Thinking About Race, Class, Gender, and Identity from a Revolutionary Perspective

More than a Mind Game

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One of the more nauseating things I’ve long heard from white guys of a certain stupid, faux-Marxist, fascism-appeasing, red-brown, and Trumpenleft bent[1] is that racism, nativism, and sexism are just “scams” used by the ruling class to divide the noble proletariat and divert its attention away from the working-class solidarity required to fight capitalism. To focus any serious energy on opposing these “scams,” this noxious Archie Bunker Marxism claims, is to fall into the trap of bourgeois identity politics.

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Paul Street’s latest book is This Happened Here: Amerikaners, Neoliberals, and the Trumping of America (London: Routledge, 2022).

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