Do progressives spend enough time challenging the multiple oppressions disabled people face? Have we taken the time to properly understand the models and frameworks that disabled activists use to guide their action, and comprehend the world?
And have we properly considered how an exploration of the experience and treatment of disabled people could enhance our understanding of capitalism itself? Ellen Clifford thinks the answer to all these questions is “no”.
Ellen speaks to Michael Walker about her book, The War on Disabled People: Capitalism, Welfare and the Making of Human Catastrophe, discussing the social model of disability, the history of the Disabled People’s Movement, and the disastrous consequences of austerity policies.