“The 2016 election news kept coming in. . . . I was aware that my fear was not balanced or fair-minded, so I was part of the problem I was worrying about.”

On the evening of September 4, Martha C. Nussbaum spoke to a crowded lecture hall at the Cambridge Public Library about her newest book, The Monarchy of Fear. The event was cosponsored by Boston Review and Harvard Book Store. Audience members, many fresh from voting in a pivotal primary election, were committed to having a meaningful discussion about electoral politics.

Nussbaum has been a friend and supporter of Boston Review for many years, and we were thrilled by her analysis of the role that fear plays in our current political crisis. The response to the event—a packed house and engaging questions—modeled the informed citizenry that Boston Review strives to cultivate.

We are excited to offer Boston Review’s readers access to a recording of Nussbaum’s talk. We hope you enjoy and we look forward to seeing you in person next time! 

"Fear leads to aggressive othering strategies rather an useful analysis—and it runs rampant on the left too."