“Pessimism of the Intellect and Optimism of the Will”. This phrase sums up how I feel about 2016. I came across this quote in a brilliant book Freedom is a Constant Struggle; Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Y. Davis; a political prisoner in the 1970s, now an academic and author. It is a collection of essays, interviews and speeches in which she reflects on her life and politics, reminding us that it is only through community and collectivity that we can have hope and optimism for the future.
Angela is one of the few women on the Left who has a public and international platform, unlike many other working class and grassroots organisers, a gap that has undeniably led to the fragmentation and weakness of the Left, not just in this country but across the world.
In the chapter “Feminism and Abolition; Theories and…
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