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Against the Terror of Neoliberalism: Politics Beyond the Age of Greed (Cultural Politics and the Promise of Democracy) Paperback – March 28, 2008


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  • Series: Cultural Politics and the Promise of Democracy
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers (March 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594515212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594515217
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #871,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Henry Giroux has done it again! Against a fastball from Wall Street, the World Bank and the IMF, and the ideologues and practitioners of free market fundamentalism, he smashes a home run. Giroux surgically and decisively dissects the contradictions and the brutal inhumanity and injustice of the free market. He also provides the outlines for a roadmap to get out of this living hell. --Robert W. McChesney, author, The Problem of the Media

One of the most powerful critiques of the current U.S. regime to date, as precise as it is well-documented, as courageous as it is wide-ranging. --Nick Couldry, London School of Economics and Political Science

Henry Giroux is society's teacher and conscience. Refusing the easy divide between cultural criticism and economic analysis, he demonstrates the strategies and techniques by which market fundamentalism is profoundly changing the people s everyday lives and threatening the values that define our common heritage. --Lawrence Grossberg, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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Henry A. Giroux currently holds the Global TV Network Chair Professorship at McMaster University in the English and Cultural Studies Department. He has published numerous books and articles and his most recent books include America’s Educational Deficit and the War on Youth (2013) and Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education (2014). The Toronto Star has named Henry Giroux one of the twelve Canadians changing the way we think! Read the article here: Twelve Canadians Changing the Way We Think

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By D. morris on May 31, 2008
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"Against the Terror of Neoliberalism" may be Henry Giroux's most encompassing, incisive, challenging and essential book. It is expansive in terms of the crucial domestic and international issues that are insightfully and rigorously covered, but simultaneous with the wide-ranging discourse is a vigorous focus that runs through every chapter. To read Giroux is to engage one of the leading public intellectuals, educational theorists, and prolific writers of our time. One exits the engagement with this book with a much deeper and clearer understanding of the multiple domestic and international crises and challenges we face, as well as a newly enlivened sense of commitment accompanied by the tools, hope and knowledge necessary to work to overcome these crises and challenges.

Anyone interested in gaining a much deeper comprehension of current economic, political, cultural and educational policies, impacts and directions, and anyone willing to engage, understand and confront urgent questions and concerns about youth, public education, social responsibility, violence, the pedagogical power of corporate culture, emerging forms of authoritarianism, the exploitation of workers and resources, the future, racism, militarism, the dominant media, and possibilities for developing meaningful forms of democracy will find this book thoroughly engrossing and endlessly rewarding.

No short review can capture the breadth and brilliance of this book, nor the intellectual excitement it generates. Engaging Giroux seriously is exhausting and challenging, but only in ways that are invigorating and encouraging, and because of that, all of us should be thankful that Giroux continues his dedicated, persistent and inspired work.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Brian M. McKenna on June 3, 2008
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I started reading Henry Giroux back in 1983 and have never stopped. His inaugural book, written while he was only in his 30s, "Theory and Resistance in Education," remains a powerhouse guide to radical education. But nothing prepares us for Giroux's latest work. His "Against the Terror of Neoliberalism" is a red star exploding. Densely packed with brilliant insights into the black hole which is proto-fascist America, the book explains how things have gone badly wrong and where we are likely heading -- unless we abort and radically change course. It seems that Giroux has read everything. Like CLR James, Giroux is a towering people's intellectual who writes with incredible depth and ferocity. One never tires of reading and rereading him. What makes him such a commanding figure is his honest-to-goodness compassion. Giroux embodies Che's idea that love is at the heart of revolutionary change. Long may he write - and lead.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Adam Fletcher on June 29, 2008
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Teachers, youth workers, and parents who want to change the world: Read this book. Henry Giroux has written the essential book for anyone who wants to understand the powerful forces that are changing our world today, and the effects these forces are having on the most important people we work and live with everyday: children and youth. If you are tired of the over-simplified Fox News-style explanations of increased poverty, demoralized social fabric and machoistic militarism that come from most mainstream progressive sources, then Giroux's new book is a great read. He puts everything into context: education reform, the American empire, and increased jailing all find their places in the mess of modern U.S. culture, and better yet, Giroux doesn't hesitate to tell it like it is.

As a parent, an educator, and as a youth worker I recommend this book strongly to anyone yearning to understand why, how, and where our young people fit into - and need to fit into - the world today. Because of this book I am looking in my own "educated hope," and am now recommitted to "make the promise of a democracy and a different future worth fighting for." I hope you are, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By chezlouise on December 27, 2013
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I think if your goal is to get your message over to the Everyman/Everywoman; the Terrified of the Neoliberalism/ Fiscal Conservative; Student; and all Brothers and Sisters of Occupy you really ought Henry A. Giroux bring the price of your books down so what you write (in books) is readily available to Main Street as well as the Ivory Tower Street. The price of this book more reasonable than your others.

Great stuff therein though!
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5 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Herbert Gintis on May 19, 2009
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I have trouble reading this book in large chunks because virtually every paragraph leaves me mystified and asking unanswered questions. Thus, I propose to make comments periodically, and hopefully a full review will emerge at the end of the process.

First off, I find the very idea of "neoliberalism" to be conservative and backward looking. That is not necessarily bad, but in this case, what Giroux looks back to is the post-WWII era in the US and Europe when unions were very strong and the left offered a vision of state-controlled economic relations that was attractive to a large fraction of the electorates in many countries. We might call that the "social democratic" opposition to classical liberalism, which upheld a strong market economy in which the role of the state was mainly protecting property rights, defending the country, and determining the supply of money.

The lament of Giroux is that we have abandoned the social-democratic opposition, and classical liberalism has returned to its former hegemonic power, to the detriment of (a) the poor; (b) workers; (c) minorities; (d) women; and (e) third world countries. Indeed, the opening quotation in chapter one is by Susan George (1999) who says "In 1945 or 1950, if you had seriously proposed any of the ideas and policies in today's standard neo-liberal toolkit, you would have been laughed off the stage or sent off to the insane asylum". "Gone," comments Giroux, "is capitalism's promise of a better future for all. All that is left is the savagery of a war against all, and a future of hopelessness and cynicism." (p. 4)

I have two problems with this analysis.
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