The economic crisis is not America's only problem. We are also ending a period of intense anti-communism that has warped our thinking in even the smallest ways. The ideas associated with Marxism are not far-fetched nor difficult to understand. Most Americans would quickly agree with them and then wonder what all the fuss was about. But someone has to come up with a quick, free, accessible set of information if we are to overcome the blockade of prejudices and fears so carefully constructed by the capitalists.
People who have recognized the need to study Marxist ideas need accessibility, guidance, and a chance to ask their own questions.
Our on-line school addresses the need for accessibility. No matter how remote and separate people may be; no matter how limited their time, the tiny educational modules are theirs free for the taking. Each one is designed to cover only the smallest bit of information and take as little time as possible. People who have done a minimum of prior studying may prefer to skip the reading material entirely, and just work their way through the simple questions. It is unlikely that any of the modules would take more than 10 minutes to complete.
There is ample opportunity for feedback and interaction through e-mail. We also intend to stage regular webinars for those who would like to interact with a larger group. It is intended that participation and feedback will continuously improve the school.
Is it as good a method as a traditional classroom? Perhaps not, but face time is slow and hard to organize. The need is urgent!
Even though national leaders of the Communist Party USA know about this effort, and are encouraging, the school remains a project of the Texas District. What is read here should not be construed as having passed through the democratic procedures of the entire Party.
The Little School for Marxist Education is named for Frank Little. Little was one of America's greatest union organizers. He was murdered August 1, 1917, after having denounced collusion between corporations and government during the great imperialist war of that time. After murdering Frank Little, corporate and government officials did everything possible to make sure that his example was extinguished from all American consciousness. It is my goal to make sure they will never succeed!
--Jim Lane, Ed. D., Webmaster, and People's Weekly World "Worker Correspondent" in Dallas