David Rothkopf: How fear drives American politics
David Rothkopf - Foreign policy strategist
With books and strategies, David Rothkopf helps people navigate the perils and opportunities of our contemporary geopolitical landscape. Full bio
is talk to you a little bit about fear
from which we are now emerging.
with my doing that
about fear and anxiety.
where there was something to fear.
when I was a little kid
our coats over our heads
knew that wasn't going to work.
was something to be concerned with.
that we lived for 50 years
and of our society
in response to that.
in response to that.
in response to that.
a constructive response.
an un-constructive response.
what that toll was.
was clearly disproportionate --
of verging on the unhinged.
apparatus of the United States
at the time that those attacks took place,
national security apparatus
since the end of the Second World War.
anybody could do it.
for the first time in history,
on the emails and phone calls
those countries were our allies,
more terrorist casualties --
of the U.S. State Department --
from which those attacks emanate
than at any time in its history,
where did we go wrong?
What was the mistake that was made?
Washington is a dysfunctional place.
into a cage match.
believe it or not, than that dysfunction,
to get anything done
country in the world
that a group like ISIS could do,
and it keeps us from progress.
and in many capitals right now,
thinking of new ideas,
in a government job.
venom of the political debate,
an us-versus-them mentality,
of people making decisions,
is seen as a threat.
that become reactive to news cycles.
that do foresight, that look forward,
that do this -- can't do it,
to the news cycle.
because we were looking the wrong way.
because of 9/11,
in the wrong direction,
transformational trends on the horizon
than what we saw on 9/11;
posed by these terrorists;
than the instability that we've got
that are racked by instability today.
in those parts of the world
and ignoring the bigger trend,
problems to deal with.
in which the very fabric of human society
a couple of days ago --
of the people on the planet,
connected to the Internet in their pocket.
penetration rate is 80 percent.
mobile cellular devices, SIM cards,
of a profound moment in our history,
human being on the planet
system for the first time,
are changing the very nature
and life on the planet
ought to be thinking about,
these immediate threats.
it was too costly to fight a nuclear war,
Cool War, cyber war,
so low, that we may never stop.
we've been in it for several years.
to guide us in this regard.
with a kinetic attack?
how do we deter them?
a series of cyber attacks,
a few of these Chinese guys,
a law enforcement officer
out there in the field today
of insurgents with cell phones
that once only superpowers had.
that a superpower didn't have,
classified 10 years ago.
I have an app that tells me
and its altitude, and its speed,
and where it's landing.
was taken over by a terrorist,
he terrorized them,
and he put it on the Internet,
the security side.
basic assumptions about the Internet --
weave society together --
you have the Great Firewall of China.
if the Internet happens within our borders
We are going to control our security.
a different set of rules.
well, that's just China.
it's Singapore, it's Brazil.
the Chinese, the Indians, the Brazilians,
a new Internet backbone,
on this other one.
everywhere we look.
you wouldn't expect.
had access to financial services
services on their phones.
who don't have financial service access
to have the ability to access it
the ability to bank.
what monetary policy is.
is changing in the same way.
that has taken over Syria and Iraq
in a negotiation with the Iranians
with the technologies of 50 years ago,
right now are engaged in cyber war with us
because businesses are not willing
that are being waged on them.
more important to a group like this,
and real American national security
even during the Cold War,
between science, technology and government
sat alone in his laboratory
and railroads and telegraph;
of those developments.
a partnership and a dialogue,
believe it or not,
in all of human history,
a war on science,
that doesn't want to listen,
at the highest levels
in senior national security jobs,
the lingo, the vocabulary.
of the U.S. government now
to change the world of tomorrow,"
many from the science and tech side,
shunted off to the kids' table.
creating wonderful things,
and they didn't need the government
that's somewhere between
massive regulatory changes
associated with conflict
with security and privacy.
to the next set of issues,
if you can't have a job,
if you can't get health care,
without Internet access,
that should be written into constitutions?
who don't have access to electricity
Where are the philosophers?
to the reason that I'm here.
that will change the world,
when you bring together
science and technology
and helped other countries grow,
ever more vulnerable.
will not be measured
or trillions of dollars spent.
of our distraction from critical issues
akin to the beginning of the Renaissance,
of the major transformational eras
if not the right answers,
and groups like you
can be formulated and posed.
that groups like TED,
of foreign policy, of economic policy,
will ultimately take place.
a pleasure speaking to you.
About the speaker:David Rothkopf - Foreign policy strategist
With books and strategies, David Rothkopf helps people navigate the perils and opportunities of our contemporary geopolitical landscape.
Why you should listen
David Rothkopf draws on decades of foreign policy experience to clarify the events shaking today’s world -- and develops strategies for organizations to weather them and those looming ahead. Rothkopf is CEO and Editor of the FP Group (which publishes Foreign Policy Magazine and Foreign Policy.com), CEO and President of advisory firm Garten Rothkopf, and a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
In Foreign Policy, Rothkopf exposes the power structures that shape our increasingly complex planet. His books (including most recently National Insecurity, which focuses on the treacherous post-9/11 national security climate) argue that the nature of power and those who wield it are fundamentally transforming.
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