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Why is profit so maligned when it is the result of consumers’ choice?

 28 Jan 20
Defending the idea of profit will, in these enlightened days, immediately split the room. If you follow politics in the US, watch how campaigners Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren masterfully attach emotional adjectives to capitalist nouns such as…

New or higher taxes won’t work, and could be unconstitutional

 11 Dec 19
The trade union federation Cosatu recently called for tax increases, particularly on the wealthy, to arrest South Africa’s economic down spiral.…

Working together, South Africans can grow a strong economy!

06 Nov 19   Eustace Davie
Winning the rugby World Cup has shown what South Africans can do if they put aside differences and work together.…

Strong property rights are vital for economic growth

04 Oct 19   Chris Hattingh
Expropriation without compensation hangs over the South African economy, with Parliament in the process of drafting an ill-considered amendment to our Constitution.…

Economic freedom in South Africa continues to stagnate

03 Oct 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
The latest report of the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) has just been released and South Africa continues to lag behind the rest of the world.…

How limits to economic freedom are behind SA’s failures

16 Sep 19   Dr Richard J. Grant
Economics is entirely about human relationships. None of the other “scarce resources” would have any value at all without people.…

Read the signs

16 Sep 19   Neil Emerick
Thursday’s release of the Economic Freedom of the World Index from the Fraser Institute sees SA fall another two places to 101st out of 160 countries.…

Media release: South Africa falls 54 places in World Freedom Index in just 19 years

16 Sep 19  
In the Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) 2019 Report, South Africa ranks 101 out of 162 countries.…

We need to stop listening to the trade unions

13 Sep 19   Martin van Staden
Trade unions serve an important role in a free and economically prosperous society.…

Prosperity and tolerance

11 Sep 19   James Peron
Of late I’ve seen more discussion on the idea that slavery made America prosperous.…

Expropriation without compensation a death knell for SA’s economic prospects

03 Sep 19  
How many people in South Africa use their property to run a business, to make some sort of a living for themselves and their families?…

Freer markets generate prosperity, especially for the poor

16 Aug 19   Martin van Staden
Amid rising unemployment, the Congress of South African Trade Unions has called on the government to amend the Labour Relations Act to make it more difficult for employers to retrench workers.…

Impartial courts for economic prosperity

14 Aug 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
The 2014 Rule of Law Index report has this to say about the importance of the rule of law to a country’s business environment:…

Unions: Friend or foe of the poor?

31 Jul 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
Labour unions are undoubtedly the biggest obstacle to any positive reform, not because this particular group of individuals is somehow more evil than the rest of us.…

Population bugaboo

25 Jul 19   James Peron
The Population Media Center is pushing the overpopulation panic again—that’s so 1960s! They proclaim, “If somebody tries to tell you that population growth is ‘slowing down’, ask them to explain the graphic on the left.”…

How Rwanda surpassed SA: The importance of economic freedom

18 Jul 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
Economic freedom correlates strongly with economic growth. There is no longer any doubt about this for anyone who witnessed the extraordinary rise of the countries in the former Eastern Bloc after the fall of the former Soviet Union.…

Call for higher taxes is misguided

03 Jul 19   James Peron
A small group of naïve billionaires in the United States are lining up begging for higher taxes on the super rich.…

Let my people go: How Africa can save herself

26 Jun 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
The people of Africa have been subjected to multiple injustices, slights, and violence. The list of things inflicted on Africans is endless and has no modern equivalent, except for Asia in geographical terms and the Jews in ethnic terms.…

SONA: Big (pipe)dreams, no detail

21 Jun 19   Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on 20 June.…

SA’s youth need a free future to flourish

When young Americans grow up, rarely do you hear them being excited about going to study in Europe when they leave school. Why would they be?…

Want peace, prosperity, growth, and low unemployment? Follow the Constitution

14 Jun 19   Eustace Davie
Most people say they want freedom, but what do they mean by that word?…