America at War with Itself

America at War with Itself
Foreword by Robin D.G. Kelley

"Henry A. Giroux interviewed on Democracy Now!"
Oct 14, 2016

Henry A. Giroux appears live to discuss the subject of America at War Itself.

- Democacy Now!

"Philosopher Henry Giroux on the culture of cruelty and Donald Trump: America is 'a democracy on life support—it can't breathe’"
Apr 23, 2017

Henry A. Giroux interviewed by Salon.

- Salon

"Henry A. Giroux appears on CTV News talking about the president's 'theatrics of the spectacle’ in a 4-minute segment."
Mar 6, 2017
- CTV News


"Henry Giroux has become the Left's most articulate and insightful critic of America's distorted political life, highlighting its authoritarian turn and the political illiteracy that our culture fosters and that the media helps channel into racism, the worship of money and power, and an ethos of survival-of-the-fittest that produces the foundation for renewed fascistic movements. The alternative is a critical pedagogy linked to an ongoing project of democratization and 'the defense of public spheres capable of producing thoughtful citizens, critically engaged communities, and an ethically and socially responsible society.' Giroux manages to link together almost every dysfunctional aspect of American society in a cohesive account that is really important to read!"

The Hindu

"[America at War with Itself] is a provocative challenge to the existing fundamentalisms that define the fascist politics and culture of the contemporary nightmare of history when the rise of Trump becomes a sign of the dismal fate of democracy where racism, patriarchy and class become the hallmarks of a dark age."––Shelly Walia, The Hindu

Chicago Life Magazine

"America at War with Itself is a richly textured exposition that evaluates and interrelates political history and present day developments here and abroad. Henry A. Giroux's background as a world-renowned author and educator serves well his authoritative presentation of concern, concern that is more than implicit in his argument that the nation is moving progressively toward a destabilized democracy and indeed, one that could ultimately collapse . . . Giroux goes further, arguing that the progressively common 'failure’ of securing broad educational opportunity for American youth is not incidental but a demonstrably deliberate ‘dummying down’ of the school and the college-age population in service of partisan and business interests; yet another example of an assault on democracy. . . . It is all but impossible to do justice to the value of this tapestry of explication and insight, essential elements to a broadened and deepened awareness of the horrific political and economic developments that are unfolding in American and elsewhere."––Ned Haggard, Chicago Life Magazine

"Henry Giroux's article 'Trump’s Authoritarianism: Rethinking Orwell’s 1984 and Strategizing the Resistance’ Appears on Bill Moyers with an Introduction by Bill Moyers"
Mar 4, 2017

"Henry Giroux: 'Collective Opposition Is No Longer an Option, It's a Necessity’"
Mar 3, 2017

On Henry Giroux's lecture at McMaster University.

- McMaser University Daily News

"Henry A. Giroux Interviewed on WORT Radio Again, talking about his new book America at War with Itself."
Feb 19, 2017
- WORT Radio - A Public Affair


"Giroux contends that America's move towards increasingly abusive expressions of power, from police violence to hateful rhetoric during the presidential campaign, is hurting the country. He advocates for
social investment in civil rights, democracy and education in order to allow the common good to prevail over extreme right-wing leaders and those with selfserving economic interests."

"On Militant Hope and Radical Action in a Time of Democratic Collapse"
Jan 21, 2017

Henry A. Giroux interviewed for This Is Hell!

- This Is Hell!

"The Truth About 'Post-Truth'"
Jan 19, 2017

Henry A. Giroux is interviewed on CBC Radio by Paul Kennedy.

- CBC Radio

"Henry A. Giroux: Trump's Cabinet Will Be a Group of 'Neoliberal Evangelicals’"
Jan 9, 2017

Transcript of interview Henry A. Giroux did on the Real News Network.

- Truth-Dig

"President-Elect's Cabinet, the Church of Neoliberal Evangelicals"
Dec 25, 2016

Henry A. Giroux appears on the Real News Network, talking about how Donald Trump's Cabinet appointments are a signal for a future of more war, violent military interventions, and an embrace of Islamophobia.

- The Real News Network

Henry A. Giroux interviewed by Michael Slate on KPFK Pacifica Radio, Los Angeles
Nov 26, 2016
- KPFK - The Michael Slate Show

"Trump Says Go Back, We Say Fight Back"
Nov 15, 2016

Robin D.G. Kelley writes an easy on the aftermath of the 2016 election, quoting passages from Henry A. Giroux's America at War with Itself to bookend the piece.  

- Boston Review

"Small Books, to Keep Handy Wherever You Need a Read"
Nov 13, 2016

America at War with Itself included in this list, "These books, undersized but never puny, are great for carrying in your pocket or purse, at the ready when you need escape or inspiration."

