Re-reading Rick Turner in the New South Africa by Tony Fluxman and Peter Vale

Abstract

Using the writings of the assassinated South African political philosopher Rick Turner, this article provides a critique of South Africa ten years after the end of apartheid.

Influenced by both Western Marxism and utopian thinking, Turner developed a model of democratic socialism which offered a vision of a ‘new South Africa’. This was countered by the ideology of the market and, later, by the force of the ‘end of history’ thesis. The article argues that inequalities continue in South Africa because the promise of Western Marxism was squeezed out by the convergence of communist political ideology and capitalist modernization.

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