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How should we think about the recent gun violence in Parkland, Florida? How do we understand the ascent of Donald Trump as part of a longer trend? What does the coming administration portend? And what is the way forward? Allen Ruff is in conversation with radical social critic and educator Henry Giroux.
Power, culture, politics, finance and everyday life now merge in ways that are unprecedented and pose a threat to democracies all over the world.
·Truthout February 17, 2018
Donald Trump‘s election marked a perilous watershed for the descent of democracy in the United States into authoritarianism. Not only is the public in peril, democracy is on the brink of collapse as the economic, political and cultural institutions necessary for it to survive are being aggressively undermined. There is hope, however: A robust intersectional resistance can result in radical social and political change. Read more…
By Henry A. Giroux, Truthout | Book Excerpt
The dark times that haunt the current age no longer appear as merely an impending threat. They have materialized with the election of Donald Trump to the presidency. Trump and his administration of extremists epitomize the dire dangers posed by those who longed to rule American society without resistance, dominate its major political parties, and secure uncontested control of its commanding political, cultural, and economic institutions. The consolidation of power and wealth in the hands of the financial elite along with the savagery and misery that signifies their politics is no longer the stuff of Hollywood films such as Wall Street and American Psycho. If George W. Bush’s reign of fear mongering, greed, and war on terror embodied the values of a kind of militarized Gordon Gekko, Trump represents the metamorphosis of Gekko into the deranged and ethically-neutered Patrick Bateman. Yet, Trump’s ascent to the highest office in America is already being normalized by numerous pundits and politicians, including Barack Obama, who are asking the American public to give Trump a chance or are suggesting that the power and demands of the presidency will place some restraints on his unrestrained impetuousness and often unpredictable behavior.
By Henry A. Giroux Tikkun January 19, 2017
AGAINST NORMALIZING AUTHORITARIANISM
The United States has tipped over into a full blown government run by extremists. Any talk of working with a president who has surrounded himself with militarists, racists, neo-fascists, anti-intellectuals, and neoliberal fundamentalists should be resisted at all cost. Normalization is simply a retreat from any sense of moral and political responsibility.
The word and any reference supporting it should be seen as an act of political complicity with authoritarianism and condemned outright. The United States has morphed into an alliance of dreadful fundamentalisms that extend from the economic and military to the educational and ideological. This is the script for war, militarization, the destruction of the welfare state, the elevation of finance capital and state violence to the center of politics, and the death of the very ideal of democracy.
Every element of resistance from debunking policies, offering resources for an informed citizenry, creating study groups, inspiring others to resist, engaging in constant acts of civil disobedience, creating thousands of alternative educational outlets, and endless demonstrations have to be used to develop and sustain a militant sense of hope, resistance, and social engagement.
We need to light up the darkness overcoming the U.S. with the collective anger and resistance by those who want a radical democracy, who reject the deeply violent registers of militarism, finance capital, and exclusion. America is at war with itself and it is time to prepare for a battle in which all of humanity is at stake. The rhetoric of fascism has become normalized and is organized around a collapse of civic literacy and the inability to deal with complex issues on one hand and the attempt by those who maintain power to ruthlessly promote a depoliticizing discourse of lies, simplicity, and fear.
Memory has no home in the culture of fear and produces a moral vacuity tied directly to the extreme violence that now saturates American society. Violence is both symbolic and material and we need to push back not just by brave and tireless individuals who are outraged but through a social movement for democratic socialism that unifies diverse groups in the name of economic and social justice.
Trump’s Health Care and the Politics of Disposability | By Henry A. Giroux, TruthDig | July 6, 2017
Illuminating the Darkness in the Age of Despair | By Henry Giroux, TruthDig | July 4, 2017
Thinking Dangerously: The Role of Higher Education in Authoritarian Times | By Henry A. Giroux, Truthout | June 26, 2017 | Op-Ed
Manufactured illiteracy and miseducation: A long process of decline led to President Donald Trump | by Henry A. Giroux | Salon | June 24, 2017
Trump Versus Comey: The Politics of Lawlessness, Lying and Fake News | by Henry A. Giroux | Ragazine | June 10, 2017
Dancing With the Devil: Trump’s Politics of Fascist Collaboration | by Henry A. Giroux | The Journal of Wild Culture | June 4, 2017
Trump’s America: Rethinking 1984 and Brave New World | by Henry A. Giroux | Monthly Review | Volume 69, Issue 01 (May 2017)
Thinking Dangerously In Dark Times | by Henry A. Giroux | LA Review of Books |
April 24, 2017
Shutting Down American-Style Authoritarianism | by Henry A. Giroux | Tikkun | April 23, 2017
The Menace of Trump and the New Authoritarianism: An Interview With Henry Giroux| April 11, 2017 | By Joan Pedro-Carañana, Truthout | Interview
The Culture of Cruelty in Trump’s America | by Henry A. Giroux | March 22, 2017 | Truthout | Op-Ed
The Hardening of Society and the Rise of Cultures of Cruelty in Neo-Fascist America | by Henry A. Giroux | Counter Punch | March 17, 2017
Trump’s War on Dangerous Memory and Critical Thought | by Henry A. Giroux | Tikkun | March 13, 2017
Trump’s Authoritarianism: Rethinking Orwell’s ‘1984’ and Strategizing the Resistance | By Henry Giroux, Bill Moyers | March 4, 2017
Combating Trump’s Neo-Fascism and the Ghost of “1984” | February 07, 2017 | By Henry A. Giroux, Truthout | News Analysis
Rethinking Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World in Trump’s America | Henry A. Giroux | Ragazine | February 6, 2017
Democracy in Exile and the Curse of Totalitarianism | Henry A. Giroux | Counter Punch| January 31, 2017
Revisiting Orwell’s 1984 in Trump’s America | Henry A. Giroux | Moyers & Company | January 30, 2017
Normalizing Trump’s Authoritarianism is Not an Option | Henry A. Giroux | Tikkun | January 19, 2017
Facebook, December 22, 2016
Trump’s trash-tweeting mimics the hate-filled discourse and threats of violence in which he often engaged during the presidential primary campaign — only now he has a much broader audience
Giroux discusses torture, militarisation, surveillance, racism, education and austerity … and draws the links to the military-industrial-academic complex.
