America has become amnesiac— a country in which forms of historical,
political, and moral forgetting are not only wilfully practiced but
celebrated. The United States has degenerated into a social order
that is awash in public stupidity and views critical thought as both
a liability and a threat. Not only is this obvious in the presence
of a celebrity culture that embraces the banal and idiotic, but also
in the prevailing discourses and policies of a range of politicians
and anti-public intellectuals who believe that the legacy of the
Enlightenment needs to be reversed.
Henry A Giroux
the Crisis Papers
The Editors' Internet Publications
Adieu, the Progressive Internet?
During the afternoon of
Election Day, November 8, the progressive website Democratic
Underground was hacked and shut down. At this writing, five
days later, it remains offline. The identity of the culprit is
unknown. Best case: a presumably Trump supporter acting
spontaneously on his own – an isolated and rare event. Worse
case: an early shot in an incipient cyber war against liberal
dissent. We must hope for the best case, and prepare for the
The Big Lie. Is there any limit to the outrageousness of the GOP lies? Is there any limit to the capacity of a large number of our fellow
citizens to believe these lies? If it were in the interest of the ruling oligarchs to convince a majority
of the public that the earth is flat, could they succeed? This is, after all, a public almost half of which refuses to accept
evolution – the central coordinating concept of modern biology.
James Comey Visits his Shrink.
James Comey is an emotional wreck as he tries to
deal with the political snakepit that is the FBI these days: a
pro-Trump faction engaged with a more moderate faction in a war
of pre-election leaks. Come needs help. In his psychiatrist, the
Bureau director finally has somebody he can vent to.
Germany In 1933: The Easy Slide Into Fascism
This essay, written when
the CheneyBush administration was running roughshod over the
Constitution, is still relevant today as our homegrown
neo-fascists have entered the political mainstream. Trump
makes George W. seem like a genteel moderate. The parallels
to the rise of fascism in 1930 Europe, of course, are not
exact, but seem eerily familiar.(First posted June 9, 2003)
Conscience of a Progressive.
A Book in Progress