Joining the Party Critical Education and the Question of Organization

Publication Year:
2016
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Repository URL:
https://scholarship.depauw.edu/educ_facpubs/6
Author(s):
Ford, Derek R.
Tags:
Critical Education; Marxism; Leninism; Revolution; Party; Education
article description
In the proliferation of "critical" educational scholarship there is a glaring omission, and that is research on the Party-form. Indeed, even when theorists like Gramsci and Lukàcs are discussed in critical education their work is always abstracted from its context: the Communist Party. This article contends that if critical education wants to orient toward the overthrow of capitalism then it has to take the Party seriously. I counter the misrepresentations and caricatures of the Party-form by carefully reading Lenin, Lukàcs, and Dean. I show that the Party is a student of the mass struggle, that it is disciplined to the full subjectivity of the proletariat, and that it is ultimately a form of unknowing and the organization of a lack. I conclude by delineating four concrete steps that critical educators can take toward building the Party.