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On violence, neoliberalism and the hallucinatory anti-politics of the Trump era.

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If we can't change consciousness, if we can't get people to identify with the issues in a way that make them appear very real to their lives, then all of a sudden anger gets distorted and rerouted into something worse - it becomes racism, it becomes a movement mobilized by the need for saviors, it becomes a movement that embodies the worst possible political alternative.

Cultural critic Henry Giroux explains how violence seeped from America's background into the foreground of our psychology, robbing our politics of solidarity, our economy of morality, and our language of meaning and memory - and why the left must turn beyond (and against) our current political leaders, to reclaim collectivity and justice for the public, and to rally against not just this Trump, but all the Trumps to come.

Henry is author of the essay Anti-Politics and the Plague of Disorientation: Welcome to the Age of Trump for Truthout and the upcoming book America at War with Itself from City Lights Books.

Interview transcript via Antidote Zine

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Henry Giroux

Author and cultural critic Henry Giroux holds the Global Television Network Chair in English and Cultural Studies.

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