War has been redefined in the age of global capitalism: it has expanded its boundaries and now shapes all aspects of society.
The incivility machine Trump resurrected as tool of resistance against establishment politicians played a major role in gaining him the presidency.
A culture of fear, hate and bigotry has transformed American politics into a pathology.
To transform our society into a democracy, we first have to dismantle the myth of democracy as currently defined.
Commenting on Trump’s speech, columnist Eugene Robinson argued that his talk added up to what few journalists were willing to acknowledge — “a notorious white supremacist account.” What is shocking is the refusal in many mainstream media circles to examine the role that white supremacy has played in creating the conditions for Trump to emerge as the head of the Republican Party.
We are in a new historical era, one that is marked a culture of lawlessness, extreme violence, and disposability, fueled, in part, by a culture of fear, a war on terror, and a deeply overt racist culture that is unapologetic in its disciplinary and exclusionary practices. This deep seated racism is reinforced by a culture of cruelty that is the modus operandi of neoliberal capitalism–a cage culture, a culture of combat, a hyper masculine culture that views killing those most vulnerable as sport, entertainment, and policy.
July 10, 2016
by Henry A. Giroux. Ali taught us how to talk back to power. Many of us learned early that what Ali was saying was that we had to flip the script in order to survive
Trump has repeatedly indicated his support for such actions by saying he “would like to punch a protester in the face” and labeling protesters as “bad Americans.” He also incited this violence through his response to the November incident that occurred in Alabama…
Giroux: Donald Trump’s blatant appeal to fascist ideology and policy considerations took a more barefaced and dangerous turn last week when he released a statement calling for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
Giroux: The seeds of terrorism do not lie simply in ideological fundamentalism; they also lie in conditions of oppression, war, racism, poverty, the abandonment of entire generations of Palestinian youth, the dictatorships that stifle young people in the Middle East and the racist assaults on Black youth in urban centers in the United States.
VIDEO. HENRY A. GIROUX | YOUTH IN AUTHORITARIAN TIMES: CHALLENGING NEOLIBERALISM’S POLITICS OF DISPOSABILITY
Giroux: Far too many youth today live in an era of foreclosed hope, an era in which it is difficult either to imagine a life beyond the dictates of a market-driven society or to transcend the fear that any attempt to do so can only result in a more dreadful nightmare.
Giroux: Pedagogy is a moral and political practice because it offers particular versions and visions of civic life, community, the future, and how we might construct representations of ourselves, others, and our physical and social environment. But it does more; it also “represents a version of our own dreams for ourselves, our children, and our communities.
Giroux: As David Sirota observes, “Getting cooperation,” means being willing to make seemingly apolitical entertainment products into highly ideological vehicles for pro-war, pro-militarist propaganda.” It gets worse. Sporting events are now infused with the spirit of militarism and can be seen in fighter jets flying over football games, NASCAR races, and the Super Bowl.
The Nobel Prize-winning author Ngugi wa Thiong’o has insisted rightfully that “Children are the future of any society,” adding, “If you want to maim the future of any society, you simply maim the children.” By Henry A. Giroux PhilosophersforChange.org August 8, 2015 The National Center on Family Homelessness reports that “One in 45 children experience […]
Cultural critic Henry Giroux explains how the harsh, arbitrary nature of life in the US is actually a feature of our political and social setting…
Giroux: We celebrate violence in the name of security and violate every precept of human justice through an appeal to fear. This speaks clearly to a form of political repression and a toxic value system.
Giroux: Rather than viewing Trump’s comments as a political virus that has deep roots in nativist apoplexy and a long legacy of racism and state violence, his despicable remarks are reduced to an uncivil rant by a bullying member of the billionaire class with no reference to the unmarked status of white privilege and its underlying logic of white supremacy. Such commentary at its core is superficial, duplicitous, and represents a flight from responsibility and a politics of denial.