America on the Edge: Henry Giroux on Politics, Culture, and by H. Giroux

By H. Giroux

Henry Giroux's most modern paintings is a compelling selection of new and vintage essays. Key subject matters comparable to schooling and democracy, terrorism and protection, and media and adolescence tradition are critiqued in Giroux's signature kind. this can be a attention-grabbing assortment for Giroux lovers and educators alike.

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55 This reads like a page out of George Orwell’s novel, 1984, and appears to counter every decent and democratic value that defines higher education The Conservative Assault on America / 33 as a democratic public sphere. Unfortunately, public schools are faring no better. Public schools not only have more military recruiters; they also have more military personnel teaching in the classrooms. In addition, schools now adopt the logic of “tough love” by implementing zero tolerance policies that effectively model urban public schools after prisons, just as students’ rights increasingly diminish under the onslaught of a military-style discipline.

George W. Bush’s reelection is tantamount to a revolution aimed at rolling back most of the democratic gains of the last century. Paul Krugman is right in arguing that “Bush isn’t a conservative. He’s a radical—the leader of a coalition that deeply dislikes America as it is. Part of that coalition wants to tear down the legacy of Franklin Roosevelt, eviscerating Social Security and, eventually, Medicare. ”57 Under Bush’s first term as president, growing appeals to fear and insecurity coupled with a growing 34 / America on the Edge militarism, authoritarianism, and culture of cynicism became the most powerful values and forces shaping public life.

Everybody is now a customer or client, and every relationship is ultimately judged in bottom-line, cost-effective terms. ”25 With the rise of market fundamentalism, economics is accorded more respect than politics; the citizen has been reduced to a consumer; and the buying and selling of goods is all that seems to matter. Even children are now targeted as a constituency from which to make money, reduced to commodities, sexualized in endless advertisements, and shamelessly treated as a market for huge profits.

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