SPECIAL ISSUE: COMMONS, CLASS STRUGGLE AND THE WORLD
Animals are Part of the Working Class Reviewed
Humans are in a constant search for commonalities between themselves and other animals. This is often done in direct contradiction to the proverbs of science and industry for which such thinking is anthropomorphic and heretical. It is at a young age that the children of the United States are taught repeatedly of these rules, as stipulated and standardized by the educational curriculum. Humans are uniquely human; other animals are something else—don’t draw commonalities. Yet never in recorded history are more people doing the very opposite. From the popularity of animal rights to the changing notion of the family, which is expanding to include dogs and cats, the social relationships that define our lives seem to be speedily evolving in this direction. Why? Capitalist enclosure over the modern historical period might have destroyed much of the commons and their culture, but the social relations engrained in them have persisted. Commoning between humans and other animals has been an ever-present fact and growing practice. Commoning can be found at its strongest in family, community, and class. This essay will consider the latter in-depth.
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