In South Africa, social distancing to bring down COVID-19 infections takes a decidedly local shape. In a racialized society, it manifests primarily as white melancholia and black Afro-pessimism.
The coronavirus pandemic places moral, economic, and political questions before us. Only two answers remain: socialism or barbarism.
In South Africa, the political class use foreign nationals as scapegoats to obfuscate their role in reproducing inequality. But immigrants are part of the excluded.
The question is not how, or where, or when neoliberalism will end, but if it will, and what the left will do about it. The case of South Africa is instructive.
A resurgent conspiracy theory that Nelson Mandela died in 1985 reveals the growing hopelessness in South Africa that rampant inequality is irreversible.
South Africa introduces a new law which allows traditional leaders along with third parties to decide for communities, without their consent.
Technological change is not simply a neutral and inevitable process—it is shaped and driven by existing social relations.
Combating Zionism requires a vision that pays no credence to ethno-nationalism. As the world reconsiders the one-state solution, South Africa should lead the way.
The emphasis on identity and difference act to temper the radical potential of South Africa's youth. They need an education on class politics.
Economies are broken everywhere, but while the rest of the world considers the radical, South Africa resigns itself to the rational.