It’s Halloween (a holiday I honestly just hate), and zombies are a fair topic. They’re also instructional with regard to how institutions both formal and informal create myths to control adherents. Here’s a great piece by Amy Wilentz in the NYT describing how Haitian slaves were controlled by myth- even beyond death. The same myths create opportunities for predators of all kinds. The nightmare is real; no movie magic needed. That’s the cruelest truth.