Thursday, 10 May 2012

Final Year of a Life Well Lived: A Requiem for Frantz Fanon

Lewis Gordon
by Lewis Gordon in Living Fanon (ed. Nigel Gibson), 2011

Fanon was of the opinion that a society is most healthy when its people forego nationalism for the sake of national consciousness. When such a development arises in different ages, each generation, he contended, discovers its mission. It is difficult not to think about Fanon as one witnesses the youth who took to the streets in North Africa and the Middle East in 2010 to 2011 and achieved fragile change in some cases and the continued wrath of violent dictatorship and monarchical rule in others. The contours of debates, where super powers attempt to negotiate outcomes of protected interests, bring to the fore possibilities of radical democracy constrained by promissory notes of global capital and the potential of electronic media.

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