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The United States’ War on Youth: From Schools to Debtors’ Prisons

The U.S. views children not as social investments but as suspects as the country models its schools after prisons and subjects its young to a criminal legal system marked by severe class and racial inequities.

Posted on Oct 21, 2016 READ MORE


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Thinking Dangerously in the Age of Normalized Ignorance

What happens when the spheres of morality and spirituality give way to a savage market rationality?

Posted on Oct 6, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump and the Plague of Atomization in a Neoliberal Age

In an age where everything is for sale, ethical accountability is a liability and empathy viewed as weakness, the quest for instant gratification is more important than supporting the public good and embracing an obligation to care for others.

Posted on Aug 10, 2016 READ MORE

Anti-Politics and the Plague of Disorientation: Welcome to the Age of Trump

Arguments that Trump is a new phenomenon in the United States too often ignore the latent authoritarian and anti-democratic forces that have a long legacy in the nation’s politics and society.

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 READ MORE

Poisoned City: Flint and the Specter of Domestic Terrorism

Flint provides a tragic example of what happens to a society when democracy begins to disappear and is surpassed by a state remade in the image of the corporation.

Posted on Mar 4, 2016 READ MORE

The Mad Violence of Casino Capitalism

As economist Michael Yates points out throughout his new book, “The Great Inequality,” capitalism is devoid of any sense of social responsibility and is driven by an unchecked desire to accumulate at all costs.

Posted on Feb 25, 2016 READ MORE

America’s Addiction to Violence

Mass shootings have become routine in the United States and speak to a society that both lives by violence and uses it as a tool to feed the coffers of the merchants of death.

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 READ MORE

Trump’s Embrace of Fascism Is America’s Dirty Little Secret

Rather than dismissing it as a wild card in American politics, it is crucial to recognize that Trump’s popularity represents what one writer calls a dangerous “political space … in both the wider culture and in recent history.”

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 READ MORE

Imagination Warfare: Targeting Youths on the Streets of Paris

Recognizing that the terrorist attacks of both 9/11 and Paris this month were committed by young men provides insight for addressing the conditions that made them possible.

Posted on Nov 26, 2015 READ MORE

Terrorizing Schoolchildren in the American Police State

Under the regime of a predatory neoliberalism, compassion and respect for others are viewed increasingly with contempt while the spectacle of violence titillates the multitudes and moves markets.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Youth in Authoritarian Times: Challenging Neoliberalism’s Politics of Disposability

A kind of infantilism now shapes daily life as adults take on the role of unthinking children while children are subject to a range of disciplinary pressures that saddle them with debt and cripple their ability to be imaginative.

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 READ MORE

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

Political Frauds and the Ghost of Totalitarianism

Calling Donald Trump a fascist is not enough. We need deeper analyses to reveal the seeds of totalitarianism in his discourse and policy measures.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

Hurricane Katrina, the Politics of Disposability and the Racial Insensitivity of Malcolm Gladwell

The neoliberal shill Malcolm Gladwell reached a new low in arguing that Hurricane Katrina provided new opportunities for many of the poor blacks involuntarily displaced by the storm.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE

The Plague of American Authoritarianism

It is too easy to believe in a binary logic that categorizes a country as either strictly authoritarian or strictly democratic, and leaves no room for the possibility of a mixture of the two. American politics today suggests a more updated if not different form of authoritarianism.

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 READ MORE

Schools as Punishing Factories: The Handcuffing of Public Education

If one important measure of a democracy is how a society treats its children—especially children of color, poor and working-class youth, and those with disabilities—there can be little doubt that the United States is failing.

Posted on Aug 6, 2015 READ MORE

Racist Killing Fields in the U.S.: The Death of Sandra Bland

The death of the civil rights activist following a routine traffic stop is beyond monstrous. It is indicative of a country where extreme violence is the norm—a society fed by the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, the incarceration state, the drug wars and the increasing militarization of everything, including the war on black youth.

