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    Michael Manley and Jamaican Democracy, 1972-1980: The Word Is Love [Hardcover]

    F. S. J. Ledgister (Author)

    This book examines the democratic ideas of Michael Manley, Jamaican prime minister from 1972 to 1980, and again from 1989 to 1992, during his government in the 1970s. Manley wrote three books during or about that period, The Politics of Change, A Voice at the Workplace, and Jamaica: Struggle in the Periphery. The first two laid out his policy ideas regarding egalitarian democratic change and economic democracy, and the third reprised those ideas and assessed their implementation and the obstacles they faced during the eight and a half years Manley served as prime minister. While Manley was seen as a socialist firebrand, a close examination of his ideas reveals a democratic nationalist whose motivation was love of country and a desire to promote national self-confidence and egalitarianism within the framework of liberal democracy and a reformed capitalism.

    Editorial Reviews


    Ledgister steers us deftly through the recent political history of Jamaica as he examines the politics and ideas of one of the most influential leaders of the past half century and throws light on this critical period in Jamaican and Caribbean history. It is time for a fresh look at the Manley years, and Ledgister's scholarly, elegant, yet critical study does exactly that. This is necessary reading for all students of the Caribbean, as well as anyone interested in the practical and theoretical questions associated with postcolonial regimes that sought to initiate social change in the difficult political economy of the late twentieth century. (Brian Meeks, University of the West Indies)

    Dr. Ledgister has written an excellent introduction to the postcolonial thought of Michael Manley. He has carefully examined Michael Manley’s core ideas concerning the expansion and deepening of democracy in Jamaica in the 1970s, arguably the most radical moment in twentieth-century Jamaican politics. Manley’s ideas challenged the class and racial legacies of the island’s colonial and plantation system with a vision based on respect for the majority of the people of African descent and rights for women and workers, economic justice, and a greater role in international relations in an era marked by the development of many new states. Readers of this volume will be able to appreciate Manley’s thinking as he expressed his ideas in eloquent political rhetoric as well as in his political writings. This is a balanced text in which the author engages the criticisms of his political opponent, Edward Seaga, who defeated Michael Manley in the 1980 general elections. (Rupert Lewis, University of the West Indies)

    Michael Manley and Jamaican Democracy, 1972–1980 examinesMichael Manley’s government in Jamaica in the 1970s, which featured an attempt to promote social and economic democracy on an egalitarian foundation. Many of his ideas have been revived in the early twenty-first century by the Occupy Movement, reflecting the continued relevance of his ideals and efforts.
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    • #3
      Earl Moxam a correspondent of mine of RJR told me he interveiwed him on the book last week.. i was in the air when it was broadcast so i havent heard the interview....
      What nonsense! How can you have a revolution without shooting people ? Lenin 26th October 1917...
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      • #4
        was ongle available thru Amazon Prime wich mean it coming from the US…shipping time is up to 3 wks….but oh joy , dem email me to seh it going to tek ongle 2 wks n mi wi have it by the 15th…mi tell the author that wen him get him royalty cheque mi want back my contribution to it… the book is $80 but i have all the books Joshua himself wrote n quite a few written about him ….am curious to see how this one reads n how it matches up to Panton's…have u read it is also available on Kindle for $40

        Jamaica's Michael Manley: The Great Transformation (1972-92) [Paperback]

        David Panton (Author), Rex Nettleford (Foreword)

        Last edited by evanovitch; 07-01-2014, 08:10 AM.
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        • #5
          I am fasinated by the fact David Panton who was touted through ouit the 90's as new Saviour for labour was married to the fragrant Lisa who is now touted as the next leader of the comrades...!!!!!

          I think he has custody iof the children as well....

          I didnt know sexi rexi shared authourship of that book..

          now he runs an investment fund in Atlanta...
          What nonsense! How can you have a revolution without shooting people ? Lenin 26th October 1917...
          If Christians go to heaven, I do not want to go to Heaven: Hatuey. 2/02/1512


          • #6
            Havetn read Pantons book or Fledgisters.......i (I have an electronic version though) I wont read it as i am of the opnion serious books should be read in paper!!!!!! So will get Fledgs book.. i have copies of his other 2 books else where... i did critique his book on Creole nationalism before it was published... the problem is there is little writing by Norman Washington Manley, so there is little analysis of his thought processes... And fledg beleives that Manley jnr was a black nationalist not a creole nationalist like his fatehr...

            it is too easy to admire Joshua and confuse his attractive charming personal manner with his political intention....For instance i know his son got excluded from school for smoking and he accepted the verdict...without brinign his influence to bear.....

            I am reading at the moment the condensed version of "The Road to Serfdom" By Frederick it off amazon... it is an easy read... too easy as it slightly condensending as is often the case in condensed books! the reason is that it was the book that inspired Friedman and Thatcher... and is a counterpoint to Democratic was written in the 1930's....Hayek is the counter to Keynes.... And was a refugee from Austria in WWII .. and his ideas rival Keynes....

            why is that relevant to this ? well u cannot argue with the intention of Democratic socialism... However the practical terms means that it leads to centralisation of power.. if u read the literature of the left.. the musings of Lenin ect the Bolsheviks call themselves Social Democrats.... the dictatorship of the proliteriate inevitably becomes intolerant... Essentially all the Fascists of the 1930's started out as communists.. yes including Hitler, musolini, Quasling, though there was a catholic priest among them....And Stalin was training to be a orthodox priest!

