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Immigrant Struggles, Anti-Racism, and May 1968: An Interview with Daniel A. Gordon

Immigrant Struggles, Anti-Racism, and May 1968: An Interview with Daniel A. Gordon

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.

Reading Social Reproduction into Reading Capital

Reading Social Reproduction into Reading Capital

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.

Somethin’ Slick Goin’ On: The Proletarian Funk of Johnny “Guitar” Watson

Somethin’ Slick Goin’ On: The Proletarian Funk of Johnny “Guitar” Watson

Johnny “Guitar” Watson was a fascinating contradiction: a man dressed like an icon of fame and wealth whose lyrics depict the struggle of working people trying to make ends meet in an era of looming economic destitution. Though he dons a funky getup, Watson’s bleak expression of working life under economic and social oppression derives from the long blues tradition dating back to slavery and the Reconstruction era.

Political Prisoners, Prisons, and Black Liberation (1971)

Political Prisoners, Prisons, and Black Liberation (1971)

The pivotal struggle which must be waged in the ranks of the working class is consequently the open, unreserved battle against entrenched racism. The white worker must become conscious of the threads which bind him to a James Johnson, Black auto worker, member of UAW, and a political prisoner presently facing charges for the killings of two foremen and a job setter. The merciless proliferation of the power of monopoly capital may ultimately push him inexorably down the very same path of desperation. No potential victim of the fascist terror should be without the knowledge that the greatest menace to racism and fascism is unity!