Pedagogy is a section of a series of neglected texts that we refer to as The New Canon. No grading/mandatory feedback, just a programmed text in installments, with self-starting exercises… a college course, without grade pressure, that is conducted at the readers’ own pace.
One of the most intimidating things about the kind of intellectual hardball that is played around politics — and the social theory that emerges from the practice of politics — is that there are so many scholars out there who have — for whatever reason — had the time to acquire erudition.
With the intellectual division of labor, and the every more extreme specialization of that intellectual labor, this intimidation factor has become worse. Insurgent American is committed to overcoming that division of labor.
Academics go to school, and they get the fish. Organic intellectuals learn how to fish.
The purpose of the Pedagogy section is not to debate. We wouldn’t send a fighter to a fight without training. The works chosen for Pedagogy are specifically selected for their demonstration of unorthodox ways of thinking, their richness in epistemological insight, their philosophical depth, and for the debating tools they embody to quickly identify the bases of arguments and counter-arguments, and, where necessary, to deconstruct them.
Insurgency. New world. New practices. New ways of knowing.
There is no expectation for subscribers to agree with the declarations and conclusions of the authors under study. In fact, the Pedagogy section is designed explicitly NOT to be a debate forum. The goal for participants in this section is for them to thoroughly understand what these authors have written, including mastery of many of the philosophically subtle and unfamiliar concepts that are woven into these key works. What readers do with these ideas after they have thoroughly learned them is up to each person. The burden of evaluation is taken off the participant by precluding debate over the content of these works in the context of this section, so each participant can approach these works with an unpressured curiosity.
While these works may or may not be the beginning of an organically new canon — this is something only time will tell — they are not designed to be an ideological doctrine. They are designed to give participants additional interrogative standpoints, and therefore additional flexibility and agility in the intellectual arena of insurgency. Greater intellectual flexibility and agility translate into greater practical flexibility and agility.
The only things participants require are good reading comprehension, a handy dictionary with the willingness to open it up, and a high index of curiosity about how things really work.