Authors Russell Muirhead and Nancy Rosenblum: “A Lot of People Are Saying: The New Conspiracism and the Assault on Democracy”

May 20, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Princeton Public Library
65 Witherspoon Street Princeton
08542 United States

Conspiracy theories are as old as politics. But conspiracists today have introduced something new — conspiracy without theory. And the new conspiracism has moved from the fringes to the heart of government with the election of Donald Trump. In “A Lot of People Are Saying,” Russell Muirhead and Nancy Rosenblum show how the new conspiracism differs from classic conspiracy theory, why so few officials speak truth to conspiracy, and what needs to be done to resist it. Filled with vivid examples, “A Lot of People Are Saying” diagnoses a defining and disorienting feature of today’s politics and offers a guide to responding to the threat.

Russell Muirhead teaches in the government department at Dartmouth College, where he is the Robert Clements Professor of Democracy and Politics. he has also published books on partisanship in American politics and the moral meaning of work. He has also taught at the University of Texas at Austin, Harvard College, and Williams College.

Nancy Rosenblum is the Senator Joseph Clark Research Professor of Ethics in Politics and Government at Harvard University. Her books include “Good Neighbors: The Democracy of Everyday Life in America” and “On the Side of the Angels: An Appreciation of Parties and Partisanship.”