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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 3: The Crossing of Class Lines: Confronting Critical Pedagogy in Defense of Communism


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Confronting Critical Pedagogy in Defense of Communism

In this chapter I pose an in-depth challenge to the anticommunism trend that has dominated critical pedagogy since its emergence in 1980. This anticommunism, from a noncapitalist perspective, represents nothing less than the crossing of class lines. After outlining the major premises this chapter is grounded, I remind critical pedagogues of some of the responses to anticommunist propaganda. I then provide a brief history of the Soviet Union, the People’s Republic of China, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, offering concrete responses to the anticommunism of bourgeois society that has infected those of us on the educational Left, especially in North America. I then offer a discussion of the Black Panther Party as another example of the communist legacy in the United States and how this legacy has been systematically under attack. The chapter concludes with a brief summary of some of the core principles of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) as an example of a contemporary U.S.-based Marxist-Leninist Communist Party that is firmly grounded in a commitment against the crossing of class lines.

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