- Toronto Star

Toronto Star

"We certainly don't need a book to inform us that America is at war with itself. . . . Giroux's purpose in his slim new book is to look at the manner in which totalitarianism is finding expression today and explain the crucial role education can play in undermining what has been called soft fascism."––Sarah Murdoch

"The Authoritarian Politics of Resentment in America"
Nov 13, 2016

A post-election op-ed in Truthout by Henry A. Giroux.

- Truthout

"Henry A. Giroux appears on CTV News post-2016 election"
Nov 9, 2016
- CTV News

"A Tear in the Fabric of America's Political Theater"
Oct 31, 2016

Henry Giroux and Paul Jay discuss the collapsing facade of American democracy.

- The Real News Network

"Henry A. Giroux Interviewed About the Third Presidential Debate on CTV News"
Oct 25, 2016
- CTV News


"Nobody better than Henry Giroux can piece together the history of the present and show the intersecting lines that course through our politics and culture. Giving us a new and vibrant twist on the current events that capture the headlines, Giroux's new book America at War With Itself issues a dire warning about what he calls 'these dark times,' but at the same time offers a set of actions that run counter, from pedagogical practices to social movements, Black Lives Matter, labor organizing, community building, civic education, historical memory, and cultural work––or, in his own words, 'insurrectional democracy.’ . . . America at War With Itself is wide-ranging in its analyses of power without ever resorting to shallow cynicism; it is accessible and passionate while still delving meticulously and perceptively into the public concerns that are shaping our political identities of the present. Giroux continues as a visionary."––Robin Goodman

East Village Magazine

"In his penetrating new book, Henry A. Giroux devotes an early chapter to the Flint water crisis, asserting that it epitomizes a menacing 'new authoritarianism' and contends that what happened here was 'an act of state sponsored violence.' . . . From American foreign policy to the militarization of American police forces to the economies of the gun industry and culture, he demonstrates that as the acceleration of the move from a welfare state to a warfare state grows, 'violence and the impunity of authorities become normalized.’ . . . For this Flint resident and victim of state-sanctioned violence, the most visceral aspect of Giroux’s book is the case he makes that what happened here is an act of domestic terrorism. Incendiary language for some, but difficult to beat down."––Robert Thomas

"America at War with Itself: The Sandstorm"
Sep 24, 2016

An excerpt from America at War with Itself.

- OpEdNews

"'We No Longer Live in a Democracy': Henry Giroux on a United States at War with Itself"
Sep 24, 2016

Interview with Truthout on the subject of America at War with Itself.

- Leslie Thatcher

"Henry Giroux on the Pathology of Politics in Our Welfare State"
Sep 23, 2016

An article appearing in the Fall 2016 issue of Tikkun. Opens with an editor's note by Rabbi Michael Lerner.

- Henry A. Giroux

"The Scourge of Neoliberalism with Henry Giroux"
Sep 23, 2016

Video: Henry Giroux joins RT's Watching the Hawks to talk about his new book, America at War with Itself, and the meaning of neoliberalism.

- RT Watching the Hawks

"America at War with Itself"
Sep 22, 2016

An op-ed by Henry A. Giroux appearing in The Hamilton Spectator.

- The Hamilton Spectator

"The Ethical Bankruptcy of the US Ruling Elites Paved Way for Trump"
Sep 22, 2016

An excerpt from America at War with Itself appearing on Truthout.

- Henry A. Giroux


"Giroux . . . sounds a wake-up call about growing threats to democracy. He observes that cutthroat capitalism nurtures intolerant viewpoints that muzzle opposition and label swaths of society as undesirable outsiders. Popular media and hyperconsumerism emphasize celebrity culture and material distractions over civic engagement, creating social passivity. Education focuses on technical skills and multiple-choice tests, rather than helping students see how knowledge can lead to an effective life. Time and money are being shaped by nonstop markets and a get-rich mania, not by long-term investment in the public good. Giroux prescribes ways to teach critical thinking . . . his argument for active citizenship is important and stimulating."––Dane Carr

"America at War with Itself is a Truthout Progressive Pick"
Sep 19, 2016
- Truthout

"Allen Ruff speaks with Henry Giroux of McMaster University"
Sep 15, 2016

Henry Giroux discusses the subjects of his new book, America at War with Itself.

- WORT Radio

"Watch Julian Casablancas Talk Government Corruption with Henry Giroux" - Video Interview
Sep 13, 2016

In the video, Casablancas interviews Giroux for a wide-ranging conversation that touches on topics including banks' control over government, why democracy is an illusion, deceptive journalism and the dangers of speaking truth to power. 
The Strokes frontman also opens up about the roots of his own political awakening and his struggle to spread the word to the uninformed: "The burden is they don't understand the burden," he says. "I grew up thinking, 'Democracy, we solved all those problems; they're old problems and we fixed it.' And frankly it's hard to face that. It's depressing … The struggle is whether or not you understand that there is a struggle going on."

