FMF NEWSLETTER 1 NOVEMBER 2017

01 November 2017
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FMF NEWSLETTER 1 NOVEMBER 2017   
EDITORIAL  

Dear friend of the FMF

In this week’s feature article, Jessica Canada explains why economic laws tell us that raising the minimum wage, despite the best intentions, is untenable. Advocates of the minimum wage use the goal of helping the poor as justification of their argument, but a minimum wage forces companies to raise the cost of their products, thus negatively impacting the very people who are supposed to be helped. The only moral, substantive way to help the poor is to address structural problems in the South African labour market, such as improving education and decreasing job regulations.

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FEATURE article  

Don’t allow altruism to blind you to the economic laws that govern labour JESSICA CANADA

In the debate over minimum wage, people often become distracted by their inner altruism and ignore the logic behind the economic laws that govern labour markets and the macroeconomy of South Africa. “People should be able to access healthcare and higher education”. “People should be able to earn a living wage”. The problem with these normative statements is that merely subscribing to them provides little insight into the mechanisms by which these things could be achieved. Simply put, economic growth and the development of a skilled workforce are the keys to raising wages, not further regulation.

WEEKLY smile  

“Amandla! Awethu!” means power to the people, not government – it’s time to decentralise!

 

UPCOMING FMF events  

Wednesday, 15 November MEDIA BRIEFING – Leon Louw, on SAA @11h00 @ FMF – more info to follow

Wednesday, 22 November EVENING EVENT – Adrian Saville, @17h45 @ FMF – more info to follow

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OTHER event
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4 November The Impumelelo Social Innovations Centre Award presentation in Cape Town @ Artscape Opera House, Cape Town RSVP http://www.freemarketfoundation.com/View-Event?i=159

WORTH reading  

SA slides in ranking on ease of doing business
Capitalism’s critics unable to land a punch, let alone deliver a knockout
The world's poorest people are getting richer faster than anyone else
Tim Cohen: Joining the dots leads to a smoking gun
Free market, not freebies, key to New Zealand’s wellbeing

FMF in the media  

Media digest SEPTEMBER 2017 for all media coverage

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Eustace Davie – Imagine living in constant fear of losing your home
Temba A Nolutshungu – Time for South Africans to live and let live
Temba A Nolutshungu – Statist ideologies vs Individual sovereignty
Russell Lamberti – South Africa: failing economy and life after the downgrade
Jasson Urbach & Johann Serfontein – NHI pie in the sky

Martyn Davies and Leon Louw – The secret of China’s success: innovation and entrepreneurship
South Africa: The Solution (1987)

Twin Peaks - how Treasury will cost SA an additional R4,8bn per year
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Leon Louw – Radical Economic Transformation
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