Big Ideas Big Problems Analysis

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In the article “Big Ideas, Big Problems,” Stefan Halper asserts that neoconservatives and popular media outlets are creating simple and inflammatory slogans that attempt to explain complex opinions on serious world issues, making it difficult for rational thinkers to create cogent policies. Halper notes that these slogans, called “Big Ideas,” have been popular since the fifties when Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy stunned America with his rash claims of a “Red Scare” taking over the country. Halper explains that Americans have continued this pattern since then, to the detriment of public debate. American discussions often include “Big Ideas” and infotainment-style news coverage, which Halper insists are the two most significant factors that

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