The government doesn’t own you: The immoral premise of the NHI – MPIYAKHE DHLAMINI
Following the discussions about the NHI (National Health Insurance), I am struck by how little regard is given to self-ownership. To preclude the possibility of ownership by someone else, self-ownership is a necessity. Black Africans were enslaved in the Americas because their self-ownership was not recognised.
Your right to own yourself is the basis of your freedom and not merely a tool to be used by others for achieving their own ends. Given this, the most immediate consequence of owning yourself is ownership of your own labour. This extends naturally then to what you can exchange for that labour.
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Publish date: 28 August 2019
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