Historical Materialism , volume 12:4 (405–425) © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2004 Also available online – www.brill.nl 1 Yeros 2002, p. 6, referring to Mandaza 1986a, p. 8. 2 Yeros 2002, pp. 5–10 on state theories in Zimbabwe. 3 Statistics on the ‘new farmers’ are unclear; tenure relations are even more so. In 2002, Yeros estimated 160,000 households had gained land in ‘fast-tracked’ reforms. However, by 2004, state commissions advised by Sam Moyo estimated 127,192 David Moore Marxism and Marxist Intellectuals in Schizophrenic Zimbabwe: How Many Rights for Zimbabwe’s Left? A Comment Paris Yeros’s ‘Zimbabwe and the Dilemmas of the Left’, published in these pages recently, invoked Ibbo Mandaza’s characterisation of ‘schizophrenic’ to characterise the state and class struggle in Zimbabwe. 1 This theorisation describes a petty bourgeoisie in charge of an array of state apparatuses in the immediate aftermath of a war of liberation from a ‘white-settler-colonial’ state-society complex. This class was schizophrenic because it had to condemn white capital yet rely on it for a material base. 2 For Yeros, the (conditional) success of a ‘semi-proletarian’ land revolution offered a way out of such a messy conundrum. In this edition of Historical Materialism , Brian Raftopoulos
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