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Catholic Integralism, Pervasive Putinism and the Assault on Democracy

The unholy marriage between postliberal theology and legal conservatism accounts for one reason that the animating spirit of today’s ‘integralism’ has been so resilient. Its exponents have shown Americans that they will not let something as insignificant as democracy stand in their way of transforming America, even if it means belabouring the political theology of the Middle Ages […]

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McLaren, P. (2022). Catholic Integralism, Pervasive Putinism and the Assault on Democracy. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/catholic-integralism-pervasive-putinism-and-the-assault-on-democracy/

Peter McLaren

Peter McLaren is 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.

It’s the end of the World as we know it

Racism as a global killer of Black people and their emancipatory freedoms

From Arday, J. (2021). It’s the end of the world as we know it: Racism as a global killer of Black people and their emancipatory freedoms. Educational Philosophy & Theory, 53(14), 1418-1420. https://doi.org/10.1080/00131857.2020.1782722 That’s great, it starts with an earthquake… are the famous opening tenets to REM’s anthemic stream of political consciousness, ‘It’s the End of […]

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Arday, J. (2022). It’s the end of the World as we know it: Racism as a global killer of Black people and their emancipatory freedoms. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/epat/its-the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it-2/

Jason Arday

Jason Arday is a British sociologist, writer and fundraiser best known for his research on race and racism. He is Professor of Sociology of Education at the University of Glasgow in the School of Education, College of Social Sciences. His research focuses on race inequalities within the education sector with a specific focus racial and intersectional inequality in higher education.

Post-Digital Fascism and the Escape from Freedom

Critical Pedagogy and the Struggle for an Anti-Fascist Counterpublic Sphere

When Fox News and other news organisations on the US far right accuse public school teachers of ‘woke’ attempts at ‘grooming’ or ‘sexualising’ children by allegedly prompting them to consider changing their gender, or turning themselves into ‘furries’ and defecating in litter boxes provided by the school administration, or serving as surrogates for the LGBTQI+ […]

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McLaren, P. (2022). Post-Digital Fascism and the Escape from Freedom: Critical Pedagogy and the Struggle for an Anti-Fascist Counterpublic Sphere. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/post-digital-fascism-and-the-escape-from-freedom/

Peter McLaren

Peter McLaren is 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.

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Critical Pedagogy and the Future

Overcoming Fascism’s God Complex and the Attack on Reason

Columns by David Badash and Tom Boggioni were published recently in RawStory. One was about Republican Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida, and the other about the Arizona Republican Party’s nominee for governor, Kari Lake. Both were frightening. Yes, frightening in the sense that they reveal the extent to which Christian nationalism has poisoned America’s bloodstream. I’ve […]

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McLaren, P. (2022). Critical Pedagogy and the Future: Overcoming Fascism’s God Complex and the Attack on Reason. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/critical-pedagogy-and-the-future/

Peter McLaren

Peter McLaren is 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 Death of History and the Struggle to Remember

The Fight for Critical Pedagogy in the Age of Trump

On April 22, Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill H.B.7 to, in his words, ‘give businesses, employees, children and families tools to stand up against discrimination and woke indoctrination.’ Jessica L. Adler, in an important article for the History News Network, has done us all a considerable service in challenging this 30 pages-long list of that […]

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McLaren, P. (2022). The Death of History and the Struggle to Remember: The Fight for Critical Pedagogy in the Age of Trump. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/the-death-of-history-and-the-struggle-to-remember/

Peter McLaren

Peter McLaren is 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.

Obsessing About the Unthinkable

There Will Be No Reckoning for Trump, only the Possibility of Civil War

It is important these days to remember that Donald Trump wasn’t created in a mindless void or a bottomless pit (although it is tempting to see a reference to Trump in Revelation 9:1-12, which speaks of a bottomless pit that holds a unique type of demon, but there is no mention of whether the demon is […]

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McLaren, P. (2022). Obsessing About the Unthinkable: There Will Be No Reckoning for Trump, only the Possibility of Civil War. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/obsessing-about-the-unthinkable/

Peter McLaren

Peter McLaren is 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.

Steve Bannon’s War on Ukraine and Democracy

Steve Bannon is a towering figure among his audience, some of whom are earnestly seeking the truth surrounding issues of the day, and many others who are axe-grinding nincompoops and conspiracy nuts. But Bannon himself is neither stupid nor foolish – nor, for that matter, earnest. He exercises his charm through cultspeak, by pretending to be […]

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McLaren, P. (2022). Steve Bannon’s War on Ukraine and Democracy. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/steve-bannons-war-on-ukraine-and-democracy/

Peter McLaren

Peter McLaren is 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.

