Monday, February 19, 2018

Contradictions and counterfactuals*

“...a state could never have been born without surplus.” —Yanis Varoufakis

Part 1


VI Lenin, revolutionary and philosopher, believed that contradictions are inherent in everything we do.

He argued: “Dialectics in the proper sense is the study of contradictions in the very essence of objects.”

Consider this: At the same time a PNM government (read black government) gives out 14,492 acres of land to ex-Caroni Ltd workers (mostly Indo-Trinidadians) at a cost of $5 billion (Guardian, January 27), Kamal Persad claims that over the last 48 years PNM's policies and programmes “were directed towards the advancement of the black supporters of the PNM. (Eric) Williams's intention was to create a local black professional middle and upper class to effectively replace the whites” (Express, January 24).


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