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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.
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 24, 2016 America At War With Itself: The Sandstorm
This is an excerpt from Henry Giroux's book, America At War With Itself, from the introduction.
In its earlier forms, the language of authoritarianism relied upon the discourse of command and courted mass hysteria, one that produced totalizing world views, punished dissent, disseminated hate-filled propaganda steeped in the vocabulary of ultra-nationalism and racial purity, and emptied language of any substance
(16 comments) SHARE Friday, August 21, 2015 The Plague of American Authoritarianism
In the United States an emerging totalitarianism has appeared in a form different from what we have seen in the past. Instead of a charismatic leader, the government is now governed through the anonymous and largely remote hands of corporate power and finance capital. The more money influences politics, the more corrupt the political culture becomes.
(42 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 31, 2017 Donald Trump as the Bully-in Chief: Weaponizing the politics of Humiliation
Under President Trump, the plague of mid-20th century authoritarianism has returned not only in the menacing spectacle of populist rallies, fear-mongering, unchecked bigotry, and humiliation, but also in an emboldened culture of war, militarization, and extreme violence that looms over society like a rising storm.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, September 30, 2016 Thinking Dangerously in the Age of Normalized Ignorance
What happens to a society when thinking is eviscerated and is disdained in favor of raw emotion?  What happens when political discourse functions as a bunker rather than a bridge? What happens when the spheres of morality and spirituality give way to the naked instrumentalism of a savage market rationality?
(14 comments) SHARE Friday, August 12, 2016 Assassination Talk, the Banality of Evil, and the Paranoid State of American Politics
Trump's rhetoric, along with the discourse of other extremists, echoes Hannah Arendt's insight that totalitarianism is produced, in part, by making human beings superfluous, ignoring their voices, and silencing them in fascistic discourses of certainty, absolutes, and unaccountability that allow no space for critical thinking, informed judgment, and critical agency.
(5 comments) SHARE 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.
(39 comments) SHARE Monday, November 2, 2015 Terrorizing School Children in the American Police State
Violence functions as a brutalizing practice used by the state to squelch dissent, incarcerate poor minorities of class and color, terrorize immigrants, wage a war on minority youth, and menace individuals and groups considered disposable or a threat. It also accelerates abusive forms of punitiveness and control that extend from the prisons to other institutions such as schools.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 26, 2015 America's New Brutalism: the Death of Sandra Bland
Bland's death over a routine traffic stop is beyond monstrous. It is indicative of a country in which lawlessness is now integral to the police state, and extreme violence is the new norm for a society fed by the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, the incarceration state, the drug wars, and the increasing militarization of everything, including the war on black youth.
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, November 11, 2016 A Call for Resistance in Dark Times
The lights are going out and the time to wake up from this nightmare is today. Forget depression, look ahead, get energized, read, build alternative public spheres, become guerrilla fighters. There are no guarantees in politics, but there is no politics that matters without hope, that is, educated hope.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 27, 2020 Criminogenic Politics as a Form of Psychosis in the Age of Trump
In its late stages, capitalism morphs into a form of neoliberal fascism. One consequence is not merely a criminogenic political and economic system, but a state of barbarism that reflects a death-dealing psychosis among political leaders such as Trump and Bolsonaro.
(67 comments) SHARE 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) SHARE Friday, June 26, 2020 Lawlessness in Trump's Fascist State: Bill Barr and the Ghost of Fascism
Barr places the President above the law, defining him as a kind of unitary sovereign. In addition, he appears to relish in his role as a craven defender of Trump, all the while justifying a notion of blind executive authority in the face of Trump's endless lies, racist policies, and lawlessness,
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Democracy on Life Support: Donald Trump's First Year in Office
Under Trump, the plague of mid-20th century authoritarianism and apocalyptic populism have returned in a unique American form. A year later, people in Asia and the rest of the world are watching, pondering how such a dreadful event and retreat from democracy could have taken place. How could a liberal society give up its ideals so quickly?
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 22, 2015 The War on Terrorism Targets Democracy Itself
George Orwell's nightmarish vision of a totalitarian society casts a dark shadow over the United States. The consequences can be seen clearly in the ongoing and ruthless assault on the social state, workers, unions, higher education, students, poor people of color and any vestige of the social contract. Free market policies, values & practices now shape practically every commanding political and economic institution in the US
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 8, 2017 Can a New American Revolution Break Our Nation's Culture of Cruelty?
