Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #100) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #100)
Transcript: such men?
In this regard Gaur Radebe had given me a handful of Marxist books and I had read some of them and packed away others. Before this, I had stumbled on Edgar Snow's "Red Star over China" and had been spellbound. But now I decided to make a deeper and systematic study of Marxism and immediately tackled the Communist Manifesto, the History of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and Das Kapital. The first two were relatively simple and contained a wealth of information which was to make me see things in perspective. I found Das Kapital difficult to inderstand and gave it up. Later I acquired the Selected Works of Marx and Engels, Lenin, Stalin and Mao Tse Tung and probed the philosophy of dialectical and historical materialism. I also tried to read the publications of the CPSA and related material. Edward Roux's "S.P. Bunting: A Political Biography" and "Comrade Bill Andrews" by Jack Cope contained the biographies of two of the founders of the CP and outlined some of the problems that faced them in their pioneering work. But when one is a part time university student and also politically active, spare time reading is a long and slow process. I seldom found time to read the Selected Works and when I did so it was done haphazardly. Nevertheless, I had made a start and the idea of a classless society strongly appealed to me. Later I was to embrace dialectical and historical matarialism as my philosophy.
I also discovered that Marxists have since the time of Karl Marx given serious attention to the question of national liberation movements, that the Soviet Union fully supported the national struggles of the colonial people and that in that country racial discrimination was expressly
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