It may not be enough to find new answers to the old question of what is the “organizing principle” connecting patriarchy and capitalism. We may have to pose completely new questions.
If we are truly committed to a rigorous and unifying theory of capital, we must consider the possibility that race and gender are as logically necessary as class is to the capitalist mode of production.
The nation-state could be the lens through which we can try to see the necessity of gendered and racial oppression, alongside class exploitation, as preconditions and not only consequences of capital accumulation.
Sara Farris, FTC Manning, and Johanna Oksala rethink the relationships between gender, class, and capitalism through reflections on Cinzia’s Arruzza’s essay “Remarks on Gender.”