The Strike of Those Who Can't Stop: An Interview with Verónica Gago and Natalia Fontana

The Strike of Those Who Can’t Stop: An Interview with Verónica Gago and Natalia Fontana

To strike is to chal­lenge and block the forms of pro­duc­ing and repro­duc­ing life in homes, in neigh­bor­hoods, in work­places. It is to con­nect vio­lence against women with the spe­cif­ic polit­i­cal nature of the cur­rent forms of exploita­tion of the pro­duc­tion and repro­duc­tion of life. The strike was the key that enabled us to unite those two things.

Identity Crisis

Identity Crisis

It’s only by acknowl­edg­ing the roots of iden­ti­ty pol­i­tics in the eman­ci­pa­to­ry move­ments of the past that we can begin the col­lec­tive work of for­mu­lat­ing a pos­i­tive alter­na­tive.

The Genre of the Party

The Genre of the Party

I would like to briefly return to what might be the cen­tral prob­lem of polit­i­cal sub­jec­tiv­i­ty, where Marx­ist thought encoun­tered its lim­it and ulti­mate­ly hit an impasse: the par­ty-form and its con­flict­ual rela­tion­ship with anoth­er “form,” that of the “women’s move­ment” and, con­se­quent­ly, fem­i­nism.

The Paradox of Enlightenment

The Paradox of Enlightenment

A curi­ous symp­tom of the resis­tance to the­o­ry on the Anglo-Amer­i­can left is a fix­a­tion on the Enlight­en­ment. The strik­ing para­dox of this fix­a­tion is the anti-intel­lec­tu­al appro­pri­a­tion of a trend of Euro­pean phi­los­o­phy, which is cred­it­ed with intro­duc­ing the now invi­o­lable stan­dards of sec­u­lar­ism, repub­li­can­ism, rights, free­doms, and equal­i­ty.

Striking at the Roots

Striking at the Roots

Our social con­di­tions place demands upon our strug­gles. They force us to change what it means to strike, requir­ing that such a prac­tice ori­ent itself to struc­tures of care, to sex and domes­tic work, to glob­al chains of cap­i­tal­ist, state, and inti­mate vio­lence. A fem­i­nist prac­tice ade­quate to our times can only be an anti-cap­i­tal­ist fem­i­nism.

Striking for Ourselves

Striking for Ourselves

The strike allows us to find each oth­er, and to togeth­er con­sti­tute a new col­lec­tive sub­ject, bring­ing our bod­ies togeth­er in a com­mon action and shared ter­ri­to­ry. Just as women’s labor takes many forms, so does the women’s strike: a work stop­page, a walk­out, a march, a pick­et, a block­ade, a shop­ping boy­cott, col­lec­tive­ly refus­ing gen­der roles.

Chernikhov's Architectural Fantasy

One Step Back, Two Steps Forward: Trump and the Revolutionary Scenario

Where elites bum­ble and jock­ey, pos­si­bil­i­ties arise. That is why in the rad­i­cal uncer­tain­ty of our moment, the Left needs to strate­gize and orga­nize for a rev­o­lu­tion­ary break. If we’re not pre­pared with a rev­o­lu­tion­ary sce­nario of our own, the strug­gles of elites may swal­low us up.