Isobel Harbison on Tracey Emin, Gok Wan and the media’s bias towards playing us off against each other

For all its glee and excitement, the self-congratulatory feminism that celebrates individual identity above all else is a one-dimensional feminism.” In The Enigma of Capital, Marxist geographer David Harvey outlines the ebbs and flows of capitalism’s waters, attempting to highlight the inevitable blockages and dangers that have led and will again lead to global economic collapse. Historically, he observes, capitalism depends upon disparities between people—be they divided by gender, class or ethnicity—to control the labor force. Capitalism’s capacity to survive without discrimination or oppression would be “severely curtailed, if not mortally wounded, in the face of a more unified class force.” United we stand, his message in short, divided we fall.

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