Anti-Capitalism and Queer Liberation
Warped: Gay Normality and Queer Anti-Capitalism
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/11/2015
Year Published: 2015
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21299
Book review of Peter Drucker's Warped: Gay Normality and Queer Anti-Capitalism.
Drucker portrays gay normality as the outcome of political struggles in the particular social context of capitalism entering its neoliberal phase.
It is only because people fought long and hard in very difficult situations that gay normality is possible today. But at the same time, gay normality is the result of the channeling of those freedom struggles as neoliberalism created certain openings while reinforcing other barriers.
We are all quite familiar with the barriers created by neoliberalism since the 1970s. It has been a toxic policy for working class people, people of color and those with limited incomes. The core of neoliberalism is the use of state power to orient our lives around the market, both selling our capacity to work to employers and buying the necessities of life.
This focus on the market has led to the suppression of alternative ways of meeting our needs. Education, health and social programs have been slashed or reorganized around user pay to eliminate non-commercial services.