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In fascism the politically disempowered and disengaged, ignored and reviled by the establishment, discover a voice and a sense of empowerment.
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.
Hedges: We do not have the power to make a new world. We only have the power to destroy or preserve the world we inhabit. We will either recover the sacred or vanish from the Earth.
Hedges: We must connect with those around us. It is only the communal that will save us. It is only the communal that will allow us to build a movement to resist. And it is only the communal that will sustain us through mutual aid as climate change and economic collapse increasingly dominate our future.
Corporations have captured every major institution, including the judicial, legislative and executive branches of government, and deformed them to exclusively serve the demands of the market. By Chris Hedges truthdig.com December 7, 2014 Protesters conduct a “die-in” Dec. 6 at Grand Central Station in New York City as police watch. The demonstration opposed a […]
Henry A. Giroux: State Terrorism and Racist Violence in the Age of Disposability — From Emmett Till to Eric Garner
If you want a picture of the future imagine a boot stomping on a human face forever. —George Orwell By Henry A. Giroux Truthout | Op-Ed December 5, 2014 Comments by Giroux posted on his Facebook page: My newest Truthout piece on the connection between the new totalitarianism and the killing of black men and […]
I saw small boys baited and killed by Israeli soldiers in the Gaza refugee camp of Khan Younis. The soldiers swore at the boys in Arabic over the loudspeakers of their armored jeep. The boys, about 10 years old, then threw stones at an Israeli vehicle and the soldiers opened fire, killing some, wounding others. […]
That is, there are no dangerous thoughts for the simple reason that thinking itself is such a dangerous enterprise. . . . nonthinking is even more dangerous. —Hannah Arendt Thinking is not the intellectual reproduction of what already exists anyway. As long as it doesn’t break off, thinking has a secure hold on possibility. […]
The belief that a race or class is contaminated is used by ruling elites to justify quarantining the people of that group. But quarantine is only the first step. By Chris Hedges truthdig.com July 14, 2014 Palestinians salvage what they can of their belongings from the rubble of a house destroyed by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza […]
The current mainstream debate regarding the crisis in Iraq and Syria offers a near perfect example of both the death of historical memory and the collapse of critical thinking in the United States. It also signifies the emergence of a profoundly anti-democratic culture of manufactured ignorance and social indifference. By Henry A. Giroux Truthout.org | News Analysis […]
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. By Henry A Giroux and Brad Evans, Truthout.org | Op-Ed 01 June 2014 (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout) Also see: Henry A. Giroux | Disposable […]
The political philosopher Sheldon Wolin, in his essential book “Democracy Incorporated,” calls our system of corporate governance “inverted totalitarianism,” which represents “the political coming of age of corporate power and the political demobilization of the citizenry.” By Chris Hedges Posted on Jan 5, 2014 truthdig.com This is our last gasp as a democracy. The state’s wholesale intrusion into our lives […]
Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer Discuss American Fascism LISTEN NOW The two celebrated journalists discuss the collapse of vital institutions and the rise of demagogues and charlatans in post-meltdown America. 10/11/13 Free View In iTunes A truthdig.com Podcast Subscribe or “Follow” us on WAMMToday.org. For the TC EVENTS calendar and the ACTIONS AND ACTION ALERTS click on […]
Our collapse will take the whole planet with it. Illustration by Mr. Fish By Chris Hedges Posted on Oct 14, 2013 truthdig.com The final days of empire give ample employment and power to the feckless, the insane and the idiotic. These politicians and court propagandists, hired to be the public faces on the sinking ship, mask […]
Drone warfare’s deadly civilian toll: a very personal view I was minutes from ordering a drone strike on a Taliban insurgent – until I realised I was watching an Afghan child at play James Jeffrey guardian.co.uk Wednesday 19 September 2012 16.36 EDT A US Predator drone in Afghanistan. The strike in Somalia means armed drones are […]
What Have We Wrought, Part I: Technology Personified & Part II: Conspiracy Theorists and Conservatism
Below are Parts I and II of a Commentary in VII parts written by Sue Ann Martinson, WAMMToday editor. The other parts will follow in the next week. What Have We Wrought: thoughts on freedom, taxes, capitalism and democracy Part I: Technology Personified I recently ran across this award-winning video that wants to make every […]