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Henry A. Giroux currently holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the English and Cultural Studies Department and dis the Paulo Freire Distinguished Scholar in Critical Pedagogy. His most recent books are America's Addiction to Terrorism (Monthly Review Press, 2016), and America at War with Itself (City Lights, 2017). He is also a contributing editor to a number of journals, includingTikkun, the Journal of Wild Culture, and Ragazine. Giroux is also a member of Truthout's Board of Directors. His web site iswww.henryagiroux.com.
(1 comments) Friday, June 21, 2019 Let's Shut Down the Authoritarian Machine
Trump's ominous tweet about how his supporters might "demand" that he stay in office for more than two terms is the latest proof that his authoritarian ideology has little regard for the law. The tweet also reflects Trump's strong desire to use threats of violence, if necessary, to reshape the political landscape and mode of governance.
Friday, March 22, 2019 The Ghost of Fascism in the Post-Truth Era
We do not live in a post-truth world and never have. On the contrary, we live in a pre-truth world where the truth has yet to arrive. As one of the primary currencies of politics, lies have a long history in the United States.
(5 comments) Sunday, November 25, 2018 Trump's fascist efforts to demolish democracy
Donald Trump's relentless nods to fascism in his rhetoric requires us to form a language of resistance, rooted in compassion for others, justice and the confrontation of the forces of tyranny.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 Donald Trump's Fascist Politics and the Language of Disappearance
Trump's love affair with some of the world's most heinous dictators and his hatred of democracy echoes a period in history when the unimaginable became possible, when genocide was the endpoint of dehumanizing others, and the mix of nativist and nationalist rhetoric ended in the horrors of the death camp.The menacing abyss of fascism is now at our doorstep.
Monday, October 22, 2018 Neoliberalism in the Age of Pedagogical Terrorism
Any dissatisfaction with injustice necessitates combining the demands of moral witnessing with the pedagogical power of persuasion and the call to address the tasks of emancipation. We need individuals and social movements willing to disturb the normalization of a fascist politics, oppose racist, sexist, and neoliberal orthodoxy.
(2 comments) Sunday, July 15, 2018 Reading Against Fascism
Something sinister and horrifying is happening to liberal democracies all over the globe. The global architecture of democracy is giving way to authoritarian tyrannies. As alarming as the signs may be, we cannot look away and allow the terrors of the unforeseen to be given free rein. We cannot allow the power of dreams to turn into nightmares.
Monday, June 11, 2018 Trump's Relentless Lies Demand We Make Truth-Telling Great Again
There is more at stake here than the threat of censorship, there is also an attack on traditional sources of information and the public spheres that produce them. Trump's government has become a powerful disimagination and distraction machine in which the distinction between fact and fiction, reality and fantasy are erased.
(1 comments) Friday, May 25, 2018 Striking Teachers Beat Back Neoliberalism's War on Public Schools
If American society is to offset the deeply anti-democratic populist revolt that has put a fascist government in power in the United States, progressives and others need a new language that connects the crisis of schooling to the crisis of democracy. Public schooling is under siege along with the values and social relations that give viable meaning to the common good, economic justice and democracy itself.
Friday, April 27, 2018 Unfashionable Fascism: Mainstream Politicians Switching Sides Under Trump's Regime of Barbarism
Unchecked power, a take-no-prisoners politics, and unapologetic cruelty are the currency of fascism, the wedge that makes fear visceral and violence more than an abstraction. This lethal combination is also a condition endemic to brutal demagogues such as Trump. They demand loyalty not to an ideal that expands the meaning of justice and democracy but loyalty to themselves, one that stands above the truth and rule of law.
(67 comments) Monday, March 26, 2018 Education as a Weapon of Struggle: Rethinking the Parkland Uprising in the Age of Mass Violence
Under the influence of corporate power and a growing authoritarianism in the United States, education in multiple informal and formal platforms operates increasingly in the service of lies, racism, unadulterated market values, and a full-fledged assault on critical consciousness and public values. Under such circumstances, democracy is cast as the enemy of freedom.
(2 comments) Thursday, March 8, 2018 The Parkland Shooting Was About More Than Gun Violence
The deeply troubling call for eliminating gun-free zones and arming teachers comes at a time when many schools have already been militarized by the presence of police and the increasing criminalization of student behaviors. Suggesting that teachers be armed and turned into potential instruments of violence extends and normalizes the prison as a model for schools and the increasing expansion of the school-to-prison pipeline.
(2 comments) Thursday, February 15, 2018 The Ghost of Fascism in the Age of Trump
What we are witnessing is a closing of the political and a full-scale attack on moral outrage, thoughtful reasoning, collective resistance and radical imagination. Trump has normalized the unthinkable, legitimated the inexcusable and defended the indefensible.
(1 comments) Tuesday, January 23, 2018 'Shithole countries': Trump uses the rhetoric of dictators
Donald Trump's language has disturbing similarities to the words and verbal tactics used by fascists, including his cries of "fake news" and his obsessive exaggerations about his achievements.
(3 comments) Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Challenging Trump's Language of Fascism
Trump is not only a serial liar, but he also displays a deep contempt for critical thinking and has boasted about how he loves the uneducated. Not only have mainstream sources such as The Washington Post and The New York Times published endless examples of Trump's lies, they have noted that even in the aftermath of such exposure, he continues to be completely indifferent to being exposed as a serial liar.