This episode explores the pitfalls of understanding capitalism as a merely economic system. How does this narrow conventional view obscure distinct sources of non-economic wealth? And what is revealed by examining capitalism instead as a social order including aspects of expropriation, domestic labor and depletion of nature? Finally, why must progressive social movements recognize the common roots of structural problems against which they struggle?
Guest featured in this episode:
Nancy Fraser is a professor of philosophy and politics at The New School for Social Research in New York. She has been one of the foremost authorities in several fields: social and political theory, feminist theory, contemporary French and German thought. From her first book, Unruly Practices: Power, Discourse, and Gender in Contemporary Social Theory, published in 1989 through Feminist Contentions: A Philosophical Exchange, which she co-authored with Seyla Benhabib, Judith Butler and Drucilla Cornell, all the way to Fortunes of Feminism, and Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto, Nancy Fraser has made invaluable contributions to feminist critical theory.
Her most recent works are about capitalism. In 2018, she published Capitalism: A Conversation in Critical Theory, co-authored with Rahel Jaeggi, The Old is Dying and the New Cannot be Born, in 2019, and in 2022, Cannibal Capitalism: How Our System is Devouring Democracy, Care, and the Planet – and What Can We Do About It.