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The malign folly of "stakeholder" theory

 15 Oct 18
The only social responsibility of business is to use its resources and occupy its energies in the generation of wealth, so long as it stays within the rules of the game, which are to engage in open and free competition, without deception or fraud.…

Media release: Things are worse than they seem: error in World Bank data sees SA slip further in EFW 2018 rankings

 11 Oct 18
South Africa now ranks 110 out of 162 in the Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) 2018 index. It had been reported that SA’s ranking was 94. However, following an error in World Bank data, spotted and investigated by Free Market Foundation’s (FMF) Eus…

Less freedom, lower growth: What we should learn from international indices

10 Oct 18   Dr Richard J. Grant
It is a common temptation, in the months before an election, for politicians to promise the moon to those voters they fear might be attracted to the similarly lofty promises of a rival party.…

Media release: South Africa ranks 94 out of 162 countries measured in the Economic Freedom of the World Report

10 Oct 18  
South Africa ranks 94 out of 162 countries and territories according to their economic system.…

Stop making laws to which nobody adheres

09 Oct 18   Martin van Staden
The law is supposed to fulfil two important functions in society: protecting people’s persons and property, and conflict avoidance.…

Regulating Airbnb encourages anti-competitive behaviour

04 Oct 18   Chris Hattingh
The Tourism Business Council of SA (TBCSA) has called on government to regulate Airbnb in South Africa.…

The incredible growth of the middle class

03 Oct 18   James Peron
The world is fast approaching an incredible milestone in human development: for the first time in history more than half the world’s population will be middle class.…

We all benefit from freedom

12 Sep 18   James Peron
One of the oddities of freedom is we all benefit from freedom we are unable to utilise ourselves. There are many things, for instance, that I am free to do but which I am unable to do.…

Media release: Rein in government to end recession

06 Sep 18   FMF Media Release
The causes of South Africa’s economic woes are domestic and invariably emanate from policy decisions.…

Population explosion: Is the end nigh?

03 Sep 18   James Peron
Paul Ehrlich says the collapse of civilization is a “near certainty” within decades – again. Well, given how awful his track record has been, I’m happy to hear it.…

Trade improves human wellbeing

02 Aug 18   James Peron
Does anyone think Americans would be richer if each of the fifty states had restrictions on trade with the other states?…

Freedom and prosperity for all

01 Aug 18   Ayanda Khumalo
Given the current economic situation in the country characterised by low growth, more people are coming to appreciate the sound moral, philosophical, and economic underpinnings of a free market economy.…

Die tirannie van politieke korrektheid

27 Jul 18   Temba A Nolutshungu
Vryheid van uitdrukking en individuele vryheid in die algemeen is voorvereistes vir 'n vrye, oop en gelyke samelewing soos beloof in die Grondwet, maar hierdie vryheid is altyd in 'n moeilike posisie in enige samelewing, veral in Suid-Afrika.…

Liberty is the source of human progress

17 Jul 18   Temba A Nolutshungu
Promoting his seminal book, South Africa’s war against Capitalism, the economist Professor Walter Williams averred that “The solution to South Africa’s problems is not special programmes, it’s not affirmative action, it’s not handouts, and it’s not w…

SA history of disrespect for property rights

20 Jun 18   Eustace Davie
Tragedies, such as legislated racism and disrespect for individual and property rights are generally manufactured by individuals with malign political intentions.…

Blame political elite for poverty and lack of economic freedom

13 Jun 18   Martin van Staden
There has been much talk recently about the "inadequacy" of SA’s 1994 political transition, which led to the 1996 Constitution.…

Free at last – Tax Freedom Day 2018

11 May 18   Garth Zietsman
On Sunday, 13 May, South Africans stop working for the state and start working for themselves.…

Political correctness is supposed to protect me, but I reject its censorship

10 May 18   Temba A Nolutshungu
Freedom of expression and individual liberty are prerequisites for a free, open and equal society as promised in the constitution, yet this freedom is always in a precarious position in any society, especially in South Africa. It requires eternal vig…

Media release: Congratulations SA tax payers – you can now keep your own money

10 May 18   FMF Media Release
Before you earn a cent, government takes a chunk out of your pay packet in taxes.…

TEASER: When is Tax Freedom Day 2018?

09 May 18  
Every earner is taxed. Through one kind of tax or another, government takes a bit out of everyone’s earnings.…

HISTORY SERIES: 1975 - introducing the FMF

07 May 18  
FMF founded 1975 to promote free market economics…

A trend that builds a nation

25 Apr 18   Paul Pereira
Two major studies on poverty in South Africa have caused understandable alarums this last year.…