MEMORIAS DEL SUBDESARROLLO
Film Cubano/Direccion: Tomás Guitiérrez Alea
Con: Sergio Corrieri y Daisy Granados
Frantz Fanon: Fifty Years On ↘
Fifty years ago today, Frantz Fanon, one of the major intellectual figures and revolutionary leaders of the decolonization struggle, passed away. Ceasefire editor-in-chief Hicham Yezza pays tribute to an extraordinary legacy.
The Reign of the One Percenters: Income Inequality and the Death of Culture in New York City ↘
‘What is needed is a revival of the language of vigorous old progressivism, wherein the parasite class was denounced as such. What is needed is a new Resistance. We face, as Hessel describes, a system of social control “that offers nothing but mass consumption as a prospect for our youth,” that trumpets “contempt for the least powerful in society,” that offers only “outrageous competition of all against all.”’
The human condition, plans for mankind, and collaboration between men in those tasks which increase the sum total of humanity are new problems, which demand true inventions.
Let us decide not to imitate Europe; let us combine our muscles and our brains in a new direction. Let us try to create the whole man, whom Europe has been incapable of bringing to triumphant birth.
Two centuries ago, a former European colony decided to catch up with Europe. It succeeded so well that the United States of America became a monster, in which the taints, the sickness, and the inhumanity of Europe have grown to appalling dimension….
Today we are present at the stasis of Europe. Comrades, let us flee from this motionless movement where gradually dialectic is changing into the logic of equilibrium. Let us reconsider the question of mankind. Let us reconsider the question of cerebral reality and of the cerebral mass of all humanity, whose connections must be increased, whose channels must be diversified and whose messages must be re-humanized….
For Europe, for ourselves, and for humanity, comrades, we must turn over a new leaf, we must work out new concepts, and try to set afoot a new man.
- Frantz Fanon “The Wretched of the Earth” (1963)