Richard Turner & the Politics of Emancipation

Rick Turner

This is the text of the first Richard Turner Memorial Lecture delivered at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, on 12th August, 1987, by Duncan Greaves. Richard Turner, known as Rick Turner, was a radical philosopher and trade unionist assassinated in Durban in 1978.

Politics is my theme; a particular kind of politics, the sort of politics which lies at the heart of Richard Turner's life and work, which I have chosen to call a politics of emancipation. It is a politics which has never flourished in South Africa — it has rarely enough flourished anywhere — but at crucial moments in the history of our country it has flared briefly and brilliantly, rendering the past transparent and illuminating the future as a horizon of possibilities.

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