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Feature Article: The Schooling Revolution is taking off

26 December 2013
An unstoppable schooling revolution is happening in America. A revolution brought about by parents who are homeschooling their children. In his book The School Revolution, former US congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul says “The educrats deeply resent homeschooling, but it is too late for them to roll it back. They…

Contrasting health systems

26 December 2013
(This policy bulletin is an extract from South Africa’s health care under threa) South Africa's health care is provided by the government (public) health sector, funded by taxpayers, and a private sector that is financed in various ways. The government sector provides care to those who cannot afford private care…

Free Market Foundation Quarterly Review April – June 2013

20 Dec 13   FMF
Free Market Foundation Quarterly Review April – June 2013  …

Free Market Foundation Special Chairman's Letter – November 2013

20 Dec 13   FMF
Free Market Foundation Special Chairman's Letter – November 2013…

Fixing famine: How technology and incentives can help feed Africa

19 Dec 13   FMF Policy Bulletin
 (This policy bulletin is an extract from Fixing famine: How technology and incentives can help feed Africa written by Jasson Urbach & Daniel Sacks ) Obstacles to increased technology use and productivity A number of obstacles are preventing the spread of agricultural technology across Africa. Many of these barriers can be solved…

Feature Article: Competition is essential in SA’s electricity supply system

19 Dec 13   Eustace Davie
How should the electricity industry develop, in as short a time as possible, so that it can best serve the interests of all South Africans? Is it in our interests that government should continue to dominate as is apparent from the Draft 2012 Integrated Energy Planning Report? Public comment invited…

The role of small firms in employment

11 Dec 13   Eustace Davie
This policy bulletin is an extract from Jobs for the jobless: Special exemption certificates for the unemployed (published 2003) Small firms have a key role to play in reducing unemployment in South Africa. Studies have shown that in most countries they employ the largest percentage of the total workforce.  Two-thirds of…

Feature Article: Work reservation is not in the public interest

11 Dec 13   Johan Biermann
The Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform on 8 November 2013 published for comment Draft Regulations for the Planning Profession Act (Act No. 36 of 2002), which, if approved, will reserve certain categories of work exclusively for registered professional and technical town and regional planners. Even lawyers and land…

Video: Herman Mashaba remembers Nelson Mandela

10 Dec 13   Herman Mashaba
"Let's really work, all of us as South Africans to ensure that we live and honour Mr Mandela's legacy by living and respecting his ideals" - Herman Mashaba…

Lest we Forget - Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

06 Dec 13   FMF
Lest we Forget Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela We mourn with his family, all the people of South Africa and his millions of admirers worldwide, the death of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, and pay tribute to him for the role he played in the history of South Africa. What we cannot and must not forget…

Throw off our nappies and rein in all those nannies

06 Dec 13   Leon Louw
SO you think you are a liberated, emancipated adult. You imagine yourself to be in control of your body, free to engage in voluntary acts with consenting adults. You believe that in our free and democratic South Africa, the Competition Commissions and Consumer Commission protect your right to information, honest…

Creating a knowledge-based economy

05 Dec 13   Jasson Urbach
At a conference on intellectual property in Durban last week, Minister of Science and Technology Derek Hanekom noted in his keynote address that, “Intellectual property can be an effective lever for development, particularly for a country like ours, with the commitment we have made to migrate from a resource-based economy…

Feature Article: Minimum Wages and Unemployment: Case Closed

26 Nov 13   Dominick T. Armentano
The only relevant issue in the debate about a government mandated minimum wage is: Does it reduce employment opportunities? The debate is not whether some workers will be better off after legal minimums are increased; some workers will. The debate is not whether “consumption” may increase when some workers are…

Freedom in the skies: Air transport in South Africa

25 Nov 13   FMF Policy Bulletin
(This policy bulletin is extracted from the Briefing Paper written in 1999 by Terry Markman) Liberalisation – the background An international revolution has taken place in the liberalisation of transport markets. Nowhere is this more evident than in the aviation industry.  The lift-off occurred in 1978 with the deregulation of the American…

Feature Article: Captive students in captive schooling systems

21 Nov 13   Eustace Davie
Schooling is the captive of governments, due to the existence of the laws that allow them to dictate the terms of all tuition, including that supplied by private schools. As compulsory schooling laws cannot be applied without a legal definition of “schooling” or what it means to be “schooled”, the…

Simple rules for a complex world

21 Nov 13   Richard Epstein
This policy bulletin is an extract from Liberty and prosperity: Principles of good law in a complex world (conference presentations published 2000). The topic for this talk is Simple rules for a complex world, the title of a book that I published in 1995. When I started to write about this question,…

Feature Article: Inflation is a form of theft

15 Nov 13   Eustace Davie
Stopping price inflation by halting the inflation of the rand would give pensioners, savers and low income people a break. It would halt the perpetual price increases that make their lives miserable. The action of curbing this form of theft is entirely in the hands of the SA Reserve Bank…

Yellen, the Hawk? – Globe Asia – November 2013

15 Nov 13   Steve H Hanke
In the November 2013 issue of Globe Asia, Professor Steve Hanke discusses Dr Janet Yelland, who has been nominated by President Obama to become the new US Federal Reserve Chairman. “Is Janet Yellen really the dove she is made out to be? Well, when it comes to the money supply,…

What future for welfare?

15 Nov 13   FMF Policy Bulletin
(This policy bulletin is an extract from an FMF Occasional Paper published 2002 by Peter Saunders) Can people look after themselves without a welfare state? Can people look after themselves without a welfare state? The evidence from the USA, reviewed above, is itself enough to suggest that, even among the poorest…

Feature Article: Government regulation restricts competition in private healthcare

07 Nov 13   Jasson Urbach
Government should refrain from spending hard-earned taxpayer money on an unnecessary Commission of Inquiry into private health care. In order to improve competition in private health care, government should remove all the restrictions, barriers to entry, and government-created delays that hamper the providers of private health care and reduce competition.…

Laws Affecting Small Business: Health

07 Nov 13   FMF Policy Bulletin
(This policy bulletin is an extract from an FMF booklet published in 1998 by Gary Moore & Leon Louw)  Introduction If health laws were applied to the way you prepare your food at home you would be by definition a habitual criminal. If abattoir laws were enforced on farmers and people living…

Feature Article: Globally competitive African airline industries

31 Oct 13   Temba A Nolutshungu
The raison d’être of any business is to make a profit.  For a business to be successful, it must generate an income that exceeds its costs of production.  This is the case whether the business is big or small, simple or complex, formal or informal.  Consumers, on the other hand, shop…