FMF Newsletter - 23 November 2022

23 November 2022


The Hanseatic Approach

Everybody got the hots for glory. Nobody stopped to scrutinise the plans. Paul Simon
If South Africa was a horse, we would probably shoot it. But it is instead a one-horse country, and we have to find a way to save it. Imminent national collapse looms.
We know we cannot continue with the ANC. They actually deserve to be shot.

Trevor Watkins

FMF AGM Thursday 17 November 2022
A Productive 2022, and a 2023 full of opportunities, for free market advocacy...

David Ansara, incoming Chief Executive: 
Writing the next chapter of the FMF’s history 

1. Fighters for economic freedom  

The "Economic Freedom Fighters". How unfortunate and ironic that this was the name chosen by the most vocal proponents of Marxist-Leninism in South Africa. For in fact, long before it was fashionable to don the ‘red berets’, the real ‘economic freedom fighters’ – the men and women at the Free Market Foundation – were hard at work advancing the true cause of “economic freedom in our lifetime” in South Africa.

Read full speech HERE


Tuesday | 29 November | 11h00 – 11h45
Dr Christoph Klein to LAUNCH 
The Case for Economic Deregulation
& Decentralisation


Virtual only via Teams: Click here to join the meeting
Christoph is a Managing Partner at dotadvisors, a consulting firm supporting clients to innovate, grow and improve their business. Christoph is a senior finance professional with extensive exposure to projects in the telecommunications industry in Europe, the Middle East, South America and Africa.

When regulatory rules and red tape go off the rails, the entire economy takes a knock. Financially strong companies might have more resources to protect their operations, but this comes at costs which could have been employed more fruitfully, for instance to procure more services from SMEs. Likewise, when sectors become deregulated or governments cut down on bureaucracy, the entire economic system benefits.
The effects of regulatory provisions and red tape, of failing public services and corruption, are always felt by flesh-and-blood people on the ground.
The best way of removing legal and bureaucratic restrictions is to make the market contestable and let consumers decide what are the best offerings. Not only do local entrepreneurs often understand better what their fellow citizens need; the fact that they are a part of the local social fabric also means that a firm’s success depends on treating consumers and its employee base well. When private citizens serve private citizens without escape mechanisms such as government bailouts and grant funding, a culture of true accountability can grow.

Towards South Africa's Tipping Point

Wednesday, November 30 at 17:30
with Chris Hattingh 


A strategic intelligence briefing by the Centre for Risk Analysis – South Africa’s leading political, social, and economic risk advisory group. 

  • How the political ground shifted in 2021
  • Prospects for policy reform and economic recovery
  • The opposition challenge: focus vs fragmentation

Chris Hattingh

CostEntry fee R70 per person CASH ONLY at door – for eats, wine, challenging intellectual debate and scintillating company! Media free
Please RSVP HERE only if you plan to join us in person (so we know how many to cater for)

Livestream: The event will be livestreamed to our YouTube channel HERE where those not attending in person can watch.

NEW RELEASE from a friend of the FMF

How can ordinary citizens reform our broken economy, beset as it is by over-regulation, over-centralisation of government power and overspending by government?

We have tried reasoning. Nothing will really persuade people in South African politics to change, unless we change their actual experience. Decentralised private projects that demonstrate free-market policy by showing, not telling, is the idea that this timely book puts forward to achieve that.
The book has two objectives:

  • The first is to empower employers, employees, entrepreneurs and the unemployed, to get
    the goods and services we all need for a decent life, despite the best efforts of the centralised ​state to control us. In the post-pandemic era, 
    this has become a more urgent object than ever before. The aim is to survive and prosper, but free from government to the greatest extent possible. That means free from government-controlled money, -labour rules, -housing,
    -education, -health care, -courts, and -energy.
  • The second aim is to demonstrate that freedom is good - for its own sake, but also for the sake of the benefits that it produces. The advantages of freedom experienced by ordinary people will speak louder than any number of rational arguments. Voters will for the first time really understand. Only that will force the hand of government. 

‘Nobody can mistake Frans' dedication to his decentralised society. Bigger, nobody can fail to follow his logic that it's not a better society for him; it's a better society for everybody. Frans’ crisp clarity is perfect for pushing that under-recognised notion onto the public’s map of options. Along with it come innumerable nuggets; themes and points and phrases new and enlivening.’ DENIS BECKETT

The book is published by Footprint Press and copies can be ordered online. 
For more info click HERE.

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