Through a Glass Darkly: The Dimensionality and Inadequacy of Political Fear in Stephen King’s The Stand
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Corey Robin (2004) argues that political fear takes two forms (external and internal) and both allow political actors to pursue and consolidate power. This chapter tests this understanding through an analysis of Stephen King’s The Stand. Analysis of the two cities that emerge from the destruction of the liberal order and the subsequent widespread violence confirms the distinction between the two forms of political fear while at the same time suggesting a limitation. As our analysis of King’s treatment of religion suggests, political fear is more than a tool to be exploited by political elites. Rather, it is an inherent aspect of human life that informs and shapes political reasoning.