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Richard Pithouse

Richard Pithouse

    ‘She was right to regard me with contempt’
    ‘She was right to regard me with contempt’
    Pablo Neruda wrote in green ink, usually on a rough-hewn wooden table. From unremarkable provincial origins in Temuco, “the farthest outpost ...
    The journey into the heart of redness
    The journey into the heart of redness
    On January 3 1905 workers at the Putilov Ironworks in St Petersburg struck in response to the dismissal of four workers. Their demands quickly...
    Pervasive elitism blinds us to the bitter land battles in our cities
    Pervasive elitism blinds us to the bitter land battles in our cities
    The mechanics of domination, in their moments of visible drama and in their less obvious everydayness, frequently have a pronounced spatial...
    Art of listening is at heart of true democracy
    Art of listening is at heart of true democracy
    In 1968, revolt, much of it driven by students and young people, rushed from city to city against the global backdrop of the war in Vietnam, the...
    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
    When a political order is well established, the mechanisms by which it sustains itself can be normalised to the point that they don’t appear to be...
    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...