Caliban and the Witch (Chapter 5 - Colonisation and Christianisation) - Silvia Federici

Caliban and the Witch (Chapter 5 - Colonisation and Christianisation) - Silvia Federici

In our fifth and final installment of our readings from Caliban and the Witch by Silvia Federici we focus on 'Chapter 5 - Colonisation and Christianisation: Caliban and Witches in the New World', in it we discuss the indigenous resistance of the Taki Unquy millenarian movement, the connection between colonisation throughout America and the witch-hunts in Europe, the introduction of prostitution, how Spaniards brought over the misogyny necessary to introduce a patriarchal capitalist order, our final thoughts on the piece 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: Taki Onqoy II - Mercedes Sosa

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