Taking notes 61: Muhammad Ali was a freedom fighter not a celebrity

by Henry A. Giroux
Ali taught us how to talk back to power. Many of us learned early that what Ali was saying was that we had to flip the script in order to survive Continue reading Taking notes 61: Muhammad Ali was a freedom fighter not a celebrity

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Donald Trump and the ghost of totalitarianism

by Henry A. Giroux
In the current historical moment in the United States, the emptying out of language is nourished by the assault on the civic imagination. One example of this can be found in the rise of Donald Trump on the political scene. Donald Trump’s popular appeal speaks to not just the boldness of what he says and the shock it provokes, but the inability to respond to shock with informed judgement rather than titillation Continue reading Donald Trump and the ghost of totalitarianism

Taking notes 51: Dark waters: Katrina and the politics of disposability

by Henry A. Giroux Hurricane Katrina does more than evoke a critical understanding of institutional racism and the politics of racial disposability[1]; it also elicits new and more dangerous justifications for racist policies. For instance, the neoliberal shill Malcolm Gladwell … Continue reading Taking notes 51: Dark waters: Katrina and the politics of disposability