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 harmful, outdoor threats: spiritual extremists and suicide bombers particularly. tougher to work out yet the entire extra pervasive is the terrorism perpetuated by means of the us itself, even if via army strength in a foreign country or woven into the very textile of society at domestic.

Henry Giroux, during this passionate and incisive e-book, turns the normal knowledge on terrorism the other way up, demonstrating how worry and lawlessness became organizing ideas of existence within the usa, and violence a suitable 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 process 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, distinct profession constructing the tenets of severe pedagogy to suggest a remedy for our dependancy to terrorism: one of those "public pedagogy" that demanding situations the poisoned narratives of "America's dis-imagination machine."

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Once the authoritarian side of political governance takes hold, it is hard to eradicate. Power is addictive, especially when it is reckless, and offers personal rewards for those politicians who follow the corporate script and stand to benefit from human misery. Witness the number of Republicans 56 A ME R IC A’ S A D D IC T IO N TO T E R RO R IS M who still defend the practice of torture and deny the legitimacy of the Senate report. Ignoring that torture is an exercise of power based on willed amorality, they duplicitously attack the Senate report not for its content, but because they believe its release will anger the alleged enemies of the United States—as if that hasn’t already been done by demonizing their religion, encircling them with nuclear weapons, bombing them alongside civilians in indiscriminate drone attacks, torturing them, and otherwise threatening or killing them through a range of savage military practices and diplomatic acts.

Illegal legalities, moral depravity, and mad violence are presented to the public wrapped in a whitewashed logic of such subterfuge that it rivals Orwellian doublethink. ”35 These apostles of torture are politicians who thrive in some sick zone of political and social abandonment, and who unapologetically further acts of barbarism, fear, willful lies, and moral depravity. They are the new totalitarians who hate democracy, embrace a punishing state, and believe that politics is primarily an extension of war.

The United States is now governed by an economic and social orthodoxy informed by the dictates of religious and political extremists. Reform efforts that include the established political parties have resulted in nothing but regression, or forms of accommodation that serve to normalize the new authoritarianism and its war on terrorism. Politics has to be thought anew and must be informed by a powerful vision matched by durable organizations that include young people, unions, workers, diverse social movements, artists, intellectuals, and others.

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