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The Counterrevolution

The Counterrevolution

How Our Government Went to War Against Its Own Citizens

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.
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Genre: Nonfiction / Political Science / History & Theory

On Sale: February 27th 2018

Price: $28

Page Count: 336

ISBN-13: 9781541697287

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"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. Harcourt's analysis is brutal and clear: if we don't fully grasp just how totally our democracy is now compromised, we might never rescue it."
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

"Bernard Harcourt has written a brilliant and disturbing book, which shows that James Madison was right when he said that 'no nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.' The Counterrevolution make a compelling case that the U.S. government is employing the same strategies and weapons that it uses to fight its endless wars abroad to deal with imagined enemies on the home front. This book should be required reading for every American."
John J. Mearsheimer, University of Chicago