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Critical Interventions in Caribbean Politics and Theory$
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Brian Meeks

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628461213

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2015

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628461213.001.0001

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Lloyd Best, “The People,” and the Road Not Taken in 1970 (2003)

Lloyd Best, “The People,” and the Road Not Taken in 1970 (2003)

(p.86) 7. Lloyd Best, “The People,” and the Road Not Taken in 1970 (2003)
Critical Interventions in Caribbean Politics and Theory

Brian Meeks

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter concentrates on Lloyd Best and his intellectually rigorous approach to scholarship, his respect for the creativity of the Caribbean people, and overall deep concern for his country. It attempts to uncover the Bestian approach concerning the appropriate relationship between leaders and followers. Best, albeit a political activist, has been regarded as a disconnected figure that was too intellectual and distant from the real movement of the people. The virtual absence of his perspective gave way to the rise of traditional charismatic, authoritarian, and centralist notions, all of which flourished in Caribbean politics. However, without Best, there is an obvious lack of a well-developed approach on the role of the people in movements, resulting in centralism and middle-class leadership.

Keywords:   Lloyd Best, people's movement, Caribbean politics, authoritarianism, centralism, middle-class leadership

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