- Rolling Stone

"The New, Old Authoritarianism of Donald Trump"
Sep 12, 2016

An excerpt from America at War with Itself by Henry A. Giroux

- Alternet

"Henry A. Giroux Interviewed on KZYX Forthright Radio"
Sep 7, 2016

Henry Giroux discusses his work and America at War with Itself with KZYX Forthright Radio.

- KZYX Forthright Radio

"What is the tipping point? Everyday authoritarianism in America."
Aug 27, 2016

Henry A. Giroux interviewed on the This Is Hell! podcast.

Cultural critic Henry Giroux explains how a new strain of authoritarianism has seized American politics and culture, injecting and celebrating violence and militarism into our media and economy, creating disposable scapegoats of the marginalized, and ultimately devaluing the cornerstones of democratic thought - reason, solidarity and equality.

- This Is Hell!

"Is Donald Trump a Sign that Fascism on the Rise in the US?" - An interview with Henry A. Giroux
Aug 24, 2016

On Radioactivity Wednesday on WMNF in Tampa, guest Henry A. Giroux, McMaster University Professor for Scholarship in the Public Interest and author of America at War with Itself, says that Trump's call to respond to dissent with violence is encouraging an atmosphere of "Neo-facism".

- Nicole Martinez

"New Nonfiction Coming this September"
Aug 23, 2016

America at War with Itself featured in PGC's "Bookstore Bulletin" newsletter - "New Nonfiction Coming This September".

- Publishers Group Canada

"Neofascism of the Law and Order Candidate" - Henry A. Giroux interviewed on the Real News
Aug 17, 2016

"Henry Giroux tells Paul Jay that fear is an organizing principle of U.S. society."

- The Real News Network

"Which Presidential Candidate Would Be More Favorable For Building an Independent Movement? - Henry A. Giroux interviewed on the Real News
Aug 15, 2016

Henry A. Giroux and Paul Jay discuss why 'lesser evilism' is the wrong way to frame why who wins in November will matter for working people, and more.

- The Real News Network

"The Fascistization of America - Henry A. Giroux interviewed on the Real News"
Jul 19, 2016

"Henry A. Giroux tells Paul Jay that Donald Trump is not an eccentric populist, but the representative of a neofascist politics that ignores evidence, believes truth is merely an opinion, and says dissent is unpatriotic."

- The Real News

"On Violence, Neoliberalism, and the Hallucinatory Anti-Politics of the Trump Era."
Jul 16, 2016

Henry A. Giroux appears on an episode of the This Is Hell! podcast talking bout the subject of his forthcoming book from City Lights: 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.

- This Is Hell!

"The Violence of Forgetting," Henry A. Giroux interviewed by Brad Evans in the New York Times "The Stone" blog.
Jun 20, 2016

"This is the fifth in a series of dialogues with philosophers and critical theorists on violence. This conversation is with Henry A. Giroux, a professor in the department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. His latest book is America at War with Itself (City Lights)."

- The New York Times

"Fall 2016 Adult Announcements: Politics & Current Events"
Jun 17, 2016

America at War with Itself selected as a highlight for Fall 2016 by Publishers Weekly.

- Publishers Weekly

"Is Donald Trump Actually a Fascist?"
Apr 2, 2016

Henry A. Giroux is quoted in this article examining Donald Trump's fascist remarks before the 2016 election cycle. 

"The argument about whether Trump is a fascist or not is really a diversion," says Henry Giroux of McMaster University, author of America at War With Itself. “He is an authoritarian who terribly threatens democracy.” He adds, “Trump is the result of a long series of attacks on democracy, and now the real divide is between those who do and don’t believe in democracy.”

- Toronto Star

"Henry Giroux: Trump's Popularity Can Be Attributed to Culture of Fear, Racism and Hate"
Mar 8, 2016

Video: Henry A. Giroux, appearing on CBC TV, attributes Donald Trump's popularity to at least three specific issues. 

- Truthout

Spirituality & Practice

"This cogent and hard-hitting book puts on display the many factors that are eating away at democracy in the United States as the public embraces a new brand of toxic authoritarianism. . . . The snappiest section in America at War with Itself contains a detailed and thought-provoking profile of Donald Trump and his vision of America animated by guns, walls, surveillance, prisons, media, wars, racism, and xenophobia. . . . Whether he is pondering the racism of police in Ferguson or the pursuit of revenge by ISIS, the author always brings us home to what this all means for us today. In this regard, he concludes: 'Violence has become America's national sport and its chief mode of entertainment.'"––Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

"Can Donald Trump Be Stopped?"
Mar 3, 2016

Video: CHCH News asked a McMaster University professor and author, Henry Giroux, for his take on "The Donald" and his chances to become the next President of the United States of America. Giroux is interviewed in his office.


"Poisoned City: Flint and the Specter of Domestic Terrorism"
Mar 3, 2016

A chapter from Henry A. Giroux's forthcoming book, America at War with Itself, appears in Truthout.

- Truthout