            I should have got the full version but thought nnaw... Will get it and re-read in the near future....
            What nonsense! How can you have a revolution without shooting people ? Lenin 26th October 1917...
            If Christians go to heaven, I do not want to go to Heaven: Hatuey. 2/02/1512


            • #7
              Panton's book was originally his undergraduate thesis....he seemingly has done nuff research on the time period of our great social experience , aka, Democratic Socialism..he did an essay on Trevor Munroe, I memory serves...let me google dat...

              yep, he n Hanna were married...don't if the Ward 21 bit was during or after the divorce but I remember sometime about a long fought child custody battle

              i marvel at her supposed hand picked hand maiden status for the future, but that us yaad n its politics
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              • #8
                DR. DAVID Panton without doubt is the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) young, bright spark. Three years ago he burst onto the political scene and immediately captured the imagination of those searching for that special political leader who embodies hope.

                For his outstanding contribution to the party, especially in the election campaign, Dr. Panton has been named to the Senate by Opposition Leader Edward Seaga.

                When he joined the JLP, Dr. Panton, now 30, brought with him a youthful energy and brightness that has helped to reshape the image of the party and position him as one of its potential leaders sometime down the road.

                A business executive and an attorney-at-law, Dr. Panton was educated at Belair Preparatory School; Lomond Elementary School, Ohio, US; Belair High School; Princeton University; Harvard Law School; and Oxford University.

                Dr. Panton, who was the 1993 Jamaican Rhodes Scholar, served as chairman of the Anti-Dumping Commission (1998-1999).

                He is the founder and managing director of Caribbean Equity partners, an investment firm, since 1998. He has also served as director of CMP Industries Ltd; Cara Holdings Ltd.; Cashoo Ostrich Park Ltd; and Barkeith Ltd.

                In 2000, he co-founded Generation 2000, a group of young professionals aligned to the JLP. The group, chaired by Dr. Panton, has been credited with carrying out substantial research in formulating policies for the party and has played a big hand in raising funds for election campaign.

                Last year the group did substantial on-the-ground work in helping Shahine Robinson to defeat the People's National Party's Carol Jackson in the North East St. Ann by-election.

                It played a critical role in the recent general election, providing support for the party in formulating its manifesto. It was also instrumental in the JLP's election advertising campaign.

                Dr. Panton, was born to the Rev. Dr. Keith Panton, retired business executive and Minister of Religion, and Barbara Panton, retired nurse. The young Panton is married to former Miss World, Lisa Hanna. The couple has a son.

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                • #9
                  Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

                  "COME HOME, Lisa, come home," beckoned Government Member of Parliament James Robertson to Opposition member Lisa Hanna.

                  Hanna, who had stood with her then husband David Panton in the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) affiliate Generation 2000, joined the People's National Party in 2007.

                  "I did not join the Jamaica Labour Party because I had a choice. My choice is the PNP," Hanna told reporters Tuesday at the Jamaica Conference Centre, the temporary seat of the nation's Parliament.

                  Hanna was installed as the PNP candidate for South East St Ann by PNP president Portia Simpson Miller in 2007 after constituents had told sitting MP Aloun Assamba she was no longer welcome there.

                  Hanna was eventually elected MP in the general election and has risen in the party to regional chair for Region One, which comprises constituencies in St Ann and Trelawny.

                  On Tuesday, Hanna watched from the Opposition benches as Sharon Hay Webster packed her belongings and crossed the floor. Hay Webster had resigned as a member of the PNP in June after the party insisted that her position in parliament was untenable as a result of her dual citizenship issue.

                  Not long after Hay Webster settled into her new seat, Robertson, the MP for West St Thomas and a JLP deputy leader, encouraged Hanna to follow her. But she flatly rejected the offer.

                  "I am not interested in joining the Jamaica Labour Party. My home is the PNP and I serve under the People's National Party," Hanna told journalists.

                  "I don't have principles of convenience that I switch anytime I feel that it is politically expedient. This is my home. If I am ready to leave the political process, I will leave under the banner of the People's National Party," Hanna said.

                  strayed from core values

                  When Hay Webster resigned from the PNP, she said the party had deviated from its core values. Tuesday, she was singing the same song.

                  "Politics evolves over time, but the kind of involvement and discussion and exchange of ideas, and respect for position, I don't believe that exist anymore," she said on Tuesday.

                  Asked whether she still believed in the values and philosophy of the PNP, Hay Webster said: "I subscribe to being a conscientious Jamaican, committed to give service to her country courageously and in a caring manner."

                  And as to the philosophies of the JLP, Hay Webster said, "I am just joining the Jamaica Labour Party, give me room to become comfortable, so that I can make any criticism. I am not in a position to do that at this point."

                  Meanwhile, Hanna said she was baffled as to factors which led her former Comrade to switch her allegiance.

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