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Sometimes there is a bogeyman. Rhetoric is often served with a generous dose of fear – especially in this particularly rancorous political climate. And why not? With all due respect (or credit?) to Machiavelli, fear always seems to motivate more effectively than hope (or change).

Look at the 9/11 truthers, a group of paranoid conspiracy nuts convinced we either bombed ourselves that horrible day or allowed it to happen in some FDR-esque scheme to go to war against an entire religion. I’m surprised Oliver Stone hasn’t made this film yet. Or on the other end of the political spectrum, we have the only-recently debunked birthers, whose ringleader has already moved on to other paperwork, Selective Service cards and the like.

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