Ebola Hysteria and Politics

Stan Goldberg, PhD

11/03/14 With each passing day we can see the irrational fear of an Ebola epidemic becoming the bread and butter of politicians feeding on our fear of death.

It’s like watching a professional boxer constantly aiming for a cut above an opponent’s eye, hoping he can open the wound and obscure the person’s vision.

Boxers and politicians are skilled at finding what’s vulnerable then using it to their advantage. Yes, Ebola is a horrible disease, but it killed fewer people in the United States than folks falling off their roof, golfers being electrocuted by holding a nine-iron during a thunderstorm and maybe even trainers killed by elephants.

So why the hysteria? See my article “What Makes You Think You’ll Live Forever?

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