Tag Archives: Marx

The Torment of Capitalism

The Hidden and Not-So-Hidden Causes of the War in Ukraine

Napoleon Putin (image created using Craiyon AI) They shall beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nations shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore; but they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees, and no one shall make them […]

Peter McLaren

Peter McLaren is Emeritus Professor at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles. From 2013-2023 he served as Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies, Co-Director and International Ambassador for Global Ethics and Social Justice, The Paulo Freire Democratic Project, Attallah College of Educational Studies, Chapman University, USA.

The War in Ukraine, Marxism, Education and the Decay in American Politics

Luis Huerta-Charles interviews Peter McLaren

Sergio Quiroz Miranda, Director of Instituto McLaren, and Peter McLaren in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, protesting the disappearance of forty-three male students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College after being forcibly abducted in Iguala, Guerrero. Peter McLaren is one of the educators who has worked on the development and consolidation of critical pedagogy […]

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McLaren, P., & Huerta-Charles, L. (2023). The War in Ukraine, Marxism, Education and the Decay in American Politics: Luis Huerta-Charles interviews Peter McLaren. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/the-war-in-ukraine-marxism-education-and-the-decay-in-american-politics/

Peter McLaren

Peter McLaren is Emeritus Professor at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles. From 2013-2023 he served as Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies, Co-Director and International Ambassador for Global Ethics and Social Justice, The Paulo Freire Democratic Project, Attallah College of Educational Studies, Chapman University, USA.

Luis Huerta-Charles

Luis Huerta-Charles is an associate professor of critical pedagogies and multicultural education in the School of Teacher Preparation, Administration and Leadership in the College of Health, Education and Social Transformation at New Mexico State University, in Las Cruces, on the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert.

Article Feature Image Acknowledgement: Sergio Quiroz Miranda, Director of Instituto McLaren, and Peter McLaren in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, protesting the disappearance of forty-three male students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College after being forcibly abducted in Iguala, Guerrero.

Amazing Grace

Jesus Meets Karl Marx in the Trenches of the Culture Wars

(Photo via Midwestern Marx) The purpose of this article is to outline very briefly some of the positions held by the Mexican theologian Jose Porfirio Miranda, regarding his provocative claims about Christianity and communism. I will concede at the outset that I have been persuaded by Miranda’s general thesis that the worst thing that could […]

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McLaren, P. (2023). Amazing Grace: Jesus Meets Karl Marx in the Trenches of the Culture Wars. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/amazing-grace/

Peter McLaren

Peter McLaren is Emeritus Professor at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles. From 2013-2023 he served as Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies, Co-Director and International Ambassador for Global Ethics and Social Justice, The Paulo Freire Democratic Project, Attallah College of Educational Studies, Chapman University, USA.

Article Feature Image Acknowledgement: Photo via via Midwestern Marx (https://www.midwesternmarx.com/articles/christianity-marxism-and-the-death-of-reason-in-the-ancient-world-by-thomas-riggins)

The Cartoonification of the American Mind and the Return of the Red Scare

Why the Unwoke Needs to Woke UP

A childish pranksterism captivates politically tribalised adults who, more and more, are seeking out public venues in which to vent their rage. The younger ones have been adults for at least a decade, and, because of their arrested development or just generally unfulfilled life, they still can’t cope with the reality that their adult bodies […]

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McLaren, P. (2023). The Cartoonification of the American Mind and the Return of the Red Scare: Why the Unwoke Needs to Woke UP. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/the-cartoonification-of-the-american-mind-and-the-return-of-the-red-scare/

Peter McLaren

Peter McLaren is Emeritus Professor at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles. From 2013-2023 he served as Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies, Co-Director and International Ambassador for Global Ethics and Social Justice, The Paulo Freire Democratic Project, Attallah College of Educational Studies, Chapman University, USA.

Marxism and Race and the Struggle Against Fascism

A raft of complications still haunts American liberal democracy resulting from the Trump administration’s disjunctive prioritisation of populist authoritarianism over social justice initiatives which has proven how swiftly the country can descend towards fascist rule. The general dislocation of contemporary governmental politics from the reality of poverty and the failure of capitalist democracy to address […]

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McLaren, P. (2023). Marxism and Race and the Struggle Against Fascism. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/marxism-and-race-and-the-struggle-against-fascism/

Peter McLaren

Peter McLaren is Emeritus Professor at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles. From 2013-2023 he served as Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies, Co-Director and International Ambassador for Global Ethics and Social Justice, The Paulo Freire Democratic Project, Attallah College of Educational Studies, Chapman University, USA.

Ukraine and the Struggle to be Human

Ukranian-born Marxist humanist, Raya Dunayevskaya (1910–1987) Over the span of several weeks, I have published a number of articles on the war in Ukraine and with reference to Ukraine in several others dealing with structural racism, fascism and the American political scene. I have forcefully supported Ukraine’s defensive war against Russia’s fully-fledged mass-casualty invasion (it’s […]

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McLaren, P. (2022). Ukraine and the Struggle to be Human. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/ukraine-and-the-struggle-to-be-human/

Peter McLaren

Peter McLaren is Emeritus Professor at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles. From 2013-2023 he served as Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies, Co-Director and International Ambassador for Global Ethics and Social Justice, The Paulo Freire Democratic Project, Attallah College of Educational Studies, Chapman University, USA.

