The history of the NCM’s engagement with fascism and groups like the KKK is a complex one. But at a time when issues of fighting fascism, Nazis, and the alt-right are of concern to so many, a look back at some of the lessons of the NCM experience may prove useful for today’s activists.
Questions about migration have been a fundamental aspect of socialist thinking, and organizing, for well over a century. Postwar France, in particular, offers important examples of creative ways of dealing with the challenges of anti-racist organizing, and allows us to rediscover organizations that were very open to working with a plurality of immigrant communities, European and non-European alike, as well as with native-born French people.
This essay, while siding with the position that emphasizes the importance of Althusser’s theory of reading, seeks to examine both the possibilities the text opens up for a feminist reading of Marx via the use it has been made by feminist theorists since its publication, but also to point to oversights of the text itself, particularly concerning the concept of social reproduction.