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The Counterrevolution

Nonfiction: History
Unabridged   9 hour(s)
Publication date: 02/27/2018

The Counterrevolution

How Our Government Went to War Against Its Own Citizens

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681688855
Digital Download ISBN:9781681688862


A distinguished political theorist sounds the alarm about the counterinsurgency strategies used to govern Americans.

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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 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.


"Shattering any notion that the current state of American politics, or today's uglier practices of exclusion and repression, are either new or temporary, Bernard Harcourt's The Counterrevolution is searing and indispensable. From this richly researched and powerfully argued account, we come to appreciate the full depth and scope of the crisis we now face in our country."—Heather Ann Thompson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy

"As far as I can tell, Bernard Harcourt has never had an uninteresting thought."—Malcolm Gladwell

Author Bio

Bernard E. Harcourt is the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and 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.