Today we mark the 82nd anniversary of the birth of Guyanese academic, historian and political activist Walter Anthony Rodney

Published on March 23, 2024 by Il Grido del Popolo©️

“The peasants and workers of Europe (and eventually the inhabitants of the whole world) paid a huge price so that the capitalists could make their profits from the human labor that always lies behind the machines. That contradicts other facets of development, especially viewed from the standpoint of those who suffered and still suffer to make capitalist achievements possible. This latter group are the majority of mankind. To advance, they must overthrow capitalism; and that is why at the moment capitalism stands in the path of further human social development. To put it another way, the social (class) relations of capitalism are now outmoded, just as slave and feudal relations became outmoded in their time.”

Walter Anthony Rodney

He was one of the most important Marxist theoreticians of the Caribbean and Latin America, and his work “How Europe Underdeveloped Africa” (1972) alongside Franz Fanon’s “The Wretched of the Earth” (1961) is perhaps the most significant in the field of Marxist theory of post-colonial Africa. Rodney became a prominent Pan-Africanist and Marxist and was important in the Black Power movement in the Caribbean and North America. While living in Dar es Salaam, he influenced the development of a new center of African education and discussion.