By Frantz Fanon
An incisive and illuminating account of the way, in the course of the Algerian Revolution, the folk of Algeria replaced centuries-old cultural styles and embraced definite old cultural practices lengthy derided by means of their colonialist oppressors as primitive, to be able to damage those self same oppressors. Fanon makes use of the 5th yr of the Algerian Revolution as some extent of departure for an explication of the inevitable dynamics of colonial oppression.
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It deserves to be known, for it fundamentally hmits the mIlitary or political hopes of French colonialism. Why does the French government not put an end to the Algerian war? Why does it refuse to negotiate with � he members of the Algerian government? Such are the questions that an honest man, in 1959, is entitled to ask. It is not enough to say that colonialism is still powerful in France. It is not sufficient to say that the Sahara has modified the facts of the problem. All this is true, but there is something else.
One million hostages behind barbed wires, and now the French themselves sound the alarm: "Medication no longer has PREFA CE A DYI N G COLONIALISM �o � � �l e�t is their hysio . " What then? Colomahsm IS fightmg to . strengthen its domination and human and economiC xplolt n o rebellion is ever vanquished? What can it possibly mean, to tion. It is fighting also to maintain the identity of the Imag oons win their independence? The only difference is that colo any effect on these regrouped people, so � � � It vanquish a rebellion?
Talked about was South Africa. The points made are famihar to all. � � ? 29 Algeria's Europeans have never quite given up hope of break ing with France and of imposing their iron law on the Alge rians. It is the sole constant of the colonialist policy in Algeria. Today the French Army is won over to this idea. The rumors of peace that spring up here and there must therefore not be taken seriously. France will make peace in Algeria by strengthening its domi nation over Algeria or by smashing the European feudal inter ests in A lgeria.
A Dying Colonialism by Frantz Fanon