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Henry Giroux on the Rise of Neoliberalism

We’re talking about an ideology marked by the selling off of public goods to private interests; the attack on social provisions; the rise of the corporate state; the celebration of profit-making as the essence of democracy; and with the utterly reductionist notion that consumption is the only applicable form of citizenship.

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 READ MORE



The Spectacle of IS: Resisting Mainstream Workstations of Fear

The use of new digital technologies and social media by Islamic State has drawn a great deal of attention by the dominant media not only because the extremists have used them as a form of visual terrorism to graphically portray the beheadings of captured American and British civilians, but also because of its alleged sophistication as a marketing tool.

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 READ MORE


Disposable Futures

As more and more individuals and groups are now considered excess, consigned to zones of abandonment, surveillance and incarceration, dystopian politics has become mainstream politics and the practice of disposability has intensified. There are alternatives.

Posted on Jun 5, 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


Neoliberalism, Youth and Social Justice

In a special interview, Truthout contributor Henry Giroux takes us back to the basics of what can be seen as an ongoing and accelerating war between the rich and everyone else, an event that has resulted in a mass inability “to translate private troubles into larger structural public considerations.”

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 READ MORE



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The Spectacle of Illiteracy and the Crisis of Democracy

C. Wright Mills argued 50 years ago that one important measure of the demise of vibrant democracy and the corresponding impoverishment of political life can be found in the increasing inability of a society to translate private troubles to broader public issues.

Posted on Dec 13, 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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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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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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Lockdown, USA: Lessons From the Boston Marathon Manhunt

What is needed in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon tragedy is careful reflection about what locking down an entire city means—not just for the future of urban living, but for democracy itself.

Posted on May 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Lil Wayne’s Lyrical Fascism

In a remix version of the song “Karate Chop” by rapper Future, Lil Wayne mocked 14-year-old African-American Emmett Till, a boy whose body was mutilated and tortured by white racists in Mississippi in 1955 after he allegedly whistled at a white woman.

Posted on Apr 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Angela Davis: Education and the Meaning of Freedom

Occasionally we meet the unsullied images, history and legacy of intellectuals who symbolize a rare combination of civic courage, political commitment and rigorous scholarship. Angela Davis is one of those exemplary individuals.

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Mad Stories in Paul Ryan’s World

Paul Ryan’s budget plan tells a story of savage violence that shows that those who occupy the bottom rungs of American society—whether they be low-income families, minorities of color or the young—are to be considered disposable.

Posted on Mar 16, 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



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Violence Is Deeply Rooted in American Culture

The gun violence figures flooding the media in the wake of the Newtown massacre are startling, “but they do not tell us enough about the cult and spectacle of violence in American society. Nor do they make visible the myriad of forces that has produced a country drenched in bloodshed and violence,” Henry Giroux told C.J. Polychroniou in a Truthout interview.

Posted on Jan 22, 2013 READ MORE



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The War Against Teachers in Dark Times

It is ironic, in the unfolding nightmare in Newtown, Conn., that only in the midst of tragedy are teachers celebrated in ways that acknowledge the vital role they play every day in both protecting and educating our children. What is repressed in these moments is that teachers have been under attack by right-wing conservatives, religious fundamentalists and centrist Democrats since the beginning of the 1980s.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Beyond the Dead End of American Electoral Politics

As Hurricane Sandy swept through the Eastern Seaboard, there was much concern about how it would affect the presidential elections. The implication is that a natural disaster may undermine the electoral process. But the equation of the electoral process with the highest measure of democracy rests on two mistaken assumptions.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 READ MORE



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The Neoliberal Attack on Education

The democratic mission of public education is under assault by a conservative right-wing reform culture in which students are viewed as human capital in schools that are to be administered by market-driven forces.

Posted on Oct 17, 2012 READ MORE



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The Chicago Teachers Strike: Challenging Democracy’s Demise

What the world is witnessing in Chicago as thousands of teachers, staff and support personnel strike is the emergence of a revolutionary ideal that opposes the right of corporations and markets to define the purpose and meaning of public education and the debasement of educational leadership and teaching as a bulwark of democracy.

Posted on Sep 15, 2012 READ MORE



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The Quebec Student Protest Movement and the Power of the Radical Imagination

To understand the shared concerns of youthful protesters worldwide and the global nature of the forces they are fighting, it is crucial to situate diverse student protests within a broader analysis of global capital and the changing nature of its assaults on young people.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Zombie Politics: Dangerous Authoritarianism or Shrinking Democracy - Part II

It is difficult to imagine how a society in which a financial elite and megacorporations control almost every aspect of politics could possibly be mistaken for a democracy.

Posted on May 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Violence, USA: The Warfare State and the Brutalizing of Everyday Life

Warlike values and the social mind-set they legitimize have become the primary currency of our market-driven culture, which takes as its model a Darwinian shark tank in which only the strong survive.

Posted on May 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Zombie Politics, Democracy, and the Threat of Authoritarianism - Part I

The zombie phenomenon on display nightly on television alongside endless examples of destruction unfolding in real-time signals a shift away from the hope that accompanies the living to a politics of cynicism and despair.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 READ MORE



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The ‘Suicidal State’ and the War on Youth

Everywhere we look, the power of the rich and powerful operates to create a “suicidal state” in which regulations meant to restrict their corrupting power are shredded; shamelessly and without apology, they use their unchecked power to lay off millions of workers while simultaneously cutting the benefits and rights of those on the job in order to dramatically increase corporate profits.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Hoodie Politics: Trayvon Martin and Racist Violence in Post-Racial America

The killing of a young African-American boy, Trayvon Martin, by an overzealous white Hispanic security guard who appears to have capitulated to the dominant post-racial presumption that equates the culture of criminality with the culture of blackness, has devolved into a spectacle.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Youth in Revolt: The Plague of State-Sponsored Violence

Young people the world over demonstrating against economic injustice are met with state-sanctioned violence and insults in the mainstream media, rather than informed dialogue, critical engagement and reformed policies.

Posted on Mar 14, 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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A Peek at Henry A. Giroux’s ‘Education and the Crisis of Public Values’

“We are more than a nation in decline; we are a nation moving toward the bittersweet simplisms, policies and values of a new form of authoritarianism,” writes Henry Giroux, in an article adapted from his new book on America’s shift away from democratic values toward a rigid, market-driven uniformity.

Posted on Sep 30, 2011 READ MORE


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