Exposing the Myths of Nelson Mandela and the ANC

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Dec 6 2013 12:41
Exposing the Myths of Nelson Mandela and the ANC

Here's a list of useful sources to counter the barrage of myths and distortions around Nelson Mandela's life and achievements:

'The Mandela Years in Power' - Patrick Bond

'Mandela v. the Working Class' - Subversion

'Mandela, Icon of Imperialism' - Latief Parker

'ANC, A Hundred Years in the Service of Capital' - Revolutionary Perspectives

'South Africa, New Declaration of Class War' - Hillel Ticktin

[i]The Politics of Race Discrimination in South Africa[/i] - Hillel Ticktin

Video: Apartheid Didn't Die - John Pilger

Inside Quatro: Uncovering the Exile History of the ANC and SWAPO

'Inside Quadro, End of an Era' - Paul Trewhela

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Dec 6 2013 12:56

Here's a correct link for Paul Trewelha's book: Inside Quatro: Uncovering the exile History of the ANC and SWAPO

And here's a pdf of a classic issue of Searchlight South Africa

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Dec 6 2013 13:05

Please add any other good critiques of the ANC to this list. Thanks.

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Dec 7 2013 22:18

It's off topic, but the Searchlight PDF linked has a really great article examining CLR James on Africa, to paraphrase "James was a Marxist when he wrote about Europe and a nationalist when he wrote about Africa."

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Dec 8 2013 01:19

We've got loads of stuff at http://libcom.org/tags/anc

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Dec 9 2013 17:34

I add GCI-ICG's published in 1986: "South Africa: Class Struggle vs. Race Struggle"

http://gci-icg.org/english/communism3.htm#south_africa

http://libcom.org/library/south-africa-class-race-struggle-communism

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Dec 9 2013 19:25

From the pages of the former South African Workers Solidarity Federation (now the ZACF):

The ANC and the South African White Right in Mozambique
http://flag.blackened.net/revolt/africa/wsfws/4_1_moz.html

War Against the Poor
The poor must take back the land in South Africa
http://flag.blackened.net/revolt/africa/wsfws/2_2land.html

"Employment and Redistribution" - Or a Kick in the Teeth
http://flag.blackened.net/revolt/africa/wsfws/3_1kick.html

For more WSF articles, publications and position papers:
http://flag.blackened.net/revolt/wsf.html

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Dec 9 2013 23:06

http://en.internationalism.org/worldrevolution/201307/8951/mandela-human...

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Dec 11 2013 09:34

From Michael Schmidt (ex-ZACF)
Nelson Mandela - Reappraising the Legacy of an Icon

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A frail multimillionaire dies peacefully in bed at the grand old age of 95, surrounded by a coterie of those who love him and those with an eye on the inheritance, an event that would in the normal course of events be seen as natural—but the man concerned has been treated internationally as more of a supernatural entity than an ordinary man. The unsurpassed hagiography around Nelson Mandela, who died in the über-wealthy enclave of Houghton in Johannesburg last Thursday night, the famous prisoner turned global icon on a par with Mohandas Gandhi is upheld by most observers of South Africa as a necessary myth of national unity, and not least of the triumph of racial reconciliation of over the evils of segregation.

I had the privilege to meet Mandela several times during my career as a journalist, watching my country's dramatic transition unfold on the ground, with all of its tragedies and triumphs; on most occasions he was all business; I only saw him once in the relaxed and smiling mode in which he was best known and so beloved, for he had taken a huge burden on his shoulders and was mostly all business. He was by turns frighteningly stern and disarmingly charming, rigorously strict and graciously forgiving, a fierce revolutionary and a conciliator, a formidable intellect and a wisecracker, austere and chilled. Though a complex figure, he is justly considered as a colossus of global stature for sacrificing his life to inspire the South African masses to push forward to the irreversible defeat of the last white supremacist regime—and in doing so to inspire other popular struggles against injustice worldwide.

But in a country where the promise of a more egalitarian democracy has decayed with shocking rapidity into an elitist-parasitic project, where those who raise concerns over the loss of our period of grace under Mandela are often silenced by murder, a state sliding inexorably back into a fog of paranoia and forgetting under the control of Stasi-trained "democrats", I've had to somewhat nervously consider my critique of the deliberate sanitising by all factions of power of Mandela's period in office because his deification has resulted and in the creation of a fanatical de-facto state religion that tolerates no heretics in its pursuit of unfettered partisan power. The slipping of South Africa, once hailed as a lighthouse of progress, in the rankings of several gobal institutions which monitor public freedoms is of concern to all freedom-loving people, and not just we anarchists.
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Dec 11 2013 17:48

and just another quote from that article for those who find it tl;dr

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In 1997, President Mandela reached what should have been internationally condemned as the ethical low-point of an already checquered career, giving South Africa's then-highest order, the Star of Good Hope, to neo-fascist dictator Mohamed Suharto of Indonesia, whose bloody rise to power at the head of what became his militarised "New Order" state (1967-1998) was facilitated by the mass murder of between 500,000 and 1-million people during his coup and purge over 1965-1966 (a 2012 documentary puts the death toll at between 1-million and 3-million). This bloodbath, orchestrated by Suharto's army and carried out by interahamwe-like civilian militia, was profoundly both anti-Communist and anti-Christian, but also had elements of genocide in that ethnic Chinese were also targeted for slaughter. Rivers in parts of Indonesia were so choked with bodies that their flow was dammed.

Suharto's regime still engaged in bouts of mass-murder of thousands of people well into the 1980s, so Mandela's endorsement of a man who ranks down there with Pol Pot is hard to understand: until one realises that in honouring Suharto, Mandela was thanking him for a cash donation to the ANC (not to the SA state) of some US$60-million; the ANC admitted only that Suharto "gave generously". Suharto is estimated to have embezzled a staggering $15-billion to $35-billion during his reign, so the cash given to Mandela can only be seen as blood money. In this light, the most honest monument to Mandela is his face's slightly mocking grin and hooded eyes on the new Rand bank-notes.

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Jan 2 2014 14:51

Mandela v the working class (Subversion – 1991)
http://www.autistici.org/tridnivalka/mandela-v-the-working-class-subversion-1991/

Mandela vs. la classe ouvrière (Subversion – 1991)
http://www.autistici.org/tridnivalka/mandela-vs-la-classe-ouvriere-subversion-1991/

Mandela versus dělnická třída (Subversion, 1991)
http://www.autistici.org/tridnivalka/mandela-versus-delnicka-trida-subversion-1991/