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Jacobin Magazine and Verso Books are producing a series of weekly podcasts over the course of March that address chapters from one of our required texts, The ABCs of Socialism. Nivedita Majumdar’s remarks are significant for a number of reasons, though in a US context one insight here might be that capitalist identity politics is a core element of the defense of socioeconomic inequality (see also Touré F. Reed’s Why Liberals Separate Race from Class or Nancy Fraser’s article “The End of Progressive Neoliberalism” on the course information page).
I really do think you could argue that students use the word “societal” rather than “social” because of capitalist ideology.
Does it makes sense to say
that GM, for example, is efficient
because it made $23- or 24-billion
net profit in the last decade,
when it created 300,000 unemployed!
Does that make sense?
We say GM is efficient,
but what is this efficiency?
Why have they put on bracelets with so many amethysts,
and rings sparkling with magnificent emeralds?
Why are they carrying elegant canes
beautifully worked in silver and gold?
C.P. Cavafy, Waiting for the Barbarians”