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Kollontai, Pankhurst, and Goldman on Feminism and Social Transformation

Many of us were excited and inspired by Kollontai, Pankhurst and Goldman’s approach to the relation between feminist and anti-capitalist struggles. For all three revolutionaries, social relations as a whole (gender and family relations, affective and moral capacities, and psychic life) are involved in the reproduction of capitalism. This entails that the transformation of reproduction in this expanded sense is as important as that of production, since an emancipatory struggle that fails transform social life as a whole runs the risk of reproducing the very forms of domination it seeks to overcome. In order to reconstruct some of our discussion in a schematic way, I will discuss several aspects of this insight that informs the practical and theoretical commitments of Kollontai, Pankhurst and Goldman. This shared presuppositio


The Place of the Global South in the World Capitalist System

Sanjay Ruparella’s lucid and compelling talk on the global South can help us to clarify what we mean by capitalism. If the “global South” implies a global capitalist system or project, what was that project? We can think of it as unfolding in two waves: the first began with the discovery of America in 1492 and took the form of the great trading empires; the second began with industrial capitalism in the nineteenth century and continues today. In the first wave, specialization, the division of labor and trade are crucial; in the second, the capital labor relation per se. To be sure, we can think of the two waves as continuous, building on one another. In both cases, capitalism implies increased productivity and growth, as well as increasing inequality.