112th: The Counterrevolution: A Conversation with Karen Greenberg, Bernard E. Harcourt, Samuel Moyn, and Tamsin Shaw

Event date: 
05/01/2018 - 7:00pm

A conversation with Karen Greenberg (Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University), Bernard E. Harcourt (author of The Counterrevolution), Samuel Moyn (Yale University and author of Not Enough), and Tamsin Shaw (New York Review of Books author and professor at NYU) on our current domestic and international political condition, timed to the release of The Counterrevolution: How Our Government Went to War Against Its Own Citizens (Basic Books, 2018) on Tuesday, May 1st at 7pm!

About The Counterrevolution:

A distinguished political theorist sounds the alarm about the counterinsurgency strategies used to govern Americans
Militarized police officers with tanks and drones. Pervasive government surveillance and profiling. Social media that distract and track us. All of these, contends Bernard E. Harcourt, are facets of a new and radical governing paradigm in the United States--one rooted in the modes of warfare originally developed to suppress anticolonial revolutions and, more recently, to prosecute the war on terror.
The Counterrevolution is a penetrating and disturbing account of the rise of counterinsurgency, first as a military strategy but increasingly as a way of ruling ordinary Americans. Harcourt shows how counterinsurgency's principles--bulk intelligence collection, ruthless targeting of minorities, pacifying propaganda--have taken hold domestically despite the absence of any radical uprising. This counterrevolution against phantom enemies, he argues, is the tyranny of our age. Seeing it clearly is the first step to resisting it effectively.


Karen J. Greenberg is the Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University and the author of Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State (Crown, 2016).

Bernard E. Harcourt is the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and a professor of political science at Columbia University. The author of several books, including The Illusion of Free Markets and Exposed, he lives in New York City.

Samuel Moyn is Professor of Law and Professor of History at Yale University and the author of Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World (Harvard University Press, 2018).

Tamsin Shaw is Associate Professor of Philosophy and European Studies at New York University. She is the author of Nietzsche's Political Skepticism, and is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books.

Event address: 
536 W 112th St
New York, NY 10025
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Published: Basic Books - February 27th, 2018