New Book: The Rise and Decline of Patriarchal Systems

By Nancy Folbre. From Verso: In this groundbreaking new work, Nancy Folbre builds on a critique and reformulation of Marxian political economy, drawing on a larger body of scientific research, including neoclassical economics, sociology, psychology, and evolutionary biology, to answer the defining question of feminist political economy: why is gender inequality so pervasive? In part, … More New Book: The Rise and Decline of Patriarchal Systems

Marxism and the race problem

By Charles Post, Marxism has had a difficult relationship with non-class oppressions like gender and race. For most, historical materialism is “race” and “gender-blind,” providing an explanation of only class exploitation. Those working in our tradition have either reduced race or gender to capitalist manipulation or adopted an intersectional approach in which class, race and … More Marxism and the race problem

Exploitation and Expropriation, or Why Capitalism Must be Attacked with Equal Force on Every Front

By Michael D. Yates, [Author’s note: This essay is based upon arguments made in Chapter 2 (“Some Theoretical Considerations”) of my book, Can the Working Class Change the World? Unless otherwise noted, the quotes are from this chapter and are either my words or those of someone I am quoting] There is much discussion on the … More Exploitation and Expropriation, or Why Capitalism Must be Attacked with Equal Force on Every Front

Was the gravedigger thesis central to Marx’s theory of the working class?

By Matt Vidal, Received wisdom holds that history has proven Marx’s theory of the working class to be wrong. This claim hinges on the so-called gravedigger thesis. According to leading industrial relations scholar Paul Edwards, central to Marx’s theory of the working class is the prediction that “that there is an inherent tendency for the … More Was the gravedigger thesis central to Marx’s theory of the working class?