What is authoritarian populism and why should it be combated?

The rise of an authoritarian populist politics, which presents itself as against the “Establishment,”” for the “common” people and “anti-globalisation,” is happening worldwide — and there are dangerous signs in South Africa. The populist upsurge sees voters reject big, established parties that embraced neo-liberalism after the economic crisis of 2007, in the context of a … Continue reading What is authoritarian populism and why should it be combated?

Education for revolution: Anarcho-syndicalist pedagogy for South Africa

The roots and principles of anarchosyndicalism are worth revisiting for the practice of worker education in movements inspired by these principles and traditions. Emphasising the democratic practice, working class rooted, organic and critical nature of the pedagogy, the practice seeks to intersect employed and unemployed women and men. Practically, the education provides a platform for … Continue reading Education for revolution: Anarcho-syndicalist pedagogy for South Africa

A glimmer of hope: The extraordinary story of a revolution within the Syrian civil war

For the past few years, most people would have come across news stories of how Kurdish fighters in Syria, especially women, have been crucial in battling the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Very few, however, would be aware that in the north and eastern parts of Syria these same Kurdish fighters are part of … Continue reading A glimmer of hope: The extraordinary story of a revolution within the Syrian civil war

South Africa’s polluting giants: It’s about profits and class

When it comes to greenhouse gas emissions, South Africa falls within the 15 biggest polluters in the world. But there is also a class dimension when it comes to pinning down which sections of society are responsible for air pollution – the major polluters in South Africa are the ruling class (capitalists, politicians and top … Continue reading South Africa’s polluting giants: It’s about profits and class

Alternatives to Capitalism: 1936 – Rise and Fall of the Spanish Revolution

In this edition of the Education Series we look at one of the greatest experiments with an alternative to capitalism: the 1936 Spanish Revolution. People today seeking a democratic socialist and egalitarian society can draw lessons from both its successes and failures. The Spanish Revolution occurred in the context of a civil war, but even … Continue reading Alternatives to Capitalism: 1936 – Rise and Fall of the Spanish Revolution

The political nature of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Mechanisation and automation have been called the Fourth Industrial Revolution. But these are not inevitable or neutral economic realities. They are political weapons of oppression under capitalism. It is a war against the working classes to increase profits. It is no an accident that bosses choose to mechanise and automate in the context of the … Continue reading The political nature of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Fueling the Fire

Wave after wave of community protests have been taking place in South Africa. People are angry that after twenty years of so-called freedom they are still confined to living in shacks, having to defecate in communal toilets, and having essential services terminated when they can’t afford to pay.

2017 South African Budget Speech: No Pravin, it was not progressive nor redistributive

by Shawn Hattingh (ZACF) First published at Pambazuka.org On Wednesday, the Minister of Finance of South Africa stood up in the circus that passes itself off as a National Parliament and without any sense of irony what-so- ever declared that the South African state’s budget for 2017 was redistributive and progressive. If the Minister was to be … Continue reading 2017 South African Budget Speech: No Pravin, it was not progressive nor redistributive

Anarchism and Counter-Culture: the Centrality of ideas

Anarchism and Counter-Culture: the Centrality of ideas A presentation at the Johannesburg leg of the Afrikan HipHop Caravan Goethe Institute, 20 February 2013 by Warren McGregor Introduction One may ask what a presentation on anarchism has to do with hip-hop. I contend that within these two movements exist shared ideas and sentiments, building blocks of … Continue reading Anarchism and Counter-Culture: the Centrality of ideas