28 January 2008

Dual Power

Today (Tuesday) is our first session of the year, this afternoon, at 17h00, third floor, COSATU House, 1 Leyds Street, Braamfontein. This week we discuss political education, using Liu Shaoqi’s “How to be a Good Communist. (pictures are of Liu Shaoqi).

SACP GS Dr Blade Nzimande’s “Dual Power” paper published in Umsebenzi Online on the 90th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution was a great breakthrough. Click on the link below. We are going to use it on 5 February 2008, as the opener to our study of the great polemic between Rosa Luxemburg and Vladimir Lenin.

The eighth resolution from the 52nd ANC National Conference is on International Relations (see the second link below). It is long and detailed and has a great deal in it, not surprisingly, since there are more than 200 countries in the world and most of them are in some kind of anti-Imperialist struggle.

The ninth Polokwane Resolution, on Communications and the Battle of Ideas, has got the mass media stirred up, all right. Click on the link below to read it.

Those of us who have lived in foreign lands may be more sensitive than others to the early signs of populist racism or what is called in South Africa xenophobia. There is no doubt that for some people (even, we must admit, some comrades and some workers), it is somehow acceptable to look down on Chinese people in this country. They think it is acceptable but it is not acceptable. It is deadly dangerous to allow any such thing to arise in our midst. Therefore the article by the well-known, well-loved and well-respected Chinese South African writer Darryl Accone, linked below, published in the Sunday Times, is very welcome. Read it and get your facts straight, if you are in any doubt about this matter at all.

COSATU’s position on the power-supply crisis in the country is spelt out in their latest media release. Read it by clicking the link below.

SACP Deputy GS Jeremy Cronin was interviewed in the Sunday Times, and asked about Eskom, among other things, including the Reserve Bank. This short interview can also assist us in our study of the question of Dual Power that we are going to discuss next week. Click on the second last link below.

Don’t forget to check Current Events.

Click on these links:

Dual power, living legacy of the Great October Revolution, Blade Nzimande (2336 words)

ANC 52nd National Conference 2007, International Relations (4365 words)

ANC 52nd NC 2007, Communications and the Battle of Ideas (2634 words)

Recognition of Chinese apartheid travails, Darryl Accone, S Times (1379 words)

Eskom crisis and jobs, COSATU Media Release (505 words)

Q and A, Jeremy Cronin talks to Chris Barron, Sunday Times (715 words)

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