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There is No Nonviolent Decolonisation

Before we deem the colonized to be violent, wrote Frantz Fanon, let us ask if they can breathe.

Few thinkers have looked into the abyss of violence with greater moral clarity — or implacable anger — than political philosopher Frantz Fanon. To read Fanon is to remake one’s relation to violence; to have certitudes abandoned, platitudes hollowed, ambiguities formed. As we deconstruct, in our episode on the letter V, the greatest moral impasse of our time — Violence — we turn to the singular figure of Fanon, a thinker constituted of equal parts rage and justice.

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