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As the essays in this book demonstrate, Rod Bush embodied the unity of theory and practice. His scholarship, pedagogy, activism, personal relationships, and everyday interactions were governed by an ethic of love, social responsibility, a commitment to radical social change, and, in Marx’s words, “a ruthless criticism” that is not “afraid of its own conclusions, nor of conflict with the powers that be.” His commitment to study and struggle in the service of human liberation knew no boundaries. His vision was planetary. He wrote critically and brilliantly about Black radical movements—here and abroad—and about the destructive power of racism, colonialism, capitalism (the modern world-system), all with the goal of transforming a society based on exploitation, subjugation, and war into a society rooted in mutual benefit, life, and love.

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