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America's Addiction to Terrorism by Henry A. Giroux

By Henry A. Giroux

Within the usa this present day, the time period "terrorism" evokes photos of risky, outdoor threats: spiritual extremists and suicide bombers specifically. more durable to determine yet the entire extra pervasive is the terrorism perpetuated via the U.S. itself, no matter if via army strength out of the country or woven into the very textile of society at domestic.

Henry Giroux, during this passionate and incisive e-book, turns the traditional knowledge on terrorism the wrong way up, demonstrating how worry and lawlessness became organizing ideas of lifestyles 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 continued degradation of the schooling approach and the way kids particularly endure its extra nefarious results.

Against this grim photo, Giroux posits a politics of desire and a dedication to accurate-and radical-historical reminiscence. He attracts on a protracted, unique profession constructing the tenets of serious pedagogy to suggest a medication for our dependancy to terrorism: a type of "public pedagogy" that demanding situations the poisoned narratives of "America's dis-imagination machine."

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Fear has taken on a totalizing presence, as enemies of the state now The Neoliberal Reign of Terror 35 include not only those enemy combatants abroad who endure bombing, abduction, and torture, but also citizens of the United States who have seen a growing imposition of punitive measures at home through the use of the police and federal troops for interventions ranging from drug interdictions to the enforcement of zero tolerance standards in public schools to the arrest and criminalization of homeless people.

When adjusted to accurately reflect the US population, the totals indicate that black people are being killed by police at more than twice the rate of white and Hispanic or Latino people. Black people killed by police were also significantly more likely to have been unarmed. 52 What is also shocking is the apparent willingness of most of the general population to accept lethal violence in everyday life as a common event— indicative of the widespread desensitization that has occurred within the context of rising state terrorism and lawlessness.

Mainstream popular culture is a distraction through which people’s emotions are channeled toward spectacles, often violent ones, while suffocating all vestiges of the imagination. Hijacked by neoliberal values, American popular culture now largely promotes the idea that any act of critical thinking is an act of stupidity, while offering up the illusion of agency and participatory democracy through gimmicks like voting on American Idol. What is crucial to consider about popular culture today is that it is not simply about entertainment: it also functions to produce particular subjectivities that favor its own profitability and proliferation.

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