Leith Mullings (1945-2020) described socialism as a society where to each according to their need, from each according to their ability. Mullings believed that Marxism is a method of study that analyzes class as a relationship to the means of production and that Marxist analysis changes as the world changes. Indeed, we live in a changing world.
James Baldwin aptly noted that “To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.” That proclamation is universal and time-tested, reflecting the protracted nature of antiblack racism in America, and a failure of this country to confront one of its original sins – the enslavement of the African and its aftermath, from Jim Crow segregation to the institutional racism of the 21st- century, most recently the white supremacist and revanchist backlash from the first Black presidency.
I rolled my eyes over a July press release from the United States’ South African consulate hailing the donation of 1,000 ventilators and $3.5 million for oxygen manufacture to assist that nation’s fight against COVID-19. Ambassador Lana Marks said, “When a global health crisis arises, America doesn’t wait to be called; we respond with timely, appropriate and expert assistance.”
The Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) of Trinidad and Tobago was registered as a political party with the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) in April 2010. Our Founding Congress was held on May 14, 2011. At that Founding Congress the party’s constitution was approved, and the First National Executive was elected.