Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

10 April 2014

South Africa: Irvin Jim At the Gathering - It Is Time for the Country's Wealth to Serve Its People

analysis

As parties canvass for votes countrywide, there's a notable gap in the interests represented: those of the workers. IRVIN JIM ponders the problem in his speech.

This gathering takes place at a highly political time. It's a time when all manner of political parties are busy campaigning for votes to put them in Parliament.

However, in most of the debate that takes place, we find a big and important gap on their campaign trails when it comes to talking about the interests of the working class. So I want to start by reminding us all of the observation that Lenin made in 1913.

People always have been the foolish victims of deception and self-deception in politics, and they always will be until they have learnt to seek out the interests of some class or other behind all moral, religious, political and social phrases, declarations and promises. Champions of reforms and improvements will always be fooled by the defenders of the old order until they realise that every old institution, however barbarous and rotten it may appear to be, is kept going by the forces of certain ruling classes. And there is only one way of smashing the resistance of those...

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2014 Daily Maverick. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.