Category Archives: Social Justice

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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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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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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Data Storms and the Tyranny of Manufactured Forgetting

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By Henry A. Giroux, Public Intellectuals Project Director “For in the world in which we live it is no longer merely a question of the decay of collective memory and declining consciousness of the past, but of the agressive [assault on] whatever memory … Continue reading




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Climate Change Messaging: Avoid the Truth

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By Steve Breyman Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger published the op-ed “Global Warming Scare Tactics” in the New York Times on April 8. Participants in recent debates over climate change may recognize their names. They’re the guys who run the … Continue reading




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Henry Giroux on Disposable Life

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This lecture with Public Intellectuals Project director, Henry A. Giroux, is part of the stunning “Disposable Life” project, launched in January 2014 Brad Evans’ Histories of Violence initiative. In this interview, Dr. Giroux takes up disposability through its relationship with the myriad forms of … Continue reading




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Neoliberalism and the Machinery of Disposability

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By Henry A. Giroux Under the regime of neoliberalism, especially in the United States, war has become an extension of politics as almost all aspects of society have been transformed into a combat zone. Americans now live in a society … Continue reading




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