Tag Archives: American Culture

Henry Giroux | Shutting Down American-Style Authoritarianism

Neo-fascist policies and practices now feed a war culture and demand more than a political and moral outrage.

Chris Hedges on Contact | Assault on the Arts

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses the corporate state’s assault on the arts with theater director and writer JoAnne Akalaitis. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil examines calls to defund the National Endowment of the Arts. Picture: The Odyssey RT America Published on February 25, 2017 To learn more about Rise Up Times […]

The Legacy of Psychological Warfare: The Deep State

Together, the anonymous sources of the “deep state” and the mass corporate media have become accustomed to controlling the narrative told to the public.

Henry A. Giroux | Donald Trump and the Plague of Atomization in a Neoliberal Age

Neoliberalism fosters the viewing of pain and suffering as entertainment, warfare a permanent state of existence, and militarism as the most powerful force shaping masculinity. Politics has taken an exit from ethics and thus the issue of social costs is divorced from any form of intervention in the world.

Henry A. Giroux: Liberal commentators who are apologists for Trump’s racism

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…

The Occupation of the American Mind: Israeli Propaganda

“I wish every American would watch this powerful documentary. Not only every person of conscience, but every taxpayer, must see it — and then ask themselves if the status quo is acceptable and can continue deep into the 21st century.”

Wm. J. Astore: “Members of the jury, you have just found Jesus Christ guilty”: Remembering the Catonsville Nine

Daniel Berrigan: The times are inexpressibly evil
Christians pay conscious … indeed religious tribute
to Caesar and Mars
by the approval of overkill tactics … by brinksmanship
by nuclear liturgies … by racism … by support of genocide

The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States

Whatever one’s position on how to resolve the conflict, it is uncontroversial that Israel could not continue occupying Palestinian territory without U.S. diplomatic, military, and economic support, and it’s unlikely that support could continue without the backing—or, at least, acquiescence—of the U.S. public.

Henry A. Giroux: Hope in a time of permanent war

Giroux: Democratic hope is a subversive, defiant practice that makes power visible and interrogates and resists those events, social relations, and ideas that pose a threat to democracy.

Henry A. Giroux: Orwell, Huxley and the Scourge of the Surveillance State

Giroux: We must also be attentive to the ways in which being spied on has become not only normalized, but even enticing.

Guernica: American Empires: Power and Its Discontents

…we offer a few panels from this sprawling imperial mosaic—its victims and beneficiaries, the merciful and the mercenary. You won’t find these empires on a map, tucked as they are behind the names of can’t-say-I’ve-been-there towns. Be on the lookout instead for an office complex, someplace awash in the soothing hum of data centers and microwave transmitters. Their borders are the perimeter of the boardroom table, the cut of a sharp suit.

Evergreene Digest: “No civilization would tolerate what America has done”

(We) have … been programmed into cruelty and apathy by (our) schools, churches, families, politics, and pop culture(.) Institutional racism. Rampant income inequality. A broken justice system. America may never be a great society. Torture Is Who We Are David Masciotra, AlterNet / Salon Monday, Dec 29, 2014 | It seems police can get away with […]

Cornel West: “He posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency”

It’s not pessimistic, brother, because this is the blues. We are blues people. The blues aren’t pessimistic. We’re prisoners of hope but we tell the truth and the truth is dark. That’s different.

▶ Henry Giroux: Liberty and Justice for All?

America descending into madness Published on Aug 13, 2014 Author and scholar Henry Giroux sits down with Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss his new book “The Violence of Organized Forgetting: Thinking Beyond America’s Disimagination Machine.” Giroux argues that the United States’ embrace of a surveillance state and culture of violence have replaced the values of freedom, […]

Jonathon Gatehouse: America dumbs down

The U.S. is being overrun by a wave of anti-science, anti-intellectual thinking. Has the most powerful nation on Earth lost its mind? Editor’s Note: I am publishing three articles in tandem because each reflects a side of the same problems in American culture. Norman Pollack’s scathing critique (in “Fascist Trifecta”) of mainstream corporate media (The New York […]

Lawrence Davidson: How the US Propaganda System Works

Americans are told that other governments practice censorship and propaganda, but not their own. Yet, the reality is quite different with many reasonable viewpoints marginalized and deceptive spin put on much that comes from officialdom. . . . By Lawrence Davidson  ConsortiumNews.com   May 9, 2014 Many Americans assume the U.S. government speaks “the truth” to […]

Henry Giroux: Noam Chomsky and the Public Intellectual in Turbulent Times

As Chomsky reminds us, caring about other people is a dangerous idea in America today and signals the transformation of the United States from a struggling democracy to a full-fledged authoritarian state. By Henry A. Giroux, Truthout.org | Op-Ed  Monday, 12 May 2014 Noam Chomsky at the University of Toronto. (Photo: Andrew Rusk) Noam Chomsky is a world renowned academic […]

▶ Bill Moyers: Poet Amiri Baraka

October 3, 1999, Updated January 9, 2014  Moyers & Company Amiri Baraka, who passed away today at the age of 79, was a poet, a university professor and a political activist. His name is synonymous with the Black Arts Movement that changed American culture. In this 1999 interview, he talks about his inspirations, his poetry and […]

Bangs Over Bombs | Come Home America

“…this celebritization of the first lady is only part of a larger trend that has turned the modern presidency into one of fortune, fame, and celebrity (the difference being that Hollywood stars receive more scrutiny and criticism from the press than does this ultimate celebrity couple).” By Carey Wedler  Posted on May 30, 2013  Come […]

Nygaard Notes #532: On Meaning

Nygaard Notes Independent Periodic News and Analysis Number 532, June 13, 2013 On the Web at   http://www.nygaardnotes.org/   ****** 1.  “Quote” of the Week: “That May Suit Investors” 2.  How We Make Meaning: Anchors and Categories 3.  Propaganda ABCs as Anchors 4.  Getting Meaning from Categories Subscribe or “Follow” us on WAMMToday.org. For the TC EVENTS calendar and the […]