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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



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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 READ MORE



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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 READ MORE



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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 READ MORE



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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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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



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The Educational Deficit and the War on Youth

Professor and cultural critic Henry A. Giroux responded in an interview to questions concerning varieties of pedagogy and fundamentalism, markets, and the prospects for public schools raised by his latest book, “America’s Education Deficit and the War on Youth.”

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 READ MORE



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In the Dead Zone of Capitalism: Lessons From Chicago on the Violence of Inequality

While the superrich themselves live in an age of precarity due to the free-market economics they support, they largely escape its consequences through obscene amounts of wealth that enable them to buy private solutions to public problems.

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Marching in Chicago: Resisting Rahm Emanuel’s Neoliberal Savagery

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s current attempt to close down 54 public schools largely inhabited by poor minorities is one more example of a savage, racist neoliberal system that uses the politics of austerity and consolidation to further disenfranchise unskilled youths in the inner city.

Posted on May 24, 2013 READ MORE



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The Violence of Neoliberalism and the Attack on Higher Education

Higher education must be understood as a democratic public sphere—a space in which education enables students to develop a keen sense of prophetic justice, claim their moral and political agency, utilize critical analytical skills, and cultivate an ethical sensibility through which they learn to respect the rights of others.

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 READ MORE



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The Shooting Gallery: Obama and the Vanishing Point of Democracy

We live at a time in the United States when the notion of political enemies has become a euphemism for dismantling prohibitions against targeted assassinations, torture, abductions and indefinite detention.

Posted on Feb 13, 2013 READ MORE



Paradigm Publishers

Youth in Revolt

Guided by the notion that unregulated, market-driven values and relations should shape every domain of human life, a business model of governance has eviscerated any viable notion of social responsibility and conscience in the United States, writes Henry A. Giroux in his new book, “Youth in Revolt.”

Posted on Feb 2, 2013 READ MORE



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The New Extremism

The debate in both Washington and the mainstream media over austerity measures, the alleged fiscal cliff and the looming debt crisis not only function to render anti-democratic pressures invisible, but also produce what the late sociologist C. Wright Mills once called “a politics of organized irresponsibility.”

Posted on Jan 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Henry A. Giroux: The Age of Neoliberal Terrorism

“Public institutions are being attacked because they are public, offer spaces for producing critical thought, emphasize human needs over economic needs, and because they are one of the few vital institutions left that can function as democratic public spheres,” the critic and Truthout contributor said in a recent interview.

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 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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Why Don’t Americans Care About Democracy at Home?

The American public has remained largely silent, if not also complicitous, with the rise of a neoliberal version of authoritarianism.

Posted on Oct 3, 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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The Scorched-Earth Politics of America’s Four Fundamentalisms

Many Americans seem confident in their view that the United States is a free nation dedicated to spreading equality, justice and democracy. Four forces that increasingly dominate their society suggest otherwise.

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 READ MORE


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