Thursday, March 25, 2004

Blade Nzimande is offering us a 'Marxist analysis' of the alliance between the DA and IFP.

Apparently the alliance is a, 'marriage between an IFP elite and sections of a white petite bourgeoisie.' Whilst we should hardly be terribly impressed by the degree of insightfulness demonstrated here, we should at least be entitled to expect that Nzimande gets his basics correct. The IFP is a lot of things, but an elite organisation it is not. To adopt one of those much vaunted 'Marxist tools of analysis' I think it makes a lot more sense to see the IFP as an organisation of the rural proletariat. Its power lies in the cohesiveness of the peasantry and its ability to communicate that strength into a sense of cultural and political unity. Hence the fact that it rallys its support by invoking the monarchy and traditional authority and by looking to an age before the onset of industrialisation when life was simpler and more authentic - pre-capitalist to use a well-worn Marxist phrase.

Does this make sense? Depends on how much credence you give to Marxist analysis. But if you are going to see the world through that lense then it makes a damn sight more sense than Nzimande's assertion that the IFP is an elite organisation. Still, if Nzimande was intent on remaining true to his intellectual beliefs he wouldn't be able to make the political argument that he does. And were would the fun be in that?


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