Fanon is among the few thinkers who successfully wrote about emerging post-colonial nation-states. Many prefer to delve into the psychological implications of his work but I would rather view it as a warning againt the new tyranny that has its roots in the national struggle. Indeed, many nationalist movements became the new proxy for the departing colonial power thus ignoring the fact that fighters do not by default make good politicans. The dicourse of national struggle became the harbinger of the national dictatorship despite the evidence pointing to the outskirts and villages as being the impetus behind the drive for independence and not the educated classes as many claimed. I am not claiming that national struggle is bad but it has to be viewd objectively and its role must therefore end with independence to allow for genuine restructuring or else a political neo-imperialism emerges to replace direct military colonization. In both cases the winner is the colonizer who has returned in the form of the new nationl government mainly those who were educated in the West during colonization.
This is the only truly revolutionary manifesto of the 20th century. Fanon excoriates colonialism & post-colonial nationalist governments. As a psychiatrist, he is one of the original theorists for the social origins of mental illness. Was this guy radicial? He once berated Jean-Paul Sartre for not being radical enough! So Sartre wrote this book's foreward.
Fanon's work is one of the most influential works of the 1960's on the impact of racism and colonialism on the thinking of then emerging African states.This is required reading for understanding radical thought among U.S Blacks in the 1960-1970's.
This is the first book that I picked up that dealt with colonization from a psychological perspective. It deciphers the intricate elements that are used to establish bondage over African people's minds. Most of which we are oblivious to.
In an attempt to "show us what we've been missing" in terms of Marxist analysis Fanon hits the mark squarely in showing the proletarianized nature of the colonialized states. A must read for anyone interested in contemporary Marxism, interests in the 3d world, or flyfishermen