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Jeff Sharlet and Lilliana Mason with Nermeen Shaikh: Political Violence and Antidemocratic Extremism

May 30 | Tue |
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In their recent books, Jeff Sharlet and Lilliana Mason have both looked for answers as to why American politics have become so deeply and seemingly irreparably divided. In The Undertow, Sharlet attempts to understand how, over the last decade, reaction has morphed into delusion, social division into distrust, distrust into paranoia, and hatred into fantasies—sometimes realities—of violence. In Radical American Partisanship, Mason and co-author Nathan Kalmoe examine the rise of radical partisanship among ordinary Americans and the risks that it poses for American democracy.

Sharlet and Mason will speak with Nermeen Shaikh, producer and co-host of Democracy Now!, about the fissures in American life and what they might signal for the days ahead.

Venue: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library, NYPL

455 5th Avenue Map