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Kimberlé Crenshaw on Intersectionality: “I wanted to come up with an everyday metaphor that anyone could use”

TIger Beatdown Blog: My feminism will be intersectional or it will be bullshit by Flavia Dzodan

Robin Hahnel, ABCs of Political Economy: A Modern Approach (Pluto Press January 24, 2003). A clear and concise presentation of how to understand the operations of capitalist economics. The best intro available. The best book available on the topic.

“Harry Braverman, Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degredation of Work in the Twentieth Century (Monthly Review Press; 2nd Ed edition January 1999)

“”Labor and Monopoly Capital is one of the most influential books of our time, and it deserves to be. This new edition will help a new generation of readers understand the forces that are now transforming work around the world.”” —DAVID MONTGOMERY ”

“Douglas Dowd, Capitalism and Its Economics: A Critical History  (Pluto Press; New edition (20 July 2004)) Addresses some of the most crucial questions of the current era. … Dowd brings formidable qualities to this challenging task. An impressive achievement.’ –Noam Chomsky

A critical history of the relationship between economic thought and capitalism from 1750 to the present. The book examines the dynamic interaction of two processes: the historical realities of capitalism and the evolution of economic theory. … The book includes biographical sketches and brief analyses of the major proponents and critics of capitalism throughout history, including Adam Smith, Thomas Malthus, Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill, Karl Marx, Thorstein Veblen, Rosa Luxemburg, John Maynard Keynes, Paul Samuelson, Milton Friedman, and Eric Hobsbawm.”

“Paul M. Sweezy, The Theory of Capitalist Development: Principles of Marxian Political Economy (Monthly Review Press; 1st edition (January 1, 1942))”

“David M. Gordon, FAT AND MEAN: The Corporate Squeeze of Working Americans and the Myth of Managerial “”Downsizing””, (Free Press; First Edition edition (May 15, 1996)). Brilliant left analysis of the wage squeeze, corporate bloat, and the real causes (top-down capitalist class warfare and not the “”skills gap,”” “”globalization”” or the dysfunctional culture and behavior of the poor) of American poverty and inequality, 1970s-1990s. Great book. Readable and sophisticated all at once.

Robin Hahnel and Michael Albert, Quiet Revolution in Welfare Economics (Princeton Univ Pr (August 1990)). A technical study of markets and economic institutions more generally.

David Graeber, Debt: The first 5,000 years, (Melville House; First Edition edition (July 12, 2011))

William K. Tabb, The Amoral Elephant: Globalization and the Struggle for Social Justice in the Twenty-first Century (Monthly Review Press, 11 Oct 2001) In this overview of world capitalism, William K. Tabb confronts the prevailing view of globalization as the steamroller against which even the most powerful nations are helpless. Tabb describes how institutions like the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization have focused on neoliberal goals, devising regulatory frameworks to provide greater freedom and opportunity for capital at the expense of social need.

Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman, Corporate Predators: The Hunt for Mega-Profits and the Attack on Democracy (Common Courage Press  1 Feb 1999)

David Cromwell, Private Planet: The Backlash Against the Global Economy, (Jon Carpenter (23 July 2001))

Jane Kelsey, ECONOMIC FUNDAMENTALISM – The New Zealand Experiment – a world model for structural adjustment? Pluto Press (1995)

Naomi Klein, No Logo

Naomi Klein, Shock Doctrine

Mark Fisher, Capitalism Realism

Robin Hahnel, Panic Rules: Everything You Need to Know about the Global Economy (South End Press (October 1, 1999)) – “For years, people have been asking what to read to understand the global economy, its institutions, its crises, the reasons for the particular forms it has taken and their effects — and what they can do about it. Is there really ‘No Alternative,’ as constantly proclaimed? Why these arrangements and principles, not others? Robin Hahnel has written that book: lucid, enlightening, deeply-informed, wide-ranging, and constructive. It’s just what has been needed.” —Noam Chomsky

Jeremy Brecher, Globalization from Below, (South End Press (October 1, 2000))