Some Final Considerations Regarding the Invasion of Ukraine

Lessons from the Marxist Humanists

My own politics was forged in the crucible of 1968. I was 19 years old. It was the year I left my suburban home in Willowdale, Toronto, to join the hippies protesting the Vietnam War in the United States. I had grown tired of my classes on Chaucer, Beowulf, and Elizabethan drama at the University […]

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McLaren, P. (2022). Some Final Considerations Regarding the Invasion of Ukraine: Lessons from the Marxist Humanists. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/some-final-considerations-regarding-the-invasion-of-ukraine/

Peter McLaren

Peter McLaren is Emeritus Professor at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles. From 2013-2023 he served as Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies, Co-Director and International Ambassador for Global Ethics and Social Justice, The Paulo Freire Democratic Project, Attallah College of Educational Studies, Chapman University, USA.

Encountering Education

Elements for a Marxist Pedagogy

This book is available open-access here. It is to be launched at a webinar on April 16: register here. It is common knowledge that Marx insisted philosophers should not just interpret the world but change it. Yet many forget, repress, or bypass (for various material and theoretical reasons) the direction toward which he wanted to change […]

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Ford, D. R. (2022). Encountering Education: Elements for a Marxist Pedagogy. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/encountering-education/

Derek R. Ford

Derek R. Ford is a teacher, organiser and educational theorist who serves as associate professor of education studies at DePauw University and as an instructor with The People’s Forum. Their work has appeared in a range of academic journals, including Critical Education and Cultural Studies, as well as popular outlets like Black Agenda Report, Monthly Review, Peace, Land and Bread and the International Magazine. They also hosted the popular podcast series Reading ‘Capital’ with Comrades.

They’ve published eight monographs on pedagogy and revolutionary struggles, the latest of which is Teaching the Actuality of Revolution: Aesthetics, Unlearning and the Sensations of Struggle (2023). Their organising and research on the pedagogy of anti-imperialism, anti-racism and internationalist struggles recently appeared in International Magazine and Black Agenda Report and featured on episodes of CovertAction Bulletin and Revolutionary Left Radio. They are the editor of Liberation School and a contributing editor at the Hampton Institute, as well as an organiser with the Indianapolis Liberation Center, ANSWER Coalition, the International Manifesto Group and others. You can reach them at derekford@depauw.edu

Recent works by Derek include:

Marx, Althusser, Philosophy and Philosophy of Education

An opinion piece inspired by David Neilsen on "Reading Marx again"

The spectre of Althusser weighs like a nightmare on the minds of living Marxists. So writes living Marxist David Neilson, cleverly riffing on Karl Marx’s famous aphorism: ‘The tradition of all the dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brain of the living.’ But Neilsen has a problem with this. I am a living […]

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Harris, K. (2021). Marx, Althusser, Philosophy and Philosophy of Education: An opinion piece inspired by David Neilsen on "Reading Marx again." PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/marx-althusser-philosophy-and-philosophy-of-education/

Kevin Harris

Kevin Harris is Emeritus Professor of Education at Macquarie University. He notes that he is enjoying retirement. He writes:

I have previously romanticised myself sufficiently; those interested can look up Educational Philosophy and Theory, 44(5), 450-463. I am now going on 84 and, with apologies to Shakespeare and Keats, I now ‘suffer the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to’: that is all ye need to know.

Interview with Michael Apple: The biography of a public intellectual

Part 1: From the beginning –A ‘red diaper baby'

Originally published: Peters, M. A. (2015). Interview with Michael Apple: The biography of a public intellectual. Open Review of Educational Research, 2(1), 105-117. DOI: 10.1080/23265507.2015.1010174

Part 1: From the beginning—A red diaper baby If I do want to continue being a critical scholar/activist, being organic—with all of the tensions, joy, and at times very real sacrifices that this entails—I have to see myself as an ongoing project. Michael W. Apple (2015) Introduction – Michael Peters (MP): This interview is a source […]

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Apple, M. W., & Peters, M. A. (2020). Interview with Michael Apple: The biography of a public intellectual: Part 1: From the beginning –A ‘red diaper baby.' PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/interview-with-michael-apple-the-biography-of-a-public-intellectual/

Michael W. Apple

Michael W. Apple is Hui Yan Chair Distinguished Professor of Education, Beijing Normal University; John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  He is one of the foremost educational theorists in the world and a public intellectual and activist-theorist who is deeply committed to empowerment and transformation of people through education. He has worked with governments, researchers, unions, political movements, and dissident groups around the world on building more critically democratic research, policies, and practices in education, making major contributions to the fields of cultural politics, curriculum theory and research, and critical teaching.

 

Michael A. Peters

Michael A. Peters (FRSNZ)  is a New Zealander and is currently Distinguished Professor at Beijing Normal University and Emeritus Professor University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He was awarded a Personal Chair at the University of Auckland in 2000 and became a Research Professor at the University of Glasgow (2000-2006) before being appointed Excellence Hire Professor at Illinois and Professor of Education at the University of Waikato. He has Honorary Doctorates from Aalborg University, Denmark and SUNY, New York.

Michael was Editor-in-Chief of Educational Philosophy and Theory for 25 years and is currently Editor of Beijing International Review of Education (Brill). He is the founding editor of Policy Futures in Education (Sage); E-Learning & Digital Media (Sage); Knowledge Cultures (Addleton); Open Review of Educational Research (Taylor & Francis); Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy (Brill) and on the board of many other journals and book series.

Michael has written over 120 books and many journal articles on a wide range of topics and has worked with and mentored many younger scholars. He was given the Social Science and Humanities Leader in China Award in both 2022 and 2023 (Research.com) and is ranked 1st in China and 5th in Asia for Education and Educational Philosophy and Theory (AD Scientific Index, 2023). He is also ranked in the World’s Top 2% of Scientists by Stanford University. His recent works includes two books on the apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic philosophy to be published in 2024.