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The Cost of Privilege by Chip Smith
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Jan 06, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: black-liberation, race, class-struggle, feminism, marxism, history

This seems to be a book expressing Freedom Road Socialist Organization's political line on questions relating to race in the United States (though I could be wrong). This book manages to combine history, political analysis, and ideas for action fairly successfully. The politics are fairly orthodox Leninist. Berlet argues in defense of the idea that most people of color in the US are oppressed nations with a right to self-determination. The Cost of Privilege manages to both uphold much of the communist tradition's approach to these questions while incorporating radical feminism and queer liberation toward the end of creating a revolutionary praxis for the 21st century
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