Marx, the “dictatorship” of the proletariat and the transformation of capitalism into communism

Wooo! The conference where I gave my presentation with my co-presenter, L Boogie, is over and I feel really good about it. Although the process of writing the presentation was pretty hard, and frustrating at times, I feel like it is a new milestone in my intellectual development. A year ago, I could not have imagined synthesizing and presenting this kind of information. And from the feedback I got, people said it was clear and thought provoking.

It also taught me what it takes to really understand a topic or text…I usually read pretty passively, and my notes consist mostly of copying and pasting quotes, without actively thinking of questions, critiques or additions. I understand and have retained the content so much more than anything else I have read in the past year because I was reading texts several times, talking to L Boogie three times a week about it, and writing and rewriting my thoughts down. I am realizing that even if I dont do a presentation, I need to pursue readings in this same way if I am going to really “get” them.  Having to write this presentation caused me to be much more active in my reading, since I knew that I had to anticipate questions people would have and that my arguments had to be as airtight as possible.

Although it wasnt really airtight, and that was okay, because the presentation was part of a longer process of exploring these questions, and these were preliminary thoughts that we presented to the rest of our comrades to get their feedback, so that we could continue to synthesize together.

Thanks so much to L Boogie for her hard work and collaboration, and to my other comrades for their hard work, energy and insights. The intellectual experiences I have had this weekend have made me that much more excited for the organizing I am going to be doing in the fall, as well as my own personal intellectual development. The idea of starting a new campaign in a new city for the third time in 4 years was making me feel pretty tired, but I have been re-energized by this activity.

Anyways, my part of the presentation is below. I left L Boogies out cause I didnt know if she wanted me to blow up her spot. So it might be a little disjointed, but I think it will be okay. I also listed some random questions below, too.

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New Credit Card Regulations Hurt Women

Thanks to jubayr for the idea for the post and talking it out with me. xo.

So, I sometimes visit this website for young women that tells you how to deal with your money. I’ve come to the conclusion in the last year or so that being a revolutionary doesnt mean that you shouldnt plan for retirement. Of course, if we’re successful, I will never see the money I put into a (hypothetical) 401K, but if we’re successful, I won’t care. Then again, there are other possible futures out there ranging from fascism to state capitalist counterrevolution, but I try not to think about those too much when I’m dreaming of the future.

Anyhow, this website usually isn’t very political, although they sometimes have good essays explaining how finance capital works or the state of the economy, albeit from the perspective of finance capital, and not production. However, they’ve started a series that does take on some more “controversial” issues, and today’s article outlines the impacts of the Credit CARD Act on stay-at-home moms.

Basically, the new act doesnt allow you to get credit if you dont have your own, individual income. It seems that you used to be able to apply yourself for a credit card based on household income. The rationale for the new regulations is to keep unemployed college kids from running up credit card debt, but now stay-at-home parents, or caregivers of any kind, can’t apply for their own credit. The article does a good job of outlining how this disproportionately impacts women, how for women in abusive relationships financial insecurity is a big reason women stay in the relationship, and how housewives do work that is just as valuable as wage-earners, but it is simply unwaged. That last part is actually a pretty shocking thing to see on a mainstream website. I’m very impressed.

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Female revolutionaries and alienation

I just read Selma James’ pamphlet “Marx and Feminism.” It is helping me untangle a pressing question that has affected my political life almost constantly in the last three years.  I believe in building multi-racial and multi-gender organizations. I also believe in the importance of having all women, poc or queer groups and spaces. Is this a contradiction? Is it impossible to have both? I dont think so, but sometimes it feels like it in my political work.

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