[Marxism] Good critique of Walter Benn Michaels's NLR article

Bhaskar Sunkara bhaskar.sunkara at gmail.com
Mon Sep 7 10:02:02 MDT 2009


I was referring to the LRB article.  I stand corrected.  I still think there
are a few
coherent points in Michael's work, but it probably would be better for
someone
more nuanced and who has less open contempt for contemporary minority and
feminist movement to say it.

On Mon, Sep 7, 2009 at 11:57 AM, Tyler Zimmer <zimmer.tj at gmail.com> wrote:

> >
> > No where is this insinuated. I can't understand how anyone could take
> that
> > reading from his article.
> >
>
> From his NLR piece entitled 'Against Diversity':
>
> “In 1947 –seven years before Brown v. Board of Education, sixteen years
> before The Feminine Mystique –the top fifth of American wage-earners made
> 43
> percent of the money earned in the US. Today that same quintile gets 50.5
> percent. The bottom fifth got 5 per cent of total income; today it gets 3.4
> percent. After half a century of anti-racism and feminism, the US today is
> a
> less equal society than was the racist, sexist society of Jim Crow.
> Furthermore, virtually all of the growth in equality has taken place since
> the Civil Rights Act of 1965- which means not only that the struggle
> against
> discrimination have failed to alleviate inequality, but that *they have
> been
> compatible with a radical expansion of it*. Indeed they have *helped to
> enable the increasing gulf* between rich and poor.”
>



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