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We cannot reform ourselves out of the times we are in

To end racism, we will have to change the structures from which it draws its mandate, and get rid of liberal and right-wing politicians who give it oxygen while we are being asphyxiated

Taking the battle to the grave: South Africa’s contested sites

In his swansong, Santu Mofokeng ruminates on mortality, ancestry and dispossession

What it takes to achieve a true revolution

This is an edited extract of the introduction to ‘Revolutionary Thought in the 20th Century’ (1980) edited by late anti-apartheid stalwart Ben Turok

#FeesMustFall charges were politically motivated and concocted

Some activists in the movement are rewarded for their role in the struggle for free, decolonised education; others are imprisoned.

Democracy and the left in post-apartheid South Africa — An interview with Ben Turok

A veteran ANC stalwart and member of parliament speaks about the party, Parliament and the dearth of left politics in South Africa

Failure to fix the economy will undo Cyril

The president can get rid of the loathsome political figures but he can’t control everything

Let the small gods live on in    cowpats, Santa and song

In an era of crumbling secular belief systems, what can atheist parents give to their children in the place of religion?

The  ‘prosperity gospel’  means exploitation

By ignoring the causes of poverty and injustice, prosperity churches doom people to destitution

Halt the capitalist crisis gripping the world

Today’s capitalism is a slide into authoritarianism, using Islamophobia, xenophobia, racism and anti-Semitism to keep the state in power

Identity politics is about our quest for recognition

The rapid changes in the political and economic landscape have seen people around the world losing their sense of dignity and thus their identity

Elitism remains the enemy of democracy

Ramaphosa’s inability to imagine an emancipatory path takes us back to an unsustainable elitism

Class exists but can we say the same of race?

We need to drop race as a category and rather see people according to their different needs

Old-world diction, flawed punditry and the fight for Zimbabwe’s future

The single greatest failure of current punditry is the refusal to recognise that context matters.

The Russian Revolution: a reflection on the role of women revolutionaries

Recollections often revolve around images of powerful men but women have always been key participants in the Communist movement.

Post-colonial universities are trapped by their past

Mamdani looks at the history and ideologies that have shaped African universities and points to Afrikaans as an example of successful decolonisation

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