Towards a Critical Pedagogy of Becoming
Chapter 2. From Revolution to Counterrevolution and Back Again? The Global Class War and Becoming Communist
FROM REVOLUTION TO COUNTERREVOLUTION AND BACK AGAIN? THE GLOBAL CLASS WAR AND BECOMING COMMUNIST
Critical pedagogy is an intervention in the present order of things, a force of contestation that not only insists that there are alternatives to present social formations but, more importantly, also develops a vision of what those alternatives might look like, or at least some elements of what they entail. And, as we will continue to stress, the process of becoming other cannot but begin with the present. As such, critical pedagogy must have an adequate understanding of the current moment, of the determinations of our time. Such an understanding of the determinations of our time first demands that we grasp the historical forces that have placed us here, those “circumstances directly encountered, given and transmitted from the past” (Marx, 1852/1972, p. 15). This chapter works to construct a narrative of the determinants of contemporary critical pedagogy, asserting the primacy of the international situation.
While there is no shortage of talk about neoliberalism today—in critical education and elsewhere—we here define our contemporary moment as one that is dominated by counterrevolution. Such an appraisal might at first seem dramatic or even pessimistic; for there are, to be sure, promising sparks of uprisings routinely occurring, flickers of protest and social movements, and ← 39 | 40 → sustained flames of resistance across the globe. In some parts of the world, resistance movements even hold political, military, social, and economic power. But compared...
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