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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 and a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Ryerson University. He is the author of more than 50 books including The Educational Deficit and the War on Youth and Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism. Many of his essays, including The Spectacle of Illiteracy, appear on his website at His interview with Bill Moyers is must viewing. He was recently named one of the century's 50 most significant contributors to the debate on education.

The likelihood that your acts of resistance cannot stop the injustice
does not exempt you from acting in what you
sincerely and reflectively
hold to be the best interests of your community.
Susan Sontag.

YOUR COMMENTSIn the post-Trump era, the politics of historical amnesia, disappearance and disposability continue to thrive. Trump may have lost the election in 2020, but his influence is everywhere, and one consequence is that public values are continually denigrated and undermined by the politicians who slavishly endorse his malignant politics and authoritarian worldview. The ghosts of a fascist past are with us once again and can no longer be ignored. The ghosts of a fascist past are with us once again and can no longer be ignored. Such fascist passions increasingly less difficult to determine, slowly reveal the most monstrous, brutal, and devastating features and effects.

The violent traces of the past tear into the present, mapping the accumulation of disasters which layer history. History is under attack and is no longer is valued for the lessons to be learned about a past wrought with both the burdens of human misery and the collective courage of mass resistance. Dangerous memories at the heart of a historical consciousness that extend from the extermination of native Americans and the horrors of slavery to the ravages of unchecked capitalism, the ongoing wars on undocumented immigrants, and the police violence disproportionately aimed at Black people-- increasingly disappear from those sites that are guardians of historical memory—schools, libraries, social media- particularly under the policies of the memory police who lead the Republican Party. Pedagogy of Resistance argues that it is not enough for historical memory to be merely stated or acknowledged. It needs to be imaginative and equipped with a restive defiance in the face of those forces that continue to annihilate humanity while undermining the collective courage needed to reveal the truth, question authority, and fight for social, racial and economic justice.

Pedagogy of Resistance draws upon a vast number of resources to make clear that cultural politics is increasingly marked by a pedagogy of disappearance waged through book burnings, unchecked censorship, the elevation of hate over shared compassion, and a growing violence waged against the oppositional press. The politics of disappearance with its collapse of collective conscience is a prison with and without cells; it is the pit where the dead bodies of journalists and poets are buried; books are destroyed or erased; it is terror exhibited by the police who come in the night to arrest dissidents; it is the deep grammar of a social system at war with democracy.

Yet, the ghosts of resistance are far from absent. They wait and work to make memory come alive. Despair does more than destroy dreams, it also holds the promise of a revolution in shared values, consciousness, the meaning of social agency, and the promise of mass resistance. This is evident by the fact that a pedagogy of resistance has emerged, particularly among young people, those considered disposable, and artists who fight against learned helplessness in order to hold power accountable and to give voice to the dead whose presence is a reminder that one can never look away in the face of barbarism. Such resistance now moves in the menacing shadows of the present and serve as an early warning system for illuminating the darkest moments of history. Humankind is in the midst of a crisis in which it is crucial for individuals to critically engage and resist the pandemics of injustice that undermine the capacities for critical thought, dialectical thinking, and the desire for a democratic alternative to neoliberal capitalism.

At the core of the Pedagogy of Resistance is the reminder that education is central to politics and that no democracy can exist without informed citizens. It is a call for those who believe that history is open and that it is necessary for people to think otherwise to act otherwise, especially if we want to imagine and bring into being alternative democratic futures and horizons of possibility. At stake here is the need to develop a vision infused with a mix of justice, hope, and struggle, a task in the age of pandemics that has never been more important than it is today. Moreover, in the face of the emerging tyranny and fascist politics that are spreading across the globe, it is time to merge a sense of moral outrage with a sense of civic courage and collective action. At the very least, education is a central part of politics because it provides the foundation for those of us who believe that democracy is a site of struggle, which can only be encountered through an awareness of both its fragility and necessity.

Pivotal to this struggle is the necessity to rethink and relearn the role that critical education and civic literacy have and can play in producing a collective anti-capitalist consciousness. A central theme in Pedagogy of Resistance is that there is no democracy without an educated public and there is no educated public without the support and existence of institutions that define education as a public good, and as a crucial public sphere. Educators, artists, intellectuals, and other cultural workers have a moral and political responsibility to put into place those pedagogical sites and practices that enable the critical agents and social movements willing to refuse to equate capitalism and democracy and uphold the conviction that the problems of ecological destruction, mass poverty, militarism, systemic racism, staggering economic inequality, the carceral state, and a host of other social problems cannot be solved by leaving capitalism in place. Education in its multiple sites and expressions once again must do justice to democracy and the conditions that make it possible by writing the future in the language of struggle, hope, equality, compassion, and the fundamental narratives of freedom and equality.

By Henry Giroux:
The Death of Ethics
Banning Books
Homage to Paulo Freire
Plague of Manufactured Ignorance
Racial Cleansing and Erasing History
Plague of Historical Amnesia
Recovering from Trumpism
Tribute to Noam Chomsky
The Ouster of Trump
White Supremacy in the Offal Office
The Plague of Inequity
Covid and our Embattled Society
Trump and the Corona Death Waltz
Neoliberal Fascism
The Terror Unforseen
Interview of H.A.Giroux
The Normalization of Fascism
The Public Intellectual II
Bertrand Russell: Public Intellectual
Thinking Dangerously in Dark Times
Democracy in Exile
Authoritarianism in America
Violence: US Favourite Pastime
Losing in Trump's America
In Dark Times Teachers Matter
The Age of Civic Illiteracy
Exile and Disruption in the Academy
What Society Produces a Donald Trump
From School to the Prison Pipeline
Orwell & Huxely
American Sniper and Hollywood Heroism
Selfie Culture
The Age of Disposability
In the Shadow of the Atomic Bomb
Killing Machines and the Madness of the Military
The Age of Neoliberal Cruelty
The Politics of the Deep State
Challenging Casino Capitalism
Crisis in Democracy
America's Descent into Madness







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