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Care Work and the Power of Women: An Interview with Selma James

Care Work and the Power of Women: An Interview with Selma James

In their 1972 pam­phlet The Power of Women and the Sub­ver­sion of the Com­mu­nity, Selma James and Mari­arosa Dalla Costa pre­sented an orig­i­nal and influ­en­tial analy­sis of “unwaged work.” This con­cept, which iden­ti­fied the care work that women do in the home as an essen­tial ele­ment of the repro­duc­tion of cap­i­tal­ism, opened the door to pow­er­ful new forms of strug­gle among work­ing class women and men. James founded the Inter­na­tional Wages for House­work Cam­paign, based on the demand that women should be paid for their round-the-clock care work, since it repro­duces labor-power day after day.

Is Lenin Still Relevant?

Is Lenin Still Relevant?

View­point was invited to debate Lenin’s State and Rev­o­lu­tion in a panel at the Left Forum. Check it out if you’re near New York City this week­end. Details below.

A Small Taste of Student Fists: The UCSC Campus Shutdown

A Small Taste of Student Fists: The UCSC Campus Shutdown

Leg­end has it that the cam­pus of the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Santa Cruz was designed by a prison archi­tect who, in response to stu­dent riots at UC Berke­ley, cre­ated a cam­pus grid with­out a cen­tral point. Lack­ing a major quad or lawn, demon­stra­tions would be dis­persed to the indi­vid­ual col­leges, defused and con­trolled. While this leg­end is cer­tainly not true – UCSC was con­ceived of as an exper­i­ment in “human-scale” edu­ca­tion whose exis­tence was to chal­lenge the dehu­man­iz­ing size of state uni­ver­si­ties – the lay­out of UCSC does present this chal­lenge to stu­dent activists.

The Singer in the Subway: Damon C. Scott and Storm Queen

The Singer in the Subway: Damon C. Scott and Storm Queen

In 2007, Wash­ing­ton Post colum­nist Gene Wein­garten and Grammy Award-winning clas­si­cal vio­lin­ist Joshua Bell teamed up to play a prank on com­muters in Wash­ing­ton, DC’s pub­lic trans­porta­tion sys­tem. Weingarten’s account of what he called “an exper­i­ment in con­text, per­cep­tion and priorities—as well as an unblink­ing assess­ment of pub­lic taste” appeared in a Post arti­cle called “Pearls Before Break­fast.” It describes how Bell stood in the L’Enfant Plaza Sta­tion pos­ing as a sub­way busker, and per­formed a selec­tion of clas­si­cal pieces typ­i­cal of his con­certs. He played them on his Gib­son ex Huber­man Stradivarius—a 300-year-old piece of wood that is val­ued at $3.5 million.