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Power, Philosophy and Egalitarianism Women, the Family and African Americans

By Robert C. Smith Copyright 2021
    166 Pages
    by Routledge

    166 Pages
    by Routledge

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    In this book, Robert C. Smith presents a philosophical and empirical examination on the subordination of women and blacks in the United States.

    Comparing liberalism—specifically the major social contract philosophies—and Marxism on the nature of the subordination of blacks and women and their proposals, if any, for women’s and black liberation, Smith argues that sexual and racial equalitarianism in the United States is about politics and power. He begins with a discussion of the multiple meanings of politics and its relationship to power, and an analysis of nine power bases blacks and women should acquire and manipulate in order to advance a moral and substantive equalitarianism. These power bases include money, knowledge (including technology and information), religion, morality, authority, size/solidarity, charisma, violence and status. Smith concludes by making a moral case for racial and sexual equalitarianism and advocates for black leadership to use the power bases available to it to make reparations for the civil rights issue of the 21st century.

    Power, Philosophy and Egalitarianism is an essential read for all those interested in race, women and politics today.

    1. Introduction

    2. Politics and Power

    3. Liberalism, Marxism and the Family

    4. Liberalism, Marxism and the State

    5. The Changing Bases of Sexual Politics, 1960 -2020

    6. Wives and Husbands

    7. The Bourgeoisie and the Blacks

    8. Conclusion


    Robert C. Smith is Professor of Political Science Emeritus at San Francisco State University. He is the author of multiple articles and books including the Encyclopedia of African American Politics. His most recent books are American Politics and the African American Quest for Universal Freedom, 8th edition (co-authored with Hanes Walton and Sherri L. Wallace), Conservatism and Racism, and Why in America They Are the Same, and John F. Kennedy, Barack Obama, and the Politics of Ethnic Incorporation and Avoidance.