Archive for category Politics

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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Elephants and Zebras


  Imagine an oasis in the Kalahari desert, isolated by many miles of searing desert. A large tribe of elephants live in the vicinity of the oasis, eating the vegetation surrounding the water of the oasis. The fertility of the vegetation is maintained mainly by the excrement from a herd of unusually productive zebras, as […]

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Law, Legislation and Liberty


Friedrich Hayek’s Law, Legislation and Liberty – a personal evaluation. By Trevor Watkins I recently had the pleasure of reading F Hayek’s seminal work “Law, Legislation and Liberty”. I found the experience rather like reading Ayn Rand for the first time – an unexpected epiphany, one profound insight after another. The book was first published […]

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Suffer no fools


Interesting if somewhat lengthy program on the life and times and thoughts of Walter Williams. Should be prescribed viewing for every ANC member in this country…. http://vimeo.com/groups/276162/videos/87869924

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Authoritarians


 A talk presented by Trevor Watkins at the 2014 Libertarian Spring Seminar in Jeffreys Bay. I wish to plant a new dichotomy in your brains. You can forget your liberals and conservatives, your communists and anarchists, your republicans and democrats, your christians and atheists. The world can be divided into just 2 groups, libertarians who value […]

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Are Multinational States more Conducive to Individual Liberty than Nation States?


Mont Pelerin Society – Istanbul 2011 Special Meeting Friday 30 September – Monday October 3, 2011  Theme:  NATION, STATE AND LIBERTY Session 1 09:30, Saturday, October 1st, 2011  Liberty and the Nation State   Paper Are Multinational States more Conducive to Individual Liberty than Nation States?  by  Leon Louw CEO: Free Market Foundation of Southern Africa […]

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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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SOUTH AFRICA 2011: THE BALANCE BETWEEN FAILURE AND SUCCESS


SPEECH BY F W DE KLERK TO THE ADELE SEARLL LADIES 100 CLUB: MOUNT NELSON HOTEL, CAPE TOWN, 1 JUNE 2011 SOUTH AFRICA 2011: THE BALANCE BETWEEN FAILURE AND SUCCESS It is a great pleasure for me to address this gathering of Cape Town’s most influential women leaders. The venue is also splendid. I always […]

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Vivian A. Atud – The best way to promote individual freedom in South Africa


This is the essay and motivation contributed by Vivian A. Atud as her entry in the recent Freedomfest competition sponsored by Bob Glenister. This essay was one of the winning entries. Simply put, individual freedom focuses on the fact that all values are human-centred, the individual is of supreme importance, and all individuals are morally […]

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Koketso Sebolai – The best way to promote Individual Freedom in South Africa


his is the essay and motivation contributed by Koketso Sebolai as his entry in the recent Freedomfest competition sponsored by Bob Glenister.  Introduction South Africans have considered themselves and the Country as free. That’s mainly because for over 40 years we were enslaved by the apartheid regime. When it comes to Individual Freedom most of […]

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