Chapter

Fear Itself

Philip Auerswald

in The Coming Prosperity

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199795178
Published online April 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190258481 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199795178.003.0014
Fear Itself

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This chapter describes prosperity on a global scale with focus on the political narrative in the United States. It illustrates significant narratives of domestic doom that relate to exaggerated external and internal threats, which led to miscalibrated and self-destructive responses. One case of external threat is the 9/11 attacks. What resulted after the attacks were a pair of foreign wars whose cost exceeded a trillion dollars, the reversal of five decades of government prohibition against torture, and unprecedented intrusions into the civil liberties of US citizens.

Keywords: political narrative; United States; domestic doom; internal threats; 9/11 attacks; civil liberties; US citizens

Chapter.  6092 words. 

Subjects: Innovation

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