Achille Mbembe, research professor in history and politics at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg:
Radical politics is about attending to the foundational debt we owe each other, the debt of life, the recognition of which is the first step and only road to genuine restitution, reparation and the possibility of a world in common. Cynicism can be seductive especially when it masquerades as militancy, and dogmatism is a consequence of our inability to see and recognise novelty or the emergent where it is the least expected. Europe and America’s violence abroad is a key reason why people are forced to run away from places where they were born and raised, but which have become uninhabitable.
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