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Figueroa, Mark
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Lewis, New World and the Marxists in a neo-liberal world: Reflections on the critical tradition in Caribbean economic thought.
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4th Caribbean Reasonings: The Thought of New World: The quest for decolonization.
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June 11, 2005
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Center for Caribbean Thought, The UWI, Mona
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Abstract
The concept of a “Critical Tradition” in Caribbean Thought was put forward by Bernal, Figueroa and Witter in an article published in Social and Economic Studies in 1984.Twenty one years later, it is clear that none of the Caribbean futures, envisioned by the three trends identified within the “Critical Tradition”, have emerged nor is it likely that they will emerge in the near future.This paper seeks to reflect on the common weaknesses shared by Lewis, New World and the Caribbean Marxists that may account for their failure to either facilitate the achievement of the future they envisioned or to foresee how difficult it would have been to achieve this future.While being critical of the “Critical Tradition”, an attempt is made to identify the extent to which these trends still have valid insights that may assist the Caribbean people to chart a course in the contemporary world dominated by neo-liberal thinking and the relations which it upholds and justifies.....
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