crime in the US is at an all-time high.
Fact: Violent crime has actually fallen to historic lows.

It’s understandable to be both concerned about crime and grateful for those who protect and serve in our criminal justice system, imperfect though it may be. But many have come to believe that violent crime in the U.S. is at an all-time high due largely to the “if it bleeds it leads” mentality of most commercial news media. The Black Lives Matter movement in particular is seen by many to be undermining the rule of law by encouraging racial animosity. This culture of fear ensures further violence and the inability to constructively discuss societal issues around race, violence, and our justice system.

It’s Time to Give Up on Facts

It’s Time to Give Up on Facts

It’s a common tactic to fight lies by presenting facts and arguing on the basis of reason and rationality. But is it time to give up our pipe dreams that these tactics work and try another approach—appealing to emotions—instead? That’s what one author thinks.

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