Towards a Critical Pedagogy of Becoming
Foreword. Being and Becoming Communist: Toward a Revolutionary Critical Pedagogy of Becoming
BEING AND BECOMING COMMUNIST: TOWARD A REVOLUTIONARY CRITICAL PEDAGOGY OF BECOMING
Is communism the indisputable and irrevocable horizon of the present historical juncture? This question is of grave discernment for humanity. Marx, Capital, and Education represents an extended and exhilarating exegetical “yes” to this question.
The political trajectory of this book alone should explode the mainstream debate over education into a frenzy of contradictions, omissions, and analytic paralyses, sending shards of hope flying through the air like Fourth of July bottle rockets whistling The Internationale. But honesty demands that we ask: What fate will such a book truly enjoy in a field in which critical pedagogy continues to be burdened by the scars of its compliance with the neoliberal academy and where tinkering with capitalism underwrites the ne plus ultra defiant act of the critical pedagogue? This is an especially important question in a world in which capitalism remains synonymous with democracy, and the struggles for democracy effectively mean democracy for the capitalist class alone. In the short run, Marx, Capital, and Education will obviously both polarize and mobilize. It will polarize the left, provoking the majority of liberal and left liberals to run shrieking from its essential premises and to take refuge on the wrong side of the ramparts (which is almost always the side populated ← ix | x → with the best of intentions and the most highbrow of qualifications). As soon as readers learn that the authors are...
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