African Anarchism: The History of a Movement by Sam Mbah, I. E. Igariwey

By Sam Mbah, I. E. Igariwey

The 1st e-book at the subject. Covers anarchistic components in conventional African societies, African communalism, “African socialism,” and the after-effects of colonialism.

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S. Mill’s name, was actually written by his wife, Harriet Taylor, which is illustrative of the circumstances under which women found themselves when it came to publishing unconventional ideas. 2. False gods of riches. From the false god of riches and avarice, Mammon. Riches regarded as an object of worship and greedy pursuit; wealth as an evil, more or less personified. ’ 26 Reading history backwards 3. The diseased beggar in Jesus’ parable of the rich man and the beggar (Luke 16: 19–31). 4. Historically, dinosaurs may be extinct, but in science fiction fables, such as the movie Jurassic Park, these come back with a vengeance.

Rather than ‘governance’ (that is to govern or rule and not to lead), as is fashionable now, in those times, the prerequisite for development was people, land, good policies and good leadership (Nyerere 1968, p. 243). Mwalimu Nyerere told the Maryknoll Sisters that development had to be accompanied by equitable distribution of wealth. It was not ‘simply an increase in the national income figures of the poor countries, nor listing of the huge increases in the production of this or that industry,’ new roads, factories, farms, etc.

There is not enough wealth on this continent. It will all be at the top, and the people will be left with nothing’ (Smith 1973, p. 22). The End of Poverty The 1960s and early 1970s were years of high enthusiasm, optimism, hopes and dreams of a bright future society devoid of all forms of arbitrariness, domination, exploitation, oppression, etc, unlike contemporary times when we are invited, day in day out, to celebrate the present as the best of all possible worlds. Many of the concepts in circulation then that described the unequal 20 Reading history backwards relations between the Mammonites2 and Lazaruses3 of this world, and rebellions against such relations, are not chic in contemporary times.

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