The Fear Market, A Thesis

Inspired by the reaction within the US to the ongoing Fukushima I nuclear accidents.

  1. Theory: The market for something to believe in is infinite. (Hugh MacLeod, The Hughtrain Manifesto)
  2. THE HUGHTRAIN: “THE MARKET FOR SOMETHING TO BELIEVE IN IS INFINITE.”

  3. Corollary: So is the market for something to fear.
  4. In situ: The market for something to fear is exploited in various ways:
  5. History: Markets vanish through indifference.

  6. Challenge: How do we encourage indifference to irrational fear?