Democracy in History: Snowden, Assange, Manning

Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and Chelsea Manning are often simply considered “whistleblowers” whose activities involved diffusing information. But, in fact, they are much more than that. They are the protagonists of a movement that is questioning the dispositives defining our present. Their very lives express something that must be heard: the advent of a new political subject. As such, they enable us to interrogate received ways of thinking about politics, democracy and resistance and to imagine other modes of relation to the law, the nation, citizenship, and the state. How are we to address the emergence of something new in the political sphere?

Geoffroy de Lagasnerie is a philosopher and sociologist. After receiving his Ph.D. in Sociology from École des hautes études en sciences sociales, de Lagasnerie has taught at the Sorbonne and Sciences Po. His work largely pertains to social and political philosophy, epistemology and critical theory. In 2015 he published The Art of the Revolt: Snowden, Assange, Manning. The book, which focused on the role of whistleblowers, particularly Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and Chelsea Manning, in maintaining and strengthening democracy, received international media attention. He has been called one of the most influential thinkers in contemporary French culture by French critics. His books L’Art de la Révolte and Juger (about the criminal Justice system) will be translated into English by Stanford University Press.