The right's politics are as vicious as ever, but they also present a unique opportunity. The health care reform bills proposed by Republicans in the House and Senate have generated heated discussions across a vast ideological and political spectrum. On the right, senators such as Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have endorsed a new level of cruelty -- one that has a long history among the radical right
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 29, 2020 Cult-Like Ignorance is Death: Trump and the Coronavirus
Trump and his merry band of incompetent lackeys are symbols of a necropolitics that is wedded to destruction, violence, greed, falsehoods, and the needs of capital. Terminal idiocy, cult like absolutism, bottomless ignorance, and unbridled arrogance and narcissism have given rise to a form of neoliberal fascism and a culture of cruelty unlike anything we have seen since the 1930s.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 22, 2017 Why the Democratic Party Can't Save Us From Trump's Authoritarianism
For too many members of the Democratic Party, Trump is the eccentric clown who unexpectedly stepped into history by finding the right note in rousing an army of "deplorables" willing to invest in his toxic script of hatred, demonization and exclusion. When democracy is threatened and life on the planet itself so imperiled, collective action is the only way out of illiberal democracy. It is time to go for broke.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 1, 2015 Domestic Terrorism, Youth and the Politics of Disposability
a dark cloud of political and ethical ignorance has descended on the United States. (1) Thoughtlessness has become something that now occupies a privileged, if not celebrated, place in the political landscape and the mainstream cultural apparatuses. A new kind of infantilism now shapes daily life as adults gleefully take on the role of unthinking children and children are taught to be adults, stripped of their innocence...
(2 comments) SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 21, 2017 Donald Trump's Addiction to Violence
The president has normalized violence by emboldening the idea that it is the only viable political response to social problems.
SHARE Sunday, October 27, 2019 Rethinking the Looming Threat of Neoliberal Fascism
In the face of the emerging tyranny and fascist politics that are spreading across the globe, it is time to merge a sense of moral outrage with a sense of civic courage and collective action. It is time to combine reason and hope, and to acknowledge that the problems we face are too urgent to be giving up on the promises of a radical democracy.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 12, 2017 Trump and the Politics of Nihilism
Ignorance is a terrible wound when it is self-inflicted, but it becomes a dangerous plague when the active refusal to know combines with power. President Trump's lies, lack of credibility, woefully deficient knowledge of the world, and unbridled narcissism have suggested for some time that he lacks the intelligence, judgment and capacity for critical thought necessary to occupy the presidency of the United States.
SHARE Saturday, December 10, 2016 Trump's Second Gilded Age: Overcoming the Rule of Billionaires and Militarists
It is hard to believe that this gaggle of religious fundamentalists, conspiracy theory advocates, billionaires, and retrograde anti-communists, who uniformly lack the experience to take on the jobs for which they were nominated, could possibly be viewed as reasonable candidates for top government positions. Most of Trump's appointees to top cabinet positions are a mix of incompetent and mean spirited billionaires and generals.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Rethinking Orwell's 1984 and Huxley's Brave New World in Trump's America
Huxley shared Orwell's concern about repression as a political tool of the elite, enforced through surveillance and the banning of books, dissent, and critical thought itself. But Huxley believed that social control and the propagation of ignorance would be introduced by those in power through the political tools of pleasure, mass entertainment, and a politics of distraction.
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 15, 2017 Rethinking Higher Education in a Time of Tyranny
One of Martin Luther King's great insights was his recognition that education provided a bulwark against both ignorance and indifference in the face of injustice. Like Gandhi, he warned people over and over again not to remain silent in the face of racism, militarism and extreme materialism, and argued that "he who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, November 3, 2017 Disposability in the Age of Disasters: From Dreamers and Puerto Rico to Violence in Las Vegas
Under Trump, a politics of disposability has merged with an ascendant authoritarianism in the United States in which the government's response to such disparate issues as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) crisis, the devastation of Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria and the mass shooting in Las Vegas are met uniformly with state-sanctioned and state-promoted violence.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, October 6, 2017 Donald Trump's passion for cruelty
What's different about Trump is that he revels in the use of violence and war-mongering brutality to inflict humiliation and pain on people. He pulls the curtains away from a systemic culture of cruelty and a racially inflected mass- incarceration state. He publicly celebrates his own sadistic investment in violence as a source of pleasure.
(3 comments) SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, December 19, 2016 White Nationalism in the Oval Office and the Suppression of Dissent
There is more at work here than the registers of incoherency, ignorance and civic illiteracy. There is also an inconsistency that errs on the side of a militant racism and a racist militarism. For instance, the only moments of clarity in Trump's discourse are when he uses the toxic vocabulary of hate, xenophobia, racism and misogyny to target those he believes refuse to "Make America Great Again."
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 17, 2017 Trump's Neo-Nazis and the Rise of Illiberal Democracy
It appears that the presence of Nazi and Confederate flags, along with the horrible history of millions lost to the Holocaust and slavery, lynchings, church bombings, and the assassination of Black leaders, such as Medgar Evans and Martin Luther King Jr., did little to move Trump to a serious understanding or repudiation of the poisonous historical forces that surfaced in Charlottesville.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 14, 2017 Donald Trump's fascist war on youth
Call it Fascism, American-Style. Donald Trump's embrace of authoritarian ideals has extended to a veritable war on America's youth.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 4, 2017 Illuminating the Darkness in the Age of Despair
The text of a commencement speech given by Henry Giroux at the University of the West of Scotland's graduation ceremony Tuesday. The university is presenting Giroux with an honorary doctorate.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 6, 2020 Trump's SOTU Speech Bristled With Fascist Politics
The impeachment process speaks not only to Trump's ongoing criminal behavior and pernicious policies, but also to a mass crisis of civic literacy and the inability of the public to understand how society has broken apart, become crueler, and receded from the language of critique, hope and the social imagination.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, June 13, 2016 Anti-Politics and the Plague of Disorientation: Welcome to the Age of Trump
To struggle against a culture of lies, we need a new political vocabulary that acts as fuel for a radical democracy.
