When Jamaica Led the Postcolonial Fight Against Exploitation

Adom Getachew In the 1970s, a bloc of Third World states forced the United Nations to take seriously the unequal distribution of global wealth. Could their example inspire a new generation? Editors’ Note: This essay appears in Evil Empire and is adapted from Worldmaking after Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination. In 1972 the socialist…

Marcus Garvey’s Economic Philosophy Has a Capitalism Problem

Garveyites must place the question of the destruction of capitalism at the center of their organizing program for African liberation. By Ajamu Nangwaya The controversy surrounding the May 19 unveiling of a bust of Jamaica’s first national hero and Pan-Africanist Marcus Mosiah Garvey on the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) has…

Organized Working-class Resistance Combating Police Violence in Jamaica

By Ajamu Nangwaya If the Jamaican poor feel like they are being hunted by the police, they are not exaggerating. The Jamaican police are very brutal in their policing of the African working-class in Jamaica. However, oppressive conditions tend to give birth to resistance. Jamaica’s working-class reggae artistes have used their music to share the…