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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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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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Hoodie Politics: Trayvon Martin and Racist Violence in Post-Racial America Today marks the 37th day since the death of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African American who was gunned down by self-appointed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in Orlando, Florida. Mass spectacles … Continue reading




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David Theo Goldberg’s Critical Theories Reveal the Racisms Inherent to the Omnibus Crime Bill Canada’s popular multicultural narrative celebrates the ideology that the nation “consistently supports a high quality of life for everyone, be one white or settler, Indigenous, or … Continue reading




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Book Burning in Arizona Henry Giroux offers an account of a deepening neoliberal mode of authoritarianism in U.S. politics by discussing how anti-immigrant and racist political ideology couched in a discourse of patriotism is being translated into regressive educational policies … Continue reading




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  Gingrich’s Strategy: Racism Paul Thomas provides a critical analysis of Newt Gingrich’s discourse during the Republican presidential primaries and reveals the “corrosive forms of racism” embedded in his endless diatribes against Obama (whom Gingrich calls the “food stamp president”) … Continue reading




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Playing Racial Politics in America Today The popular colourblind narrative in the United States is deeply worrying. By asserting that the nation is “post-race,” colourblindness negates the very real and continuous presence of racism. Accordingly, this ideology casts current inequalities … Continue reading




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Neoliberalizing Race In this lecture, David Theo Goldberg briefly traces the history of race through 500 years of planetary globalization, drawing a distinction between two forms of racial thinking. “Racial naturalism” is the view that non-Europeans are inherently inferior to … Continue reading




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