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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


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



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


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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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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‘Indefinite Surveillance’ Under the 2014 NDAA?

The National Defense Authorization Act recently approved by the House would build on powers currently available to government to allow unrestricted access to all personal data collected “during combat operations from countries, organizations, or individuals, now or once hostile to the United States,” political analyst Stephen Benavides reports at Truthout.

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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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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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 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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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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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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Gated Intellectuals, Fortress America, and the Politics of Occupy

A group of right-wing extremists would have the American public believe it is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of a market society.

Posted on Mar 21, 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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War Is Too Tragic for Weak Balance of Powers

Many people know Daniel Ellsberg exposed the lies the U.S. government used to justify the Vietnam War. What many don’t know is that he was also a gung-ho, Cold War analyst who participated in them.

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 READ MORE



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More From Chris Hedges on Black Bloc

With his column “The Cancer in Occupy,” published earlier this week at Truthdig, Chris Hedges angered many on the radical left with his harsh criticism of the Black Bloc anarchists. Truthout’s J.A. Myerson, an activist and journalist involved in OWS since the occupation’s earliest days, got hold of Hedges by phone to press the issue.

Posted on Feb 9, 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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Truthdigger of the Week: Mike Lofgren

Retired Republican congressional staffer Mike Lofgren outed the “political terrorism” of the lunatics and crackpots who make up the GOP today, and that’s why he’s our Truthdigger of the Week.

Posted on Sep 9, 2011 READ MORE


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