Marxism and Neurodiversity

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The human species includes people with minds of all kinds. Neurodivergent people face exclusion, discrimination and disadvantage. How can Marxism help us to understand neurodiversity and how to achieve liberation for neurodivergent people? How will the experiences of neurodivergent people … Read more

Dinah Murray RIP

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This is the obituary of Dinah that I wrote for Solidarity  Workers’ Liberty is saddened to learn of the death of Dr Dinah Murray. Dinah spoke alongside me at two of our Ideas for Freedom summer schools and at an … Read more

Two-and-a-half Cheers for Neurodiversity

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Since autistic activist Judy Singer coined the term ‘neurodiversity’ some twenty years ago, it has facilitated a great enlightenment and a progressive new approach to the experiences and rights of autistic and other neurologically atypical people. It is now facing … Read more

Neurodiversity under Capitalism and under Socialism

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Autistic, dyspraxic, dyslexic and other people with atypical brain wiring have particular experiences under capitalism. These experiences have positive and negative aspects, and for many people include distress and disadvantage. What are the roots and the causes of this experience? … Read more

Marxism and Autism: matters arising

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Some notes from recent discussions on Marxism and autism (two meetings and some online exchanges): There is a capitalist market in products aimed at autistic people and their families. These range from useful resources through to fake and even abusive … Read more

Marxism and Autism

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Published in Solidairty 434, 29 March 2017:   Can Marxism can help us to understand autistic experience in modern capitalism? How might Marxism inform our struggles for equality and liberation? There are different approaches to understanding autism. Perhaps the dominant … Read more

Marxism and Autism: Newcastle

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Janine introduces a discussion on Marxism and Autism. Can Marxism help explain the autistic experience under capitalism, and contribute to our fight against oppression? Venue: Broadacre House, Market Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 6HQ

Autism and Marxism discussion, Leeds

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Janine introduces a discussion on Marxism and Autism. Can Marxism help explain the autistic experience under capitalism, and contribute to our fight against oppression? Packhorse pub, Woodhouse Lane.

Autism and Marxism

A 20-minute PowerPoint presentation discussing whether Marxism can help us to understand autistic experience in modern capitalism, and how it might inform our struggles for liberation.

Marxism and Autism discussion notes, 11 June 2016

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Janine read through the notes from the previous meeting, and reported on the process to draw up a Labour Party autism/neurodiversity manifesto. Discussion followed, and included: Capitalism and autism – capitalism makes problems and pressures for us – capitalism is … Read more