Martha C. Nussbaum

The moral philosopher on her new book, the right way to be angry and what Americans fear

You began your new book, The Monarchy of Fear, when the 2016 election left you feeling that fear was “suffusing” society. Was the fear there all along? Fear is ubiquitous in human life. But it’s heightened when there’s a threat. In this situation it’s the combination of extreme polarization, where people are buffeted by conflicting views, and conditions—such as automation, outsourcing and

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