Opinion

On Differences Within the Nigerian Left, By Edwin Madunagu

...a not-too-young Nigerian Leftist can recall specific issues which have divided the Nigerian Left for a very long time — at least since the First Republic (1960-1966). Some of them have been substantially resolved, transcended, eliminated or transformed by history; some are not now active because of the decline in…
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Opinion

Revisiting ‘Democracy and Dictatorship’, By Edwin Madunagu

...in actually-existing political class regimes, the best democracies contain significant dictatorial elements, while even the worst dictatorships usually claim, or are portrayed, to be influenced by some known democratic principles and antecedents. can differentiate between regimes and social orders advancing to democracy and those that are not. Let us begin…
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Opinion

As Another Storm Breaks, By Edwin Madunagu

...Leftists should also not forget that there are political forces and millions of ordinary citizens — scattered across the country — who, for various reasons, are not interested in the current electoral politics; not interested in defections and counter-defections, not interested in Only the Nigerian Left, armed with its reach…
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Opinion

Further Notes On Political Alliances In Nigeria, By Edwin Madunagu

...a rigorous researcher in the subject will discover many instances of political alliance or collaboration of Leftist groups and individual Leftists with non-Leftist entities, including governments, in virtually all the periods listed, that is, since independence. In a previous piece on this subject ("Notes On Political Alliances in Nigeria", July…
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Opinion

Notes On Political Alliances In Nigeria, By Edwin Madunagu

Historically, the global Left in general, and the Nigerian Left in particular, have gone into political alliances for one or more of the following three broad reasons: To fight against certain forms of dictatorship including fascism and the one-party state; to expand the “democratic space”; or for office or power.…
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Opinion

Forces In the Current Power Struggle In Nigeria, By Edwin Madunagu

In its 75-year history, the Nigerian Left has had tremendous impact, not only among the working and toiling masses and the “wretched of the earth”, but across the social formation and in the country’s political process. But that impact has been dissipated like steam not enclosed in a pistonbox! Although…
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