Writing in an op-ed for Truthout on the Penn State scandal and the horrible sex crimes Jerry Sandusky perpetrated against innocent boys, facilitated by Joe Paterno and the Penn State athletic department, Giroux placed the cover-up of Sandusky’s crimes in a larger socioeconomic context:
Let’s be clear, what is on trial here is not simply those who colluded to protect the reputation of a storied football program and the reputation of Penn State University, but a society governed by market-driven values, a survival of the fittest ethic, and an unregulated drive for profit-making regardless of the human and social costs. This is an ethic that now views many children and young people as disposable, refusing to acknowledge its responsibility to future generations while creating conditions in which the pain and suffering of young people simply disappears. As a number of recent banking scandals reveal, big money and the institutions it creates now engage in massive criminal behaviour and corruption, but the individuals who head these corporations extending from JPMorgan Bank to Barclay’s are rarely prosecuted. The message is clear. Crime pays for the rich and powerful.