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Ecosocialist School 2013
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The crisis and intersecting identities, national and religious
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Peter, 1 December
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Introduction
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Introducing the reporter: his national, ethnic and sexual identities
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Place of the report in the session: closely linked to earlier reports (crisis, working class, women, imperialism) and later reports (strategy in different regions)
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Central question: relationship between class-consciousness and other identities
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(Multiple) crises and people’s impulse to take refuge in (pre-existing) identities; forms of resistance and forms of reaction
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Central principles: self-organization and self-emancipation
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Motto of the report: citation from Lenin
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Difficulties of the report: enormous diversity of religious, national, ethnic and sexual identities — and of the participants here!
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Objective analysis and lived experience, collective and individual: for the discussion
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Three interlinked parts: intersectionality; nationalism/ethnicity; religion
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Part 1.  Intersectionality
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Conceptual tool developed by feminists of colour
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Multiple (double, triple) oppressions
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Oppressions are not additive — they constitute one another (and so do dominations)
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Every class identity or national identity is always, intrinsically gendered and sexual
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Brenner’s Marxist adaptation: capitalist restructuring and relative privilege
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Sexual oppression and intersectionality
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Women’s oppression and LGBT oppression: a global struggle (Nadia)
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Gay identity and homonormativity in imperialist countries: dual significance of same-sex marriage
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Transgender, MSMs, class and imperialism
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International queer resistance?
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Towards an inclusive, working-class-led, internationalist rainbow of movements
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Autonomy and unity: a dialectical relationship in the formation of class-consciousness
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Part 2. Nations and ethnicity
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What’s at stake politically
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National liberation and anti-capitalist revolution in the 20th century: Yugoslavia, China, Cuba, Vietnam, Nicaragua
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Contemporary national struggles: Kashmir, Mindanao…
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… and workers’ movements fragmented by national conflict
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Nationalism and internationalism: a contradiction of capitalism
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Capitalist classes need national markets and a national state
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At the same time, capital needs to expand beyond national markets
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Limits of Marx and Engels’ understanding in the Communist Manifesto
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A national working class? Labour market segmentation today
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Rules of thumb for our positions on national conflicts
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Abstract internationalism is not enough
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Oppressor nations and oppressed nations
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The right of self-determination — even for ethnic groups that are not ‘nations’
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Indigenous struggles: sovereignty and autonomy
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In Latin America: from the Comintern (Mariateguí) to Nicaragua and 1992
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Chiapas, Bolivia, Ecuador: national sovereignty and indigenous autonomy
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Internationalism and identities: towards a new internationalist culture
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Part 3. Religion
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Basics of Marxist approach to religion (Achcar)
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Religion as alienation, and oldest form of ideology
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Ideology of gender and sexual roles — almost always of women’s subordination
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Tension in Marxist tradition between ‘withering away’ and anti-religious struggle
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Intersection between religion, colonialism and racism — Muslims as oppressed minority (in Europe!)
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Varieties of religious politics
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Religion is never politically monolithic
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From liberation theology in e.g. Brazil and Nicaragua (Löwy Notebook) …
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… to Saudi fundamentalism (Achcar’s Theses)
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Many complex intermediate cases (e.g. Iran and Hizbullah)
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Abortion, same-sex sexualities and Catholicism (under a new pope)
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Armed globalization (see Alex’s report on imperialism), ‘war on terror’ and the Islamic world
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Alliance of fundamentalisms: US Protestant, Israeli Jewish, Indian Hindu — and Saudi Muslim
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‘Anti-Crusader’ Islamic fundamentalism / Islamophobia: ‘clash of barbarisms’
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Muslim immigrants in Europe — at the heart of European working classes
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The explosive issue of the Islamic headscarf
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LGBTs in Islamic countries: a special case (similarities and differences between Arab region, South Asia, Indonesia)
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Age-old Mediterranean tradition: beyond gay and straight?
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Imperialism as champion of women and LGBTs? Afghanistan and Iraq
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Hybrid identities, combined struggles: Lebanon and Palestine
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Conclusion: the workers’ party as a tribune of all the oppressed (Lenin)
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Questions for discussion:
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1. In major national struggles in your part of the world, is independence the central demand? Autonomy? Something else? Why?
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2. Do women’s and sexual liberation in your country require a direct confrontation with religion? With religious fundamentalism? Or more subtle tactics in dealing with believers? If so, what tactics?
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3. To what extent is working-class struggle directly central to an anti-capitalist strategy in your country? To what extent are other axes key? How are class and other axes linked?
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Revision as of 12:59, 17 December 2013

