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    MARXISM IN THE 21st CENTURY: REFLECTIONS ON GLOBAL REALITIES AND THE POSSIBILITIES OF SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE CURRENT AGE

    REFLECTIONS ON GLOBAL REALITIES AND THE POSSIBILITIES OF SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE CURRENT AGE
    By Joel Netshitenzhe
    This paper is informed by the central theme of the Forum, Marxism in the 21st Century, primarily to interrogate the meaning of transformative theory and praxis against the backdrop of the trajectory of the capitalist market economy and the fundamental questions of political economy in the current epoch. This broad setting forms the basis for brief reflections on the South African revolution and how it relates to the broader cause of social justice.
    In addressing these issues, a cursory summation of more than a century of revolutionary thought is attempted, the better to posit this against current realities. The paper avoids mechanical superimposition of international experiences on South Africa’s unique circumstances. However, it is recognised that the general laws of social development apply equally to South Africa. At the same time, the form and content of South Africa’s struggles over the years has bequeathed unique insights that, in turn, are of value to the global search for social justice.
     
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