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Will Keep Posting: Ecofeminism and Feminist Ecosocialism Essential Now

Sandra Lindberg

Ecosocialism, imagined without the contributions of women and those who provide reproductive labor, will be missing the embodied understanding of over half of the people on this planet--at a time when all knowledge of humanity's relationship to earth is needed. To further encourage discussion of this topic, I offer a recent article from an important theoretician.

Here's an excerpt from "Democratising Class Theory" by Ariel Salleh:

This post destabilises reified Marxist notions of class that have prioritised productive labour and marginalised socially and ecologically reproductive activities. Most analyses of capitalism have tended to treat workers as waged white men, whereas reproductive labour is deemed to be supplementary – the province of the unwaged – women domestics and carers, peasant farmers, and indigenous hunter-gatherers. However, the latter meta-industrial groupings, nominally outside of the economic system, actually constitute the majority of workers in twenty-first century of global capitalism.
Democratising Class Theory - Progress in Political Economy (PPE)
Consider: patriarchy predates capitalism. Until we consider how Salleh's meta-industrial labor can and must inform ecosocialist and socialist analysis, Salleh argues we are ignoring knowledge and people clearly ready to contribute to the work of SCNCC, and beyond.

While I am rereading Facing the Anthropocene with great interest, I have to observe that the index offers only 3 pages focused on the book's discussion of women, even though Angus acknowledges that fossil capitalism hits women, the poor and indigenous communities first and hardest. Surely in all our years of surviving under the halocene and now the anthropocene, those who are part of meta-industrial groupings have developed knowledge, skills and perspectives useful for what (patriarchal) capitalism visits upon us?

I invite you to read further:


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Ted F

I finally finished Facing the Anthropocene. There is a lot more work to be done elaborating what ecosocialism means. Ian's vision of the future goes beyond what Naomi Klein has to offer and is exciting, but, like most of us men who identify with feminism, Ian's vision is somewhat impaired. When we open our mouths, it's like we're speaking a newly acquired second language. We will progress if only because we must. The revolution will not happen without a vision that speaks to more than the plight of the proletarian of yore. Enter Salleh's concept of the "meta-industrial class."

Here is a paragraph in Salleh's article that grabbed my attention:
A shared meta-industrial class perspective can provide a basis for unifying socialist, feminist, postcolonial, and ecological concerns. This politics is synergistic, addressing class, race, and gender, injustices, as well as species survival and habitat, simultaneously.
There are ecosocialists who believe that ecosocialism is the same as good old socialism but with a strong new awareness of the ecological facts of life. There are other ecosocialists who see it as a complete rethinking of socialism dictated by the ecological facts of life but also the deepening understanding of the interactions of class, race, and gender under late capitalism. I enjoyed this short introduction to Salleh's thinking. I have to admit I was never going to get around to reading her book because I just don't read books with the word "postmodern" in their subtitles. But now I'm more inclined to see what's up