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The Coming ProsperityHow Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the Global Economy$
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Philip Auerswald

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199795178

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199795178.001.0001

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Fear Itself

Fear Itself

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(p.191) 13 Fear Itself
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The Coming Prosperity
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Philip Auerswald

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199795178.003.0014

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

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