1st Edition

Dangerous Thinking in the Age of the New Authoritarianism

By Henry A. Giroux Copyright 2015
    252 Pages
    by Routledge

    252 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    Section 1: Orwell and Huxley's America Chapter 1: Between Orwell and Huxley Chapter 2: Thinking Dangerously in an Age of Political Betrayal Chapter 3: Data Storms and the Tyranny of Manufactured Forgetting Chapter 4: Militarism's Killing Fields Chapter 5: ISIS and the Spectacle of Terrorism Chapter 6: Interview Organized Forgetting Section 2: The Savagery of Neoliberalism Chapter 7: Beyond Orwellian Nightmares and the Politics of the Deep State Chapter 8: Neoliberalism and the Machinery of Disposability Chapter 9: Higher Education and the New Brutalism Chapter 10: The Poison of Neoliberal Miseducation Chapter 11: Interview Predatory Neoliberalism as a Global Force Section 3: Reclaim the Radical Imagination Chapter 12: The Responsibility of Intellectuals in the Shadow of the Atomic Plague Chapter 13: Neoliberalism's War against the Radical Imagination Chapter 14: Protesting Youth in an Age of Neoliberal Savagery Chapter 15: Noam Chomsky and the Public Intellectual in Dark Times Chapter 16: Interview The Specter of Authoritarianism and the Future of the Left


    Henry A. Giroux currently holds the Global TV Network Chair Professorship at McMaster University in the English and Cultural Studies Department. He has published numerous books and articles and his most recent books include America’s Educational Deficit and the War on Youth (2013) and Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education (2014).

    “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