Quote of the week

[Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro] possesses, however, few of his predecessor’s resources, lacking not just oil revenue but Chávez’s surplus of charisma, humour and political skill. Maduro, unable to end the crisis, has increasingly sided with the privileged classes against the masses; his security forces are regularly dispatched into barrios to repress militants under the guise of fighting crime. Having lost its majority in Congress, the government, fearing it can’t win at the polls the way Chávez did, cancelled gubernatorial elections that had been set for December last year (though they now appear to be on again). Maduro has convened an assembly to write a new constitution, supposedly with the objective of institutionalising the power of social movements, though it is unlikely to lessen the country’s polarisation.

Greg Grandin
London Review of Books
27 April 2007

FW de Klerk foundation on affirmative action

Dave Stewart from the FW de Klerk Foundation responds today to my article on affirmative action in the Cape Times. It seems to me he argues from a false premise, namely that one must necessarily choose between high standards and affirmative action. This argument seems to suggest that black people are for the moment inherently inferior, which is rather unfortunate.
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