Caliban and the Witch (Chapter 4 - The Great Witch-Hunt in Europe) - Silvia Federici

Caliban and the Witch (Chapter 4 - The Great Witch-Hunt in Europe) - Silvia Federici

As we delve deepter into Silvia Federici's 'Caliban and the Witch', we learn about the origins of the banning of reproductive sex and the demonisation of homosexuality, how women were pushed out of the workforce, the environment of acceptance around violence on the bodies of women, the attacks on women's intergenerational knowledge, elite magicians of the bourgeoisie, how class war and not enlightenment caused the end of the witch trials, links between Nazism and the witch-hunts and an overview of Malthusianism. Join us for our episode on chapter 4 of Caliban and the Witch  - 'The Great Witch-Hunt in Europe' for insight into all these topics and more.

This episode is part of our series on Marxist-feminists. As Mao and Thomas Sankara have said, “Women hold up the other half of the sky.” Red Book Club recognizes that including the voices of nonmen in our studies is not a niche activity, but is in fact an essential step in gaining the most comprehensive view of the material conditions of the past and present that we possibly can; therefore we’ve planned this series to amplify the ideas that nonmen have been bringing to the conversation for centuries. From Federici’s analysis of women as a means of primitive accumulation to Luxemburg’s essay of the benefits of revolution vs the impossibility of reform, each of these works confronts history and the movement for social change through the lens of the experiences of nonmen in society. Follow us on Twitter at @RBCpod and feel free to message us if you need links to companion resources or have any questions. You can also find us on our new site at  where you can find ebook copies of the works that we're covering and more.

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Outro music: Witchcraft - The Lovely Eggs

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