Summary Of Stefan Halper's Big Ideas, Big Problems

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In Stefan Halper’s “ Big Ideas, Big Problems,” Halper discusses how America’s “public debate” is defective due to broad issues being abbreviated into slogans which conceal rather than clarify, as well as non-stop media that seeks to entertain instead of inform. Halper justifies this conclusion by providing examples through American history where “ Big Ideas turned complex foreign policy challenges into undifferentiated, apocalyptic threats” (Halper 93). Beginning in the 1950’s during the Cold War, Senator Joe McCarthy shocked the American public by accusing communism of not only being beyond the border, but also present in the nation. This created a state of panic through out the country. Many journalists used slogans “ to frame the debate

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