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This chapter offers some speculations on class and affect, specifically affects channeled through discourses of sexuality, because it seems that the clearer understanding of both is crucial in organizing to take advantage of the growing awareness of the disparity between greed and need. Sexuality is a historical discourse that has a close relation to affect and emotion. The phrase 'open secret' still conjures the contradictory public management of homosexual identity even as homosexual subjects are being incorporated into the mainstream cultures of cosmopolitan centers where they are increasingly granted normative recognition formulated in terms of individual freedoms, private property rights, and consumer citizenship. Historical materialism is helpful to probe the open secrets of social life by beginning with the premise that meeting human needs is the baseline of history. Under capitalism, the full meeting of human needs is structurally foreclosed because the more profit margins grow; the more worker's needs are reduced to the barest feasible minimum.