Marxism and Radical-Left Feminism


Friday, August 9, 2019

“Motherhood is the hub of all problems.” – Leon Trotsky

Katie Pavlich, the arch-conservative editor of Townhall magazine, seems like an odd candidate for membership in the National Organization for Women (NOW), but she bit the bullet and joined the organization in 2013 so that she could attend that year’s NOW National Conference in Chicago. It wasn’t well attended, but one thing caught her eye: various Communist groups were there, in the conference hall, selling literature.   

She bought a special Socialist Workers Party (SWP) edition of the Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx, with an introduction by Leon Trotsky. It is not very well known, but, in the second chapter of the Communist Manifesto, Marx calls for “Abolition [Aufhebung] of the family!” Doing so will “stop the exploitation of children by their parents,” he explains, as well as “do away with the status of women as mere instruments of production.”

This attitude has carried forward through time. Betty Friedan, a founder and first president of NOW, became a Marxist at Smith College under the influence of her favorite professor, Dorothy Wolff Douglas. Professor Douglas, whose Communist Party dues were $600 a month, taught her students (according to Friedan’s class notes) that “women in the USSR experienced equality of opportunity, with their wages almost matching (and in some cases exceeding) those of men,” while by contrast, Nazi Germany placed ideological emphasis on family life. Many years later, Betty Friedan wrote in The Feminine Mystique that suburban family life was a “comfortable concentration camp.”

In the 1970s, radical feminists elected one of their own to Congress, Bella Abzug of New York, a lifelong Stalinist (only the most devoted reds could support the Nazi-Soviet pact, which she did). She spent most of her time in office condemning Israel and supporting Fidel Castro and the Vietcong until she was voted out of office–whereupon Jimmy Carter appointed her to the “National Advisory Committee for Women” and asked her to chair of the massive “National Conference of the Commission on International Women’s Year” in 1977. 

Feminists also adopted any politicians willing to toe the radical left line, no matter how they actually treat women. David Horowitz recounts how he “once asked Leslie Harris, the head of the ACLU task force on women, how feminists could continue their support of a man [Ted Kennedy] who was such a prominent abuser of women himself. ‘We know that,’ she said, ‘but he’s down for the political agenda.’”

In another sign of things to come, it was, as recounted by Rabbi Abraham Cooper, at the United Nations’ first World Conference on Women in Mexico City in 1975 where “Soviet and Arab delegations rammed through a motion that linked the U.N.’s 10-Year Plan of Action for Women to the eradication of imperialism, neocolonialism, racism, apartheid, and Zionism. A few months later, with the Arab and Soviet Blocs in the lead, the U.N. General Assembly passed the infamous Resolution 3379 slandering Zionism as ‘a form of racism and racial discrimination.’”

Among the most popular speakers at feminist events, such as at the 2014 National Women’s Studies Association conference, is Lenin Peace Prize winner Angela Davis. Back in 1986, when she was a leader in the Communist Party USA, she was asked by the Los Angeles Times, “Which countries best serve their citizens?” Her answer: “The socialist countries–Cuba, Nicaragua, the Soviet Union. East Germany is the most advanced industrially. Everyone has a job, free health care and a place to live. It is a shock to travel around the major cities of the United States and see the thousands of homeless people.”

She hasn’t changed much. In 2009, she warned activists that they “should be cognizant of the extent to which the appalling Nazi genocide continues to be evoked by some people as an excuse for genocidal policies on the part of the state of Israel.” In her speech at the first Women’s March in 2017, she declared, “Women’s rights are human rights all over the planet and that is why we say freedom and justice for Palestine.” This is to be done, in her eyes, through the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

Finally, there is the Stalinist attitude toward Due Processtheir enemies don’t get any. If there is one thing that has defined what could be called “feminist jurisprudence” in the age of Trump, it is that the accused have too much Due Process. This reached a fevered pitch during the Kavanaugh confirmation. 

On this, nobody has said it better than Lone Conservative founder Kassy Dillon:

Spyridon Mitsotakis received his BA from NYU in 2013 and is now studying for his Master's degree at Long Island University. He currently writes for

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.

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Spyridon Mitsotakis received his BA from NYU in 2013 and is now studying for his Master's degree at Long Island University. He currently writes for

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