The Red Scare is a historical example of fear-based politics. Many democratic nations like the United States feared what communism could do to their political system. Communism works in a tyrannic function with no democracy. Many Americans were concerned at the thought that there are Communist spies that were working undercover to overthrow the democratic government. The Teen Interns used this historic event as an example of fear because many people feared losing their freedom and their rights. The fear sparked a movement where even government officials were not exempted from the suspicion of being Communists.
The Red Scare showed how masses of people adopt the fear mentality and excessive actions are taken as a justification to "protect the nation". The misguided nationalism then created division among social groups and targeted groups were publicly shunned. This famous event demonstrates how fear can give discriminate other's identity without knowing the full extent.