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The inviolable sanctity of individual liberty

22 Feb 17
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others” Nelson Mandela.…

Ever expanding governments breed corruption

15 Feb 17
Publius Cornelius Tacitus, who lived during the first century AD, gave this warning: “The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws”.…

Don’t take government bullying lying down

25 Jan 17   Martin van Staden
Through both apathy and fear, South Africa’s businessmen and women have allowed local law making to become hopelessly inconsistent with the doctrine of ‘the rule of law’, a principle that underpins our entire Constitution.…

The rainbow nation

19 Jan 17   Rex van Schalkwyk
What has happened to Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s “Rainbow Nation of God”?…

Without economic growth, you can’t end poverty

22 Dec 16   James Peron
The world is full of clichés. One to question proclaims that “economic growth is only good if it benefits everyone.” Really?…

RDP housing inadequate for transformation

15 Dec 16   Martin van Staden
Most people would agree that racial discrimination characterised apartheid.…

Consumers’ constitutional right to dignity is being eroded

31 Aug 16  
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is planning to rob you of your ability to make your own lifestyle choices as a free adult.…

Big Brother is watching you

02 Aug 16   Joe Louw
Big Brother is watching you. Do not despair. You do not have to make decisions for yourself anymore: Big Brother will do it for you. In 1949, in his book Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell predicted a totalitarian state with continuous mass surveill…

Twin Peaks; twin fallacies

20 Jul 16   Chris Hattingh
Are National Treasury and the Financial Services Board once again attempting to stampede Parliament?…

You cannot redistribute a nation out of poverty

23 Jun 16   James Peron
There are two sure things we can say about global poverty.…

There are no consequences

15 Jun 16   Rex van Schalkwyk
In March 1997, Minister of Justice, Dullah Omar, was an eager participant at a welcoming party at the Cape Town International Airport for the returning fraudster and eminent ANC activist, Alan Boesak.…

The unintended consequences of criminalising young adult drinking

08 Jun 16   James Peron
American politicians decided it would be a good idea to force all of the states to increase their minimum drinking age to 21, from 18. No doubt they thought it would start a trend and reduce the negative consequences of misusing alcohol.…

In defence of Thuli Madonsela

18 May 16   Rex van Schalkwyk
Like Burmese stateswoman Ang San Suu Kyi, Thuli Madonsela, a member of the African National Congress (ANC), deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for her steadfast and courageous stand in support of the principle of accountable government.…

Free Market Foundation and trade unions in unexpected agreement

11 May 16   Martin van Staden
The Free Market Foundation (FMF) and the trade unions apparently agree with one another:…

Liberty is seldom lost all at once

26 Apr 16   Temba A Nolutshungu
“It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once,” said the philosopher David Hume (1711-1776).…

The rule of law and the president

20 Apr 16   Rex van Schalkwyk
On 1 November 2011 in an address to a joint sitting of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces, President Zuma expressed his disquiet at the fact that “the courts” appeared to have assumed a role “above” that of the elected repres…

Freedom, justice and prosperity for all

14 Apr 16   Eustace Davie
On 27 July 2000, nearly 16 years ago, the Free Market Foundation (FMF) hosted a conference entitled: Liberty and Prosperity: Principles of Good Law in a Complex Society.…

South Africans should think more like Mauritians

07 Apr 16   Eustace Davie
Mauritius has gone from strength to strength. Since its government instituted enterprise based solutions to poverty, it has shot up the Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) report rankings from 22nd in 2000 to 6th place in 2013.…

Labour brokers provide deserved breaks

30 Mar 16   Jasson Urbach
ONE of the spin-offs from the recent #FeesMustFall campaign was the #EndOutsourcing campaign, which is premised on the dubious idea that outsourcing condemns workers to "slave wages" and in effect amounts to "human trafficking".…

Feature article: Slash unemployment with Job Seekers Exemption Certificates

23 Mar 16   Eustace Davie
Allowing mass unemployment to steadily increase is not only cruel but unnecessary.…

Indecent consequences of the “decent wage” mantra

10 Mar 16   Eustace Davie
South Africa’s economy is in recession. Many jobs are being lost and others are in jeopardy. Imposing a national minimum wage under current circumstaces verges on insanity, an act of unbounded cruelty against the most vulnerable workers in the countr…