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Feb 27

FEB 27

6:00 PM–7:30 PM

MAISON FRANçAISE EAST GALLERY, BUELL HALL

The Counterrevolution: How our Government Went to War Against its Own Citizens

6:00 PM–7:30 PM    Maison Française East Gallery, Buell Hall

Lecture/Panel Discussion:

The Counterrevolution: How our Government Went to War Against its Own Citizens

Bernard Harcourt, in conversation with Uday Singh Mehta

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Militarized police officers with tanks and drones. Pervasive government surveillance and profiling. Social media that distract and track us. All of these, contends Bernard 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.

Bernard Harcourt is Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, and director of the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought at Columbia University. Uday Singh Mehta is Professor of Political Science at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Event co-sponsored by the Maison Francaise, Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought, and Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities.  Featured in the New Books in the Arts & Sciences series.

The Counterrevolution: How our Government Went to War Against its Own Citizens