A critic had once remarked of an artist that a painting is not Indian or European simply on account of whether it is painted in India or in Europe. Similarly, one may say that scholarship is not scholarly simply because it is done by academics. Although academic writing ought to advance our knowledge rather than limit our understanding, some academic writing in the last few years appears clearly to be marked by a pursuit of sectarian politics by other means. A recent trend in writing on M.K.
In these times of urgency, when weak and lazy minds would like us to oppose “thought” to “direct action”; and when, precisely because of this propensity for “thoughtless action”, everything is framed in the nihilistic terms of power for the sake of power – in such times what follows might mistakenly be construed as contemptuous.
And yet, as new struggles unfold, hard questions have to be asked. They have to be asked if, in an infernal cycle of repetition but no difference, one form of damaged life is not simply to be replaced by another.
Today’s complex global economy has brought new forms of worker exploitation. And globalisation has made workers ever-more precarious. For example, factory workers in Bangladesh toil long days in buildings that could very possibly collapse and kill them. Foreign guest workers in the Arab Gulf have no legal protections from physical abuse.
Building an Underground from Exile 
Barry Gilder 
SACP growing at an unprecedented rate!
But being a communist is not only about embarking on a lifelong study, it is about changing the world!
The 3rd Special National Congress of the South African Communist Party (SACP) was convened in order to deal with rapidly changing conditions both within the Party and within South Africa.
Sometimes there is just no gentle way of responding to ridiculousness. Many South Africans, including the ANC, but also South Africans who are not members of the ANC or any other party, have come up with bad reasons why it was a good thing for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to be allowed to run away to his country before we could arrest him here in South Africa.Let’s examine the defenses that popped up: