Threat Inflation and the Failure of the Marketplace of Ideas: The Selling of the Iraq War

  title={Threat Inflation and the Failure of the Marketplace of Ideas: The Selling of the Iraq War},
  author={Chaim Kaufmann},
  journal={International Security},
  • Chaim Kaufmann
  • Published 6 August 2004
  • Political Science
  • International Security
such as the United States are generally believed to be better at making foreign policy than other regime types. Especially, the strong civic institutions and robust marketplaces of ideas in mature democracies are thought to substantially protect them from severe threat inflation and "myths of empire" that could promote excessively risky foreign policy adventures and wars. The marketplace of ideas helps to weed out unfounded, mendacious, or self-serving foreign policy arguments because their… 

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