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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 Thruthout.  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.

The mainstreaming of totalitarianism

In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world, the masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and that nothing was true.… The totalitarian mass leaders based their propaganda on the correct psychological assumption that … one could make people believe the most fantastic statements […]

Eric J. Weiner

Eric J. Weiner is an Associate Professor in the department of Educational Foundations at Montclair State University, New Jersey, U.S.A. He writes about a range of issues from the perspectives of critical pedagogy, semiotics, aesthetics, sociolinguistics, and sociological theory. His work focuses on the intersection of meaning and power in everyday life. Recent books include: Deschooling the Imagination: Critical Thought as Social Practice (2015, Routledge); The Theater of Educational Possibility: Where Teachers Learn How to Think Critically and Act Creatively (2012 Peter Lang); Private Learning, Public Needs: The Neoliberal Assault on Democratic Education (2005 Peter Lang Publishers).

 

 

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Notes from an unrepentant apocalyptist

Reflections on Tracks to Infinity

When the collection of my essays Notes from an Unrepentant Apocalyptist (2020) landed on my doorstep, I was struck that there was a Foreword, a Preface, an Introduction by the editors and an Afterword, each of which offers a very different interpretation of the direction of my work over the years. Hence, I am indebted […]

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McLaren, P. (2020). Notes from an unrepentant apocalyptist. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/ideas/notes-from-an-unrepentant-apocalyptist/
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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.