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Proto-Fascism in America: Neoliberalism and the Demise of Democracy


reviewed by Aaron Cooley 2004

coverTitle: Proto-Fascism in America: Neoliberalism and the Demise of Democracy
Author(s): Henry A. Giroux
Publisher: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington
ISBN: 0873678524, Pages: 90, Year: 2004
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The claims in Henry Giroux’s Proto-Fascism in America: Neoliberalism and the Demise of Democracy will ring true for some scholars, will startle others, and will most likely be ignored by those politicians he accuses of leading the United States down a dangerous path. Giroux’s overarching premise is that the United States is carrying out public policies at home and abroad that are fundamentally wrong. Giroux blames the neoliberal turn in American politics for this disastrous trend. His concept of neoliberalism involves the elevation of the “market” above all other concerns. Further, he agrees with Pirerre Bourdieu that “neoliberalism is a policy of depoliticization—attempting to liberate the economic sphere from all government controls” (p. 63). Giroux’s contempt for this ideology is strongly evident and guides the entire work to the conclusion that neoliberalism contradicts present notions of democratic action and social progress. Before proceeding, I must mention that writing that questions the future United States as a functioning democracy was... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 12, 2004, p. 2324-2327
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11369, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 1:53:52 AM

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  • Aaron Cooley
    Texas A&M University-Kingsville
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    AARON COOLEY holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has mentored, tutored, and taught students in a range of diverse educational settings and previously worked at the North Carolina General Assembly. Aaron is dedicated to improving the educational and economic opportunities of all Americans through innovative ideas in public policy. His writing has appeared in Essays in Education, Education Review, Educational Theory, Educational Studies (Forthcoming), Journal of Popular Culture, and the Political Studies Review.
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