Tuesday, September 16, 2008

the economics of Apartheid

One of the interesting things I was reading in Naomi Klein's book Shock Doctrine was about South Africa. One of the main drivers for the anti-Apartheid movement was the massive inequalities that existed within the country, so that a small white elite lived like white Europeans whilst the blacks and coloureds lived as poor Africans in the townships.

Today, despite the routing of Apartheid, the inequalities are even greater. The rich have got richer and the poor have got even poorer.

But what struck me was that the radicalising effect of the inequality. The blacks did not just want a vote, they wanted a more equal society. How much more should be be radicalised with the knowledge that we live in a global Apartheid?

Labels: ,


Post a Comment

<< Home