Dangerous Thinking in the Age of the New Authoritarianism
Giroux probes the depth and range of forces pushing the United States into a new form of authoritarianism, one that connects the Orwellian surveillance state with the forms of ideological control made famous by Aldous Huxley. Addressing how neoliberalism, or the new market fundamentalism, is shaping a range of registers from language and memory to youth and higher education, Giroux explores how education in a variety of spheres is transformed into a type of miseducation perpetuated through what he calls a "disimagination machine"-one that reproduces the present by either distorting or erasing the past. But Giroux is not content to focus on how matters of politics, subjectivity, power, and desire are colonized through forms of miseducation; he is also concerned with the educative nature of politics as the practice of freedom and how the emphasis on critique must be matched by a politics and discourse of resistance, hope, and possibility. This becomes particularly evident in his chapters on Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn. Thinking Dangerously makes clear that at the heart of the struggle for a radical democracy is the reviving of the radical imagination as the basis for new forms of political and collective struggle. Probing these issues through a series of interrelated essays and important interviews, Giroux provides an accessible, layered, and sustained example of how thinking dangerously is central to and connected with the struggle over the radical imagination and the fight to fulfill the promise of a radical democracy.
“Giroux’s passion virtually burns up the pages. Giroux calls out the corporate, Orwellian forces destroying our ability to think—a dangerous activity in our authoritarian society. Watch out—this book might turn on the critical imagination circuits in your brain that Giroux argues are our only hope for building democracy.”
—Charles Derber, author of The Disinherited Majority and Sociopathic Society
“In this outstanding book, Henry Giroux dismembers the violent extremism that seeks to dominate humanity. This book is a bracing, eloquent warning.”
—John Pilger, film director and journalist