• Mike Cole
Part of the Marxism and Education book series (MAED)


In this volume I have made use of (neo-)Marxist analysis to try to understand racism as it relates to schooling in the U.K. and the U.S., and have used its insights to make suggestions for educating against racism, imperialism, and capitalism and for socialism. Capitalism, as a failed social system, is there for all to see especially in its current crisis. That capitalism is inherently destabilizing was recognized by Marx and Engels a century and a half ago:

The bourgeoisie cannot exist without constantly revolutionising the instruments of production, and thereby the relations of production, and with them the whole relations of society. Conservation of the old modes of production in unaltered form, was, on the contrary, the first condition of existence for all earlier industrial classes. Constant revolutionising of production, uninterrupted disturbance of all social conditions, everlasting uncertainty and agitation distinguish the bourgeois epoch from all earlier ones. All fixed, fast-frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away, all new-formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify. All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned. (Marx and Engels, (1847) [1977]


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