[Marxism] Anthony Sampson

Patrick Bond pbond at mail.ngo.za
Wed Dec 22 10:50:27 MST 2004

Still, this a terribly unsatisfactory analysis of township dynamics, with no 
hint that it was capitalism - not the 1948 victory of the National Party and 
its apartheid formalities - that began systemic discrimination, so as to 
cheapen black labour power.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Louis Proyect" <lnp3 at panix.com>
> (A fairly decent obit on the late and great journalist, which does not 
> place enough emphasis on his writings about oil. His book "The Seven 
> Sisters" is a classic. I include a couple of links below to his recent 
> articles to give a sense of his understanding of the geopolitics of oil.)

> Mr. Sampson, who returned often to South Africa, wrote evocatively of life 
> in the country's black townships. Writing in The New York Times Magazine 
> in May 1960, two months after the Sharpeville massacre, he observed:
> "The black cities of South Africa are kept separate from the white cities 
> by all the elaborate devices of apartheid. By day the Africans work in the 
> same offices, factories or shops as the white men, and jostle in the same 
> streets; but every night they are separated, and travel in their 
> segregated trains to their segregated townships.
> "To the whites, the lives of their black office boys or chauffeurs seem 
> unimaginably separate and isolated from their own. . . . But to the urban 
> Africans, the 'Europeans' are the ones who seem isolated, in their remote 
> and hidden mansions in the superior suburbs. The Africans no longer feel 
> themselves reliant on white patrons or promoters for their education and 
> cultural development; they see themselves as the heirs of Western 
> civilization, and the 'Europeans' as the impostors."

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