ELEMENTS FOR A MARXIST PEDAGOGY
Written by Derek R. Ford
In Encountering Education, organizer, and political and educational theorist Derek R. Ford develops new marxist pedagogical elements to advance the class struggle. Ford argues that the entire marxist project of establishing the dictatorship of the proletariat and creating a classless society entails an educational praxis that builds up disinterpellative encounters. Through an inventive reading of Marx, Althusser, Glissant, and others, they advance two dialectical pedagogical processes of inquiry and presentation, developing both—and the political relations between the two—through a range of theorists and situations. Encountering Education both illuminates the historical, political, spatial, technological, and sonic conditions of our struggle and assembles new pedagogical forms of reading, writing, listening, and learning through which we can encounter and realize an alternative social formation and, through the guidance of the Party, a new mode of production.
ART AND THE WORKING CLASS
Written by Alexander Bogdanov
Translated & Introduced by Taylor R. Genovese
Appearing for the first time in English, Art and the Working Class is the work of Alexander Bogdanov, a revolutionary polymath and co-founder, with Vladimir Lenin, of the Bolshevik faction of the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party. Bogdanov was a strong proponent of the arts, co-founding the Proletarian Culture (Proletkult) organization to provide political and artistic education to workers.
SELECTED WORKS OF
JOSE CARLOS MARIATEGUI
Written by José Carlos Mariátegui
Translated & Introduced by Christian Noakes
José Carlos Mariátegui was born in Moquegua, Peru, to a poor mestizo family on July 14, 1894. Considered by many to be the father of Latin American Communism, he is celebrated for being the first person to utilize Marxist methods of analysis in order to better understand concrete reality in Peru and for carving a path to revolution based off of these particular historical conditions. As such, he was one of the first Latin American socialists to acknowledge the revolutionary potential of the peasantry and Indigenous peoples. Rather than take a paternalistic or humanitarian position, Mariátegui believed that these overlapping groups needed to be the architects of their own liberation and to do so using their own cultural knowledge, experience, and language.
Peace, Land, & Bread
Issue four is the best (and biggest) issue of Peace, Land, and Bread yet. We’ve brought back our readers’ favorite authors—Christian Noakes, Jackson Albert Mann, and Amal Samaha, to name but a few—and we’ve packed the pages with incredibly critical, poignant, and important works from Thomas McLamb, Talia Lux, Sam Glasper, and more. Our arts and poetry section is more robust than ever, and contains beautiful works of art from Sindyan, Ian Matchett, M.S. Evans, and others.
This issue reflects the ethos and the character of Peace, Land, and Bread more generally: that is, it is robust, rigorous, poignant, relevant, and timely. And it is emblematic of the iterative process of journal production as well: we've taken what we've learned over this last year and worked to make issue four the best and most comprehensive issue yet.
The dual logics of profit and accumulation are directly opposed to epidemiology, to virology, and to public health. And, as we are now able to juxtapose the pandemic impacts in the United States against those of the socialist states—against the examples provided by China, Vietnam, and others—we are able to see most clearly what has been true all along: that the neoliberal state and the capitalist class care nothing for the lives of the public. Profit and accumulation, rested atop a pile of corpses, are their only motivation. Capitalism has utterly failed public health and well-being. We must fight for socialism.
We bring you issue three of Peace, Land, and Bread in this spirit: in the spirit of writing and research amidst dark times, of radical scholarship in the face of empire, and in the spirit of both pessimism and hope—pessimism that what we now face upon the eve of what might be the most troubling winter in a hundred years is nothing short of historic, and optimism that, as communists and as radicals, we shall persevere as we always have: through community, camaraderie, and connection—and overall with solidarity.
Although Peace, Land and Bread is a scholarly, peer-reviewed publication, it is our firm belief that revolutionary thinking throughout history has been expressed through art and literature. In our second issue, we continue our tradition of including artwork and poetry, addressing themes ranging from Black Lives Matter, religion, police brutality, revolution, American imperialism and LGBT+ rights.
The articles and art work presented in our July issue contribute to some of the biggest conversations happening on a global scale. Importantly, these articles shed light on how Marxism-Leninism is best suited to cope with the big issues facing us as a species. We hope these peer-reviewed, scholarly articles will aid our readers in understanding the world around them in the context of communism, and suggest new avenues of debate and thinking.
Peace! Land! Bread!
These were the rallying cries of the Bolsheviks that united the disparate revolutionary factions of Russia in the early part of the Twentieth Century. Peace for the war-weary; land for the dispossessed; and bread for the hungry. Now, in the early part of the Twenty-First Century—as fascism mutates and reemerges in the form of right-wing nativisms sweeping the globe, entrenched within and complementing the structures of capital—communism once again stands to oppose it: to fight the global darkening at the hand of endless imperial war, climatological and economic dispossessions, and of pervasive food insecurity.
Today, we work to rouse the exploited and exhausted workers and intelligentsia of the world—to show them that the Twenty-First Century plagues of capital can be fought with communism. Peace, land, and bread must once again be our rallying cry—the rallying cry of socialists everywhere.
THE COLLECTED WORKS OF
J.V. STALIN: VOLUME 1
Edited & Introduced by Iskra Books
Iskra Books, the imprint of the Center for Communist Studies, has chosen to publish the full series of the Collected Works due to an academic scarcity of the materials, an increasing inaccessibility of used copies of the original Foreign Languages Publishing House editions, and a growing scholarly and revolutionary interest in the writings and ideas of one of the Twentieth Century’s most impactful socialist heads of state.
