The article explores the conceptual boundaries of "geopolitics" and "the popular." Various examples, both historical and contemporary, are drawn upon to illustrate the necessary linkages between these two taxonomies. These examples illustrate four main arteries of the deeply rooted popular culture of fear in the United States and of its public's consequent capacity to be mobilized for war. The argument concludes with some pointers for further research on continuing unsolved and knotted issues in the dynamics of popular culture, communication and power.
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