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The University in Chains: Confronting the Military-Industrial-Academic Complex (Radical Imagination) [Reading] ➹ The University in Chains: Confronting the Military-Industrial-Academic Complex (Radical Imagination) By Henry A. Giroux – Thomashillier.co.uk President Eisenhower originally included 'academic' in the draft of his landmark oft uoted speech on the military industrial complex Giroux tells why Eisenhower saw the academy as part of the famous c President Eisenhower in Chains: Kindle Ð originally included 'academic' in the draft of his landmark oft uoted speech on the military industrial complex Giroux tells why Eisenhower saw the academy as part of the The University eBook ñ famous complex and how his warning was vitally prescient for st century America Giroux details the sweeping post assault being waged on the academy by militarization corporatization and right wing University in Chains: Epub Û fundamentalists who increasingly view critical thought itself as a threat to the dominant political order Giroux argues that the university has become a handmaiden of the Pentagon and corporate interests it University in Chains: Confronting the PDF or has lost its claim to independence and critical learning and has compromised its role as a democratic public sphere And yet in spite of its present embattled status and the inroads made by corporate power the defense industries and the right wing extremists Giroux defends the university as one of the few public spaces left capable of raising important uestions and educating students to be critical and engaged agents He concludes by making a strong case for reclaiming it as a democratic public sphere.


3 thoughts on “The University in Chains: Confronting the Military-Industrial-Academic Complex (Radical Imagination)

  1. Ioana Ioana says:

    After the first and only truly substantive chapter I would have given this work 4 stars; having with difficulty swallowed the next three chapters I had to revise this rating down to 2 starsIn the first part of the book Giroux makes a compelling argument that institutionalized forms of academics have succumbed to the national security state and to a mythico masculine idealization of American imperialism Giroux writes that this military industrial academic complex has taken over American universities that the intersection of corporatism and militarization legitimizes and normalizes a constant state of terrorfear especially embodied in our culture since 911 and that the academy is a contested terrain in which such struggles manifest in a uniue and singular way Though this first part is clearly rooted in an Enlightenment democracy model of education and thus has its agenda and ideological orientation it's not ostentatiously polemical The second part however degenerates rapidly into polemical rantings he complains that Horowitz speaks in “sweeping monolithic terms” of “the Left” while speaking in sweeping monolithic terms of the formidable alliance of far right wing foundations conservative talk show hosts thinktanks and the like He bemoans that the right uses a rhetoric of fear and terror while urging us to consider his argument on terms that engender fear this is after all a dark time characterized by dark forces that threaten democracy and all that is good in America and so on In other words Giroux uses the language and rhetoric of the right in his leftist rant and is thus not any academic or professional in his tone than those he so adamantly condemns And on a personal note not that Giroux ever feels compelled to share his background as a context for his views I am a liberal in academia not an outraged rightist What does outrage me however is the doublespeak of the left instead of practicing a politics of reconciliation as they preach they continue divisive dialogueA typical example After lamenting that democracy is not respected in the academy Giroux asserts that “because students disagree with an unsettling idea doe not mean that they have the authority expertise education or power to dictate for all their classmates what the curriculum should be and that there is no language for conservative students to become conscious of their own ignorance I challenge Dr Giroux to critically examine these assertions does he truly want to claim that students in a democratic academy student who are supposedly critical thinkers Enlightened rationalists etc are in fact powerless to challenge their curriculum?? And SHOULD BE?? because they do not have the authority expertise education or language to understand their ignorance?? Whoa


  2. Jeff Jeff says:

    Though Giroux echoes a liberal standard in criticizing the militarization and corporatization of higher education his prose is often redundant long winded and full of friggin commasListen Giroux's commentary cannot be understood as anything less than patriotic; his sense of the sincere problems within our capitalistic militarized state are legitimate and his research substantiates his claims It's really just the writing I would recommend a better read in Christopher Newfield's Unmaking the Public University


  3. Erendira Erendira says:

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