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Signer of the times


By Trevor Watkins Even in death, Madiba provided a last great service to South Africa. His bungled Gauteng memorial illustrated to a huge and influential audience the depth of incompetence to which the South African government under ANC rule has sunk. The serious consequences of cadre deployment, lack of accountability, race-based rather than merit-based hiring […]

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Past Predictions Archive


Each year we try to gather predictions on specific topics for the year ahead. The current year (2015) predictions can be entered at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3TCQS9S. Anyone is welcome to enter. An Excel spreadsheet of predictions from past annual contests can be downloaded here –predictions-archive 2014.

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The Wolf of Wall Street


By Trevor Watkins I watched the film “The Wolf of Wall Street” last night. It is a bio-pic about the life of Jordan Belfort, a stockbroker, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo di Caprio. It is a gruelling, action-packed, 3 hour movie, alternately entertaining, horrifying and enlightening. It is a better movie than I […]

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29th Libertarian Spring Seminar in Jeffreys Bay from 9th October to 12th October 2014


29th Libertarian Spring Seminar 2014 Seashells Apartments – Jeffreys Bay Thursday  9th October 2014 to Sunday 12th October 2014 You are invited to attend this famous seminar, at which some of the finest philosophical minds in South Africa will gather to share opinions, insights and experiences around the subject of liberty.  Accommodation is limited, so […]

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Ja, Well, No, Fine the authorities


By Trevor Watkins When the authorities wish to discipline their citizens for some action or omission, they usually start by issuing a fine.  This is meant to remind you that you have done wrong, that you are being punished, and that if you do wrong again, you will be punished again.  Given the enthusiasm with […]

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Terms & Conditions of the “Glenister Grant”


Bob Glenister (”Glenister”) has very generously agreed to sponsor two individuals to travel to the 2011 FreedomFest  conference to be held in Las Vegas from 14th to 16th July 2011 (www.freedomfest.com)(“FreedomFest”).  He has proposed that the decision as to who should go should be made by Leon Louw (“Louw”) and Trevor Watkins (“Watkins”).  This document […]

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Don’t Touch My Junk


TIA Daily • November 19, 2010 FEATURE ARTICLE Don’t Touch My Junk The Second Phase of the Rebellion Against Out-of-Control Government by Robert Tracinski By now, you’ve all heard of John Tyner, the 31-year-old software engineer who ascended to folk hero status when he recorded a testy exchange with TSA airport screeners who wanted to subject […]

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Sea Based Libertarias


Milton Friedman’s grandson, Patri Friedman,  is involved in a venture to setup independent sea-based islands as model libertarias.  His Seasteading Institute has produced a video of  the history of prior attempts in this area, which is interesting. Original reference via John Koppisch. http://blogs.forbes.com/clareoconnor/2010/11/10/names-you-need-to-know-in-2011-patri-friedman/#comment-483

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Spring Seminar Options


Seaviews Resort The Seaviews Resort in which I stay in Jeffreys Bay has a range of self catering accommodation, a small hall for about 30 people and a large hall for about 60 people, a large swimming pool and 2 tennis courts, and is 400m from the main beach and centre of town. There are […]

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How stupid are we?


As human beings, we do an amazing number of dumb things, and we tolerate an even greater number of truly dumb things done to us, as though we didn’t know any better. This essay is an attempt to know better. It lists some of my favourite stupidities, and suggests how we might try to manage […]

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