Cultural critic Henry Giroux recently published a column at Truthout, “The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Exposing the Plague of Neoliberalism.” Today, he joins Allen for a wide-ranging discussion of the piece, including his definition of neoliberalism and why it’s such a scourge on society, the collapse of democratic values and the rise of rabid individualism, and protesters on the right defying social distancing and stay-at-home orders.
Henry Giroux is a professor in the English and cultural studies department at McMaster University. His research focuses on critical pedagogy, education, neoliberalism, and the current state of society and culture. He is the author of many books, most recently American’s Addiction to Terrorism (Monthly Review Press, 2016), America at War with Itself (City Lights, 2017), American Nightmare: Facing the Challenge of Fascism (City Lights, 2018), and The Terror of the Unforeseen (Los Angeles Review of Books, 2019). He writes columns for Truthout and TruthDig.com.