24 February 2007

Special Types

South Africa was and is still described as colonialism of a special type, where the colonisers cohabit in the same country as the colonised people. Although the colonisers live by exploiting the labour of the colonised they like to regard themselves as having an economy of their own (the “first” economy) while the poor majority have another one, the “second” economy. It South Africa this division was conceived in racial terms in the past, and the racial divide between rich and poor persists.

But if we are going to say that colonialism of a special type was a function of race, or that race was a necessary part of it, we may be wrong. The pattern of Indian “development” described in the linked article below by Aseem Shrivasta is very familiar to South Africans, yet it does not appear to depend on racial difference.

Meanwhile, according to the Weekender, the SACP commission that was appointed by the Special National Congress in 2005, which is in fact the same in composition to the SACP Political Bureau, is about to or has already delivered its recommendations. The Weekender treats these questions in a mundane fashion (funding, risk of humiliation et cetera) as if the SACP is a bourgeois party. Perhaps the report itself does so, too. We must wait and see. The questions put by the previous article on India do seem the more urgent ones at this stage. See the linked article by Vukani Mde and Karima Brown.

Raymond Suttner, with the help of Michael Schmidt’s editing, finds himself in territory half way between these two other articles, grappling with questions of mass and class together with electoral questions. The linked article appeared in the Saturday Star.

Finally, YCL National Secretary Buti Manamela uses the YCL’s on-line magazine “The Bottom Line” to comment on the recent case of former YCL Deputy National Secretary Mazibuko Jara’s ambitions concerning the SACP Western Cape Provincial leadership and the SACP’s 12th National Congress in July. In the same linked document you will also find an article by YCL National Organiser George Raphela on the YCL’s attitude to Burma.

Click on these links:

Developer Model of Development, Shrivastava, Counterpunch (3723 words)

Crossroads for communists, Mde and Brown, Weekender (1002 words)

Mass factor, Suttner and Schmidt, Saturday Star (2049 words)

Through the eye of the M and G, and Burma, YCL Bottom Line (3294 words)


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