On Africa must be modern, authored by Olufemi Taiwo, I had proposed that the book be freed from its “capitalist and idealist integument” and the result “integrated into the socialist discourse”. But Values Education and National Development, in my view, requires only to be freed from its “idealist integument” before its integration – since no “ideological preference” – in the specific sense I use the term here – is expressed in the latter book. Let me put this point differently: Values Education and National Development can be used by any serious agency of social transformation – of the Left, or the Right, or the Centre. The key word is serious. The result in either case, would be a new and better society. But if it used by an anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist agency, that new and better society would be definitively more humane, less exploitative, less unjust and less unequal.
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