Fear of terrorism was the chief political asset of the Bush administration during its heyday. Now that the Democratic party and environmentalism are in the ascendant, is a right wing politics of fear being succeeded by a left-liberal politics of fear? Can progressive politics appeal to our hopes and desires rather than our nightmares? Or are the threats we face?including global warming and energy scarcity so ominous that a politics of fear is the only credible kind left?
One of the founders of n+1 magazine, Benjamin Kunkel, will moderate as the founder contributors to the sixth issue of n+1 magazine, Meghan Falvey, Alex Gourevitch, Mark Greif, and Chad Harbach, weigh in.
photo of Benjamin Kunkel by Lissy Mitterwaller
About Meghan Falvey
Meghan Falvey is a graduate student in sociology at New York University. She is working on a book about the contemporary culture of work and love.
About Alex Gourevitch
Alex Gourevitch is a doctoral candidate in political science at Columbia University. He is co-editor of Politics without Sovereignty: A Critique of Contemporary International Relations.
About Mark Greif
Mark Greif is co-editor of n+1 magazine.
About Chad Harbach
Chad Harbach is managing editor of n+1 magazine. He is at work on a novel, as well as a series of essays about ecology.
About Benjamin Kunkel
Benjamin Kunkel is one of the founders of n+1 magazine. He is the author of the novel Indecision which received awards for the best first novel of 2006 in both France and Italy. His literary criticism has appeared in Dissent, Harper's, The London Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The New York Review of Books. He is at work on a play.