[Marxism] South Africa - point of clarification

dave.walters at comcast.net dave.walters at comcast.net
Sat Aug 18 10:21:40 MDT 2007


Walter quotes NORM DIXON who wrote:
"the ANC government, a harsh neo-liberal capitalist regime that is 
now Washington's appointed major partner on the African continent."
http://lists.econ.utah.edu/pipermail/marxism/2007-August/016175.html 

Walter can't understand why the this statement against the S. African gov't is so "strong".(his term). 
Then Walter suggests that S. Africa as eveyone knows is a capitalist gov't. Then goes on, in post 
after post, to basically praise the ANC which is implementing what capitalists gov't do: "harsh neo-
liberal" 'reforms.Walter then throws out one his xx-country gets along with Cuba items to show that 
even though it's capitalist, isn't it swell that this capitalist gov't has good relations with Cuba.

I don't think this makes the ANC 'better' an iota. Walter has yet to show how Norm's statement is in 
one degree false. Walter's concession that the ANC is a capitalist politcial movement leading a neo-
liberal regime as if characterizing such a gov't as anti-working class is somewhow, what? "Pefectionist"?

I'm not sure what Walter is really saying anymore. That the ANC is reelected is supposed to add 
some sort of left-legitamacy to the gov't? He feels so obligated to defend the existance of the ever 
failing ANC-COSATU-SACP alliance as if this is a GOOD THING!??! Why is it a good thing that 
the working class organizations end up subordinating their class differences with the ANC that errupt 
on the street in massive strikes and rallies?

David


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