I live in Mexico City and when I go to visit family back in the U.S. I notice the mentality of fear. Could be because a lot of the crime in the U.S. has no purpose. Take the guy from Australia who was shot and killed while out jogging. Said they did it because they were bored.
Plus the lamestream media as was mentioned...always throwing out fear! Fun, scurry, flee!!!!! Sad mentality in my country today.
We have a lot of learned helplessness because for years we were told that mass political action was a dead end. That you work through the market. Now that's mostly a dead-end.
Fear of the Power of the State is growing fast. In the late 80's the Fed. Gov't proposed the use of the "Clipper Chip" in telephones in which proposal the Fed's would have to get a judge in a regular court to issue a court order. The public outrage was so loud the idea, and it's partially built facility, was scotched.
Today we find that and much, much more is already being done, and there is not a peep from the public.
"When the search for truth is confused with political advocacy, the pursuit of knowledge is reduced to the quest for power." - Alston Chase
It's not fear-mongering, at least not in St. Louis. Violence and fear are real here.