Trevor Ngwane, an activist and academic, shows how structures that emerged in the struggle against apartheid continue in democratic South Africa, now in conflict with the ruling ANC.
Rob Davies, former South African trade and industry minister.
Rob Davies is critical of economic policy, starting with the Mandela administration. He reserves particular criticism for its macroeconomic policy framework introduced in 1996.
The 1970s and 1980s saw a new genre of popular protest - its spirit would be felt even in 2011 when protests toppled a dictator.
A guard outside the National Convention Center in Hanoi, January 26, 2021.
In a new book, Hiên Do Benoit looks at Vietnam’s society, culture and political and economic history, and provides us with the keys to understanding this state unlike any other..
Bill Freund at his 70th birthday celebration.
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Economic historian and development scholar Bill Freund was impatient with theoretical fads.
An examination of academic publications since 1980 suggests the status of ‘cultural Marxism’ has been greatly exaggerated.
Marx, Madison or God? Who said it first…or at all?
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At the height of Reaganism, close to half of Americans believed a phrase popularized by Karl Marx actually derived from the US Constitution. It doesn’t, but scholars have traced it to the Bible.
Optimism can become a force for social change – here’s how.
President Xi Jinping enters China’s National People’s Congress on May 22.
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As China recovers, its success in containing COVID-19 is being put down to the devotion and solidarity of the people.
Dance troupes mark the anniversary of Ghana’s independence in the grounds of Kwame Krumah’s masuoleum in Accra in 2007.
Studies of Kwame Nkrumah have been influenced by the political climate both within and outside Ghana.
South Africa’s new sex education curriculum is seen by some as infringing on the rights of parents.
Objections raised about the school syllabus by parents, schools and civil society point to a bigger problem with the state.
China: 70 years later.
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What role does Marxist theory about the state play in modern China?
Mcebisi Jonas appears at a commission probing grand corruption in South Africa.
Alon Skuy © Sunday Times.
This book is a booster to morale. It tells South Africans they can enjoy the impressive economic growth they once achieved.
Harold Wolpe showed how poor rural areas subsidised low wages of migrant workers’ wages.
During the apartheid period in South Africa – 1948 to 1994 – a lively intellectual culture of opposition emerged on some of the country’s university campuses and within the broader anti-apartheid movement…
Pro-democracy activists march in Hong Kong in May 2019 to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.
Back in 1989, workers joined students in pro-democracy protests. Now students are joining workers agitating for better conditions.
Raya Dunayevskaya believed “Marxism is a theory of liberation or it is nothing.”
The book, Marxism and Freedom was written in 1958. Yet, it remains relevant today.
Erik Olin Wright, 1947-2019.
The late sociologist looked at existing ‘utopias’ that could herald a world after capitalism.
Flowers on a memorial to Rosa Luxemburg in Berlin, 100 years after her murder.
It’s been 100 years since the murder of Marxist revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg.
Norman Geras was clear in his work that revolutionary violence should be a last resort.
The University of Reading wrongly judged that Geras’ essay, which discusses political violence, might fall foul of the government’s Prevent strategy.
England fans celebrate the team’s World Cup penalty shoot out victory on the beach in Brighton.
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Some on the left view sport as a distraction. But life is a struggle. And there shouldn’t be anything wrong with finding something to celebrate.