“One of the great tragedies in the rise of hegemonic ideology since the 1980s has been disconnecting private issues from larger systemic considerations. That mode of privatization is a form of depoliticization. And it seems to me that the question of depoliticizations as crucial as any notion of politicization. You can’t unhook one from the other.
“In an age when it seems to me all problems are seen as individual problems and there is no understanding of how to basically conceptualize the social; that has to be one of the most powerful ideologies for domination that has come along for 400 years because it isolates people, it removes them from larger social context, it leads them to believe they are responsible for every issue that they face, and it produces enormous forms of resentment in which easy answers seem appealing– it’s about race, it’s about immigrants, we need a strong man.
“It’s basically the building block for fascism, it is really one of the most powerful building blocks for fascism because it doesn’t really create a space for creative thinking, for intellectual engagement and social engagement. You have to make these discourses visible.”
An internationally renowned writer and cultural critic, Henry Giroux currently holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the English and Cultural Studies Department and is the Paulo Freire Distinguished Scholar in Critical Pedagogy.
He has authored or co-authored over 67 books, written several hundred scholarly articles, delivered more than 250 public lectures, been a regular contributor to print, television, and radio news media outlets, and is one of the most cited Canadian academics working in any area of Humanities research. His latest book is Race, Politics, and Pandemic Pedagogy: Education in a Time of Crisis out on Bloomsbury Publishing. Visit his website at https://www.henryagiroux.com/.