The Terror of the Unforeseen

The Terror of the Unforeseen

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Overview

In a searing takedown of the populist authoritarian vision of America, The Terror of the Unforeseen tackles the resurgence of fascism in the age of Donald Trump’s presidency. Through the mendacious exchange of facts for “fake news,” Henry A. Giroux examines the language of hatred that activates neoliberal fascism, complete with state-sanctioned racism, casino capitalism, and fear-mongering at federal and local levels. In this “age of disposability,” Trump’s rhetoric eschews reason and democratic principles in favor of impetuous politics rooted in bigotry, all to injuriously catastrophic effect. Through protests, strikes, and education, Giroux proposes an international social movement that joins together various modes of resistance to illuminate a democratic renewal, and proves himself once again as one of the great public intellectuals of our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940660493
Publisher: Los Angeles Review of Books
Publication date: 07/16/2019
Series: LARB Provocations
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author

Henry Giroux is scholar and cultural critic. One of the founding theorists of critical pedagogy in the United States, he is known for his pioneering work in public pedagogy, cultural studies, youth studies, higher education, media studies, and critical theory. He has published more than 60 books, and is published widely throughout education and cultural studies literature.

Julian Casablancas is an American singer/songwriter and lead singer of The Strokes. He works at the intersection of music and politics. His political philosophies question the economies of capitalist greed and the dominating relationship of political institutions over democracy.

Table of Contents

I. The Unforeseen in the Era of Fear

Chapter 1: The Ghost of Fascism in the Age of Trump

Chapter 2: Beyond the Language of Hate in Dark Times

Chapter 3: The Politics of Neoliberal Fascism

Chapter 4. The Twilight of the Social

II. Landscapes of Terror and Struggle

Chapter 5: Neoliberalism and Higher Education in a Time of Tyranny

Chapter 6: Shooting Children in the Age of Disposability: Beyond the Spectacle of the American Carnage

Chapter 7: Striking for Justice: Teachers and Students Protesting Neoliberal Violence

Chapter 8: Beyond Trump, Kavanaugh, and the Path to Neoliberal Fascism

What People are Saying About This

Nick Pemberton

"Henry Giroux's The Terror of the Unforeseen provides an urgent warning in response to Donald Trump’s collapsing of language, showing us an alternative path through his own thoughtful, compassionate, sincere, and sophisticated writing." —Nick Pemberton

Carol Becker

"Henry Giroux is aware that only vigilance will save us from the erosion of democracy that is occurring daily in the US and in other parts of the world. As a public intellectual propelled by a strong moral imperative, he has taken on the task of analyzing the causes and effects of this alarming situation in all their complexity. The Terror of the Unforeseen is a compelling addition to this ongoing, vital project." —Carol Becker, Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts

Rabbi Michael Lerner

"Henry Giroux, a brilliant and revolutionary thinker, helps us understand why we must refuse to equate capitalism and democracy, or to normalize greed or accept individualism as the highest form of human life. In this exciting new take on social reality, Giroux describes how the neoliberalism that has for the past 40 years has been paving a path to fascism that will have a distinctively contemporary flavor, yet will be just as destructive as fascisms of the past. Filled with passion and insight, The Terror of the Unforeseen is a book that should be read by anyone who wants to understand and prepare for the dangers and opportunities of political struggle in the 2020s." —Rabbi Michael Lerner, Editor of Tikkun Magazine and author of Revolutionary Love

Lawrence Grossberg

"Henry Giroux has, for decades, combined passion and intellect to map out the often terrifying directions of US politics and economics, while recognizing, as too few on the left have, that culture matters. Refusing to give in to despair, The Terror of the Unforeseen argues that education is the necessary cornerstone of any democratic political struggle. It demonstrates, once again, why Giroux is one of the most important public intellectuals in the United States." —Lawrence Grossberg, Morris Davis Distinguished Professor at UNC Chapel Hill

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