South African politics and the legacy of the war against apartheid

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Mon, 08/05/2013 - 12:00am
South African Politics

Jan Haaken and Alan Wieder talk about South African politics and his recent tour there promoting his book "Ruth First and Joe Slovo: the war against apartheid". Jan asks Alan how he took it upon himself to tell the story of a contested history of political struggle. He talks about how the socialist revolution in South Africa, supported by the Soviet Union, never really turned into a socialist revolution; how after the fall of apartheid that the capitalist state reproduced itself; and Nelson Mandela's political historical significance.

Alan will be talking about his book and experiences that inform it at Broadway Books on August 20th from 7-8pm.