[Marxism] ANC govt terrified of music, says Hugh Masekela [?!?!]

Rohan Gaiswinkler rohanger at yahoo.com.au
Fri Aug 10 22:07:16 MDT 2007


Walter:

The ANC had the support of the masses of black South
Africans, but they weren't militarily strong enough to
defeat the apartheid regime in armed combat. The
perfectionists fault them for that, and, hey, we're
living in a free country in which anyone can say what
they wish. But what should the have done when they
couldn't win the armed struggle and their principal
top main central leaders were all in prison?

Reply:

Again you are deliberately obscuring the real issues. 
Of course it was legitimate for the ANC to make a deal
- who is questioning that?   The issue is that this
deal - as I understand it - was about the formal,
political level dismantling of Apartheid *AND* SOCIAL
AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR THE (APARTHEID LEGACY)
IMPOVERISHED BLACK MAJORITY, in return for a
cooperative relationship between the ANC and (white)
capital and the state.  The issue is that ANC has
remained loyal to its cosy cooperative relationship
with capital even while the social / economic
development part of the deal has long come to naught. 
In other words the ANC had a more than adequate
political excuse to break out of their cosy
relationship - it very obviously hasn't been leading
to the kind of development that was promised to the
masses.

But the ANC leadership instead chose to permanently
join the dinner table of white capital.  The ANC
manages the imposition of neoliberal austerity on the
Black majority, forcing them into WORSE economic
conditions than before, and it politically represses
movements in opposition to this betrayal.

Walter, you are defending the indefensible.

Rohan G


      
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