Written in 1974 for the sixth Pan-African congress, this essay analyses the class struggle in Africa and its relation to the newly independent countries since the fifth congress in 1945. Rodney is intensely critical of the nationalism of 'African petty-bourgeiosie ruling class' while also drawing attention to the internationalist, class content of aspects of the anti-colonial struggles.
HENRY DOWA, born in Lagos, 1935, is now at the Polytechnic, London.
MAURICE GOLDMAN studied economics at Witwatersrand University and philosophy at Cape Town. Pages from his South African Notebook were printed in ANARCHY 3.
Article about the relevance of anarchism to struggles in Africa, pre-and post-independence. We do not necessarily agree with all of it but reproduce it for reference.
"Africa" in the media is generally synonymous with catastrophes, wars and permanent massacres, famine, incurable sicknesses, corrupt governments; in brief, endless absolute misery. The workers' movement is assumed either not to have existed at all, or to have been a mere appendage of the "anti-colonial" struggle for "national liberation". This series of articles, concentrating particularly on Senegal and South Africa, aims to set the record straight.