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The Curse of Totalitarianism and the Challenge of an Insurrectional Pedagogy

It is frightfully clear that the conditions for totalitarianism and state violence are with us, smothering critical thought, social responsibility, the ethical imagination and politics itself.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 READ MORE

AUDIO: Henry Giroux: Liberalism Fails Against Racism, Inequality and State Terrorism

By Eric Poulin, Truthout

In two far-reaching interviews on the “Soap Box” with Eric Poulin, the social philosopher Henry Giroux defines establishment liberals by their persistent failure to address the obvious—that capitalism and democracy are not the same thing.

Posted on May 20, 2015 READ MORE

Domestic Terrorism, Youth and the Politics of Disposability

A new kind of infantilism now shapes daily life as adults gleefully take on the role of unthinking children and children are taught to be adults, stripped of their innocence and subject to a range of disciplinary pressures designed to cripple their ability to be imaginative.

Posted on Apr 23, 2015 READ MORE

Higher Education and the Politics of Disruption

Higher education is defined more and more as simply another core element of corporate power and culture, viewed mostly as a waste of taxpayers’ money, and denied its value as a democratic public sphere and guardian of public values.

Posted on Mar 21, 2015 READ MORE

Remembering Hiroshima in an Age of Neoliberal Barbarism

Once an emancipatory project predicated on the right to study and engage the past critically, history under the reign of neoliberalism has receded into a depoliticizing culture of consumerism, a wholesale attack on science, the glorification of military ideals, an embrace of the punishing state, and a nostalgic invocation of the greatest generation.

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Public Intellectuals Against the Neoliberal University

Lourde’s defense of poetry as a mode of education is especially crucial for those of us who believe that the university is nothing if it is not a public trust and social good; that is a critical institution infused with the promise of cultivating intellectual insight, the imagination, inquisitiveness, risk-taking, social responsibility and the struggle for justice.

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 READ MORE

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Beyond Savage Politics and Dystopian Nightmares

What kind of society emerges when it is governed by the market-driven assumption that the only value that matters is exchange value, when the common good is denigrated to the status of a mall, and the social order is composed only of individuals free to pursue their own interests?

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 READ MORE

The Fire of an Impassioned Academic

A series of excerpts from a summer talk given to the Ontario Common Front—an effort to build a broad resistance to the policies of Canada’s conservative government—show the zeal and precise theoretical insight of McMaster University professor and American cultural critic Henry Giroux.

Posted on Sep 21, 2013 READ MORE

Henry Giroux Against Bill and Melinda Gates

In a Truthout video interview about his recent article “When Schools Become Dead Zones of Imagination,” social critic Henry A. Giroux describes the neoliberal capture of public education as “an attempt to move away from understanding students as young people who have a voice, who have a sense of creativity, a sense of possibility.”

Posted on Aug 25, 2013 READ MORE

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When Schools Become Dead Zones of Imagination

Like the dead space of the American mall, the school systems promoted by billionaire un-reformers and titans of finance such as Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch, the Walton family and Michael Bloomberg offer the empty ideological seduction of consumerism as the ultimate form of citizenship and learning.

Posted on Aug 17, 2013 READ MORE

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The Violence of Organized Forgetting

America has become amnesiac—a country in which forms of historical, political, and moral forgetting are not only willfully practiced but celebrated.

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 READ MORE

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Challenging Casino Capitalism and Authoritarian Politics in the Age of Disposability

Neoliberalism’s ideology of competition strips schools of their civic and democratic project and hands them over to the logic of the market, helping to put authoritarianism, not democracy, on the rise in the United States in the twenty-first century.

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 READ MORE

Disposable Youth in Dark Times

Neoliberal capitalism values young people only as commodities, social philosopher Henry Giroux says, and teachers, whose work is to encourage the growth of minds, have some of the best opportunities to defend them.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 READ MORE

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The Politics of Disimagination and the Pathologies of Power

We live in a time of deep foreboding, one that haunts any discourse about justice, democracy and the future. Not only have the points of reference that provided a sense of certainty and collective hope in the past largely evaporated, but the only referents available are increasingly supplied by a hyper-market-driven society, megacorporations and a corrupt financial service industry.

Posted on Feb 27, 2013 READ MORE

War on Youth

In a second annual lecture for the Histories of Violence project, professor, critic and political theorist Henry A. Giroux talks about a subject in which he’s become expert: the systematic ways that governments across the globe visit violence on young people.

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 READ MORE

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Beyond the Politics of the Big Lie

The American public is suffering from an education deficit; a growing dearth of critical thinking which generates the ideology of the big lie—the myth that the free-market system is the only mechanism available to safeguard democracy and ensure human freedom.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 READ MORE

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