Dialectical Reason

Rick Turner

This article, by the anti-authoritarian radical South African philosopher and trade unionist Rick Turner, (assassinated in 1978) was first published in Radical Philosophy in 1973. It is primarily an engagement with Jean-Paul Sartre's Critique of Dialectical Reason.

The Eye of the Needle: Towards Participatory Democracy in South Africa

Rick Turner

This book, by the South African philosopher and trade unionist Rick Turner (assassinated in Durban in 1978) was first published in 1972. It is an argument, written in opposition to the Stalinism of the South African Communist Party, for a participatory democracy in post-apartheid South Africa.

Rick Turner: A Biographical Introduction

Rick Turner was a South African philosopher and trade unionist who was assassinated in Durban in 1978. He had a significant influence on a generation of activists introducing ideas around participatory democracy and charting a democratic course independent of both the Stalinist and Trotskyist left at the time.

O mito do socialismo cubano - Grupo Autonomia

O proletário cubano se encontra, como qualquer outro, separado de todo meio de vida, de todo o meio de produção necessário para viver. Em Cuba, como em qualquer outro país latino-americano e do resto do mundo, o trabalhador enfrenta duras condições de sobrevivência, concentradas como forças alheias e hostis, inteiramente privado (propriedade privada significa exatamente isto!) de seus meios de vida. No latifúndio de Fidel Castro, a propriedade privada não foi abolida, mas concentrada e metamorfoseada juridicamente em propriedade estatal.

Mapping the fire: international words of solidarity with the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire – Black International Editions

A publication acting as a meeting point for comrades of the Conspiracy of Fire Cells from all over the world, consisting of personal stories, letters of solidarity and information about groups, etc., aimed at the constitution of a 'Black International' of imprisoned anarchists.

Educating Resistance

by Anna Selmeczi, 2010

While deeply sympathetic to David Harvey’s commitment to a politics that canmove to a new and more just order this paper, based on the experience of a period of immersion in the shack dweller’s movement Abahlali baseMjondolo,asks if Harvey’s commitment to scaling up the level of political action, alongside a project of political education, risks removing politics from the grasp of the people who are currently struggling, with a considerable degree of success,to restore their right to political speech and imagination.

Beyond Bolivaria – a critical look at the fetishization of Chávez and ’21st century socialism’

By Aragorn Eloff, 2013

Written in response to the widespread adulation of Hugo Chavez in South Africa.

The Philosopher as Functionary: An Open Letter to David Benatar

This essay by Aragon Eloff, on academic responses to student protest in South Africa, was first published in The Con. It was written in response to a piece by David Benatar.

Dis/placing political illiteracy: the politics of intellectual equality in a South African shack-dwellers’ movement

by Anna Selmeczi

The production and abandonment of surplus people also depends on rendering them as improper political subjects. In the prevailing political discourse, poor people’s struggles are deemed less than political
through notions such as the idea that all protest is related to the pace of “service delivery” or accusations of violence, as well as often explicit characterizations of dissenting people as ignorant. Such discursive moves
imply and reinforce a conception of the poor black majority as unable to think and practice their own politics; that is, as politically illiterate group of people.

UniConflicts in spaces of crisis: Critical approaches in, against and beyond the University

The central questions that raised are two:

1. What is the role of knowledge, of the university and of researchers in the era of crisis?

2. What are the critical epistemological and methodological tools for studying the spatial expressions of the ongoing crisis at multiple scales?