By Henry A. Giroux
Within the usa this present day, the time period "terrorism" evokes photographs of risky, outdoors threats: non secular extremists and suicide bombers particularly. more durable to determine yet the entire extra pervasive is the terrorism perpetuated via the U.S. itself, even if via army strength abroad or woven into the very textile of society at domestic.
Henry Giroux, during this passionate and incisive ebook, turns the normal knowledge on terrorism the wrong way up, demonstrating how worry and lawlessness became organizing ideas of lifestyles 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 procedure and the way youngsters particularly endure its extra nefarious results.
Against this grim photograph, Giroux posits a politics of desire and a dedication to accurate-and radical-historical reminiscence. He attracts on a protracted, exclusive occupation 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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59 To the contrary, glaring examples of support for increased securitization can be found in the constant and underanalyzed images and stories circulating in the media of the terrorists “in our midst” threatening to blow up malls, schools, and any other conceivable space where the public gathers. 61 This legacy of suppression has a long history in the United States, and it has returned with a vengeance in academia, especially for those academics such as Norman Finkelstein and Steven G. Salaita who have condemned America’s policies in the Middle East and the government’s support of the Israeli government’s policies toward Palestinians.
61 This legacy of suppression has a long history in the United States, and it has returned with a vengeance in academia, especially for those academics such as Norman Finkelstein and Steven G. Salaita who have condemned America’s policies in the Middle East and the government’s support of the Israeli government’s policies toward Palestinians. The public’s surrender to intimidation and fear is made all the more easy by the civic illiteracy now sweeping the United States. Climate change deniers, anti-intellectuals, religious fundamentalists, the “Love America” crowd, and others exhibit pride in displaying a kind of thoughtlessness bereft of historical consciousness.
This is a discourse unconscious of its own dangerous refusal to acknowledge the important role that democratic values and social justice must play to achieve a truly unified response and to prevent the further killing of innocent people, regardless of their religion, culture, and place of occupancy in the world. ”69 The greatest struggle faced by the American public is not terrorism, but a struggle on behalf of justice, freedom, and democracy for all of the citizens of the globe. This is not going to take place, as President Obama’s policies will tragically affirm, by shutting down democracy, eliminating its most cherished rights and freedoms, and deriding communities of dissent.
America's Addiction to Terrorism by Henry A. Giroux