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 READ MORE

Orwell, Huxley and America’s Plunge Into Authoritarianism

In spite of their differing perceptions, George Orwell and Aldous Huxley both argued that the established democracies of the West were quickly foreclosing the promise of liberal democracy and entering a space where totalitarianism perverts the modern ideals of justice, freedom and political emancipation.

Posted on Jun 21, 2015 READ MORE

Flipping the Script: Rethinking Working-Class Resistance

I came alive as a youth when I realized that what the ruling class called my deficits were actually my strengths: a sense of solidarity, compassion, a merging of the mind and the body, a willingness to learn and take risks, embracing passion, connecting knowledge to power, being attentive to the injuries of others and embracing a sense of social justice.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE

Perils of the Public Intellectual: Georgetown Professor Michael Eric Dyson’s Attack on Cornel West

Professor and author Michael Eric Dyson resents West’s critique of Obama’s domestic and foreign policies. But rather than weigh these criticisms, he positions West as a spurned lover, angry and bitter that he did not get a ticket to Obama’s 2008 inauguration.

Posted on Apr 29, 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

Terrorism, Violence, and the Culture of Madness

So-called free market policies, values, and practices with their emphasis on the privatization of public wealth, the elimination of social protections, and the deregulation of economic activity now shape practically every commanding political and economic institution in the United States.

Posted on Apr 1, 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

Higher Education and the Promise of Insurgent Public Memory

As difficult as it may seem to believe, John Dewey’s insistence that “democracy needs to be reborn in each generation, and education is its midwife” was once taken seriously by many academic leaders.

Posted on Mar 9, 2015 READ MORE

Authoritarianism, Class Warfare and the Advance of Neoliberal Austerity Policies

Capitalism has learned to create host organisms and in the current historical conjuncture one of those organisms is young people.

Posted on Jan 11, 2015 READ MORE

Beyond Orwellian Nightmares and Neoliberal Authoritarianism

Those who fight against neoliberalism must not settle for reforming a system that is as broken as it is dangerous. Any viable, transformative struggle will need a boldly democratic vision; durable, longstanding organizations; and strategies that make politics meaningful.

Posted on Oct 18, 2014 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.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE

12 Theses on Education in the Age of Neoliberalism and Terrorism

The goal of neoliberal education policies is not to improve education, but rather to increase the profits of private corporations. As long as the United States continues to view educational policy and practice through the lens of market-based values, there is little hope that progressive education, with its aim of educating students for critical citizenship and social and economic justice, will survive.

Posted on Sep 5, 2014 READ MORE

Beyond the Spectacle of Neoliberal Violence in the Age of Terrorism

When our inner worlds work under the death-haunted dictates of casino capitalism, the Apocalypse is embraced as if it functioned exclusively as a form of entertainment, rather than providing a warning about the rise of militarism, the killing of civilians, and religious and political fundamentalisms.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 READ MORE

The Militarization of Racism and Neoliberal Violence

In witnessing the state reaction to the brutal killing of Michael Brown, we recognize violence as a major mode of control in corporate-dominated societies.

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 READ MORE

Gaza to Afghanistan: Killing Machines and the Madness of Militarism

Incapable of thinking beyond military solutions to social problems, militarism absolves individuals and governments, if not the public, of the horror produced by the weapons it builds. Moreover, just as it erases the memory of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it suggests that the killing of hundreds of children in Gaza is a necessity.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 READ MORE

Thinking Dangerously in an Age of Political Betrayal

Thinking has become dangerous in the United States. The indications are everywhere.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE

Data Storms and the Tyranny of Manufactured Forgetting

The current mainstream debate regarding the crisis in Iraq and Syria offers a near perfect example of both the death of historical memory and the collapse of critical thinking in the United States.

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 READ MORE

Noam Chomsky and the Public Intellectual in Turbulent Times

Noam Chomsky not only represents the antithesis of intellectual accommodation, he exemplifies a new kind of intellectual, one who refuses, as C. Wright Mills put it, the role of “a sociological book-keeper,” preferring instead to be “mutinous and utopian” rather than “go the way of the literary faddist and the technician of cultural chic.”

