Racism is widely recognized as a cornerstone of global capitalism; yet the Left still lacks well-developed Marxist theories that can grapple with racism and capitalism as processes that recreate one another on a fundamental level. In recognizing this theoretical gap, and reflecting on our post-Black Lives Matter organizing experiences, we are embarking on a study that seeks to understand race as one particular relation within capitalism. Part one, which will run from now until July, will take us from primitive accumulation through Reconstruction. We we will use Marxist and Fanonian categories of labor, alienation, and accumulation, drawing heavily from social reproduction theory and unitary theory.

Check out the open, comment-able reading list to follow along and share any feedback or thoughts.

Part one includes the following sections:

  1. Foundational concepts 
  2. Primitive Accumulation
  3. Free & Unfree Labor
  4. Slavery and Capitalism
  5. Race & Alienation
  6. Wage Labor & White Supremacy
  7. Reconstruction

We will also be discussion each section of readings on a mini-series with Rev Left Radio. We hope you will join us in this endeavor!


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