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The Big Decision

by John Spritzler

June 24, 2013

[For more about post-apartheid South Africa go here.]

In How the ANC's Faustian pact sold out South Africa's poorest, by Ronnie Kasrils, the author writes:

"In the early 1990s, we in the leadership of the ANC made a serious error. Our people [are] still paying the price."*

This is a very important article because Ronnie Kasrils, with inside knowledge, explains how the ANC's failure to pursue a revolutionary (pro-working class, anti-capitalist, egalitarian) path was a disaster for ordinary South Africans.

The same choice that confronted the ANC (make a deal with Big Money or rely on ordinary people to remove Big Money from power and create an egalitarian society) confronts virtually allĀ  people resisting oppression. Ordinary people (regardless of their religion) in Palestine (by which I include the part called "Israel") who are fighting against Zionism will need to make the same decision that confronted the ANC in its fight against apartheid: make a deal and accept capitalism minus Zionism, or wage the class war for egalitarianism minus capitalism.

It is time to start Thinking about Revolution.

* To see just how awful the price is, in other words how the conditions of life for ordinary South Africans have actually worsened dramatically since 1994 when Nelson Mandela became president and apartheid was (fortunately!) abolished, study the charts on life expectancy, adult mortality, unemployment, stroke, ischaemic heart disease, diabetes, hypertensive heart disease and female mortality due to breast cancer, in the document published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations titled "Dietary changes and the health transition in South Africa: implications for health policy."

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