Hamba khale Madiba

MadibaThere will be many obituaries and reflections that use the line hamba kahle Madiba, go well, Madiba. Hamba kahle, the farewell wish in isiZulu, but also the line used at funerals during the struggle against apartheid. Now we use it for Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, affectionately called Madiba (his clan name).

Of course we knew the day would come. I am glad that for him, the long road of dying had finally come to an end, just as for any other person who dies after a long and debilitating illness.

But with his death, a chapter is closed. Is is nostalgia that makes me cry today? Is it the disappointment with the new political class in South Africa, that has made a mockery of the liberation struggle? Is it that I have been far away from my elected home for many years – the fact that my life has not worked out the way I had hoped?

Would you have been different, Madiba, if you had stayed on as president of the country? Would you have been different, i.e., better, than your pathetic successors? The fact that you stood down was itself significant; you did not try to hold on to power to the bitter end, as so many others did, do, and will do. Perhaps that is enough, and a poignant end to your political career. You had your faults, like everyone else. But you were essential to get South Africa out of the mess, between your release in 1990, and the end of your term as president of the country in 1999.

Hamba kahle, comrade. Rest in peace.

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Rest in peace, comrade Eric

For all your allegiance to the “communist” cause, inspite of their brutal and inhuman totalitarianism, your work was and is important. I learned a lot from these in particular:

  • Hobsbawm, E. J. 1963. Primitive Rebels: Studies in Archaic Forms of Social Movement in the 19th and 20th Centuries. 2nd ed. New York: Praeger.
  • ———. 1997. On History. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
  • ———. 2011. How to Change the World: Reflections on Marx and Marxism. New Haven, Conn.: Yale Univ. Press.

Pity you could not find your way to the anarchist way. Hamba kahle, comrade.


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Some more journals…

… listed on the free online journals page:

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Various changes and additions to free journals page

Some additions / changes to the free journals page:

  1. Bible and Critical Theory
  2. eTopoi: Journal for Ancient Studies
  3. Phronimon
  4. Recherches de Science Religieuse
  5. Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception
  6. Revista Bíblica (de Argentina)
  7. Revista Catalana de Teologia
  8. Revista de Interpretación Bíblica Latinoamericana
  9. Revue d’assyriologie et d’archéologie orientale
  10. Revue d’histoire et de Philosophie Religieuses
  11. Revue d’ Etudes Augustiniennes et Patristiques
  12. Revue d’histoire de l’Église de France
  13. Revue internationale des droits de l’antiquité
  14. Revue Numismatique
  15. Revue réformée
  16. Theologica Xaveriana


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Further additions to the free journals page

Updates to the free journals page:

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