Engaging the Global Class War
Chapter 3: The Crossing of Class Lines: Confronting Critical Pedagogy in Defense of Communism
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THE CROSSING OF CLASS LINES
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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