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The Lockdown That Is Really Only A Slow-Down

I had a run-in with the law. The story is comedy, not tragedy, and not particularly flattering to myself. At high school I was...
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DA Policy Proposal: Three Great Steps Forward, and a Worry

The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) policy proposal “Values and Principles: Our social contract with the people of South Africa” is historic. Under former leader Mmusi...
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An Open Letter to Mmusi Maimane

Dear Mmusi Maimane, I saw you speak once on an unforgettable day. April 7, 2017. I was just one of 30,000 who marched to the...

BEE Might Be Good For Black Dynasties, But Not For The Country

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced his ongoing support for South Africa’s race laws in parliament this month. ‘We are not going to scrap B-BBEE,’ he...

The People’s War: Myth After Origin-Myth Debunked

A review of Anthea Jeffery’s updated and abridged People’s War: New Light on the Struggle for South Africa. Review by Gabriel Crouse. The ANC looks...
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Revisiting the White Privilege Debate: An Open Letter

I address this open letter to Kevin Leathem, the deputy principal of Jeppe High School in Johannesburg, whose speech about white privilege went viral...

Free Speech and the Old SA Flag: A Testing Case

In the final build-up to the election there was national news coverage about the apartheid-era South African flag. It has been displayed on countless...

The struggle really does continue

On Monday, the Institute of Race Relations polling survey had the ANC looking at about a 54% take of the national ballot. While things...

Making the Republic A Destination that Attracts Winners Rather than the Opposite

South Africa recently witnessed the biggest offshoring of free enterprise in years. But what did we really see? Perhaps, I want to argue, not the...

Imagine If It Were Normal To Say: If You Don’t Work, Don’t Eat

In 1973, a teenager named Jong-Dae Park landed in Nairobi, one of a family retinue moving up in the world. Jong-Dae’s father was a...