By H. Giroux

Henry Giroux's most recent paintings is a compelling choice of new and vintage essays. Key issues equivalent to schooling and democracy, terrorism and protection, and media and formative years tradition are critiqued in Giroux's signature kind. this can be a interesting assortment for Giroux lovers and educators alike.

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C. is no longer about democracy, the public good, public participation, or critical citizenship. What needs to be recognized is that under the auspices of a diverse group of extremists, including political, religious, and market fundamentalists, political and educational culture is being transformed by the discourses of privatization, consumerism, and marketbased choice, the spectacle of celebrity, and the revived ethics of social Darwinism. Abstracted from the ideal of public commitment, the new authoritarianism represents a political and economic practice and form of militarism that loosen the connections among substantive democracy, critical agency, and critical education.

He also abetted the conservative initiative, which had made headway in the Congress and courts in the 1980s, to criminalize social problems by disinvesting in social reform and reinvesting in a state that was increasingly more concerned about punishment, containment, and surveillance than addressing the underlying causes of social problems. With the election of George W. Bush to the presidency in 2000, democracy was drastically weakened as its most basic underlying principles began to unravel. 5 All things social as well as the very concept of the public good were under attack since they detracted from the interests of profit-making and limited the expansion and possibilities of market identities, values, and relations.

14 While the Bush administration extended tax cuts to the super rich, it scaled back a range of programs—including job training, housing, higher education, Medicaid benefits, and an array of social services that benefit the poor and the disadvantaged. ”15 Food stamp programs will be slashed as well as after-school programs, crucial education programs, and heating assistance programs for the poor. But while the poor have suffered under the Bush presidency, the economy has prospered for billionaires.

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