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Author Topic: Power Structures in Human Society: Pros and Cons Part 1  (Read 11977 times)

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Flipping the Script: Rethinking Working-Class Resistance

Posted on Jun 11, 2015

By Henry A. Giroux, Truthout

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Neoliberalism has created a ruling-class society of monsters for whom pain and suffering are now viewed as entertainment.

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Barbarism is not simply a political concept; it is a practice forged in war and violence. Incapable of self-reflection, it smothers ethical considerations in the language of tactics so that the killing of children at home and abroad through the mechanisms of state terrorism is justified under the pretext of a military necessity - a notion of fear forged in the bowels of the rising surveillance and punishing state.

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... what we are witnessing in the United States is the legacy of slavery and the criminalization of people of color reasserting itself in a society in which justice has been willingly and aggressively replaced by racial injustice. And it is precisely this militarization that should inform any analysis about the growing dangers of totalitarianism in the United States.

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came alive as a youth when I realized that what the ruling class called my deficits were actually my strengths: a sense of solidarity, compassion, a merging of the mind and the body, a willingness to learn and take risks, embracing passion, connecting knowledge to power, being attentive to the injuries of others and embracing a sense of social justice.

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... the alleged strengths of ruling-class types, such as their, cold, hypermasculine modes of embodiment, along with their ruthless sense of competitiveness, their suffocating narcissism, their view of unbridled self-interest as the highest virtue, their ponderous and empty elaborated code, and their often savage and insensitive modes of interaction, were actually poisonous deficits.

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... a neoliberal ethic in which self-interest becomes the organizing principle of one’s life and a survival-of-the fittest ethic breeds a culture that at best promotes an indifference to the plight of others and at worse a disdain for the less fortunate and a widespread culture of cruelty.

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/flipping_the_script_rethinking_working-class_resistance_20150611


Agelbert NOTE:
Henry A. Giroux identified Empathy Deficit Disorder long before I did. He clearly does NOT suffer from it. He clearly recognizes how deleterious to our society the celebration of Empathy Deficit is.

Notice that he is NOT a Christian. Notice that he disdains Creationism. I don't blame him. With so many Empathy Deficit Assholes calling themselves "Christians" and wailing and moaning about abortions while celebrating war,  and cruelty, he is justified to disdain those hypocrites and their selective empathy. He GETS IT about what is REALLY important; I.E. our WALK, not our TALK.

Even though Henry does not share my Christian Faith, I say God Bless Henry A. Giroux. People like him are the only hope humanity has.


Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. Ps. 97:11

 

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