Summary of How Fear Drives American Politics

Looking for the video?
We have the summary! Get the key insights in just 5 minutes.

How Fear Drives American Politics summary


9 Overall

9 Importance

9 Innovation

8 Style


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.

About the Speaker

David Rothkopf is CEO and editor of the FP Group, which publishes Foreign Policy magazine.



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...

Comment on this summary

More on this topic

By the same author

Customers who read this summary also read

More by category