Today, the CoLAB gathered for the last time in 2017. We talked through Sylvia Federici’s Caliban and the Witch. 

“Indeed, the political lesson that we can learn from The Caliban and the Witch is that capitalism, as a social-economic system, is necessarily committed to racism and sexism. For capitalism must justify and mystify the contradictions built into its social relations – the promise of freedom vs. the reality of widespread coercion, and the promise of prosperity vs. the reality of widespread penury – by denigrating the ‘nature’ of those it exploits: women, colonial subjects. the descendants of African slaves, the immigrants displaced by globalization.” (17)

If that doesn’t say it all… it says a lot.

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