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A rebellion doesn't have to be anti-cap to be a rebellion

I think that this piece, although well intentioned, misses the point.

There certainly is a mass rebellion of the poor in South Africa. This cannot be denied. It is on TV most nights. But to assert this is not to assert that it is socialist or anti-capitalist. In most cases it is not. In most cases people want in to state development projects, to be engaged by elected leaders and officials and so on.

To dismisses that as not being a rebellion because it is not a movement for socialism or what ever is to impose the political desires of the metropolitian leftist onto an actually existing mass struggle.

The state clearly sees this mass protest as a threat. It makes this very clear at every turn. And it is a threat to social exclusion, to top down forms of development etc.

If course it would be wrong to call it a 'socialist rebellion' or an anti-capitalist' rebellion. But its also wrong to deny that it has real political content.

It's also a bit of a cheap shot to critique LPM and its reception on the basis of what the movement looked like after its decline. There was a time when it was read as a real threat by the state. Social movements are dynamic. When one counters the movement - at its heights, in the midst of its decline etc - is far from irrelevant in how one forms an assessment.


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