It didn’t start with Al Gore and global warming. From salmonella in eggs to asbestos, from the Millennium Bug to bird flu, and from DDT to passive smoking, the media establishment trumpets our impending doom from a new cause every few weeks! In fact, as Christopher Booker and Richard North prove in “Scared to Death: From BSE to Global Warming” — How Scares Are Costing Us the Earth, these “scare” crazes have become one of the most conspicuous and damaging features of our modern world. “Scared to Death” is the first book ever to rip the cover off the “scare” industry and tell the inside story of each of the major scares of the past two decades.
Booker and North show how junk science powers the “scare” industry, analyzing the crucial role that scientists play in each scare — by misreading and manipulating the evidence. They also detail how the media establishment and unscrupulous lobbyists eagerly promote each scare with a blithe disregard for facts. And what does it all lead to? More Big Government statism, of course! “Scared to Death” vividly portrays how politicians and officials again and again come up with an absurdly disproportionate response to each scare, creating forests of new regulations and leaving us taxpayers to pay the price — which may run into billions of dollars.
“Scared to Death” culminates in a chillingly detailed account of the inside story behind the greatest fake scare of them all: the belief that the world faces disaster through manmade global warming. Booker and North fearlessly take on Al Gore and other proponents of this sky-is-falling hysteria in a devastating critique of the global warming myth. They compare our credulity in falling for scares to mass hysterias of bygone days, such as the Salem witch hysteria. Our age, say Booker and North, is a “new age of superstition.”
“Scared to Death” is your guide back to reality. How “scare” crazes are manufactured to erode your freedoms (and grow Big Government even bigger):
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