American Nightmare: Facing the Challenge of Fascism

Giroux, Henry A.
Publisher:  City Lights Publishers
Year Published:  2018  
Pages:  384pp   ISBN:  9780872867536
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX23994

In this provocative collection of essays, Henry Giroux warns of the consequences of doing too little as Trump and the so-called alt-right relentlessly attack critics, journalists, and target the hard-earned civil rights of women, people of color, immigrants, the working class, and low-income Americans.

Abstract: 
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From the publisher:

As white supremacy, ultra-nationalism, rabid misogyny and anti-immigrant fervor coalesce, a new and uniquely American form of fascism looms. Could our current moment actually bring about the end of democracy in the United States? Are Americans willing to surrender their freedom and dignity, along with their ongoing struggle for equality, justice and mutual respect in the face of the rising tide of political and ideological extremism?

In this provocative collection of essays, Henry Giroux warns of the consequences of doing too little as Trump and the so-called alt-right relentlessly attack critics, journalists, and target the hard-earned civil rights of women, people of color, immigrants, the working class, and low-income Americans. As we face down the frightening reality of living under a system that serves only the interests of the wealthy few, Giroux makes a passionate call for ordinary citizens to organize, educate, and resist by all available means.


CONTENTS

Foreword by George Yancy 15
Introduction: Staring into the Authoritarian
Abyss 23
1. America’s Nightmare: Remembering Orwell's
1984 and Huxley's Brave New World 63
2. Authoritarianism and the Legacy of Fascist
Collaboration 109
3. Beyond the Politics of Incivility 137
4. The Culture of Cruelty in Trump's
America 157
5. The Politics of Disposability in the Age of
Disasters 189
6. State Violence and the Scourge of White
Nationalism 217
7. Neo-Nazis in Charlottesville 247
8. Death of the Democratic Party 269
9. Toward a Politics of Ungovernability 287
Conclusion: Democracies in Exile 305

Notes 324
Index 371
Acknowledgments 382
About the Author 383
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