Nina Power's critique of Shulamith Firestone's classic radical feminist text, 'The Dialectic of Sex'.
In 'The Dialectic of Sex' Shulamith Firestone declares her version of communism to be the most radical yet, incorporating and extending the vision of hitherto existing revolutionary thought through the inclusion of two often-ignored components of human and social life: the unconscious and the family. In her own words, ‘[i]f there were a word more all-embracing than revolution we would use it’.
How best to describe the colonization of the body at this particular juncture of capitalist life? Much recent theorizing has focused on a kind of war of affects where depression, euphoria and other states of being are read not merely as signs or symptoms, but as directly produced by (and productive of) particular economic relations.
Nina Power writes on the UK student movement and the demonisation and criminalisation of student protest. Published in 2012.
In 1970, André Gorz claimed: “The university cannot function, and we must thus prevent it from functioning so that this impossibility is made manifest.”1
- 1. André Gorz, “Destroy the University,” trans. Mitchell Abidor, at Marxists.org, www.marxists.org/archive/gorz/1970/destroy-university.htm (accessed October 18, 2011); originally published in Les Temps Modernes, no.
From mass arrests to surveillance, confidence in the Metropolitan police is at an all-time low.
Can confidence in the Metropolitan police sink any lower? Even before the past few weeks revealed the possibility of their complicity in the News of the World hacking scandal, and the past few months their brutal attitude towards the policing of students and other protesters, there were many who already had reason to mistrust those who claim to be "working together for a safer London".