South Africa: EFF NPA - Dogwhistles, Rogue Generals, New Leadership and a Firm Vision of a Socialist Future (VBS? Not So Much... )

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The EFF emerged from the third day of its gruelling Second National People's Assembly with a newly elected top six leadership which expects members to give birth to themselves, and in so doing, midwife a pan-continental socialist future. "I am not your father (...) you must each one become the Malema of your branch", Malema told the fighters

Two anecdotes about how the Communist Party of China (CPC) runs the world's second-largest economy recounted separately by EFF leader Julius Malema and outgoing secretary-general, Godrich Gardee, provide some insight into the party's contemporary magpie socialist compass.

The first was a riff by Malema, in relation to a question about the party's position on state-owned enterprises. Responding, Malema said that the EFF would, should it come to power, be in favour of increasing these in a state-driven economy. Gardee too later referenced China, explaining how a trip to an unnamed city had solidified his understanding that there was a 21st century socialist ideal.

In China, Malema told those gathered at a pre-assembly presser, officials appointed to positions by government were taken to see their corrupt predecessors in prison cells as a deterrent.

In essence this would be the local equivalent of Andre...

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