Thursday, 19 March 2015

The Green Book by Muammar al-Qathafi

WHEN, on September 1st, 1969, Muammar al-Qathafi (1942-2011) led a bloodless coup against the corrupt Libyan monarchy of King Idris I (1889-1983), the subsequent establishment of a Revolutionary Command Council marked a new dawn in the North African country's troubled history. Observing these events with a keen eye, America's meddling Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had expected the military to take control of the country and were shocked when Qathafi and his Free Officers Movement seized the initiative for themselves. Influenced by Egypt's Gamal Abdel Nasser (1918-1970) and his United Arab Republic, the revolutionaries set about transforming their newly-acquired nation into the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. By 1975, Qathafi had published The Green Book, an endearing treatise that elaborated upon the philosophical underpinnings of his unique and incomparable revolutionary worldview. Unlike many other thinkers, however, Qathafi had the ability to set forth his ideas and opinions in a highly readable and self-explanatory manner. The Green Book has since become very famous, therefore, for its remarkably succinct and memorable slogans: 'Participation not Representation', 'No Representation in Lieu of the People' and 'Representation is a Falsification of Democracy'. These slogans were soon emblazoned across billboards throughout the entire country. In contrast to the conceited illusion of parliamentary politics, Qathafi's system advocates a series of popular congresses, people's committees and area councils, with power emanating from the grassroots until it finds its ultimate expression in the collective will of the people themselves. From the individual to the family, from the family to the tribe, and from the tribe to the nation. Politicians are replaced by delegates; wage-slaves become partners; tenants are transformed into home-owners. The book is broken into three sections and Part One looks at 'The Solution of the Problem of Democracy (The Authority of the People)', Part Two explores 'The Solution of the Economic Problem (Socialism)' and Part Three deals with 'The Social Basis of the Third Universal Theory'. Having inspired the likes of the Workers Revolutionary Party, the National Front and various revolutionary organisations throughout the world, Qathafi's text has motivated several generations of young anti-capitalist radicals and continues to be one of the most simple and effective platforms for political, social and economic justice. The book includes a new introduction by Troy Southgate. 

March 23, 2015. Black Front Press. 100 pp. The price includes free postage to anywhere in the world. To order this title or for any other information, please click here.