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[Xmca-l] Re: Critical Early Learning


There was a time where I pushed for chomskyian anarchism. ..following the revolution that was the response of petion and the mulatto class in haiti following their assassination of dessalines.  They allowed dessalines's division of the land to remain, but provided no other ideological apparatus to regulate the society.  The regulation of the society, especially in the north where the majority of the slaves were,  was left to houngan and mambos, vodou priest and priestess.  The haitian masses, 75 percent were directly from africa when the revolution began, reproduced their african way of life on the island.  The fabric of this type of anarchic social structure, which was governed by agriculture and vodou spiritualism, was constantly undermined by the liberal and western practices of the mulatto elites who feared the majority of the masses.  These liberal and western practices, neoliberalism,  forced the masses off the lands in the provinces, which droved them to port-au-prince where they reproduced their anarchic traditions in the capital city against the liberal practices of the mulatto elites.  This anarchism led to the devastating effects of the earthquake.  Hence I have come to question chomskyian anarchism amidst neoliberalism, which seeks to make haiti into jamaica and the bahamas.  The bolivian response under evo morales seems to be what haiti should opt for, however, america is constantly undermining that push.

Dr. Paul C. Mocombe
The Mocombeian Foundation, Inc.

-------- Original message --------
From: "White, Phillip" <Phillip.White@ucdenver.edu> 
Date: 11/28/2013  3:45 PM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: "Dr. Paul C. Mocombe" <pmocombe@mocombeian.com>,"eXtended Mind,	Culture, Activity" <xmca-l@mailman.ucsd.edu> 
Subject: RE: [Xmca-l] Re: Critical Early Learning 
glad that you're still on this list, Paul  -  

you note that your grandmother said to you -  "no matter what you learn in those white schools...remember that you are haitian and who and what you will become comes from bondye and will be in the service of black people." 

and further on you write: "Contemporarily, the haitian government is pushing education as the solution to haiti's problems.  I disagree.  For me it is part of the problem.  It is the violent means by which we are brought into the dialectic of the capitalist world-system, which begs the question is there a liberating educational pedagogy?  I disagree with Paulo Freire by the way."

(no disagreement regarding Freire, by the way.) 

so, what would you and / or your grandmother say is another possibility?  

after all, there is no color line regarding the exploitation of any peoples.  walmart exploits everyone regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, sexual preference, gender, etc. etc.  as did russian communists, only they did have a special way of persecuting people based on class.  hey, the list historically of exploitation goes on and on, regardless of political, religious or economic practices, etc. ...

believe me, i find myself grasping for alternatives with the only tools i've got, which necessarily have emerged out of the same cultural-historical society as has dialectical global capitalism.  

surely it doesn't come down to just growing a garden?