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Time to focus on what we are ‘for’

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There is no doubt that the battle for a better South Africa is intensifying, and that resistance to deficient policy and failing governance – and

Crisis? Let’s hope so

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‘The South African economy is experiencing an economic crisis manifested in the collapse of investment and economic growth, as well as the further deterioration of

The grammar of freedom and possibility

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It’s a little over an hour-and-a-half long, but if you can find the time for it, I assure you the rewards of watching Stephen Fry’s

Beating bigotry

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‘(There) is … in the world at large an increasing inclination to stretch unduly the powers of society over the individual, both by the force

Guns, principles, and SA’s uncivilised condition

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The challenge confronting people – and, to be honest, I am one of them – who are unsettled by the notion that the right to

Overblown, ironic and wrong – a reply to the Brookes grandchildren

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At the very start of South Africa’s lockdown just over 480 days ago, I described a discomforting insight that has a direct bearing on the

The callousness of our pampered intelligentsia

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I got a call last week from a public relations practitioner who confessed that she was surprised that ‘you even answered your phone’. I wondered

The ‘lived experience’ that matters

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Social justice activists who count themselves ‘progressive’ tell us that ‘lived experience’ trumps analysis in understanding how and why people live the lives they do.

Israel and Palestine: A liberal challenge

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When novelist Ian McEwan finally made up his mind to travel to Israel a decade ago to accept the prestigious Jerusalem Prize – despite many

Is ‘Ubuntu capitalism’ really a thing?

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In two weeks’ time, chartered accountant Vuyo Jack will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of empowerment ‘ratings agency’ Empowerdex, which he established with