By Henry A. Giroux

ISBN-10: 1583675736

ISBN-13: 9781583675731

Within the usa at the present time, the time period "terrorism" evokes pictures of harmful, outdoor threats: non secular extremists and suicide bombers particularly. tougher to determine yet all of the extra pervasive is the terrorism perpetuated via the USA itself, no matter if via army strength in another country or woven into the very textile of society at domestic.

Henry Giroux, during this passionate and incisive ebook, turns the normal knowledge on terrorism the other way up, demonstrating how worry and lawlessness became organizing rules of existence within the usa, and violence an appropriate type of social mediation. He addresses the main urgent problems with the instant, from formally sanctioned torture to militarized police forces to austerity politics. Giroux additionally examines the continued degradation of the schooling procedure and the way kids particularly endure its extra nefarious results.

Against this grim photograph, Giroux posits a politics of desire and a dedication to accurate-and radical-historical reminiscence. He attracts on a protracted, uncommon occupation constructing the tenets of severe pedagogy to suggest a medication for our dependancy to terrorism: a type of "public pedagogy" that demanding situations the poisoned narratives of "America's dis-imagination machine."

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The United States was condemned around the globe for its support of torture and it was hoped that such extensive condemnation would take place once again in light of the Senate report. Fortunately, when President Obama came to office, he outlawed the most egregious acts practiced by the professional torturers of the Bush-Cheney regime. Yet undercurrents of authoritarianism die hard in the circles of unaccountable power. The Senate report made clear that the CIA engaged in lies, distortions, and horrendous violations of human rights, including waterboarding and other sordid practices.

As Don Hazen observes, it also “breeds more violence, mental illness and trauma, social disintegration, job failure, loss of workers’ rights, and much more. ”68 Fear and repression reproduce, rather than address, the most fundamental antidemocratic elements of terrorism. Instead of promulgating a culture of fear, people need to recognize that the threat of terrorism cannot be understood apart from the crisis of democracy itself. In the current historical moment, the language of indiscriminate revenge and lawlessness seems to be winning the day.

Government accounted for 37 percent of world military expenditures, putting it far ahead of all other nations. ) From 2004 to 2013, the United States was also the No. 1 weapons exporter in the world. S. 3 Certainly, this is not to suggest that the United States had not engaged in criminal and lawless acts historically or committed acts of brutality that would rightly be labeled acts of torture. That much about our history is clear: indiscriminate violence and torture practiced through and with the right-wing Latin American dictatorships in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Brazil in the 1970s; the willful murder and torture of civilians in Vietnam, Iraq, 48 A ME R IC A’ S A D D IC T IO N TO T E R RO R IS M and Afghanistan; and, of more recent memory, the torture and prisoner abuse at Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib.

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