Summary of The Risky Politics of Progress

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

The Risky Politics of Progress summary
Start getting smarter:
or see our plans


9 Overall

9 Applicability

8 Innovation

9 Style


The challenges facing the world can feel insurmountable when the media spew a continual stream of gloomy stories. Yet journalist Jonathan Tepperman believes there’s room for optimism. He examines cases where nations prevailed over seemingly intractable problems, and he extrapolates practical problem-solving techniques. getAbstract hails Tepperman’s lecture as beacon of hope amid the endless litany of supposedly unsolvable problems.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the world’s problems aren’t insurmountable,
  • How three countries have triumphed over huge challenges and
  • What three common problem-solving tenets emerge from those examples.

About the Speaker

Jonathan Tepperman is a managing editor of Foreign Affairs, a bimonthly journal.



The media’s relentless fear-mongering fosters the impression that society’s problems are indelible. Yet some countries have conquered supposedly unsolvable challenges. Immigration, a divisive issue that plagues many nations, is not a problem in Canada, where citizens take pride in their multiculturalism. Yet Canada pursued a racist immigration policy until the mid-1960s, when Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau enacted progressive reforms. He established “color-blind” immigration regulations that focused on the skills immigrants could bring to the workforce, and he made multiculturalism an official policy. Over time, the reforms...

More on this topic

By the same author

The Fix

Customers who read this summary also read

Why Brexit Happened – and What to Do Next
Political Common Ground in a Polarized United States
Populism Is Reshaping Our World
How the US Should Use Its Superpower Status
How Young People Join Violent Extremist Groups – and How to Stop Them
How We Can Face the Future Without Fear, Together

Related Channels

Comment on this summary