Foreword to Marxism and Educational Theory: Origins and Issues
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"Marxist analysis can help us explain how imperialism (both economic and military or a combination thereof) is becoming acceptable today (with the emergence of the U.S. as the world's sole superpower) after having been the object of scathing critiques in the preceding decades. What are the characteristics of current conceptions of progress and nation change that can lead people – even those who champion equality before the law, freedom of the press, and religious freedom and adhere to the principles of self-government and that all human beings are naturally equal and that certain fundamental moral principles are universally valid - to support unreservedly imperial rule? What is it about disenfranchised workers and farmers that can lead them to vote for a political party that clearly further disenfranchises them? How can constituencies such as these, who adamantly believe in law and order, support an administration that is proposing to cut a billion dollars in federal funding of local law enforcement agencies at a time of rising murder rates and other violent crimes throughout the United States? The answer, of course, is an exceedingly complex one, and a fuller and more comprehensive answer demands an historical materialist approach."
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McLaren, P. (2008). Foreword. In M. Cole, Marxism and educational theory: Origins and issues (pp. ix-xx). London and New York: Routledge.