Is power ( or obtaining power) a prerequisite for fear and control or is fear a prerequisite for power and control?
In the book "The Denial of Death" written by Ernest Becker, it is stated that "men worship and fear power and so give their loyalty to those who dispense it" (127). The conversation in class somehow managed to makes its way into the discourse of Nazi Germany and the 2008 Pres elections in the U.S. It was stated that the extravagant social and economic conditions was the pretense of Hitler coming into power and once he had the power and support of the masses he was able to control everyone else by implementing fear into their consciousness so they "willingly" gave up their liberties.
The other argument was that people, due to this "worship" of fear, allowed to Hitler to come into power because they were afraid that they were going to die if they did not follow the orders of the Nazi government. So in this case, fear was the pretense of Hitler having as much power as he did.
Both sides, equally intriguing left me quite perplexed. So what is it power that leads to fear and control or is it fear that leads to power and control over the masses?