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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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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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Reality Denial: Steven Pinker’s Apologetics for Western-Imperial Violence

By Edward S. Herman and David Peterson It is amusing to see how eagerly the establishment media have welcomed Steven Pinker’s 2011 tome, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined,[1] which explains not only that “violence has … Continue reading




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Violence, USA: The Warfare State and the Brutalizing of Everyday Life The permanent state of warfare in the United States has resulted in the expansion of cultures of violence to other public spheres. Henry Giroux reminds us in this Truthout … Continue reading




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Violence USA: An Interview with Henry Giroux Radio host Michael Slate speaks with Henry Giroux about his recent article “Violence USA: The Warfare State and the Brutalizing of Everyday Life.” The interview contextualizes the article, making Giroux’s previous insights all … 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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The Histories of Violence Project

In our post-9/11 age, the dominant media continue to dangerously desensitize citizens from the violence inherent in the brutal conflicts of this wartime, thus discouraging them from calling for an end to violence. Acting as an alternative form of widely accessible media, the Histories of Violence website created by Brad Evans (University of Leeds) emerges at this time as an important space of intellectual resistance to violence and to its seeming inevitability.




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War Radio and the Militarization of Canadian Culture Bob Hackett uncovers an escalating glorification of violence (in hockey) and war (in Afghanistan) by the Canadian media in the last ten years. Suggesting that the Canadian Broadcasting Company and commercial broadcasters … Continue reading




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