To act radically in the current South African situation requires a daring imagination in relation to multifold areas of hardship. The word has a long history, bearing different meanings, applied to and claimed by diverse movements. It evokes different responses and sometimes fear.
A recent contribution considered the importance of dress as a form of language, a way of communicating meanings. While dress is one of a range of imagery that may express ideas, this article focuses on language itself through an examination of the use of the word “radical” in politics.
The word has a long history, bearing different meanings, applied to and claimed by diverse movements. It evokes different responses and sometimes fear. The core meaning of the word is used here, referring to “the root” of something.
Considering the root of a problem does not mean that it is a singular question, with one element, for it may have various manifestations, which together comprise essential elements, deriving from the impact of generalised or specific conditions of existence.
To be radical at any point in time cannot entail consideration of a purely abstract question related to some goal that one may imagine in the long…
Source : Daily Maverick