“Walden Bello, Shea Cunningham and Bill Rau (Dark Victory: The United States and Global Poverty (Transnational Institute Series Oct 1, 1999) As we enter the 21st century, many countries of the South are in a state of economic crisis, with once optimistic visions of the future cruelly dashed by rising mass poverty, inequality, and hunger. “”Bello et al build their case with relentless scholarship. Even those who think they know the structural adjustment scenario inside our will be grateful to Bello for taking the toughest cases for examination.””   –Susan George”

Pat Walker, Between Labour and Capital

Maurice Brinton, For Workers’ Power

Michael Albert, Realizing Hope: Life Beyond Capitalism

(Zed Books DATE)”

“Michael Albert, PARECON: Life after Capitalism

(Verso Books DATE)”

“Michael Albert, Moving Forward: Program for a Participatory Society

(AK Press DATE)”

“Michael Albert, Thinking Forward

(Arbeiter Ring DATE)”

Michael Albert and Robin Hahnel, Looking Forward: Participatory Economics for the Twenty First Century (South End, DATE)

Michael Albert and Robin Hahnel, The Political Economy of Participatory Economics, (Princeton University Press)

Stephen R. Shalom, Editor, Socialist Visions (South End DATE)

Chris Spannos, Editor, Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century (AK Press, May 1, 2008))

Cornelius Castoriadis, Economics of a Self-Managed Society

Rudolph Rocker, Anarcho-Syn

Robin Hahnel, Of the People, By the People, AK Press (30 Aug 2012) – Unless the economy is of the people and by the people it will never be for the people. This book is for people who want to know what a desirable alternative to capitalism might look like. It is for people who want more than rosy rhetoric and Pollyannaish descriptions of people working in harmony. It is for people want to dig into what economic justice and economic democracy mean. It is a book for optimists-who believe the human species must be capable of something better than succumbing to competition and greed or authoritarianism, and would like to know how we can do it. It is also a book for skeptics-who demand to be shown, explicitly and concretely, how a modern economy can dispense with markets and authoritarian planning, and how hundreds of millions of people can manage their own division of labor efficiently and equitably.

Anton Pannekoek, Workers’ Councils

Angela Y. Davis, Women, Race, & Class (Vintage; 1st Vintage Books ed edition (February 12, 1983))

Batya Weimbaum, The Curious Courtship of Women’s Liberation & Socialism (Boston South End Press 1978)

Lydia Sargent, The Unhappy Courtship of Marxism and Feminism: A Debate on Classs and Patriarchy (South End Press 1981)

Manning Marable, How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America: Problems in Race, Political Economy, and Society (South End Press, Dec 1, 1999)

Angela Y. Davis, Women, Race, & Class (Vintage; 1st Vintage Books ed edition (February 12, 1983))

Marvin Surkin and Dan Georgakas, Detroit: I Do Mind Dying: A Study in Urban Revolution (Haymarket Books; Third Edition edition (August 21, 2012))

Daniel Guerin, Anarchism Monthly Review

Robin Hahnel, Green Economics: Confronting the Ecological Crisis, (M.E. Sharpe (1 Mar 2011))

Peter Kropotkin, Kropotkin’s Revolutionary Pamphlets, (two volumes), MIT Press

“Daniel Guerin, No Gods

No Masters, Book One

& Book Two, AK Press”

“Murray Bookchin, The Spanish Anarchists: The Heroic Years

1868-1936, AK Press”

“Michael Albert, What Is To Be Undone: : A modern revolutionary discussion of classical left ideologies, P. Sargent (1974)

Bell Hooks, Feminist Theory: From Margin to Centre, (South End Press (Dec 1984)

Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English, For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Experts Advice to Women (Anchor Books (4 Jan 2005))

“Sheila Rowbotham, A Century of Women (Penguin Books Ltd, 25 Feb 1999)”

Sheila Rowbotham, Woman”s Consciousness, Man’s World (Penguin Books (1974))

Mimi Abramovitz, Regulating the lives of Women: Social Welfare Policy from Colonial Times to the Present, (South End Press; Rev. Ed edition (1 Jan 1996))

