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It's the same dynamic that prompts us to spend all kinds of money to scare ourselves sick on roller coasters and at slasher movies. And it's the same contradiction that underpins a big chunk of our economy.
How else do you explain the celebrity status of pundits like Nouriel Roubini, Tad Homer-Dixon and Jeff Rubin who've built their careers on predicting that the worst is always yet to come.
So they can sort of control the information in a "staged" panic, to send people running for the shot. Which someone is getting paid to make.