Barriers and Openings to a New Socialist Internationalism: by Patrick Bond

By Patrick Bond

Socialism and Democracy, 2014
Vol. 28, No.2, 183-214

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It is here that not only decommodification, but also deglobalization of capital must be considered vital to expanding access to basic needs like medicines and water, and in South Africa this has occurred thus far even though power relations were terribly adverse at first. They turned much more favorable because of the globalization of popular solidarity. Even if this formula was the opposite of the South African government’s typical stance – which leaned towards the globalization of capital and, with respect to globalized people, harsher immigration controls bordering on xenophobia, plus repression against visiting protesters at major events – there was continuity in people’s support for black South Africans facing threats to their lives, from the era of racial apartheid to the era of class apartheid.

Ca/political-rupture-in-south-africa-and-the-national-union-of-metal workers-numsa-new-start-for-socialist-politics-in-south-africa/5368480 69. John Maynard Keynes, “National Self-Sufficiency,” The Yale Review, 22 (4), 1933, 755– 769. Patrick Bond 213 To achieve this conception of a foreign-policy bottom up, requires balance among what Peter Waterman has described as the six versions of solidarity: “Identity, Substitution, Complementarity, Reciprocity, Affinity and Restitution. ”70 But the solidarity between the Global North and Global South that lies ahead should also take note of the many problems repeatedly encountered among solidaristic scholars and social movements in South Africa.

Technicism or legalism: sometimes necessary to contest the enemy’s technicism, but sometimes incapable of comprehending realities, usually causing premature deradicalization; . divisiveness: favoring or profiling certain factions or individuals, often in a sectarian way; . hucksterism: romanticizing and overstating the importance of the movement/struggle; . score-settling: importing researchers’ petty internecine rivalries, and causing degeneracy in movement politics as ego-clashing replaces open, honest debate; .

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