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By Leo Zeilig

Publish 12 months note: First released may well twenty eighth 2002

This number of essays and interviews reports classification fight and social empowerment at the African continent.

Employing Marxist idea to handle the postcolonial difficulties of a number of assorted nations, specialists research such matters because the renewal of Islamic fundamentalism in Egypt, debt reduction, exchange union hobbies, and strike motion. comprises interviews with top African socialists and activists.

With contributions from Leo Zeilig, David Seddon, Anne Alexander, Dave Renton, Ahmad Hussein, Jussi Vinnikka, Femi Aborisade, Miles Larmer, Austin Muneku, Peter Dwyer, Trevor Ngwane, Munyaradzi Gwisai, Tafadzwa Choto, and Azwell Banda.

Leo Zeilig coordinated the self sustaining media middle in Zimbabwe in the course of the presidential elections of 2002 and, sooner than this, labored as a lecturer at Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal. He then labored for 3 years as a lecturer and researcher at Brunel collage, relocating later to the heart of Sociological examine on the collage of Johannesburg. He has written at the fight for democratic swap, social activities, and scholar activism in sub-Saharan Africa. Zeilig is co-author of The Congo: Plunder and Resistance 1880–2005.

“Cutting-edge.”—Patrick Bond

“This interesting publication fills a vacuum that has weakened the believers in Marxist resistance in Africa.”—Joseph Iranola Akinlaja, common secretary of the nationwide Union of Petroleum and traditional fuel employees, Nigeria

“[An] first-class collection.”—Socialist Review

“Read this for notion, for the feel that we're a part of an international movement.”—Socialist employee (London)

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President Gerald Ford, they could not walk and chew gum at the same time. Students and intellectuals: deflecting the revolution What happened to Trotsky’s theory of the permanent revolution in Africa? ” By the early 1960s, contrary to the theory, the role assigned to the working class seemed to have been taken by a radical intelligentsia. This was not accidental. ” The revolutionary role of the working class is not an absolute rule, without the vital intervention of revolutionary organizations.

The nature and development of mass parties— often formed by the protest and opposition movements in the 1990s— were contested, however, by those socialists who were active in the opposition movements. In Zambia, for example, trade unions were central to the growth of resistance to President Kenneth Kaunda’s ruling party, the UNIP. Frederick Chiluba was the leader of the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions and took a leading role in the formation of the opposition coalition. But trade unionism alone is insufficient to determine the progressive and revolutionary orientation of opposition politics.

It also blew a hole into the traditional loyalty binding the ruling ANC to trade unionists. ” I listened as usual for the loudness of the reply to judge the popularity of the ANC. I heard something I had never heard before—dead silence, followed by a sprinkling of insulting phrases. ” The implication, still only half grasped, is that power lies below—a lesson that has been disguised by years of policy battles. It is not only in South Africa that we can find evidence of rising working-class action and popular protest.

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