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Department of Economics
Thought and freedom: Thirty-five years after
Independent thought and Caribbean freedom: Essays in honour of Lloyd Best
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Trinidad and Tobago
Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies, UWI
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Earlier version 'Thirty five years after Best's 'Thought and Freedom': Looking forward to Caribbean Development' presented at Independent Thought and Caribbean Freedom: Testimonial Conference in honour of Lloyd Best, Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies, UWI, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, September19-20, 2002.....
Notes that “Independent Thought and Caribbean Freedom” published in 1967 is one of Lloyd Best’s most significant articles. It has been widely seen as a manifesto for the Radical current in the economic thought of the English-speaking Caribbean, most closely associated with the New World Group. Provides a sweeping critique of the status quo, the praxis of the leaders of the independence movement and a number of intellectual perspectives that are seen as presenting themselves as guides to future pathways for progress, including Marxist thought and the western scientific tradition. Maps out a broad guide for future action, rather than looking back to see the extent to which different radical currents measure up to the Best’s criteria. Starts from where Best left us thirty five years ago and tries to see how his perspectives might apply to the current Caribbean Conjuncture. Suggests that the main limitation of “Thought and Freedom” is that it tends to look inwards and backwards. By looking outward and forward it is possible to extend many of its insights that remain relevant to this day. Seeks to contribute to an assessment of Best’s own contribution and the legacy that late twentieth century radicalism has bequeathed to the English-speaking Caribbean. ....