The Violence of Organized Forgetting

The Violence of Organized Forgetting
Thinking Beyond America's Disimagination Machine

Feb 5, 2016

"Prophetic and eloquent, Giroux gives us, in this hard-hitting and compelling book, the dark scenario of Western crisis where ignorance has become a virtue and wealth and power the means of ruthless abuse of workers, of the minorities and of immigrants. However, he remains optimistic in his affirmation of radical humanity, determined as he is to relate himself to a fair and caring world unblemished by anti-democratic political depravity."—Shelley Walia

"NEAR Foundation Reading List"
Sep 30, 2015

The NEAR Foundation celebrates Henry Giroux in their latest list of recommended reads.

- National Endowment for American Renewal

"Interview with Henry Giroux"
Apr 17, 2015

Henry Giroux also explores what he calls the "soft war" on youth -- a campaign where digital space is so corporatized that it de-politicizes the young. Massive student debt has financially incarcerated them while their unemployment rate surges.   What's to be done?  This episode of Ideas explores that question using excerpts from a talk he gave as part of the Spur series, and from an interview with host, Paul Kennedy.

- CBC Radio

"Interview with Michael Slate at KPFK"
Jan 5, 2015

Henry Giroux discusses torture, Carl Dix on the fight against police brutality, and more with KPFK's Michael Slate.


"Best of 2014!"
Nov 21, 2014

The Violence of Organized Forgetting is chosen a best of 2014 book by Robert Birnbaum!

- Robert Bimbaum, Our Man in Boston

Essay "Beyond Orwellian Nightmares and Neoliberal Authoritarianism" on Truthout
Oct 18, 2014

"Central to George Orwell's nightmarish vision of a totalitarian society was a government so powerful that it not only dominated all of the major institutions in a society, but it also was quite adept at making invisible its inner workings of power. . . . "

- Henry A. Giroux, Truthout

"Interview with Henry Giroux on Truthout"
Oct 19, 2014

Henry Giroux discusses the increasingly negative impact of neoliberalism across the world, politically, socially, economically and in terms of education, and he offers some suggestions for what we must do now.

- Michael Nevradakis, Truthout

" Interview on KPFA's 'Flashpoints.' "
Aug 21, 2014

Dennis Bernstein has an in-depth conversation with Henry A. Giroux, about his book, The Violence of Organized Forgetting: Thinking Beyond America's Disimagination Machine.

- KPFA Flashpoints

"Interview on 'Resistance Radio.' "
Jul 6, 2014

Henry A. Giroux, the author of more than 50 books, is certainly one of the world's most important living intellectuals. He writes on a tremendous variety of topics, but central to all of his work are the importance of radical democracy, the importance of education, the importance of critical thinking and discourse, and the effects of capitalism on all of these. In 2002 he was named as one of the top 50 educational thinkers of the modern period.

- Henry Giroux. PRN.FM

"Henry Giroux Interview on The Agenda"
Aug 13, 2014

Author and scholar Henry Giroux sits down with Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss his new book The Violence of Organized Forgetting: Thinking Beyond America's Disimagination Machine. Giroux argues that the United States' embrace of a surveillance state and culture of violence have replaced the values of freedom, liberty and justice, putting American democracy in jeopardy.

- The Agenda with Steve Paikin

"Henry Giroux interviewed by Victoria Harper for Truthout, book featured on the front page"
Aug 20, 2014

Henry Giroux talks about his new book, The Violence of Organized Forgetting. 

- Victoria Harper, Truthout

"Essay 'Killing Machines and the Madness of Militarism: From Gaza to Afghanistan' on Truth-Out"
Jul 25, 2014

When children are killed by Israeli missiles while playing on a beach in Gaza, the horror and sheer brutality of the murderous act is wiped away by the crude argument that such needless slaughter is a military necessity. There is no defense for killing children, regardless of whether it is done by the Israeli state, the United States, Hamas, or anyone else. We live in a time in which political illiteracy and moral tranquilization work in tandem to produce the authoritarian subject, willing to participate in their own oppression and the oppression of others.

- Henry Giroux, Truthout

"Essay, Truthdig"
Jul 18, 2014

Thinking dangerously isn't so scary. . . . a new essay from Henry Giroux, author of the just released The Violence of Organized Forgetting, published by City Lights.

- Henry Giroux, Truthdig

Publishers Weekly
Jun 19, 2014

"Giroux lays out a blistering critique of an America governed by the tenets of a market economy... He cites French philosopher Georges Didi-Huberman's concept of the 'disimagination machine' to describe a culture and pedagogical philosophy that short-circuits citizens' ability to think critically, leaving the generation now reaching adulthood unprepared for an 'inhospitable' world. Picking apart the current malaise of 21st-century digital disorder, Giroux describes a world in which citizenship is replaced by consumerism and the functions of engaged governance are explicitly beholden to corporations."

"Henry Giroux interviewed on The Majority Report"
Apr 3, 2014

McMaster University Professor and author of Neoliberalism's War on Higher Education, Henry Giroux explains what exactly Neoliberalism is, why civic literacy is a threat to Neoliberalism, the public education crisis, why Neoliberals view the function of government as protecting the 1%, the delusions that drive the school privatization movement, the ideology of civic illiteracy, the distortion of freedom in American politics, why we have lost the ability to understand the broad context of the Neoliberal assault on the public, how the left has failed in understanding the culture war, how power is separated from politics, how we are living in a society of spectacle, why the left needs to have a bigger politics, the role of liberal reform in radical politics and how the young are suffering under austerity and how they could lead a movement for genuine change and are we heading towards another 1960s.

- The Majority Report

"Interview on Bill Moyers and Company"
Nov 22, 2013

Henry Giroux, discussed his forthcoming book with City Lights, "The Violence of Organized Forgetting: Thinking Beyond America's Disimagination Machine," with Bill Moyers.

- Bill Moyers and Company

"Henry A. Giroux oped in Truthout"
Oct 15, 2013

Giroux discusses the threat of authoritarianism and the government shutdown. 

- Henry A. Giroux, Truthout

"Henry Giroux in The New York Times"
Sep 27, 2013

Henry Giroux is quoted in The New York Times. 

- Al Baker, The New York Times

"Henry Giroux interviewed on Counterpunch"
Sep 27, 2013

Henry Giroux discusses the militarization of public pedagogy in CounterPunch. 

- Seth Kershner, CounterPunch

"Essay on Truthdig and Counterpunch"
Jul 22, 2013

Henry Giroux discusses anti-intellectualism, and the disappearance of public memory in the U.S.

- Henry A. Giroux, Truthout