Ecosocialist School 2013 The crisis and intersecting identities, national and religious Peter, 1 December

Introduction Introducing the reporter: his national, ethnic and sexual identities Place of the report in the session: closely linked to earlier reports (crisis, working class, women, imperialism) and later reports (strategy in different regions) Central question: relationship between class-consciousness and other identities (Multiple) crises and people’s impulse to take refuge in (pre-existing) identities; forms of resistance and forms of reaction Central principles: self-organization and self-emancipation Motto of the report: citation from Lenin Difficulties of the report: enormous diversity of religious, national, ethnic and sexual identities — and of the participants here! Objective analysis and lived experience, collective and individual: for the discussion Three interlinked parts: intersectionality; nationalism/ethnicity; religion

Part 1. Intersectionality Conceptual tool developed by feminists of colour Multiple (double, triple) oppressions Oppressions are not additive — they constitute one another (and so do dominations) Every class identity or national identity is always, intrinsically gendered and sexual Brenner’s Marxist adaptation: capitalist restructuring and relative privilege Sexual oppression and intersectionality Women’s oppression and LGBT oppression: a global struggle (Nadia) Gay identity and homonormativity in imperialist countries: dual significance of same-sex marriage Transgender, MSMs, class and imperialism International queer resistance? Towards an inclusive, working-class-led, internationalist rainbow of movements Autonomy and unity: a dialectical relationship in the formation of class-consciousness

Part 2. Nations and ethnicity What’s at stake politically National liberation and anti-capitalist revolution in the 20th century: Yugoslavia, China, Cuba, Vietnam, Nicaragua Contemporary national struggles: Kashmir, Mindanao… … and workers’ movements fragmented by national conflict Nationalism and internationalism: a contradiction of capitalism Capitalist classes need national markets and a national state At the same time, capital needs to expand beyond national markets Limits of Marx and Engels’ understanding in the Communist Manifesto A national working class? Labour market segmentation today Rules of thumb for our positions on national conflicts Abstract internationalism is not enough Oppressor nations and oppressed nations The right of self-determination — even for ethnic groups that are not ‘nations’ Indigenous struggles: sovereignty and autonomy In Latin America: from the Comintern (Mariateguí) to Nicaragua and 1992 Chiapas, Bolivia, Ecuador: national sovereignty and indigenous autonomy Internationalism and identities: towards a new internationalist culture

Part 3. Religion Basics of Marxist approach to religion (Achcar) Religion as alienation, and oldest form of ideology Ideology of gender and sexual roles — almost always of women’s subordination Tension in Marxist tradition between ‘withering away’ and anti-religious struggle Intersection between religion, colonialism and racism — Muslims as oppressed minority (in Europe!) Varieties of religious politics Religion is never politically monolithic From liberation theology in e.g. Brazil and Nicaragua (Löwy Notebook) … … to Saudi fundamentalism (Achcar’s Theses) Many complex intermediate cases (e.g. Iran and Hizbullah) Abortion, same-sex sexualities and Catholicism (under a new pope) Armed globalization (see Alex’s report on imperialism), ‘war on terror’ and the Islamic world Alliance of fundamentalisms: US Protestant, Israeli Jewish, Indian Hindu — and Saudi Muslim ‘Anti-Crusader’ Islamic fundamentalism / Islamophobia: ‘clash of barbarisms’ Muslim immigrants in Europe — at the heart of European working classes The explosive issue of the Islamic headscarf LGBTs in Islamic countries: a special case (similarities and differences between Arab region, South Asia, Indonesia) Age-old Mediterranean tradition: beyond gay and straight? Imperialism as champion of women and LGBTs? Afghanistan and Iraq Hybrid identities, combined struggles: Lebanon and Palestine

Conclusion: the workers’ party as a tribune of all the oppressed (Lenin)


Questions for discussion:

1. In major national struggles in your part of the world, is independence the central demand? Autonomy? Something else? Why? 2. Do women’s and sexual liberation in your country require a direct confrontation with religion? With religious fundamentalism? Or more subtle tactics in dealing with believers? If so, what tactics? 3. To what extent is working-class struggle directly central to an anti-capitalist strategy in your country? To what extent are other axes key? How are class and other axes linked?


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