Summary of How Fear Drives American Politics

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A renowned foreign-policy journalist examines political fear, the “Cool War” and the American creativity crisis.


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Partisan antipathy isn’t the only reason for political gridlock in the United States. Foreign-policy strategist David Rothkopf believes mistrust of science, fear of new ideas and wariness of different viewpoints have immobilized the US government and impeded productive debate. He asks, “Where are the philosophers? Where’s the dialogue?” getAbstract applauds Rothkopf’s impassioned plea to set aside fear and to restart the conversation.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How fear has immobilized Washington, DC;
  • What consequences this gridlock could unleash; and
  • Why it is imperative to participate in constructive debate.


Post–World War II America faced the prospect of thermonuclear warfare. Nonetheless, the country built the space program, a national highway system and the Internet. Fear can spur creativity...
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David Rothkopf is CEO and editor of the FP Group, which publishes Foreign Policy magazine.

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