How should an American socialist make a general assessment of the situation in Southern Africa? The Marxist methodology based on the materialist dialectic tells us that one should begin with an analysis of the internal development of those African peoples engaged in struggle. It is its basic premise that all social phenomena are determined by their intrinsic contradictions. It follows, therefore, that only a concrete analysis of the contradictions within each African nation can provide us with a comprehensive understanding of the competing movements and their potential for organizing a socialist revolution. And this information is essential to any decision to support one of the contending organizations.
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