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Blame political elite for poverty and lack of economic freedom

 13 Jun 18
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
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.…

South Africa should follow winners, not losers

Nationalisation of property, inefficient State-owned enterprises, raising the legal drinking age from 18 to 21, and higher taxes in a low-growth environment. These ideas have all been tried elsewhere.…

Taxing people into poverty

20 Mar 18  
Tax has been a part of human history for millennia. There are records of farmers in ancient Egypt giving up a portion of their crops and peasants having to provide some of their labour freely to the Pharaoh.…

The virtue of self-interest

14 Mar 18   Temba A Nolutshungu
The capacity and need to act in one’s own self-interest is a primordial instinct, irretrievably embedded in the DNA that prescribes human conduct.…

Water for all and water for none

27 Feb 18   Dr Richard J. Grant
Cape Town is not the first city to face a drought, but it is predicted to be the first major city to run out of water.…

Only freedom can stimulate competition

14 Feb 18   Martin van Staden
Competition is not something that can be artificially created. Competition is an inherent facet of human – or living – nature, and thrives most when it is left alone.…

Economic growth requires an environment in which prices are freely formed

24 Jan 18   Eustace Davie
Prices, when left alone, “miraculously” direct all resources, including labour and capital, to their most productive uses.…

The minimum wage magic wand

16 Jan 18   Chris Hattingh
Would an accountant worth his salt advocate that the best way to keep a business running is to spend money which you do not have, and when the time comes to balance your books, you simply look the other way?…

Is it freedom or is it dom?

14 Dec 17   Jasson Urbach
How serious is government about wanting South Africans to become healthier and wealthier and for everyone to have access to a high-quality healthcare system?…

Tomorrow it is likely to be your turn to have a freedom you value curtailed

13 Dec 17   Leon Louw
In a democratic society, can government collude with citizens to abuse and undermine the freedoms ordinary South Africans died to ensure? Unfortunately, it can.…

Tobacco packaging: Anything but plain

29 Nov 17   Chris Hattingh
Why are smokers treated so badly? When justifying the proposed introduction of plain packaging and trying to legalise moral, ethical conduct in South Africa, the Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi can seem quite comical to those who understand th…

Public enterprises, guided by “mean-wellers”, are prone to disaster

15 Nov 17   Eustace Davie
Given the interminable bad news South Africans are receiving about their state-owned enterprises (SOEs), such as the huge SAA losses, frequent cost increases at ESKOM,…

Does government want healthier, wealthier citizens?

09 Nov 17   Jasson Urbach
How serious is government about wanting South Africans to become healthier and wealthier and for everyone to have access to a high-quality healthcare system?…

The higher the growth, the better human wellbeing

08 Nov 17   Temba A Nolutshungu
That better human wellbeing is the outcome of higher economic growth is illustrated by the findings published in The Economic Freedom of the World report.…

SAA: Change the incentives

01 Nov 17   James Peron
The mess that is South African Airlines is widely known today. What many do not realise is that Yale University, in 1944, published a little book, which lays out the reasons for the mess.…

Economic Freedom of the World Annual Report – a powerful source of information for guiding government policies

23 Oct 17   Eustace Davie
The data could not be more clear. Countries that pursue greater levels of economic freedom reap resounding benefits.…