Posted on May 12, 2014 READ MORE

Neoliberalism, Democracy and the University as a Public Sphere

Of neoliberalism, Truthout contributor Henry Giroux tells Victoria Harper in an interview: “Not only is it the latest stage of predatory capitalism, but it is also part of a broader project of restoring class power and consolidating the rapid concentration of capital, particularly financial capital.”

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE

Neoliberalism and the Machinery of Disposability

What has emerged in the new America is an intensification of the practice of disposability in which more and more individuals and groups are now considered excess, consigned to zones of abandonment, surveillance and incarceration.

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 READ MORE

Beyond Neoliberal Miseducation

Workers, students, youths and the poor are all considered expendable in this neoliberal global economy. Yet the one institution that offers opportunities to challenge anti-democratic tendencies is under attack in unparalleled ways.

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 READ MORE

The Specter of Authoritarianism and the Politics of the ‘Deep State’

I am not quite sure what to say about Mike Lofgren’s essay published at Moyers & Company, because while I agree with much of it in pointing to the anti-democratic tendencies undermining democracy in the U.S., I find the language too constrained and the absences too disturbing.

Posted on Mar 2, 2014 READ MORE

Totalitarian Paranoia in the Post-Orwellian Surveillance State

When ruthlessly transgressed, privacy becomes a moral and political principle by which to assess the nature, power and severity of an emerging totalitarian state.

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 READ MORE

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Reclaiming the Radical Imagination

We now live under a form of casino capitalism that revels in deception, kills the radical imagination, depoliticizes the American public and promulgates what might be called disimagination factories and punishing machines.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE

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Cultures of Violence in the Age of Casino Capitalism

As the visibility of extreme violence is endlessly reproduced in various cultural apparatuses and screen cultures, it functions increasingly, alongside a range of other economic and political forces, to legitimate a culture of cruelty and disposability in everyday life.

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 READ MORE


Hope in the Age of Looming Authoritarianism

The relentless activity of thoughtlessness—worship of celebrity culture, a cravenly mainstream media, instrumentalism, militarism or free-roaming individualism—undermines crucial social bonds and expands the alleged virtue of believing that thinking is a burden.

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 READ MORE

Henry Giroux Gets Urgent With Bill Moyers

Truthout and Truthdig contributor and revolutionary firebrand Henry Giroux appeared on “Moyers & Company” on Friday to play the role of cultural pathologist and make the crises of global capitalism and democracy blindingly clear.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

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The Ghost of Authoritarianism in the Age of the Shutdown

The threat of authoritarianism to democracy is alive and well in the United States, and its presence can be felt in the historical conditions leading up to the partial government shutdown and the refusal on the part of the new extremists to raise the debt ceiling.

Posted on Oct 18, 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 WATCH & LISTEN

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Intellectuals as Subjects and Objects of Violence

Intellectuals are out of place in a society that values only ideas that serve the interests of the market and the powerful and rich. Their chief alleged wrongdoing today is that they have revealed the illegalities, military abuses, sordid diplomacy and crimes committed by the United States government in the name of security.

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 READ MORE

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Hope in a Time of Permanent War

How might it be possible to imagine hope for a better world for humanity in a country that has sanctioned state torture, is about to bomb Syria and kill untold numbers of civilians, spies on its own citizens, extends the reach of the punishing state into all aspects of society, and inflicts violence on black and brown youths through racial profiling and the machinery of the mass incarceration state?

Posted on Sep 6, 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 WATCH & LISTEN

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America’s Descent Into Madness

A predatory culture celebrates narcissistic hyper-individualism that radiates a near sociopathic lack of compassion for others, while anti-public intellectuals dominate the screen and aural cultures urging us to shop more, indulge more, and make a virtue out of the pursuit of personal gain.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE

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