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Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism

Second Edition

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Henry A. Giroux

In the second edition of Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism, Henry A. Giroux uses the metaphor of the zombie to highlight how America has embraced a machinery of social and civil death that chills any vestige of a robust democracy. He charts the various ways in which the political, corporate, and intellectual zombies that rule America embrace death-dealing institutions such as a bloated military, the punishing state, a form of predatory capitalism, and an authoritarian, death-driven set of policies that sanction torture, targeted assassinations, and a permanent war psychology. The author argues that government and corporate paranoia runs deep in America. While maintaining a massive security state, the ruling forces promote the internalization of their ideology, modes of governance, and policies by either seducing citizens with the decadent pleasures of a celebrity-loving consumer culture or by beating them into submission. Giroux calls for a systemic alternative to zombie capitalism through a political and pedagogical imperative to address and inform a new cultural vision, mode of individual subjectivity, and understanding of critical agency. As part of a larger effort to build a broad-based social movement, he argues for a new political language capable of placing education at the center of politics. Connecting the language of critique to the discourse of educated hope he calls for the reclaiming of public spaces and institutions where formative cultures can flourish that nourish the radical imagination, and the ongoing search for justice, equality, and the promise of a democracy to come.
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4. Everyday Violence and the Culture of Cruelty: Entertaining Democracy’s Demise

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Chapter 4

Everyday Violence and the Culture of Cruelty

ENTERTAINING DEMOCRACY’S DEMISE

Under the Bush administration, a seeping, sometimes galloping authoritarianism began to reach into every vestige of the culture, giving free rein to those anti-democratic forces in which religious, market, military, and political fundamentalism thrived, casting an ominous shadow over the fate of U.S. democracy. During the Bush-Cheney regime, power became an instrument of retribution connected to and fuelled by a repressive state, a kind of zombie state trading in human abuse, fear, and punishment.1 A bullying rhetoric of war, a ruthless consolidation of economic forces, and an all-embracing, free-market apparatus and media-driven pedagogy of fear supported and sustained a distinct culture of cruelty and inequality in the United States.

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