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Richard Pithouse

Richard Pithouse

    A hundred years on and I see you, ICU
    A hundred years on and I see you, ICU
    CLR James, the great Caribbean intellectual, published two books in 1938. The first, The Black Jacobins, is an account of the Haitian Revolution...
    Postcolony SA needs to work out a new way
    Postcolony SA needs to work out a new way
    Reading the archive left by the struggles against colonialism and apartheid is a sobering experience. These days the host of grand visions for the...
    Exclusion will continue to fuel corruption
    Exclusion will continue to fuel corruption
    For years, we have been subjected to an avalanche of stories revealing just how deeply corruption is entrenched in our society.
    A genuine democracy is needed
    A genuine democracy is needed
    For several years, the relentless focus on the rapidly worsening debacle of Jacob Zuma’s presidency offered considerable cover to Economic...
    Elitism remains the enemy of democracy
    Elitism remains the enemy of democracy
    For millions of people, South Africa is what Frantz Fanon called “a nonviable society”. Systemic unemployment makes it somewhere between...
    Reject the grotesque logic of oppression
    Reject the grotesque logic of oppression
    Popular revolt has often sought to subvert authority by presenting it as grotesque. But when authority manifests in the shape of figures such as...
    The migrant and the enemy within
    The migrant and the enemy within
    In 1978, the song Factory, on Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Town album, offered a lament for the working...
    Brics is no emancipatory project
    Brics is no emancipatory project
    In 1741 the economy in New York was seriously depressed and the winter had been particularly cruel. On March 8, Fort George, the imperial armoury...
    In search of a truly new dawn
    In search of a truly new dawn
    The memorial service for Ahmed Kathrada at the Johannesburg City Hall on April 1 last year became a significant event in the gathering public...
    SA’s road to freedom is stalked by death
    SA’s road to freedom is stalked by death
    The political assassination is not a phenomenon that is restricted to KwaZulu-Natal. But there is no doubt that it is overwhelmingly concentrated...
    Gaza suffers in long shadow of 1492
    Gaza suffers in long shadow of 1492
    Same shit, different day. Groundhog Day as interminable horror rather than comedic interlude.
    The liberal licence 
to kill
    The liberal licence 
to kill
    From the Epic of Gilgamesh to The Iliad, the Vedas and the Old Testament, the memory of our deep past is, among other things, a catalogue of...