Watching the EFF’s muted seventh birthday celebrations unfold online last week, I was reminded of the much-misquoted and much-misapplied line from Ulysses, James Joyce’s famous potboiler: "History … is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake."

It’s a sentiment that applies to all our top three political parties, to different degrees. History is not on their side any more — at least not recent history, riddled as it is with examples of their failures, compromises and downright criminality...

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