Simone De Beauvoir, The Second Sex

“Michael Bronski, Culture Clash: The Making of Gay Sensibility

(South End Press; 1st Edition Pbk edition (July 1, 1999))”

Scott Tucker and Sarah Schulman, The Queer Question: Essays on Desire and Democracy (South End Press (July 1, 1999))”

Bell Hooks, Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism (South End Press (Jul 1, 1999))”

Jamie Heckert and Richard Cleminson, Anarchism & Sexuality: Ethics, Relationships and Power (Social Justice) (Routledge; 1 edition (May 24, 2011))

Ward Churchill, A Little Matter of Genocide: Holocaust and Denial in the Americas 1492 to the Present (City Lights Publishers (January 1, 2001))

Vandana Shiva, Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit , (South End, Feb 2002)

“Luke Anderson, Genetic Engineering, Food and Our Environment: A Brief Guide (Green Books; First Green Printing edition (22 April 1999)”

Murray Bookchin, Remaking Society,(Black Rose Books (Nov 1989))

Brian Tokar, The Green Alternative, (R.& E. Miles (1987))

Barry Commoner, The Closing Circle: Nature, Man, and Technology (Random House Inc, Oct 1971)

Franz Fanon, Wretched of the Earth

Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Dover Thrift Editions) (Apr 13, 1995) or Simon & Brown (June 23, 2012)

“W. E. Burghardt Du Bois and David Levering Lewis,

Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880 (Free Press (December 1, 1999)”

White Nation: Fantasies of Ghassan Hage, White Supremacy in a Multicultural Society Routledge; 1 edition (September 22, 2000)

Michael Eric Dyson, I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King Jr (Free Press (February 6, 2001))

Walter Johnson, “Time and Revolution in African America,” in Kathleen Wilson, ed., A New Imperial History: Culture, Identity, and Modernity in Britain and the Empire, 1660–1840

Barbara Fields, Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life,

Cornelius Castoriadis, The Imaginary Institution of Society

Raoul Vaneigem, The Revolution of Everyday Life

Michael Albert, Holly Sklar, Noam Chomsky and Robin Hahnel, Liberating Theory, (South End Press (July 1, 1999))

Catoriadis, Political & Social Writings Vol. 1,2,3

Walter Benjamin, Theses on the Philosophy of History


“”Social Anarchism and Organization”” by the Anarchist Federation of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (FARJ):”

“””Reclaiming Revolution: History, Summation, and Lessons from the work of Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM)”” by former members of STORM:”

“””After Winter Must Come Spring: A Self-Critical Evaluation of the Love and Rage Revolutionary Anarchist Federation”” by the Fire By Night Organizing Committee:”

“Left Turn: Forging a New Political Future” by Stanley Aronowitz

“The Art of Socialist Revolution” – Ch. 8 in “Unorthodox Marxism” by Michael Albert and Robin Hahnel

Ch. 1 and 4 in “Socialism and Revolution” by Andre Gorz

“Detroit: I Do Mind Dying” by Dan Georgakas and Marvin Surkin

The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street, Mark Bray


Critical engagements

Refusing to Wait: Anarchism and Intersectionality, Deric Shannon and J. Rogue (2009)

The Problem with “Privilege”, Andrea Smith (2013)

I am a Woman and a Human: a Marxist Feminist Critique of Intersectionality Theory, Eve Mitchell (2013)

Intersectionality and the Identity Politics of Class, Automatic Writing (2013)

Class Struggle and Intersectionality: Isn’t Class Special?, Automatic Writing (2013)

Tim Wise & The Failure of Privilege Discourse, Robtheidealist (2013)

On Race, Gender, Class, and Intersectionality, Brenna Bhandar (2013)

“I Would Rather be a Cyborg Than a Goddess” Intersectionality, Assemblage, and Affective Politics, Jasbir Puar (2011)

Be Careful With Each Other, So We Can Be Dangerous Together (2012)

