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There is only one thing to talk about …
by Frans Cronje — last modified Aug 15, 2019 10:17 AM
Frans Cronje
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Aug 15, 2019

There is only one thing to talk about – and that is how to stop expropriation without compensation (EWC). It is the greatest threat not just to agriculture and to the broader economy, but to the entire constitutional edifice, to civil rights, and the rule of law that this country has faced in 25 years. If we do not defeat the threat, we doom South Africa to a future of poverty, and failure, and chaos. How is it possible that we have reached a point where such a statement can be made? The answer is, slowly and deliberately.

An Imperfect Fit? South Africa and the Need for a Liberal Party - 2019 Liberty Lecture
by Tony Leon — last modified Aug 05, 2019 08:11 AM
Tony Leon
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Aug 02, 2019

I think the need for a liberal party – armed with courage, clarity, self-confidence, vision and purpose – is needed now, at this time of demoralisation and peril in our country, more than ever. Renewal is needed – it always has been for the long political journey. And part of that renewal is not to simply hold up a mirror to the government and point out the many things so many of us know it has got wrong. It is even more vital, now that the election dust has settled, for the opposition to hold up a mirror to its own soul.

South Africa's Rise or Fall: the IRR's report to our London Friends' Event - 25 June 2019
by David Ansara — last modified Aug 02, 2019 05:54 PM
David Ansara
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Jul 04, 2019

The IRR hosted an event in London to discuss the current state of the South African political and economic landscape and the role the IRR plays in advancing the Battle of Ideas. Participants were encouraged to join the IRR Friends program to support the Institute's work. Many South Africans living abroad still care very deeply about South Africa’s future prospects not just because it is the country of their birth, but also as the home of many friends and loved ones. Not since the crises of the 1980s has South Africa faced such a growing threat to its stability and future prosperity. Against this backdrop, the IRR continues to be a voice for real reform and effective policy making in South Africa. Whilst other organisations have bent towards populism and race nationalism, the IRR has remained consistent in its defence of liberal ideas, as it has done since 1929. As great crisis and change looms, South Africans living abroad have an important role to play in ensuring that the country of their birth moves towards the path of peace and prosperity. Critical to understanding how and why this is so requires a careful examination of the state of South Africa.

The resurgence of the world's oldest hatred
by Sara Gon — last modified Jul 02, 2019 10:55 PM
sara@irr.org.za
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Jul 03, 2019

Anti-Semitism has seen a frightening resurgence in the last decade world-wide, less than 75 years after the end of World War II and the Holocaust.

Churchill and Marx (Groucho) are lit!
by Sara Gon — last modified Jun 18, 2019 09:36 PM
sara@irr.org.za
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Jun 18, 2019

While the government is doing the opposite of what needs to be done, here are some masters of the pithy quote to lighten your day … and help to explain the madness.

Lest we forget
by Sara Gon — last modified Jun 09, 2019 12:26 PM
sara@irr.org.za
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Jun 09, 2019

Operation Overlord, the Normandy Invasion, D-Day synonymous with the turning of the tide in the war against Germany on the Western Front. The democracies flourished in the West and the communist countries in the East brought repression and little progress. Ultimately the Marxist/Leninist experiment imploded as it was unworkable.

PEOPLE'S WAR - New Light on the Struggle in South Africa
by Anthea Jeffery — last modified May 21, 2019 09:47 PM
Anthea Jeffery
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May 19, 2019

Dr. Anthea Jeffery, Head of Policy Research at the IRR, has revised and abridged her seminal book, PEOPLE’S WAR - New Light on the Struggle for South Africa first published in 2009. The book covers the period 1984 to 1994 when the African National Congress (ANC), unsuccessful in waging the armed struggle in exile and disappearing from the public consciousness at home, embarked on the much more successful strategy of making South African townships ungovernable and destroying its black opponents.

THE CRITERION REPORT - voter preferences, attitudes and the political landscape.
by IRR — last modified Apr 30, 2019 11:31 PM
IRR
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Apr 30, 2019

THE CRITERION REPORT VOL 2; No 3 of 30 April 2019 presents the findings and insights drawn from market research conducted by the South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR) into voter preferences, attitudes and the nature of the South African political landscape.


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