Violence Is The Fundamental Factor That Defines The Meaning And Practice Of Colonization

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Violence is inescapable when considering political agenda. In the words of Fanon, “National liberation, national reawakening, restoration of the nation to the people or Commonwealth, whatever the name used, whatever the latest expression, decolonization is always a violent event” (1). According to Fanon, violence is the fundamental factor that defines the meaning and practice of colonisation. In Fanon’s chapter “On Violence”, he writes predominately about the centrality of violence in resisting colonial rule. However, violence is not limited to playing a significant role in just colonisation. Marx and Engels’ The Communist Manifesto encompasses ideas of violence in social revolution and communism. In Marx’s theory, Marx writes of a Communist Revolution. The forces of the bourgeoisie and the proletariat classes clash with the attempt to overthrow existing social systems through violence. Although violence holds negative connotations, Fanon and Marx show that it is both inescapable and necessary for all political agendas, as well as emphasising the importance of the discussion of such a topic. In Fanon’s work, he writes of the segregation between the colonisers and the colonised, in which he names “The Manichean society”. He writes: The colonist’s sector is a sector built to last, all stone and steal. It’s a sector of lights and paved roads, where the trash cans constantly overflow with strange and wonderful garbage, undreamed-of leftovers. The colonist’s feet can…
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