Thursday, 23 June 2011

David Ntseng introduces: Peter Hallward, "Fanon and political will'

Engaging the life and work of Fanon is in itself a reverberation of the struggle for a more equal and just society. It is also a call to embark on a radical process to reflect on the shifting sands that make our society lose balance as it wiggles its way towards freedom. Helping us to frame the lenses, we are introduced to the first two articles by Peter Hallward and Michael Neocosmos.

In this first serving in the series, Peter Hallward looks at Fanon's work and life as it is reflected in his emphasis on the political will of the people. He takes us through Fanon's confidence in the people who are actively cultivating their own political virtue with the will to self-emancipate (Hallward, 2010). The will of the people only makes sense and is achievable if it is led and shared by the people themselves. It is the people who hold the key, marching to a new political destiny where everybody matters.

Argued from varying angles, both Hallward and Neocosmos (in the next padkos serving) refute the idea that the state, the party or the heroic leaders are the possessors of the emancipatory project. Neocosmos' concept of subjectivation, like Hallward, directs us to the logic of ordinary people, beyond barriers of race, gender, nationality and class as being the right place to help us learn and participate in the project of true freedom.

David Ntseng

Click Here to Read the Paper by Peter Hallward