Fredric Jameson, a contemporary American Marxist and literary critic opened his influence work on The Political Unconscious (1981) with that slogan: “always historicise.” Jameson’s view is that all works of literature are received by the reader with already read status – even new text, he argues, is read with a hangover of unconscious prejudice and interpreted under the influence of opinions of the time. Jameson says instead, a metacommentary is always necessary if we are to uncover a true meaning of any text. Any given phenomenon, he says, must be analysed from three perspectives in order to get a full Continue reading Grace Chiumia is a Victim of Malawi’s Defective Political System
Malawi leaders are very good at finding quick fixes to complicated problem, akin to bandaging boils instead of bursting and treating them. Wishing problems away instead of dealing with them. Malawi is always in a state of crisis because its leaders always opt for quick but temporary fixes to complicated problems that seem popular at the time; short-term political popularity and personal gains over long-term national gains, no wonder Malawi, as country always lives to fight another day. In the last few months it has been the barbaric killings of people with albinism for their body parts and bones. Then, Continue reading Malawi, A Country of Short-Term Fixes and Permanent Crises
Malawi government has been running adverts in the local press announcing its pilot phase for national identity cards. This is a plausible move given that without IDs, it is utterly impossible for one to justify that they’re indeed Malawian. Birth certificates are not yet universal – those who want one have to pay for it but a significant majority of the citizenry don’t have it. The small percentage of Malawians who have national passports and driver’s license depend on these for an ID. Increasingly, Malawians have been using voter certificate cards as their ID for services like opening bank accounts. Continue reading Malawi: No Country for Poor Folk?