Is American Culture a 'Culture of Cruelty?'

According to Dr. Henry Giroux life is now a war zone, and as such, the number of people considered disposable has grown exponentially, and this includes low income whites, poor minorities, immigrants, the unemployed, the homeless, and a range of people who are viewed as a liability to capital and its endless predatory quest for power and profits. He conveys that not only does neoliberalism undermine both civic education and public values and confuse education with training, it also treats knowledge as a product, promoting a neoliberal logic that views schools as malls, students as consumers, and faculty as entrepreneurs.

He observes that policy is no longer being written by politicians accountable to the American public. Instead, policies concerning the defense budget, deregulation, health care, public transportation, job training programs, and a host of other crucial areas are now largely written by lobbyists who represent mega corporations. 

Dr. Giroux disseminates the egalitarian idea that hope resides in the citizen: a person that is a political and moral agent who in fact has a shared sense of hope and responsibility to others and not just to him or herself, and getting ahead cannot be the only motive that motivates people. You have to imagine what a good life is.

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