Netflix’s The Politician brilliantly portrays how genuine feelings have become a valuable commodity traded for money, power, and fame. The series speaks to a basic fact about capitalism: there's nothing that can’t be commodified — even authenticity.
Kristen R. Ghodsee is a professor of Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, and Dissent. She is the author of Red Hangover: Legacies of 20th Century Communism.
State socialism was proof: when women have economic independence from men, they don’t stick around in bad relationships.
During Finland's bloody civil war, revolutionary women struggled against exploitation in all its forms.
Thanks to the efforts of militants like Elena Lagadinova, women in Communist countries enjoyed greater equality than almost anywhere else in the world.