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Author, Analytic
Meeks, Brian
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Department of Government
Title, Analytic
Lloyd Best, the people and the road not taken in 1970
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Ryan, Selwyn
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Independent thought and Caribbean freedom: Essays in honour of Lloyd G. Best
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St. Augustine, Trinidad
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Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Econmomic Studies
Date of Publication
2003
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71-86
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Abstract
One of a collection of esssays in honour of Lloyd Best which the author describes as 'an attempt to excavate the Bestian approach to that most difficult problematic: the appropriate relationship between leaders and followers, particularly in those rare moments of unprecedented popular upheaval.' The article examines Best's decision not to join forces with Geddes Granger and the NJAC mainstream in 1970 and CLR James's criticism of this decision. Concludes that James is right, that there was little alternative but to enter the movement in however humble a capacity and also that Best was absolutely right: what was required was a different kind of movement in which Caribbean people begin to contemplate who they are. To this extent Best was ahead of his time.....
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