By Henry A. Giroux
Within the usa at the present time, the time period "terrorism" evokes photos of risky, outdoor threats: non secular extremists and suicide bombers specifically. more durable to determine yet all of the extra pervasive is the terrorism perpetuated by way of the U.S. itself, even if via army strength in a foreign country or woven into the very cloth of society at domestic.
Henry Giroux, during this passionate and incisive booklet, turns the normal knowledge on terrorism the other way up, demonstrating how worry and lawlessness became organizing rules of existence within the usa, and violence an appropriate kind of social mediation. He addresses the main urgent problems with the instant, from formally sanctioned torture to militarized police forces to austerity politics. Giroux additionally examines the continuing degradation of the schooling approach and the way kids particularly undergo its extra nefarious results.
Against this grim photo, Giroux posits a politics of wish and a dedication to accurate-and radical-historical reminiscence. He attracts on an extended, exclusive occupation constructing the tenets of serious pedagogy to suggest a treatment for our habit to terrorism: one of those "public pedagogy" that demanding situations the poisoned narratives of "America's dis-imagination machine."
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For the American public, this has meant not only the depoliticization of public discourse and a pervasive culture of fear, but extreme inequities in wealth, power, and income, and a new mode of governance now firmly controlled by the major corporations, banks, and financial elite. This is a politics in which there is no room for democracy, and no room for reformism. The time has come to name the current historical moment as representative of the “dark times” that Hannah Arendt warned us against.
The political reality that has emerged since the shattering crisis of 9/11 increasingly points to a set of narrow choices that is being dictated by jingoistic right-wing extremists, the Defense Department, and neoconservative private foundations, all fueled by the dominant media. War and violence now function as an aphrodisiac for a public inundated with commodities and awash in celebrity culture idiocy. Capitalizing on the pent-up emotions of an angry, disillusioned, and grieving public, almost any reportage of a terrorist attack throughout the globe further amplifies the American media’s hyped-up language of war, patriotism, surveillance, and retaliation—often infused by unchecked racism.
12 The racial disparities in American prisons and criminal justice system register the profound injustice of racial discrimination as well as a sordid expression of racist violence. As the novelist Ishmael Reed contends, this is a prison system “that is rotten to the core . . where torture and rape are regular occurrences and where in some states the conditions are worse than at Gitmo. ”15 One report claims that many of these men were beaten with telephone books and that “cattle prods were used to administer electric shocks to victims’ genitals.