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Richard Pithouse

Richard Pithouse

    The ANC is misusing the land question
    The ANC is misusing the land question
    For most of human history, land — a share of the Earth — has been the material ground for domination and freedom. Land has enabled...
    Undoing the silences that become lies
    Undoing the silences that become lies
    On May 11, Karabo Mokoena’s body, burnt and mutilated, was found in a ditch, discarded along with the ordinary detritus of our lives, in...
    French vote doesn’t secure democracy
    French vote doesn’t secure democracy
    In December last year the electoral rout of liberalism by the far right, still crowing after Brexit in June and the election of Donald Trump in...
    Wanted: A popular force for change
    Wanted: A popular force for change
    POLITICSThere are moments in history in which redemption for some means disaster for others. It is not unusual for situations structured by...
    Leftist tropes and right-wing rhetoric coexist
    Leftist tropes and right-wing rhetoric coexist
    POLITICSWhen a political order is well established, the mechanisms by which it sustains itself can be normalised to the point that they...
    The last summer of reason
    The last summer of reason
    POLITICSIn January 2001, three journalists at the Daily News, an independent newspaper in Harare, were arrested and questioned by...
    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...