S. Federici, CALIBAN AND THE WITCH

“Indeed, the political lesson that we can learn from Caliban 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.

At the core of capitalism there is not only the symbiotic relation between waged contractual labor and enslavement but, together with it, the dialectics of accumulation and destruction of labor-power, for which women have paid the highest cost, with their bodies, their work, their lives.

It is impossible therefore to associate capitalism with any form of liberation or attribute the longevity of the system to its capacity to satisfy human needs. If capitalism has been able to reproduce itself it is only because of the web of inequalities that it has built into the body of the world proletariat, and because of its capacity to globalize exploitation. This process is still unfolding under our eyes. as it has for the last 500 years.

The difference is that today the resistance to it has also achieved a global dimension.”  -p.17

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