The Politics of Everybody by Holly Lewis 

Finished the introduction. Just wanted to share a quick excerpt:

“Solidarity with queer, trans, and intersex people is non-negotiable when it comes to the international solidarity of the working class.”

It’s that’s simple.

The Politics of Everybody by Holly Lewis 

“It is not a concession to some phantom of identity politics to embrace the language of the oppressed. It is not a concession to postmodernism or linguistic constructivism (the theory that language creates the material world) to use words that arise from worldly experience. In fact, doing so reflects a materialist approach to language.”

This is in reference to queer folks’ struggle to be understood and acknowledged by marxists in general.

The Politics of Everybody by Holly Lewis 

There’s a really good bit in discussing feminist theory and Marxism about scientific objectivity vs. personal subjectivity and how one or the other is invoked or discarded in whatever way will discredit women. That shit sucks.

Also I’m barely halfway thru chapter 1 and my brain hurts, please help me.

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The Politics of Everybody by Holly Lewis 

“Assigning low value to women, racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, and gender non-conforming people is also a literal lowering on the labor market. For this reason alone, solidarity with women, queer and trans people, immigrants, black people, and the disabled should be the task of all who are on the side of labor.”

SAY IT AGAIN HOLLY

The Politics of Everybody by Holly Lewis 

“No matter how radical the phraseology, a movement that disdains the majority of existing humans cannot be anti-capitalist.”

This is in reference to anti-natalists, among others. Couldn’t agree more.

The Politics of Everybody by Holly Lewis 

This might be the most succinct summation of capitalism I have ever read:

“[Understanding class] starts with understanding that the world is organized in such a way that a subset of people extract a surplus from others, that they purchase influence from the state with that surplus, that they devise fictitious investment schemes and own and maintain systems of social control to maintain their dominance, and then they create a situation of dependence…”

The Politics of Everybody by Holly Lewis 

“…upon the goods and services they hire other people to develop.”

Like yeah, that’s about it. That’s the whole deal in a nutshell. Buy a gun and unionize your workplace.

The Politics of Everybody by Holly Lewis 

On the topic of some shortfalls of queer theory’s class analysis:

“The argument that marriage equality has hurt queer poor people by diverting the community’s much-needed funds to the rich assumes that these funds are community funds rather that rich people’s money expropriated from poor people’s labor.”

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