I would agree that Tanzania was indeed a sort of “finishing school” for Rodney, but not because he subscribed to Nyrere’s so-called “African socialism”, self-reliance or self-help as embodied in the President’s “Ujaama” ideology. This was the essentially “naïve” position of Nyrere and his fellow travellers that Africa, or Tanzania at any rate, could – because of a communalist past – “bypass capitalism and move straight to socialism”. But it was precisely because Walter Rodney disagreed with this ahistorical, unscientific position that Tanzania became his finishing school. It is my position that the practice and experience of Tanzania served to reinforce his belief that Pan-Afrikanism was the only way forward for Africa – that individual African countries could not achieve development as neocolonial mini-states and, further, that the class struggle was the locomotive on which we would arrive at the socialist Union of African States.
This brings to mind the case of Michael Richards, who played Cosmo Kramer in the US sitcom Seinfeld, one of my most favourite TV shows. Although I was partial to Elaine “He took it out” Benes, not to mention George “It shrunk” Costanza (played, respectively, by Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander), I also loved the mad-cap way Richards portrayed the Kramer character. Alright, then, I loved Richards. And then he let rip with a tirade of racist abuse after he was heckled on stage by an audience that included black people. Not unlike Mr Reporter, you only had to scratch the surface for the hidden racist to jump out at you.
We will note in passing that this bolt of uncharacteristic candour from the IMF is not an instance of the neocolonial appendage going rogue. Forbid the thought! It was your traditional conjuror’s trick and an opportunistic public relations exercise rolled into one. It took nothing away from their core function and exploitative raison d’etre. This is easily gleaned from the fact that the body I call the “Imperialist Monetary Fund” has not deemed it necessary to condemn the revenue-sharing aspect of the deal, under which Exxon will expropriate close to 90% of the value of crude oil produced.
Since this disinformation campaign was the precondition to the genocide of Africans in Libya, the ineluctable conclusion to be drawn here is that the imperialist powers of the West achieved their goal of regime change in Libya by triggering the genocide of black Africans in the country. In addition, the imperialist and bourgeois media were very willing and enthusiastic accomplices in the genocide. Indeed, how could it be otherwise when they were its instigators!
The bolt from the red was the response of many left-wing writers, journalists and alternative media. I had thought that once the book was published these presumed fellow travellers would need little prompting to write and run critiques of the work…The eye-opener came from those fellow travellers whom common sense alleged would not only welcome the book’s publication, but would do so with the enthusiasm of activists, writers and scholars whose positions on the Libya intervention were now vindicated by well-researched and dialectically-logical arguments.