Category Archives: Democracy

Orwell, Huxley and America’s Plunge into Authoritarianism

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by Henry A. Giroux In spite of their differing perceptions of the architecture of the totalitarian superstate and how it exercised power and control over its residents, George Orwell and Aldus Huxley shared a fundamental conviction.  They both argued that … Continue reading




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Flipping the Script: Rethinking Working-Class Resistance

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By Henry A. Giroux I have often thought about when that moment came in which my working class sensibility turned into a form of critical class consciousness. For most of my youth, I was defined by ruling-class types and mainstream … Continue reading




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Pen-Ultimate (Freedom of Expression) and the Racist Spectacle of #JeSuisCharlie

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by Leila Gaind On January 7th, 2015, two brothers, Cherif and Said Kouachi, broke into the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris and murdered twelve people, including the editor-in- chief and several of the magazine’s most celebrated cartoonists and columnists. This … Continue reading




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Educated Hope and the Promise of Democracy

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The following is a commencement speech given by Professor Henry A. Giroux to the class of 2015 at Chapman University on May 24th, 2015. I am very moved and humbled to accept an honorary degree on this important occasion today, … Continue reading




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The Fire This Time: Black Youth and the Spectacle of Postracial Violence

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In 1963, James Baldwin published an essay entitled “The Negro Child – His Self-Image,” in The Saturday Review. Later celebrated as “A Talk to Teachers,” his prescient opening paragraph unfolds with the following observation: Let’s begin by saying that we … Continue reading




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The Canadian University and the War Against Omar Khadr

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Tyler J. Pollard interviews David L. Clark Omar Khadr is a Canadian citizen who spent the first ten years of his life moving back and forth between Canada and Pakistan. In 1996 at the age of ten, he moved with … Continue reading




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Social Science Pedagogy in the 21st Century: What Should We Be Doing?

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by Robert Fitzgerald “Society is never redeemed without effort, struggle, and sacrifice.”[1]  American progressive educator George Counts included this statement in the introduction of his most celebrated work titled Dare the School Build a New Social Order?  While this is a … Continue reading




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Challenging a “Disposable Future,” Looking to a Politics of Possibility

In this interview conducted by Victoria Harper with Brad Evans and Henry A. Giroux, the public intellectuals discuss their forthcoming book, what they mean by “disposable futures” and “dystopian realism,” and how the spectacle of violence has contributed to a mistaken societal view that there is no future except a brutal one under neoliberal capitalism.




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Higher Education and the New Brutalism

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by Henry A. Giroux, PIP Director Across the globe, a new historical conjuncture is emerging in which the attacks on higher education as a democratic institution and on dissident public voices in general – whether journalists, whistleblowers or academics – … Continue reading




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ISIS and the Spectacle of Terrorism

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By Henry Giroux, PIP Director The use of new digital technologies and social media by ISIS has drawn a great deal of attention by the dominant media not only because the extremists have used them as a form of visual … Continue reading




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