The best way for me to promote individual liberty in South Africa would be for me to join the Free Market Foundation full time. However I doubt I will do that any time soon. Another way would be for me to pursue my interest in the political freedom of the most helpless sector of the population – children. In my lifetime I would love to see the education system of South Africa liberated.
In order to achieve this I would begin by doing extensive research. I have connections to Libertarian thinkers on the topic. I will start here. I then have connections to people who have been teaching in the South African education system for a number of years. I would like to engage them to gain from their knowledge and experience. Further I would like to gain a thorough understanding of the government’s present and historical approach to education. I think it is crucial that I have a thorough understanding of the system I would like to impact. Finally, I would like to round off my research by acquainting myself with the ideas of Maria Montessori, Ken Robinson, Rudolph Steiner and other innovative thinkers. The beauty of a free system is it allows for all the ingenious ideas to be tried out on an equal footing in parallel. Libertarians don’t have to choose the best system – since all the systems can be executed freely and independently. They will be judged only by their performance in the real world and will have to survive market forces – so through the same mechanism as evolution, the best system/s will flourish.
Once the research is complete, I would like to compile a summary of my findings – including my views and thoughts. This document could be transformed into an article or essay as required. Then I would ingest and process the information. Ultimately I would like to come up with a strategy to make a difference in South Africa. In order to do this I would not only think for myself, but I would also consult people I know that have made a difference in the country and I would ask for advice and guidance from them.
Perhaps the best avenue is to write articles and try and reach a wide audience. Maybe I could employ my creative friends and develop entertaining but thought provoking you‐tube videos. It might be that I should try and attain audience with government authorities or people with influence and power. I may have to seek financing, sponsorship or grants from donors.
I would like to involve the people I know of who are interested in freeing up education. Often making an impact is about who you know and who is known by those whom you know. I would therefore like to employ the magic of social networking in my endeavours. I believe social networking is turning over a new leaf of possibility in social change and we are only beginning to see the power it.
Kate Louw 2011/06/26