America's Addiction to Terrorism by Henry A. Giroux

By Henry A. Giroux

Within the usa this present day, the time period "terrorism" inspires pictures of risky, outdoors threats: non secular extremists and suicide bombers particularly. more durable to work out yet the entire extra pervasive is the terrorism perpetuated via the U.S. itself, no matter if via army strength in a foreign country or woven into the very textile of society at domestic.

Henry Giroux, during this passionate and incisive publication, turns the normal knowledge on terrorism the wrong way up, demonstrating how worry and lawlessness became organizing ideas of existence within the usa, and violence a suitable 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 continuing degradation of the schooling approach and the way youngsters specifically undergo 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, special profession constructing the tenets of severe pedagogy to suggest a therapy 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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War fever tends always to be sporadic and subject to disillusionment. 65 Defined as “the complex of military and security firms rushing to exploit the national nervous breakdown,”66 the fear economy promises big financial gains for both the Defense Department and the anti-terrorist security sector now primed to terror-proof everything from trash cans and water systems to shopping malls and public restrooms. The war on terrorism has been transformed into a new market in which to pitch consumer goods for the fearful, while the hysterical warmongers and their acolytes in the media turn politics into an extension of war.

The war on terror had now reduced governance in the United States to a legalized apparatus of terror that mimicked the very violence it was meant to combat. ”18 But it did more. Under the Bush-Cheney reign of power, torture was embraced in unprecedented ways through a no-holds- America's Addiction to Torture 51 barred approach to war that suggested the administration’s need to exhibit a kind of ethical and psychic hardening—a hyper-masculine emotional callousness that expressed itself in a warped militaristic mindset.

They are the thoughtless gangsters reminiscent of the monsters who made fascism possible at another time in history. S. power and put into play a vast legal and repressive apparatus that expands the field of violence and the technologies, knowledge, and institutions central to fighting what they wish to be an all-encompassing war on terror. Americans now live under a government in which the doctrine of permanent warfare is legitimated through a state of emergency deeply rooted in a mass psychology of violence and culture of cruelty that are essential to transforming a government of laws into a regime of lawlessness.

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