Towards an anarcho-syndicalist strategy for Africa

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Nov 4 2007 01:39
Towards an anarcho-syndicalist strategy for Africa

Interesting article. Has some food for thought.

-synidcalist

by Jonathan - ZACF Friday, Sep 21 2007, 12:02pm

This article looks at the possibilities and opportunities for spreading anarchist ideas in Africa through the intervention of anarchists and anarcho-syndicalists from abroad, by building pragmatic solidarity, and supporting African trade unions and other movements of the workers and poor.

It highlights some factors which need to be taken into consideration when doing so, and makes some suggestions towards developing an anarcho-syndicalist strategy for Africa.

http://www.anarkismo.net/newswire.php?story_id=6434&print_page=true

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Jan 5 2008 02:57

Diego Abad de Santillan, in his work After the Revolution, notes, "There will be no private doctors, since the entire profession will be at the service of all. They will be incorporated, however, along with dentists, pharmacists, etc., in respective Councils and form similar organizations as in other branches. The Council of Sanitation will create schools and research institutions, and will also take care of public health in the cities and in the country." What specific role or function, a "Council of Sanitation" is to play, is to be determined in the future by the Senegalese. Yet, from this passage we can gather that an anarcho-syndicalist strategy upholds the anarchistic values of self-management and anti-authoritarianism.

I talked about an the benefits of an anarcho-syndicalist strategy will have for Africa, specifically Senegal's health services here

http://power-2-people.blogspot.com/2008/01/anarcho-syndicalist-strategy-for-africa.html

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Jan 14 2008 07:38

Thanks for the interesting piece blackstone.

Just curious why you chose Senegal? Understanding that the conditions are terrible, is there a movement from below now underway in Senegal? A movement in the health sector advocating such a self-managed system?

Thanks for the reply.

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Jan 28 2008 20:49

As noted in the article, Senegal is situated in West Africa and similar to most Sub-Saharan countries in Africa, Senegal suffers from numerous health problems typically associated with severe poverty.

The article is a draft, one of a series of papers focusing on how libertarian syndicalism can be beneficial to Africa. This paper, i wanted to focus on the Health industry and a potential creation of a Health/Sanitation Council in African state suffering numerous health problems, in this case Senegal.

I wanted to list the health concerns of Senegal, what libertarian socialism entails, what institutions and values can be created and how and in what way this would benefit Senegal and a potential strategy to achieve it.