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History and Education

Engaging the Global Class War


Curry Stephenson Malott

History and Education is a text that engages the history of the global class war, from the United States to the former Soviet Union, from the People’s Republic of China to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, in order to contribute to the development of communist pedagogy. Central to this communist pedagogy is the struggle for Native American sovereignty and for the self-determination of oppressed nations within the U.S. Pedagogical theory is mobilized to highlight the centrality of seizing state power in the movement for transforming capitalist production relations and bourgeois society into socialist relations and a communist form of society premised on the self-determination of racial, ethnic, and linguistic minorities. In the process History and Education challenges both the white chauvinism of pure proletarian communists as well as the anti-communism that, for decades, has dominated the Left in general, and the educational Left in particular, especially in the U.S. The book contributes to the current resurgence in the popularity and appeal of socialism as an achievable and necessary internationalist, solidarity-based alternative to capitalism.
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Chapter 1: The Global Class War and the Contradictions of Capital


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With the colonization of the Americas, there emerged a complex war between the vast and diverse Native American Nations and the invading European colonizing capitalists and the forced and indentured European and African laborers they brought with them as imported labor power. In the 1970s, the center of Native American resistance, after many devastating eras of genocide, termination, and countless forced removals, emerged as the American Indian Movement (AIM). Native American activists have been critical of Marxist activists for advancing what they experienced as a Eurocentric worldview where one could not simultaneously be Native or Indigenous and a socialist or communist, which was attributed to Marx (Churchill, 1983). The position advocated for here follows the American Indian activists in the Party for Socialism and Liberation who simultaneously serve within their tribal leadership councils, thereby challenging the false assumption that socialism is an invasive tendency that inherently negates an Indigenous presence because it represents a lower stage in the universal hierarchy of human development. Rather, socialism represents a form of unity that allows all of the world’s oppressed people to unite as a single, accumulated force aimed at the complete destruction of the bourgeois state and all elements of the capitalist class’s counterrevolutionary forces, both physical and ideological (i.e., armed ← 11 | 12 → anticommunist forces and white supremacy and xenophobia) while protecting the sovereignty of all oppressed nations and their rights to their national territory...

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