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Richard Pithouse

Richard Pithouse

    We need careful political work over the long haul
    We need careful political work over the long haul
    Five years ago, there was serious public dissent and disorder in many parts of the world. The self-immolation of street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi in...
    Liberalism's hold on the political imagination loosens as new forms of populism surge
    Liberalism's hold on the political imagination loosens as new forms of populism surge
    In 1989 the Soviet Union collapsed and the Cold War came to a sudden end. Stalinism – always an abomination – compromised the standing of any...
    South Africans are gatvol with state looting: It's Zuma versus the People
    South Africans are gatvol with state looting: It's Zuma versus the People
    In Ayi Kwei Armah’s 1968 novel, The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born, corruption acquired more than a stench – it accumulated into a...
    Democracy is taking a beating as right-wing forces consolidate their grip on power
    Democracy is taking a beating as right-wing forces consolidate their grip on power
    The news has become a tightening cycle of horror. A truck smashes through a holiday crowd in Nice. Teenage soldiers are beaten to death on the...
    With reality putting a damper on post-colonial optimism, we need to forge a new hope
    With reality putting a damper on post-colonial optimism, we need to forge a new hope
    In 1950 Aimé Césaire, the great Martinican poet, published Discourse on Colonialism, an incendiary pamphlet. Written on the edge of...
    Universities need stumbling stones
    Universities need stumbling stones
    In most German cities there are brass plaques set into the pavements. They are raised just above the pavement with the result that if, say, you are...
    South Africans, universities need disruption to see the world anew
    South Africans, universities need disruption to see the world anew
    In most German cities there are brass plaques set into the pavements. They are raised just above the pavement with the result that if, say, you are...
    Violence: What Fanon really said
    Violence: What Fanon really said
    If there’s a philosopher of the moment it is, by some distance, Frantz Fanon. This is not surprising given that Fanon offers compelling accounts of...
    New voices rattle Rhodes
    New voices rattle Rhodes
    It’s Sunday night in Grahamstown. After an extraordinary week of struggle, here and across the country, students are gathered for a vigil.
    The rainbow is dead - beware the fire, SA
    The rainbow is dead - beware the fire, SA
    In 1963 James Baldwin prefaced and ended The Fire Next Time, two essays on race in America, with a lyric from a song composed by Africans...
    ANC's rhetoric is no longer connected to reality
    ANC's rhetoric is no longer connected to reality
    When language is alive and searches for new ways to illuminate reality and possibility, it can attain real power. Philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre
    Racial terror from Columbus to Charleston
    Racial terror from Columbus to Charleston
    Since the 1920s, Charleston has been the name of a dance, a dance with roots in Africa, made white and famous on Broadway. Now Charleston is the name...