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Between Orwell and Huxley in the Age of New Authoritarianism

Sunday, April 30, 2017 By Henry A. Giroux, McMaster Humanities | Video
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"Collective opposition is no longer an option, it's a necessity." This was the impassioned call-to-action made by McMaster University scholar and public intellectual Henry Giroux during a recent lecture in which he described what he calls the "vindictive chaos" of politics in the United States, comparing Trump's America to the dystopian worlds of George Orwell's 1984 and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. "The body of democracy is on life support and the wounds now being inflicted upon it are alarming. This certainly raises questions about what role educational institutions should take in the face of impending tyranny," says Giroux. "At the heart of such efforts is the question of what education should accomplish in a democracy under siege." The talk featured in the video was part of a special event hosted by McMaster University.—Erica Balch

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Henry A. Giroux

Henry A. Giroux currently holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the English and Cultural Studies Department and the Paulo Freire Distinguished Scholar in Critical Pedagogy. His most recent books are America's Addiction to Terrorism (Monthly Review Press, 2016) and America at War with Itself (City Lights, 2017). He is also a contributing editor to a number of journals, including Tikkun, the Journal of Wild Culture and Ragazine. Giroux is also a member of Truthout's Board of Directors. His website is www.henryagiroux.com.


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Between Orwell and Huxley in the Age of New Authoritarianism

Sunday, April 30, 2017 By Henry A. Giroux, McMaster Humanities | Video
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To read more articles by Henry A. Giroux and other authors in the Public Intellectual Project, click here.

"Collective opposition is no longer an option, it's a necessity." This was the impassioned call-to-action made by McMaster University scholar and public intellectual Henry Giroux during a recent lecture in which he described what he calls the "vindictive chaos" of politics in the United States, comparing Trump's America to the dystopian worlds of George Orwell's 1984 and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. "The body of democracy is on life support and the wounds now being inflicted upon it are alarming. This certainly raises questions about what role educational institutions should take in the face of impending tyranny," says Giroux. "At the heart of such efforts is the question of what education should accomplish in a democracy under siege." The talk featured in the video was part of a special event hosted by McMaster University.—Erica Balch

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

Henry A. Giroux

Henry A. Giroux currently holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the English and Cultural Studies Department and the Paulo Freire Distinguished Scholar in Critical Pedagogy. His most recent books are America's Addiction to Terrorism (Monthly Review Press, 2016) and America at War with Itself (City Lights, 2017). He is also a contributing editor to a number of journals, including Tikkun, the Journal of Wild Culture and Ragazine. Giroux is also a member of Truthout's Board of Directors. His website is www.henryagiroux.com.


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