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...people stood on street corners looking for a sign of the 'battle' in the skies.
In only about 10 cases did the police find some injury on the bodies of the complainants. And of these, seven were cases of people sustaining injuries while running for fear of the mysterious figure.
...they all involved populations being presented with false news of an immediate threat to their safety. We will now begin to delve a little deeper into the psychology of this matter....
"The common thread that weaves violent political movements together is fear. It is not the only motivating factor behind political violence, nor necessarily the most obvious, but it is virtually always there. Whenever we ask why people hate, or why they are willing to kill or die for a cause, the answer is invariably fear."
by the mere fact that he forms part of an organized crowd, a man descends several rungs in the ladder of civilization. Isolated, he may be a cultivated individual; in a crowd he is a barbarian - that is, a creature acting by instinct
Mass hysteria is best countered through prevention or very early intervention. The most powerful tool is for a calm authority figure to give clear and accurate information repeatedly, and to remain visible and available to provide updates and reassurance.
The Nazis presented their people with a false disclosure that economic downturns were the result of a Jewish banking conspiracy.
There was not a breakdown of German society. Politics continued to be embraced.
Provide for an informed American public by ensuring that the minimum information necessary to the interest of national security is classified and that information is declassified as soon as it no longer requires protection.
Our security classification framework recognizes that our democratic principles require that the American people be informed of the activities of their Government and that our nation’s progress depends upon the free flow of information. Nevertheless, it also recognizes that throughout our history, the national defense has required that certain information be maintained in confidence in order to protect our citizens, our democratic institutions, our homeland security, and our interactions with foreign nations.
We cannot permit full disclosure, as it would effectively ruin modern society
society will drastically change after any traumatic or fear-causing disclosure. This is what the “ruin” of modern society means.
ruin: 1. To destroy completely; demolish. 2.To harm irreparably.
A group of humans broadly distinguished from other groups by mutual interests, participation in characteristic relationships, shared institutions, and a common culture.
The decision to apply classification involves two sub-elements, both of which require the application of reasoned judgment on the part of the classifier. The first is the determination that the unauthorized disclosure of the information could reasonably be expected to cause damage to the national security of the United States, and that the damage can be identified or described. It is not necessary for the original classifier to produce a written description of the damage at the time of classification, but the classifier must be prepared to do so if the information becomes the subject of a classification challenge, a request for mandatory review for declassification, or a request for release under the Freedom of Information Act.
The first is the determination that the unauthorized disclosure of the information could reasonably be expected to cause damage to the national security of the United States, and that the damage can be identified or described.
full disclosure for the purpose of this debate means disclosure of all information at the disposal of the federal government.
[The Vagabond] used common logic and pychology to make his side well known.
This was a great debate, and both debators stepped up to the expectations of a debate finale.
The Vagabond was best able to manuever around points of contention and employed strong deductive argumentation in support.
The toughest debate to judge so far, the two finalists deserved to be in the final and what a fight it was