America’s sky is falling: The fear-industrial complex

April 27, 2012

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As the presidential election draws near candidates focus on the threat to our national security.

News pundits, government officials, national security experts and politicians on both sides of the aisle like to stress how never before has America been less safe. With all the hyperbole surrounding international threats to American security, it’s difficult to decide which to take seriously.

A recent essay in Foreign Affairs magazine, however, suggests that the United States is actually quite a safe and secure place. Instead, it seems that this overemphasis on national security threats is a sign of a growing fear-industrial complex. Worldview discusses American security with Michael Cohen, a fellow at The Century Foundation and a co-author of the piece.