America's Addiction to Terrorism by Henry A. Giroux

By Henry A. Giroux

Within the usa this day, the time period "terrorism" evokes photos of risky, open air threats: spiritual extremists and suicide bombers specifically. more durable to determine yet the entire extra pervasive is the terrorism perpetuated by means of the us itself, even 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 ebook, turns the traditional knowledge on terrorism the wrong way up, demonstrating how worry and lawlessness became organizing ideas 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 method and the way youth specifically endure 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, uncommon occupation constructing the tenets of serious pedagogy to suggest a therapy for our dependancy to terrorism: one of those "public pedagogy" that demanding situations the poisoned narratives of "America's dis-imagination machine."

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War and violence now function as an aphrodisiac for a public inundated with commodities and awash in celebrity culture idiocy. Capitalizing on the pent-up emotions of an angry, disillusioned, and grieving public, almost any reportage of a terrorist attack throughout the globe further amplifies the American media’s hyped-up language of war, patriotism, surveillance, and retaliation—often infused by unchecked racism. Conservative talking heads write numerous op-eds and appear on endless talk shows fanning the fires of “patriotism” by calling upon the United States to expand the war against any one of a number of Arab countries that are considered terrorist states.

Where torture and rape are regular occurrences and where in some states the conditions are worse than at Gitmo. ”15 One report claims that many of these men were beaten with telephone books and that “cattle prods were used to administer electric shocks to victims’ genitals. They were suffocated, beaten, and burned, and had guns forced into their mouths. They faced mock executions with shotguns. . ”16 The filmmaker Deborah Davis has documented a number of incidents in the 1990s of unmistakable torture within the American prison system and has argued that many of the sadistic practices she witnessed being used against prisoners were essentially exported to Abu Ghraib.

Custody, the President’s lawyers said, these suspects could be held incommunicado, hidden from their families and international monitors such as the Red Cross, and subjected to unending abuse, so long as it didn’t meet the lawyer’s own definition of torture. 17 The maiming and breaking of bodies and the forms of unimaginable pain inflicted by the Bush administration on so-called enemy combatants were no longer seen as violations of either international human rights or a constitutional commitment to democratic ideals.

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