Friday, May 05, 2017

Henry Giroux Takes Trump To The Woodshed

The title of his address says it all - Between Orwell and Huxley in the Age of New Authoritarianism.

Giroux' speech begins at the 24:40 mark.


Toby said...

Giroux talks so fast that he trips over himself. I find he loses me as I try to keep up. One wonders if he is racing to get it all out before the Black Shirts break down the door. Never-the-less, he is worth listening to.

As a questioner pointed out at the end, these forces are not new. Remember Lincoln Rockwell? When he was at his worst memory of WWII was still fresh in Americans' minds and the vast majority refused to listen to Rockwell's Nazi crap; he had more than a few tomatoes thrown at him. Times have changed; people avidly listen to the likes of Trump. The forces of darkness have come out from under their rocks.

We always need to remember that Hitler could not have accomplished what he did without the enthusiastic efforts of over a million supporters across Europe from the Channel Islands to Ukraine. Add to them the Western industrialists and financiers who funneled money, arms, fuel and war toys to Germany before and during the war. As Trump unleashes the forces of darkness he will do so to the cheering of millions.

From Trudeau on down our Canadian leaders need to decide on which side they stand.

The Mound of Sound said...

Fortunately for me, Toby, I didn't have as much trouble following Giroux. It does take a somewhat higher level of attention to be sure.

You might like to read Bob Altemeyer's book, "The "Authoritarians." It's a worthwhile read and you can access it, free, from this link:

Owen Gray said...

Perhaps it has something to do with Giroux's New England accent. I suspect his forbears headed south from Quebec. That said, though, I find his analysis compelling.

The Mound of Sound said...

Good catch, Owen. He's from Providence, R.I. I too find his analysis hard to dispute.

Anonymous said...

Anyong....I did not have trouble following Giroux's address.