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QAnon and the Attack of the Crafty Crazies

Standing firm at the fore of conspiracy theorists, QAnon adherents have made a name for themselves in this vile and desolate era of Trumpism. And, while that name is ‘C-R-A-Z-Y,’ there is no denying that QAnon has had a direct and measurable impact on American politics. In the alienation of everyday life, opportunities for passion […]

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McLaren, P. (2022). QAnon and the Attack of the Crafty Crazies. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/qanon-and-the-attack-of-the-crafty-crazies/

Peter McLaren

Peter McLaren is 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.

Viktor Orbán, the Pimp of Putinism; Tucker Carlson’s Fascist Flirtations; and the Contradictions of ‘Traditional’ Values

An exceptional session of America’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is currently being held in Budapest, Hungary, the first-ever CPAC meeting held in Europe, which has been described as ‘an effort to cement bonds between the radical right on both sides of the Atlantic under the banner of the “great replacement” ideology.’ The conference is being hosted […]

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McLaren, P. (2022). Viktor Orbán, the Pimp of Putinism; Tucker Carlson’s Fascist Flirtations; and the Contradictions of ‘Traditional’ Values. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/viktor-orban-the-pimp-of-putinism-tucker-carlsons-fascist-flirtations-and-the-contradictions-of-traditional-values/

Peter McLaren

Peter McLaren is 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.

Saint Oscar Romero, Paulo Freire and Liberation Theology

Smithing a Sword Against MAGA Darkness

Critical pedagogy is the bloomery in which educational swords are forged against injustice. This fire pit or furnace located in the smithy is ignited by the faithful, powering the cementation process that results in the blade. Oscar Romero, Paulo Freire and other important educational workers operate the bellows, and liberation theology delineates the battlegrounds where […]

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McLaren, P. (2022). Saint Oscar Romero, Paulo Freire and Liberation Theology: Smithing a Sword Against MAGA Darkness. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/saint-oscar-romero-paulo-freire-and-liberation-theology/

Peter McLaren

Peter McLaren is 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.

A Reading List for Henry Giroux’s Pedagogy of Resistance

(Republished with the permission of the author and the Seminary Co-op.) The author shared this reading list of works that informed his latest book, Pedagogy of Resistance: Against Manufactured Ignorance, published by Bloomsbury last month. In the post-Trump era, the politics of historical amnesia, disappearance and disposability continue to thrive. Trump may have lost the election […]

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Giroux, H. A. (2022). A Reading List for Henry Giroux’s Pedagogy of Resistance. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/a-reading-list-for-henry-girouxs-pedagogy-of-resistance/

Henry A. Giroux

Henry A. Giroux is Professor of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University, Canada. Henry is one of the founding theorists of critical pedagogy in the United States, and has written extensively on public pedagogycultural studiesyouth studieshigher educationmedia studies, and critical theory, winning many awards. His interviews on neoliberalism appear in Truthout.  Henry is past co-Editor-in-chief of the Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies.  In 2002 Routledge named him as one of the top fifty educational thinkers of the modern period.

 

Violence, Trumpian Cultspeak and What Could Happen in Ukraine

Domestic massacres are soon to be afoot, to twist a famous utterance of Sherlock Holmes. Violence looms large. Thousands of members of Trump’s cult of violence are anxiously awaiting the moment when they feel God’s call to slip on their ballistic vests and draw their weapons. Lock and load, baby! Do you have an AR-15, […]

Peter McLaren

Peter McLaren is 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 New Cold War Blocs

Claiming to represent the apogee of Western democracy, the United States has undertaken grievous crimes against humanity throughout the course of its history, and I don’t need to itemise all of the egregious episodes pertaining to imperial interference in the elected governments of countries and the waging of wars considered to be threats to world […]

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McLaren, P. (2022). The New Cold War Blocs. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/the-new-cold-war-blocs/

Peter McLaren

Peter McLaren is 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 Conservative Nationalists and their Con Game with Ukraine

The Danger of an Illusion

Christian nationalist and xenophobic Trumpian ideologies have migrated from the toxic hinterlands of conservatism into the fetid vortex of the Republican Party, much to the shock and dismay of old-style conservatives with whom you might have enjoyed (if only briefly) a coffee and a bagel. One clear example of this is Trump’s former White House […]

Peter McLaren

Peter McLaren is 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 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.