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Silvia Federici (born 1942, Parma, Italy) is an Italian and American scholar, teacher, and activist from the radical autonomist feminist Marxist tradition.
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"Viet Cong Philosophy: Tran Duc Thao" (1970)
- Telos vol. 6, p. 104 (1970)
- Modern imperialism finds its ideological justification in the now fashionable linguistic philosophy which either regards all meanings as wholly arbitrary (e.g., Quine, White, Goodman, etc.), or reduces them to the facticity of everyday discourse (e.g., Wittgenstein, Austin, etc.). In this fashion, all meanings are either equally unfounded, or they can be founded only in the domain of the given. In either case, imperialism is implicitly justified, for, in the first case it is regarded as at least as rational a system as any other, thus neutralizing any possible rational arguments for its debunking, or else, in the second case, since all meanings reduce to the given and the given is, in fact, imperialist, imperialism itself becomes the criterion of all meaningfulness.
- All meaning is necessarily teleological in character and historically rooted in the concrete operations of human subjects.
- The abstract categories of imperialism are neither exempt from the need of a foundation, nor will the fact that they are coextensive with ordinary discourse provide them with the needed foundation.