Against the Grain

Silvia Federici on How Capitalism Endures

Despite the precariousness that it creates, why does capitalism survive?  Radical theorist Silvia Federici discusses how capitalism perpetuates itself by dispossessing and dividing us, while putting the job of reproducing the workforce squarely on the shoulders of the working class, especially women.  She considers the missteps that the feminist movement made in confronting the rise of neoliberal capitalism and argues for an approach that leads to the reappropriation of power from below.



  • markmasonphd

    I would like to know the name of the feminist author mentioned by Silvia Federici in the opening comments of the interview. I am unable to decipher the name of the writer from the audio playback.

    • daniel perera

      Mina Lorena Navarro

  • Mary Ebeling

    I too would like to know the name of the author that Federici mentions.

    • daniel perera

      Her name is Mina Lorena Navarro, of the Autonomous University of Puebla (Mexico).

  • Brux

    I don’t get it, the interview with Federicci, at least in the podcast seems to have just ended abruptly. It is unfortunate that she uses the term reproduction for what I think a better worse is sustainability or independent survival. This was an idea that is made well in the documentary “The End Of Poverty” which is brilliant. Can we get another interview with Federicci or a re-post of this one in its entirety?

  • Accompanies nicely her brilliant (and classic) “Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body, and Primitive Accumulation.”

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