Thursday, March 6, 2014

Henry Giroux On The Reigning Elite And The Crisis Of Democracy

Bill Moyers spoke to Henry Giroux, author of “Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism. Giroux analyzed the crisis in our democracy. He spoke of “the swindle of fulfillment,” stating, “What the reigning elite…now tell the American people…is that democracy is in excess... That we don’t need social provisions. We don’t need the welfare state. That the survival of the fittest is all that matters... You have a consolidation of power that is so overwhelming, not just in its ability to control resources and drive the economy and redistribute wealth upward, but basically to provide the most fraudulent definition of what a democracy should be. The notion that profit-making is the essence of democracy. The notion that economics is divorced from ethics. The notion that the only obligation of citizenship is consumerism. The notion that the welfare state is a pathology. That any form of dependency is disreputable and needs to be attacked. This is a vicious set of assumptions.” Watch this illuminating interview:

(h/t: Best of the Left Podcast)

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