by Ben Fogel, The Amandla Blog
The great Trindadian intellectual C.L.R. James's The Black Jacobins
But it is certainly an inspirational text, I didn’t feel like sitting down and reading Althusser or Lukacs after completing the book, I wanted to take to the streets. James's closing words are a call for action, albeit with a measure of 'realism':“In reality from the very nature of its system of production for profit it strangles the real worth of the continent-the creative capacity of the African people. The African faces a long and difficult road and he will need guidance. But he will tread it fast and walk upright” (James, 1938: 377). Here, James's internationalism stands out, he is calling for the liberation of Africa, by Africans as a key component of world class struggle, something missing or deemed impossible by many more orthodox Marxists, during the late 1930s.