By Henry A. Giroux
Within the usa this present day, the time period "terrorism" inspires pictures of harmful, outdoor threats: non secular extremists and suicide bombers particularly. more durable to determine yet all of the extra pervasive is the terrorism perpetuated by means of the U.S. itself, no matter if via army strength out of the 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 wrong way up, demonstrating how worry and lawlessness became organizing rules of existence within the usa, and violence a suitable kind 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 kids particularly undergo its extra nefarious results.
Against this grim photograph, Giroux posits a politics of wish and a dedication to accurate-and radical-historical reminiscence. He attracts on a protracted, distinctive profession constructing the tenets of severe pedagogy to suggest a therapy for our habit to terrorism: one of those "public pedagogy" that demanding situations the poisoned narratives of "America's dis-imagination machine."
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For example, John Bolton, writing an op-ed for the New York Times, insisted that any attempt by the Obama administration to negotiate an arms deal with Iran would clearly be a sign of weakness. For Bolton, the only way to deal with Iran is to launch an attack on their nuclear infrastructure. ”57 Indeed, the current extremists dominating Congress require no encouragement to go to war with Iran, bomb Syria into the twilight zone, and further extend the reach of the American empire through its bloated war machine to any country that questions the use of American power.
Power is addictive, especially when it is reckless, and offers personal rewards for those politicians who follow the corporate script and stand to benefit from human misery. Witness the number of Republicans 56 A ME R IC A’ S A D D IC T IO N TO T E R RO R IS M who still defend the practice of torture and deny the legitimacy of the Senate report. Ignoring that torture is an exercise of power based on willed amorality, they duplicitously attack the Senate report not for its content, but because they believe its release will anger the alleged enemies of the United States—as if that hasn’t already been done by demonizing their religion, encircling them with nuclear weapons, bombing them alongside civilians in indiscriminate drone attacks, torturing them, and otherwise threatening or killing them through a range of savage military practices and diplomatic acts.
The extreme visibility of both real and imagined violence in American culture represents a willful pedagogy of carnage and gore designed to normalize its presence and to legitimate its practice as a matter of common sense. Moreover, warmaking and the militarization of public discourse and public space also serve as an uncritical homage to a form of hypermasculinity that operates from the assumption that violence is not only the most effective practice for mediating most problems, but also central to identity formation itself.