February 16, 2016

Gerald Horne book, 'Paul Robeson: The Artist as Revolutionary'

Gerald Horne author of 'Paul Robeson: The Artist as Revolutionary' and 'Counter-Revolution of 1776' writes that Paul Robeson misjudged and over-estimated the progressive potential of the USA. I agree. The US religious-nationalist myth of origin as a freedom-loving republic with deeply democratic and socialist potential is a lie. America was born in reactionary racism and today is the centre of global imperialism. For the sake of the life of the world America as a political state must come down - not be better managed.

Paul Robeson

THE ARTIST AS REVOLUTIONARY

Paul Robeson

Distributed for Pluto Press

176 pages | 12 halftones | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2016
A world-famous singer and actor, a trained lawyer, an early star of American professional football and a polyglot who spoke over a dozen languages: these could be the crowning achievements of a life well-lived. Yet for Paul Robeson the higher calling of social justice led him to abandon both the NFL and Hollywood and become one of the most important political activists of his generation, a crusader for freedom and equality who battled both Jim Crow and Joseph McCarthy.
 
In Paul Robeson, Gerald Horne discovers within Robeson’s remarkable and revolutionary life the story of the twentieth century’s great political struggles: against racism, against colonialism, against poverty—and for international socialism. This critical and searching biography provides an opportunity for readers to comprehend the triumphs and tragedies of the revolutionary progressive movement of which Robeson was not just a part, but perhaps its most resonant symbol.

http://culturematters.org.uk/arts-hub/music/item/2210-paul-robeson-the-artist-as-revolutionary.html

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