Despite their often-negative reputation in the capitalist world, Stalin’s Works are both accessible and important, and deserve to be studied as not only as world-historical and practical applications of the development of Marxist-Leninist political theory, but—especially in an era where the rise of imperialism and the decay of capitalism lead to an increasing global fascism—also as political-theoretical texts in their own right; as the core theoretical works underpinning extant socialist state governance, policy, legislation, and practice.
THE CURRICULUM OF THE BASICS PRINCIPLES OF MARXISM-LENINISM
Translated, Edited, Annotated, & Introduced by
Luna Nguyen & Emerican Johnson
The text of this book constitutes part one of a four-part curriculum on Marxism-Leninism developed and published by the Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam. This curriculum is intended for students who are not specializing in the study of Marxism-Leninism, and is intended to give every Vietnamese student a firm grounding in the political philosophy of scientific socialism.
THE COLLECTED WORKS OF
V.I. LENIN: VOLUME 1
Edited & Introduced by
THE COLLISION OF CAPITAL AND KOSMOS: MARXISM AND THE GENERAL DIALECTIC OF NATURE
Edited by Iskra Books
Derek R. Ford
Derek R. Ford is assistant professor of education studies at DePauw University and an instructor with The People's Forum. In addition to running three book series, they're associate editor of Postdigital Science and Education and deputy editor of the Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies. Additionally, Ford's an organizer with the ANSWER Coalition and the Indianapolis Liberation Center, and a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation. Ford's the education department chair at the Hampton Institute (a working-class think tank) and editor of LiberationSchool.org.
Taylor R. Genovese
Taylor R. Genovese is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology program at Arizona State University. His dissertation research examines the political continuities and ruptures between the constructed secularity of Silicon Valley technologists and Russian Cosmism—a nineteenth century politico-theology advocating a universal human program for overcoming death and resurrecting ancestors. Additionally, as an eclectic multimodal anthropologist, he tends to work simultaneously on a variety of different projects in a diversity of artistic and academic modes, using digital video, photography, and sound as methods and sites of inquiry for anthropological research.
Christian Noakes is an urban sociologist and geographer whose work is grounded in historical materialism and anti-imperialism. Much of his work looks at the relationship between capitalism and the built environment. Christian is an associate editor of Peace, Land, & Bread, and has contributed to several publications including the Industrial Worker, An Spréach, Marxism-Leninism Today, and Cosmonaut.
Riley Seungyoon Park
Riley Seungyoon Park is a Master' Student in psychology at the University of Indianapolis. Their research interests include looking at community-based psychotherapy from an anti-imperialist, disability justice, and abolitionist perspective. They have written for Hampton Institute. Park is an organizer for the ANSWER Coalition and the Indianapolis Liberation Center. They are a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation and have been involved in the international Korean peace movement.
APRIL 16, 3PM EST
Join us for an online event on Encountering Education: Elements for a Marxist Pedagogy with author Derek R. Ford. In Encountering Education, Ford develops new marxist pedagogical elements to advance the class struggle. Ford argues that the entire marxist project of establishing the dictatorship of the proletariat and creating a classless society entails an educational praxis that builds up disinterpellative encounters. Through an inventive reading of Marx, Althusser, Glissant, and others, they advance two dialectical pedagogical processes of inquiry and presentation, developing both-and the political relations between the two-through a range of theorists and situations. Encountering Education both illuminates the historical, political, spatial, technological, and sonic conditions of our struggle and assembles new pedagogical forms of reading, writing, listening, and learning through which we can encounter and realize an alternative social formation and, through the guidance of the Party, a new mode of production. Derek will be joined in conversation with Nazia Kazi, Jason Wozniak, and Kym Smith.
Derek R. Ford is assistant professor of education studies at DePauw University and an instructor with the People’s Forum. They’ve published eight monographs, the latest of which are Marxism, Pedagogy, and the General Intellect: Beyond the Knowledge Economy (2021) and Inhuman Educations: Jean-Francois Lyotard, Pedagogy, Thought (2021). In addition to running three book series, Ford is associate editor of Postdigital Science and Education and deputy editor of the Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies. Ford’s an organizer with the ANSWER Coalition, a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, and the education chair at the Hampton Institute and the editor of Liberation School. Their popular writing has appeared in Monthly Review, Black Agenda Report, and elsewhere. He also hosted the podcast series, Reading Capital with Comrades.
Nazia Kazi is an anthropologist and educator based in Philadelphia. Her work explores the role of Islamophobia and racism in the context of global politics. She has lived in Dubai, New York City, and the Chicagoland area. She is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Stockton University in New Jersey, where she teaches courses on race, ethnicity, immigration, and Islam in the U.S. She is the author of Islamophobia, Race, and Global Politics, out now in an expanded second edition from Rowman & Littlefield.
Jason Wozniak is assistant professor of educational foundations and policy studies at West Chetser University of Pennsylvania. Jason has published widely in both North and South America. He is completing his first book, provisionally titled, The Mis-Education of the Indebted Student. In addition, Jason is the founder and Co-Director of The Latin American Philosophy of Education Society (LAPES.org). For the past two years, Jason has been one of the lead researchers on Hacer Escuela/Inventing School: Rethinking the Pedagogy of Critical Theory, a sub-project of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant: Critical Theory in the Global South.
Kym Smith is an organizer with Party for Socialism and Liberation, outside liaison with Jailhouse Lawyers Speak SC and co-founder of the Soda City Bail Fund. She’s also a mom to an amazing kid, needy pitbull and self absorbed cat. You can learn more about Kym on episode 6 of “From Struggle to Militant: A Revolutionary Story” by Breaking the Chains magazine.