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By Veronique de Rugy

Public fear is an ally of big government. When fear sets in among the populace — often with encouragement from self-interested politicians — the result is usually an expansion of governmental power and a loss of individual rights.

Politicians typically stoke fear by exaggerating some perceived threat or by inventing one out of whole cloth. They then declare that government alone can provide the answer. Take the demonization of a recent move led by Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, and Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, to undo last-minute Obama-era rules from the Federal Communications Commission regulating online privacy.

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