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Family Matters

Family Matters

Melin­da Cooper’s lat­est work tracks the pol­i­tics of kin­ship in the era of neolib­er­al­ism, plac­ing the cen­tral­i­ty of “fam­i­ly val­ues” dis­course with­in the broad­er con­text of Amer­i­can social thought and post-Fordist eco­nom­ic trans­for­ma­tion. In this inter­view, View­point asks her about the key insights of her work and their impli­ca­tions for polit­i­cal strug­gles in the present.

Agriculture Wars

Agriculture Wars

If coun­try music gave voice to many Amer­i­can farm­ers dur­ing the 20th cen­tu­ry, what does it have to say about the fun­da­men­tal shift in farm labor that is com­ing to define the 21st?

Black Atlantis

Black Atlantis

Like Star Wars, Black Pan­ther presents us not with sci­ence fic­tion but with myth, shar­ing with it what we might describe as “semi-feu­dal futur­ism” – a term far more appro­pri­ate for this film than “Afro­fu­tur­ism,” thrown around in the main­stream media stripped of any mean­ing­ful polit­i­cal con­text. Why do white peo­ple love Black Pan­ther, just as they love Star Wars?

11 Theses on Possible Communism

11 Theses on Possible Communism

Specter // Neolib­er­al­ism // Cri­sis // Pro­le­tari­at // Class Strug­gle // Com­mu­nists // Com­mu­nism // Forms of Life // Pro­gram // Sovi­et // Future

Movement Pedagogy: Beyond the Class/Identity Impasse

Movement Pedagogy: Beyond the Class/Identity Impasse

Think­ing ped­a­gog­i­cal­ly ren­ders a coali­tion between the uni­ver­sal­i­ty asso­ci­at­ed with class strug­gle, and the posi­tion­al­i­ty that is key to a rad­i­cal iden­ti­ty pol­i­tics. Attend­ing to the actu­al arrange­ments of voic­es and minds and bod­ies in class­rooms and move­ments, what peo­ple actu­al­ly do when they come togeth­er to fight and unlearn oppres­sive rela­tions of pro­duc­tion, shows a link where most ide­olo­gies on offer today show a gap.

Winter in Catalonia

Winter in Catalonia

The Cata­lan inde­pen­dence strug­gle is not the politi­ciza­tion and expres­sion of social prob­lems, but the social­iza­tion of polit­i­cal prob­lems. For this to hap­pen, social prob­lems nec­es­sar­i­ly became sub­sumed and mis­rep­re­sent­ed in the inde­pen­dence process, and the cross-class project of Cata­lan inde­pen­dence was sold as a solu­tion to the prob­lems of the eco­nom­ic cri­sis and the cri­sis of rep­re­sen­ta­tion.