Who Is Oakland: Anti-Oppression Activism, the Politics of Safety, and State Co-optation, CROATON (2012)

A Class Struggle Anarchist Analysis of Privilege Theory– from the Women’s Caucus of AFed  (2012)–from-the-womens-caucus-.html

Privilege Politics is Reformism, Will (2012)

Insurrection at the Intersections: Feminism, Intersectionality, and Anarchism, Abbey Volcano and J. Rogue (2013)

Marginalization is Messy: Beyond Intersectionality, Aphrodite Kocieda (2013)

The Dead End in Checking Class Privilege, Ryne Poelker (2013)

Anarchism, Social Emancipation and Privilege Theory: A Critique, Jehu (2013)

Identity, Politics, and Anti-Politics: a Critical Perspective, Phil (2010)

The Politics of Voices: Notes on Gender, Race & Class, Aidan Rowe (2013)

Creating an Anarchist Theory of Privilege, Dónal O’ Driscoll (2013)

Intersectional? Or Just Sectarian? James Heartfield (2013)

The White Skin Privilege Concept: From Margin to Center of Revolutionary Politics, Michael Staudenmaier (2007)

10 Theses on Identity Politics, JMP (2013)

Exiting the Vampire Castle, Mark Fisher (2013)

A Neo-Anarchist Vampire Bites Back: Mark Fisher and Neoconservative Leftism, Adian Rowe (2013)

What’s Wrong With Identity Politics (and Intersectionality Theory)? A Response to Mark Fisher’s “Exiting the Vampire Castle” (And Its Critics), Michael Rectenwald (2013)

A Question of Privilege, Wolfi Landstreicher (2001)

Oppression Within Oppression: A Response to “A Question of Privilege,” Beyond Resistance (2011)

Privilege Theory. The Politics of Defeat, Sabacat (2013)

Anarchist Debates on Privilege (2013; Dyspohia 4, pamphlet)

The Promises and Pitfalls of Privilege Politics (2012; in pamphlet printing form, i.e. hard to read)

The Poverty of Privilege Politics, Tabitha Bast and Hannah McClure (2013; sorry to link to @newz)

Marxist Feminism as a Critique of Intersectionality, Sara (2013)

On the Abolition of Gender, Folie à Deux (2012)

On Fighting Patriarchy: Why Bros Falling Back Isn’t Enough, Kim and Arturo (2013)

“Undocumented”: How an Identity Ended a Movement, Yasmin Nair (2013)

A Politics of Humanity: Towards a Critique of Conflict, Identity, and Transformation, Scott Nappalos (2013)

Black Feminism and Intersectionality, Sharon Smith (2014)

The Point of Intersection, Richard Seymour (2013)

The Oppression Ouroboros: Intersectionality Will Eat Itself, Jason Walsh (2014)

Further Adventures in Intersectionality: On the Hounding of Laurie Penny & Richard Seymour, James Heartfield (2014)

Is Intersectionality a Theory?, J.J.M.E. Gleeson (2014)

Fragments on Intersectionality, Anger & the Left, Automatic Writing (2014)

Intersectionality, Calling Out & the Vampire Castle -we need dialogue & change rather than exclusion, Andrew Flood (2014)

The Politics of Denunciation, Kristian Williams (2014)

Against Liberalism, for Intersectional Class Politics, Garage Collective (2014)

The principle that there is a single world does not contradict the infinite play of identities and differences, Alain Badiou (2014)

Rethinking Class: From Recomposition to Counterpower, Paul Bowman (2012)

Inclusive, intersectional, anti-racist feminist class war – Many shades, second sex, Farah (2013)

Capitalism and Oppression: Against “Identity Politics,” Blogging the End (2013)

Decolonial Intersectionality and a Transnational Feminist Movement, Sara Salem (2014)

Identity Politics & Class Struggle, Robin D. G. Kelley (1997)

Identity in Crisis, from Baedan: Journal of Queer Nihilism (2011)

Against Gender, Against Society: This is What a Feminist Looks Like, ninjabikeslut (2014, forthcoming in LIES JOURNAL II)


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