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The New Violence

Tuesday, 25 September 2012 09:18 By Henry A Giroux, Truthout | Message

A protester is detained by police during demonstrations marking the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York, September 17, 2012. (Photo: Robert Stolarik / The New York Times) A protester is detained by police during demonstrations marking the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York, September 17, 2012. (Photo: Robert Stolarik / The New York Times) Violence seems to be the only currency left for the neoliberal state. Its hard side lies in the devastation of cities, the assault on social provisions, public sector workers, the poor and middle class, the disinvestment in schools. All of this coupled with the ongoing militarization of everyday life points to a frightening authoritarian state.

The soft side is on display every day in the neoliberal appeal to elections as the only form of politics left for progressives, the painting of Obama as the only real choice for the future, and the increasing normalization of a market society in which it is claimed that the current state of politics is the only politics available to us.

This is the new violence that assaults public institutions, bodies, and minds. All the more reason to read Truthout in order to get alternative opinions, news, and insights into what it means to imagine a new world, a radical democratic politics, and the possibility for change outside of the current corrupt politics that dominates the two-party, corporate-controlled system.

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Henry A Giroux

Henry A. Giroux currently holds the Global TV Network Chair Professorship at McMaster University in the English and Cultural Studies Department and a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Ryerson University. His most recent books include:  On Critical Pedagogy (Continuum, 2011), Twilight of the Social: Resurgent Publics in the Age of Disposability (Paradigm 2012), Disposable Youth: Racialized Memories and the Culture of Cruelty (Routledge 2012), Youth in Revolt: Reclaiming a Democratic Future (Paradigm 2013), and The Educational Deficit and the War on Youth (Monthly Review Press, 2013), America's Disimagination Machine (City Lights) and Higher Education After Neoliberalism (Haymarket) will be published in 2014). Giroux is also a member of Truthout's Board of Directors. His web site is www.henryagiroux.com. Truthout readers receive a 30% discount by clicking the link and inserting the Code: TOGIR (please note that this code is cap-sensitive) on the following books: Youth in Revolt: Reclaiming a Democratic Future, March 2013; The Twilight of the Social: Resurgent Politics in an Age of Disposability, April 2012; Hearts of Darkness: Torturing Children in the War on Terror, August 2010; Politics After Hope: Obama and the Crisis of Youth, Race, and Democracy, April 2010; and The University in Chains: Confronting the Military-Industrial-Academic Complex, June 2007.

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The New Violence

Tuesday, 25 September 2012 09:18 By Henry A Giroux, Truthout | Message

A protester is detained by police during demonstrations marking the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York, September 17, 2012. (Photo: Robert Stolarik / The New York Times) A protester is detained by police during demonstrations marking the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York, September 17, 2012. (Photo: Robert Stolarik / The New York Times) Violence seems to be the only currency left for the neoliberal state. Its hard side lies in the devastation of cities, the assault on social provisions, public sector workers, the poor and middle class, the disinvestment in schools. All of this coupled with the ongoing militarization of everyday life points to a frightening authoritarian state.

The soft side is on display every day in the neoliberal appeal to elections as the only form of politics left for progressives, the painting of Obama as the only real choice for the future, and the increasing normalization of a market society in which it is claimed that the current state of politics is the only politics available to us.

This is the new violence that assaults public institutions, bodies, and minds. All the more reason to read Truthout in order to get alternative opinions, news, and insights into what it means to imagine a new world, a radical democratic politics, and the possibility for change outside of the current corrupt politics that dominates the two-party, corporate-controlled system.

Please make a tax-deductible donation toward our work:

Click here
to donate.
Click here to donate.
(Truthout is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. EIN: 20-0031641)

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This article is a Truthout original.

Henry A Giroux

Henry A. Giroux currently holds the Global TV Network Chair Professorship at McMaster University in the English and Cultural Studies Department and a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Ryerson University. His most recent books include:  On Critical Pedagogy (Continuum, 2011), Twilight of the Social: Resurgent Publics in the Age of Disposability (Paradigm 2012), Disposable Youth: Racialized Memories and the Culture of Cruelty (Routledge 2012), Youth in Revolt: Reclaiming a Democratic Future (Paradigm 2013), and The Educational Deficit and the War on Youth (Monthly Review Press, 2013), America's Disimagination Machine (City Lights) and Higher Education After Neoliberalism (Haymarket) will be published in 2014). Giroux is also a member of Truthout's Board of Directors. His web site is www.henryagiroux.com. Truthout readers receive a 30% discount by clicking the link and inserting the Code: TOGIR (please note that this code is cap-sensitive) on the following books: Youth in Revolt: Reclaiming a Democratic Future, March 2013; The Twilight of the Social: Resurgent Politics in an Age of Disposability, April 2012; Hearts of Darkness: Torturing Children in the War on Terror, August 2010; Politics After Hope: Obama and the Crisis of Youth, Race, and Democracy, April 2010; and The University in Chains: Confronting the Military-Industrial-Academic Complex, June 2007.

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