Monthly Archives: March 2022

Henry Giroux PEDAGOGY OF RESISTANCE Against Manufactured Ignorance

Henry Giroux is McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest & The Paulo Freire Distinguished Scholar in Critical Pedagogy.

An internationally renowned writer and cultural critic, Professor Giroux has authored, or co-authored over 65 books, written several hundred scholarly articles, delivered more than 250 public lectures, and been a regular contributor to print, television, and radio news media outlets.

 He is on the Board of Directors for Truthout, and he is on the editorial and advisory boards of numerous national and international scholarly journals, and he has served as the editor or co-editor of four scholarly book series. He co-edited a series on education and cultural studies with Paulo Freire for a decade. His books have been translated into many languages and his work has appeared in the New York Times and many other prominent news media

His latest book is PEDAGOGY OF RESISTANCE AGAINST MANUFACTURED IGNORANCE, which will be published on April 21, 2022 by Bloomsbury Academic.

We end this archived edition of Forthright Radio with a song by the Ukrainian group, Beton.

From the Guardian article of March 19, 2022 headlined:

Kyiv calling: famous Clash anthem reborn as call to arms
Ukrainian punk band Beton win blessing of the Clash to record new version of song to raise funds for support network

The Clash have given their blessing to a new version of their song London Calling by a Ukrainian punk band called Beton. Kyiv Calling, recorded near the front line, has lyrics that call upon the rest of the world to support the defense of the country from Russian invaders.
All proceeds of what is now billed as a “war anthem” will go to the Free Ukraine Resistance Movement (FURM) to help fund a shared communications system that will alert the population to threats and lobby for international support. Its mission is to restore territorial integrity and strengthen Ukraine’s sovereignty.”

Articles referenced or pertinent to this interview:

The real – and far scarier – reason Republicans think Biden is illegitimate

In an age of fascist counterrevolution, our biggest problem may be the death of ethics

Convoy Movement Isn’t a Struggle Over Freedom, It’s an Attempt to Kill Democracy

Banning books and ideas meant to ban democracy itself

Texas Librarian Fired for not pulling books off the shelves in banned book purge

GOP’s Banning of Books and Attack on Teachers Expose the Party’s Rising Fascism

Progressives are resisting right wing book banning campaigns – and are winning

Fighting back against the age of manufactured ignorance: Resistance is still possible

Right-Wing Authoritarianism and the Crisis of Education

New wave of teachers’ strikes rolls across US

Jim Crow Politics Have Descended on Education

How higher education can win the war against neoliberalism and white supremacy

The Politics of Racial Cleansing and Erasing History

To End Racial Capitalism, We Will Need to Take On the Institution of Policing

America’s Nazi Problem and the End of Policing

Tucker Carlson Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg in Right-Wing Media’s War on Truth

America Radiates Violence: Challenging the Politics of Isolated Incidents

Are white Christians under attack in America? No, but the myth is winning

Putin’s war propaganda becomes ‘patriotic’ lessons in Russian schools

Amid Apocalyptic Cynicism, Let’s Embrace Radical Hope in the New Year

How Europe Got Hooked on Russian Gas Despite Reagan’s Warnings


With the latest addition to his Hidden History Series, veteran author, journalist, Thom Hartmann, returns to discuss THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF BIG BROTHER IN AMERICA: HOW THE DEATH OF PRIVACY AND THE RISE OF SURVEILLANCE THREATEN US AND OUR DEMOCRACY. It was just published by Barrett-Koehler on international women’s day, March 8, 2022.

He explores how the government and corporate America misuse our personal data and shows how we can reclaim our privacy. Thom Hartmann documents exactly how the government and corporations are tracking our every online move and using our data to buy elections, employ social control, and monetize our lives. Thom Hartmann traces the history of surveillance and social control, looking back to how Big Brother invented whiteness to keep order, and how surveillance began to be employed as a way to modify behavior. As he writes, “The goal of those who violate privacy and use surveillance is almost always social control and behavior modification.”

Along with covering the history, he shows how we got to where we are today, how China — with its new Social Credit System — serves as a warning, and how we can and must avoid a similarly dystopian future. By delving into the constitutional right to privacy, Hartmann reminds us of our civil right and shows how we can restore it.

And particularly now, with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, cyberwarfare is a factor, whether control of information or disruption of infrastructure. We spoke with Thom Hartmann on March 9, 2020 via Skype.

We end this edition of Forthright Radio, mindful of the suffering of the Ukrainian people enduring the crimes against humanity at the hands of Russian military forces at the behest of Vladimir Putin. First, Russians unplugged live – with Sting introducing his live performance. This is followed by Ukrainian poet/composer, Valentin Silvestrov’s, Prayer for Ukraine performed by the Kyiv Chamber Choir in 2014 as part of the Maidan Cycle. And finally, a little girl, Amelia, singing “Let It Go” in Ukrainian while sheltering in a crowded basement under Russian Bombardment.

Prayer for Ukraine

Links to articles/videos/films pertinent to this edition of Forthright Radio:

With Roe Under Threat, Sale of Location Data on Abortion Clinic Patients Raises Alarm

Valentin Silvestrov: Prayer for Ukraine

Little girl singing “Let it go” in a shelter in Kyiv

Violinists Across the World Play for Ukraine
Russians unplugged live – Sting 2022


Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Mr. Jones

Evgeny Maslin, Russia General Who Secured Nuclear Arsenal, Dies at 84

‘We are not ready’: a cyber expert on US vulnerability to a Russian attack

As the Fourth Great Turning Unwinds, Ukraine has become the George Floyd of the World

‘We Are the First in the World to Introduce This New Warfare’: Ukraine’s Digital Battle Against Russia

Can the World Learn from the Failure of the Budapest Accords?

Investigation Shows Police Are Still Secretly Surveilling Minnesota Activists

Exposed: The Trump, Putin & Saudi Connection to High Gas Prices

Social media turn on Putin, the past master

I’ve Dealt With Foreign Cyberattacks. America Isn’t Ready for What’s Coming

How Can America Avoid the Bloodshed & Chaos of Civil War?

This is how we defeat Putin and other petrostate autocrats

Ukraine Again Shows Why Decentralized Energy is Essential

Russia’s War Crime in Targeting Nuclear Plant Makes Clear the Urgency for Renewable Energy

Santa Claus Is About To Drop a Bomb On Biden

Past Forthright Radio Interviews with Thom Hartmann:

Thom Hartmann – The Hidden History of American Healthcare: Why Sickness Bankrupts You & Makes Others Insanely Rich

Thom Hartmann The Hidden History of American Oligarchy: Reclaiming Our Democracy from the Ruling Class

Thom Hartmann MONOPOLIES: How Big Business Destroyed the American Dream

Thom Hartmann: The War on Voting & Jane Kleeb: Harvest the Vote

Thom Hartmann The Hidden History of the Supreme Court + The Hidden History of Guns & the 2nd Amendment