Tag Archives: Ukraine

Trump’s Torching of America

Some Reflections on the Demolition of Democracy

In the looming spectre of a Trump triumph in November 2024, democracy finds itself ensnared in a dark and foreboding web. Much like Grendel, the malevolent creature of ancient myth whose lineage traces back to the Biblical figure Cain, Trump prowls the political landscape tormented by a relentless hunger for power and dominance. Like Grendel, who […]

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McLaren, P. (2024). Trump’s Torching of America: Some Reflections on the Demolition of Democracy. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/trumps-torching-of-america/

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.

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A Message to Vladimir Putin

Out Now! Why the Left Must Not Abandon Ukraine

Behind the Campist Curtain I wish to begin with a series of questions, the answers to which will be obvious to any red-blooded leftist. Does the United States harbour an insatiable appetite for perpetual warfare? Does it suffer from a fatal attraction to conflicts that history has etched in agonising strokes? Is the US the […]

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.

By Our Acts, Ye Shall Know Us

We’ll play a melody and turn the lights down low so that none can see. We gotta do that. We gotta do that. We gotta do that. We gotta do that. And there’ll be no one else alive’ cept you and me. – George Fame and the Blue Flames Caught Between the Tectonic Plates of […]

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McLaren, P. (2023). By Our Acts, Ye Shall Know Us. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/by-our-acts-ye-shall-know-us/

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 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.

Too Strong to Submit, Too Weak to Prevail

The Challenge of Supporting Ukraine in a Time of Crisis

If, in some ways, the strength of Ukraine is made perfect in its weakness, then how can it prevail against the Russian imperialist leviathan? With support from another imperialist mega-state, the United States, of course. But does such support justify the position of the campist left who might offer a limp, eye-wink condemnation of Russia’s […]

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McLaren, P. (2022). Too Strong to Submit, Too Weak to Prevail: The Challenge of Supporting Ukraine in a Time of Crisis. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/too-strong-to-submit-too-weak-to-prevail/

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 Horseshoe and the Lightning Bolt

Why the Left Should Look Beyond the ‘Tankies’ and the ‘Campists’ and Support Ukraine

Much of the revolutionary left is still confused about capitalism. Like many of my comrades, busts and statues of Lenin striding across the firmament of revolutionary history occupied a pride of place on my university office desk. And like many of my comrades, I had some T-shirts emblazoned with the letters USSR, convinced that the […]

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McLaren, P. (2022). The Horseshoe and the Lightning Bolt: Why the Left Should Look Beyond the ‘Tankies’ and the ‘Campists’ and Support Ukraine. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/the-horseshoe-and-the-lightning-bolt/

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.

Averting One’s Eyes

The War in Ukraine and the Politics of Remembrance

I have argued in The War in Ukraine and America that a negotiated peace between Russia and Ukraine would be welcome. And that the US should not attempt to prolong the war in the service of its own geopolitical interests since the war is, among being a noble struggle by Ukraine to win its sovereignty […]

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McLaren, P. (2022). Averting One’s Eyes: The War in Ukraine and the Politics of Remembrance. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/averting-ones-eyes/

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.

Jordan Peterson’s Dangerous Projections on Ukraine and the Perils of Campism

Recently Jordan Peterson wrote an opinion piece for the Daily Wire that has sparked some controversy. Peterson argued that Vladimir Putin was forced into the war with Ukraine in order to prevent ‘degenerate’ US culture from breaching the borders of Russia. ‘The culture war is now truly part of why we have a war [in Ukraine],’ […]

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McLaren, P. (2022). Jordan Peterson’s Dangerous Projections on Ukraine and the Perils of Campism. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/jordan-petersons-dangerous-projections-on-ukraine-and-the-perils-of-campism/

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.

Sustaining Teaching in Response to a Current Crisis

A Roundtable Discussion

[See the original cfp] Education and science are strategically important areas for Ukraine today as powerful resources for the renewal and reconstruction of a post-war educational system. Therefore, international experience and expertise have become an invaluable source of ideas and approaches. The roundtable discussion ‘Sustaining Teaching in Response to a Current Crisis: A Global Initiative […]

Yuliana Lavrysh

Yuliana Lavrysh currently works at the Faculty of Linguistics, National Technical University of Ukraine Kiev Polytechnic Institute. She does research in Higher Education, Comparative Education and Adult Education. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Advanced Education.

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 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.

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Victory to Ukraine and to the Struggle for Socialism! 

More than 100 days have passed since Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine began, which is increasingly resembling a bloody war of attrition and escalating refugee crisis and is very different from the first Russo-Ukrainian conflict in 2014. The abysmal failure of Russia’s initial multidirectional attack from the north, east and south of Ukraine has given way […]

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McLaren, P. (2022). Victory to Ukraine and to the Struggle for Socialism! . PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/victory-to-ukraine-and-to-the-struggle-for-socialism/

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.

Eurasianism as the deep history of Russia‘s discontent

Nikolai Trubetzkoy (1890-1938) In Search of a Moral Compass for the Ukraine War I have long professional ties with Russia. Indeed, the first ‘Chair in Social Epistemology’ was held not by me but by Ilya Kasavin, a philosopher affiliated with the Russian Academy of Sciences. He founded the journal Epistemologja i Filosofija Nauki (‘Epistemology and the Philosophy […]

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller (born 1959, New York City) graduated from Columbia University in History & Sociology before gaining an M.Phil. from Cambridge and PhD from Pittsburgh, both in History and Philosophy of Science. He currently holds the Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology in the Department of Sociology at Warwick University.

Fuller is the founder of the research program of social epistemology. It is the name of a quarterly journal he founded with Taylor & Francis in 1987, as well as the first of his twenty-five books. His most recent work has been concerned with the future of humanity, or ‘Humanity 2.0.’

In Solidarity with Ukraine

Why We Fight

What has recently been called the new ‘heart of Europe,’ Ukraine, has received an outpouring of affection and solidarity from countries the world over. While it has been bruised and battered by Russian missiles, its heart is still beating strong, and it is fighting back. In fact, back in 1887, Austro-Hungarian geographers noted that the centre of […]

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McLaren, P. (2022). In Solidarity with Ukraine: Why We Fight. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/in-solidarity-with-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.

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Lenin Against Stalin

The Struggle for Ukrainian Self-Determination Amidst Putin’s Apocalyptic Nightmare

The war in Ukraine cranks on. Contrasted with Zelenskyy’s stingingly lucid utterances-at-large, we can only gaze in bleak comprehension at the mirror-like surface of Putin’s mind as he continues to peddle his brand of gloomy nationalism delivered in a cliché-ridden orderliness that seems irreverently detached from reality and fortified by an indispensable quota of self-deceit. […]

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McLaren, P. (2022). Lenin Against Stalin: The Struggle for Ukrainian Self-Determination Amidst Putin’s Apocalyptic Nightmare. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/lenin-against-stalin/

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.

Sustaining teaching in response to a current crisis in Ukraine: A global initiative for teacher professional development

Dear colleagues, You are cordially invited to participate in the roundtable discussion on Sustaining teaching in response to a current crisis in Ukraine: A global initiative for teacher professional development. The roundtable discussion is aimed at bringing together practitioners, policymakers, education sector leaders, teachers, researchers working in education in emergencies or crisis settings to brainstorm ideas and to stimulate discussion on a […]