A popular new South African book insists racism is primarily to blame for social polarization. But describing South African inequality as “the new apartheid” obscures the central role that class and capitalism play in reproducing hierarchies.
Niall Reddy, from South Africa, is a doctoral student in sociology at New York University.
The recent unrest in South Africa wasn’t an expression of progressive politics. The Left will have to find a way to channel popular discontent into mass left movements — or we’ll get nativism, and, inevitably, authoritarianism instead.
In only a few months, the Sudanese revolution ended Omar al-Bashir’s authoritarian rule and won an unprecedented transition to a civilian government. We spoke to one of the revolution’s many women leaders about the mass civil disobedience that defeated the regime.