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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 […]

The influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on higher education in Ukraine

Crisis or renewal?

Modern Ukrainian higher education is facing a need to respond to a double challenge: on the one hand, it is necessary to keep up with the requirements of the globalised and information society; on the other hand, to take into account objective resource constraints resulting from crisis socio-economic processes within Ukraine and the world economic […]

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Lavrysh, Y. (2022). The influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on higher education in Ukraine: Crisis or renewal?. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/epat/the-influence-of-the-covid-19-pandemic-on-higher-education-in-ukraine/

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.

Living in the Nothingness

America’s White Nationalists, the Russian Orthodox Church and The Fascist Invasion of Ukraine

I used to be an evangelical Christian for several years, so I have a sense of what it was like to join a Church and to leave one. As I write in my book, He Walks Among Us: Christian Fascism Ushering in the End of Times: When I was seventeen, I was an evangelical Christian. […]

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McLaren, P. (2022). Living in the Nothingness: America’s White Nationalists, the Russian Orthodox Church and The Fascist Invasion of Ukraine. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/living-in-the-nothingness/

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 Russians are Coming

But Aren’t They Already Here?

Who are the Russian oligarchs or wannabe oligarchs? Slavoj Zizek’s description is particularly apt: The so-called oligarchs in Russia and other ex-communist countries are a bourgeois counterpart to what Marx called the lumpen-proletariat: an unthinking cohort susceptible to political manipulation because its members have no class consciousness or revolutionary potential of their own. Unlike the proletariat, […]

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McLaren, P. (2022). The Russians are Coming: But Aren’t They Already Here?. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/the-russians-are-coming/

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 Scapegoating of Ukraine

Lives Lived and Lost

Rene Girard’s germinal scholarship, which has attracted adherents on both the left and the right, stemmed from his investigation of the ‘mimetic’ origins of desire, which he developed from his recognition that imitation constitutes the fundament of human behaviour. And while he discovered how mimetic rivalry can explain a wide variety of everyday phenomena, his […]

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McLaren, P. (2022). The Scapegoating of Ukraine: Lives Lived and Lost. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/the-scapegoating-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.