- Paperback: 500 pages
- Publisher: Pathfinder Press; 2nd edition edition (Oct. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0873489861
- ISBN-13: 978-0873489867
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Thomas Sankara Speaks: The Burkina Faso Revolution 1983-1987 Paperback – Oct 2007
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This text presents the thoughts, aspirations and ideals of President Thomas Sankara, leader of the Burkina Faso Revolution from 1983-1987. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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read this book to see where Burkina Faso (indeed Africa)
could have been today, if only he had been allowed to live.
We learn about the man's vision for all aspects of life;
children, women, economy, governance and the like.
A must read for all Africans and friends of Africa.
Study, Understand, Expose The Enemy!
In this regard Sankara's writings are important because he is not a phony leftist spouting rhetoric, but a thinking leader of his people trying to educate, trying to involve and trying to give leadership to the peasants, the women, the workers, because he knew real revolutions are made not by leaders or elites, but by the masses.
In this Sankara reminds me very much of another fighting leader, a man Sankara worked with and stood shoulder to should with Fidel Castro. Imperialism and reaction may have silenced Thomas Sankara's body, but as long as these words are available, his ideas will never stop leading people in struggle in Africa and in the world. We should honor his sacrifice by studying his words!
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"The revolutionary organization must necessarily constitute an integral critique of society a critique, that is to say, which refuses to compromise with any form of separated power and which is directed globally against every aspect of alienated social life. In the revolutionary organization's struggle with class society, the weapons are nothing less than the essence of the antagonists themselves: the revolutionary organization cannot allow the conditions of division and hierarchy that obtain in the dominant society to be reproduced within itself. It must also fight constantly against its own distortion by and within the reigning spectacle. The only restriction on individual participation in the revolutionary organization's total democracy is that imposed by the effective recognition and appropriation by each member of the coherence of the organization's critique, a coherence that must be borne out both in critical theory proper and in the relationship between that theory and practical activity" (tesis 121, on "The society of the spetacle").
Sankara is that "coherence that must be borne out both in critical theory proper and in the relationship between that theory and practical activity", too. With his struggle, he showed to us how powerful can be the self organisation of a rising nation getting liberated from the horrible claws of the most perverse colonialism. The fight against racism, patriarchy, capitalism, etc, cannot be made without this critique and self organisation from the oppressed. Sankara, as someone that lived with this transformation and fought against every way of exploitation, is somebody who can teach us the way to do it. So, there's no doubt about the quality of this book and of how necessary is to intelectuals from all the world compromised with the oppressed is listen the world of someone who come "from a country whose seven million children, women and men refuse to die from ignorance, hunger, and thirst any longer". Without it, no transformation will be possible; and Sankara show to us this path, with his errors and problems, of course, but, too, with a lot of hope, creed and passion, because his inspiration is "to speak on behalf of the disinherited of the world". This book is a powerful intellectual weapon; but is too an astonishing inspiration gun. With it, I received a real lession on how the people is the most powerful actor of our world, like Sankara always believed. On this way, there's no more thing that we need to say than "Homeland or death, we will win". Sankara is a lession for everybody who dreams to see this world liberated of all oppressions that stings our lifes, because "You cannot kill ideas".