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  • Surviving Zimbabwe: An anarchist critique

    This article positions itself not only outside of the state, but against the state, under the guidance of anarchism as a theory. In it, I hope to give a critical analysis of Zimbabwe and its current state, arguing against simple analysis and going beyond individual politics. Rather, with the use of an anarchist lens, this article will carefully articulate the real underlying problem in Zimbabwe: it is a society governed by a class system, under the control of a predatory state that cannot survive a day without the endless exploitation of its people.

     

    A comprehensive analysis of this nature hopes to make a valid contribution to help organize and educate the masses for a revolution they can claim as their own. A revolution that is specifically against all forms of oppression, and that builds on everyday struggles to improve the deplorable conditions of Zimbabwe. Equally importantly, this article is written in solidarity with the actions of the masses who stood against the violent regime on the 1st of August 2018, and again on the 14th of January 2019, and who fight for a better society. It encourages self-activity and the continuous development revolutionary awareness of the popular classes: the workers and working class, the poor, and the small peasant farmers.

  • The Old Man and the Coup

    Robert Mugabe, the longstanding authoritarian ruler that has waged a war against Zimbabwe’s poor, is gone. He was forced to resign in the wake of a coup – although the main actors in the coup comically denied it was one. 

    When it was announced that Mugabe was exiting power, tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Harare to celebrate. Many are hoping that his exit will bring change for the better for Zimbabwe. This hope, unfortunately, may be wishful thinking. The reason for this is that Mugabe was a symptom of far deeper problems, and without addressing those problems, Zimbabwe cannot be free; nor can there be genuine equality. Similarly, those that removed Mugabe are cut from the same cloth, and come from the same ruthless ruling class. 

  • Zimbabwe Crackdown Alert: Human Rights Defenders Arrested

  • Zimbabwe – crawling between imperialist masters

     

    The removal of Mugabe means only that the ruling elite will seek new imperialist links to solve the economic mess the country is in. Zimbabwe demonstrates for the nth time that "national liberation" in the epoch of imperialism means liberation only for the indigenous bourgeoisie linked to the world order of capitalism. 

    The coup which removed Mugabe from power in November represents a change in leadership in the ruling ZANU-PF party. Mugabe and his wife, the detested “Gucci-Grace”, have been put out to grass while the previous vice president, Mnangagwa and a couple of army generals have been put in power. This has all been arranged by the army. Mugabe has been granted an amnesty for his crimes, including the murder of 10,000 Ndebele civilians in the 80s and the looting of state property, while Mnangagwa, who was sacked by Mugabe only 18 days earlier and fled for his life, is installed in the presidential palace. All this is presented as a constitutional transition rather than a coup.

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