America's Addiction to Terrorism by Henry A. Giroux

By Henry A. Giroux

Within the usa at the present time, the time period "terrorism" evokes photographs of risky, outdoor threats: non secular extremists and suicide bombers specifically. tougher to work out yet all of the extra pervasive is the terrorism perpetuated by means of the USA itself, even if via army strength in another country or woven into the very cloth of society at domestic.

Henry Giroux, during this passionate and incisive ebook, 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 type 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 youngsters specifically endure 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 a protracted, exotic occupation constructing the tenets of serious pedagogy to suggest a treatment 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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S. 50 Not only has this legacy been forgotten, but its most poisonous effects have returned with a vengeance. Racism is now normalized, even as it is being loudly proclaimed across the country that we live in a post-racial society, a statement that suggests both a tragic state of self-delusion and mass psychosis. The most lethal expressions of racism have become commonplace. In 2014, Eric Garner was brutalized and choked to death by a white policeman who believed he was selling cigarettes illegally.

As Lawrence Wittner recently observed: When it comes to violence and preparations for violence, the United States is, indeed, No. 1. S. government accounted for 37 percent of world military expenditures, putting it far ahead of all other nations. ) From 2004 to 2013, the United States was also the No. 1 weapons exporter in the world. S. 3 Certainly, this is not to suggest that the United States had not engaged in criminal and lawless acts historically or committed acts of brutality that would rightly be labeled acts of torture.

S. 10 In one of the most notorious cases, the FBI worked with the Chicago police to set up the conditions for the assassination of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark, two members of the Black Panther Party. ”11 What characterized these programs of domestic terrorism was that they were all shrouded in secrecy, yet allegedly were conducted in the name of national security and democratic rights. 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.

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