What does resistance mean when it is reduced to a call to participate in rigged elections that reproduce a descent into an updated form of oligarch...
Instead of tying the fortunes of democracy to rigged elections we need nonviolent, massive forms of civil disobedience.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, November 30, 2015 Trump's Embrace of Totalitarianism is America's Dirty Little Secret
Trump is not just a fool, an idiot, or ethically dead, he is symptomatic of a long line of fascists who shut down public debate, attempt to humiliate their opponents, endorse violence as a response to dissent, and criticize any public display of democratic principles. America has reached its endpoint with Trump, and his presence should be viewed as a stern warning of the nightmare to come.
SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Revisiting Orwell's "1984" in Trump's America
Trump suggested that he intended to demolish environmental protections, resume state-sponsored torture and deny funding to those cities willing to provide sanctuary to illegal immigrants. And this was just the beginning. The financial elite now find their savior in Trump as they will receive more tax cuts, and happily embrace minimal government regulations, while their addiction to greed spins out of control.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 10, 2017 Charlottesville, Neo-Nazis and the Challenge to Higher Education
Trump signals to his right-wing extremist base and fellow politicians that he justifies state enacted violence against immigrants, especially Latinos. In addition, Trump's language of fear and violence emboldens right-wing extremists and gives them the green light to support legislation and ideologies that are profoundly reactionary.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, March 13, 2017 Trump's War on Dangerous Memory and Critical Thought
Donald Trump, the president, is not only a twisted caricature of every variation of economic, political, educational, and social fundamentalism, he is the apogee of an increasingly intolerant and authoritarian culture committed to destroying free speech, civil rights, women's reproductive freedoms, and all vestiges of economic justice and democracy.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, January 20, 2017 Militant Hope in the Age of Trump
Analysis of the Politics of Hope in the Age of Donald Trump
The United States stands at the endpoint of a long series of attacks on democracy, and the choices faced by the American public today point to the divide between those who are committed to democracy and those who are not
(2 comments) SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, December 23, 2016 Militant Hope in the Age of the Politics of the Disconnect
The future looks bleak, especially, for youth in neoliberal societies as they are burdened with debt, dead-end jobs, unemployment, and, if you are black and poor, the increasing possibility of being either incarcerated or shot by the police.
SHARE Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Trump's Return to the Good Old Days and the Specter of Mass Terror
America is at war with itself and Trump is simply one despicable register of that war on democracy. Trump is shrill and unapologetic about his neo-fascist beliefs and policies whereas Hillary Clinton and the rest of the neoliberal centrists wrap their war mongering policies and support for the financial elite in the empty discourse of liberalism with a disingenuous nod towards social justice and democratic values.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 7, 2017 Combating Trump's Neo-Fascism and the Ghost of "1984"
Unfortunately, the discourse of remolding, manipulation, distortion has gained enormous traction at the present time in American society. This is a discourse that reinforces a future in which totalitarianism thrives and democracies die. It is the discourse of a dystopian society marked by a deep-seated anti-intellectualism intensified by the incessant undermining and collapse of civic literacy and civic culture.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, October 21, 2016 The United States' War on Youth: From Schools to Debtors' Prisons
As the United States increasingly models its schools after prisons and subjects children to a criminal legal system marked by severe class and racial inequities, it becomes clear that such children are no longer viewed as a social investment but as suspects. It has become clear that the United States has both failed its children and democracy itself.
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 13, 2022 The War on Youth in the Age of Fascist Politics - CounterPunch.org
One of the most important registers in measuring the democratic health of a society can be found in how it treats its youth. By any current standard, which includes the quality of public schools to laws that protect the health and well-being of young people, the United States is failing miserably.
(1 comments) SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, April 17, 2017 Toward a Politics of Ungovernability: Shutting Down American-Style Authoritarianism
It is impossible to imagine the damage Trump and his white nationalists, economic fundamentalists, and white supremacists friends will do to civil liberties, the social contract, the planet, and life itself in the next few years. Rather than address climate change, the threat of nuclear war, galloping inequality, the elimination of public goods, Trump and his vicious acolytes have accelerated the threats
SHARE 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.
SHARE Wednesday, June 30, 2021 Police the People? Just Leave the People Be
he words "I can't breathe" were not only uttered by Eric Garner and George Floyd as they were murdered by police. They were also uttered by over 70 others who died in law enforcement custody over the past decade.
SHARE Friday, January 15, 2021 Downplaying Trumpism Is Dangerous
Ten Republicans within the House of Representatives helped bestow on Trump the ignoble distinction this week of being the first president to be impeached twice, charging him with "incitement of insurrection."