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Summer School 2021

Threats to democracy: a critical examination of the EFF

THREATS TO DEMOCRACY: A CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF THE EFF

Dr Imraan Buccusacademic, University of Kwazulu-Natal

The EFF consistently outplays the ANC and the DA, and sucks most of the media into its wake. This course will look at the politics of the EFF and examine whether or not it can be framed as fascist in light of the fact that it is often reported on as corrupt, demagogic, dishonest and authoritarian. The course will examine if the EFF is a clear and present danger to our democracy. In seeking to understand the EFF it will also look at the rise of fascism as a political ideology characterised by authoritarianism and nationalism, especially in Europe in the 1930s. By the end of the course participants will also have a broad overview of fascist movements in Europe in the 1930s and the tools to engage the politics of authoritarianism in a critical way.

LECTURE TITLES

  1. Threats to our democracy: what to make of the EFF
  2. The EFF and the rise of right wing authoritarianism in the world 

This lecture will be offered on the Microsoft Teams platform. Participants will be sent a link.

 

Recommended reading

Forde, F. 2014. Still an Inconvenient Youth: Julius Malema Carries On. Johannesburg: Pan Macmillan.

 

Date: Saturday 23 January
Time: 10.00 am–12.00 pm      
COURSE FEES: R150