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  • Is South Africa A Failed State?
    by Nicholas Woode-Smith on November 29, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    Most of us have asked ourselves and others this question before. Is South Africa on the verge of becoming, or is it already, a failed state? To examine this question we need to set forth a theoretical framework. Typically, a failed state is thought of as a government that has lost all meaningful ability to […] The post Is South Africa A Failed State? appeared first on Rational Standard. […]

  • Recipe for a successful South Africa
    by Nicholas Woode-Smith on October 23, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Do not kid yourself: South Africa isn’t a great country. We are far from it. And we have never been great. But we can be. This article puts forth some essential plans on how we can progress into not only an African success story, but a global success. Read on for a plan to build […] The post Recipe for a successful South Africa appeared first on Rational Standard. […]

  • Academic Boycott of Israel is path to ruin
    by Nicholas Woode-Smith on September 3, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    The University of Cape Town (UCT) is under internal threat once again, as forces within it threaten to damage the academic integrity of the already falling institution. This threat takes the form of a proposed academic boycott of Israel. The move is being led by UCT’s Palestinian Solidarity Front (PSF), a small but loud group […] The post Academic Boycott of Israel is path to ruin appeared first on Rational Standard. […]

  • Zuma is a symptom, not the disease
    by Nicholas Woode-Smith on August 23, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    As expected by the cynical among us, the motion of no confidence held on the 8th of August failed to oust incumbent President Jacob Zuma. It did seem to come close, however. Opposition parties are simultaneously celebrating how close their loss actually was, while lamenting that it was a loss at all. These results show […] The post Zuma is a symptom, not the disease appeared first on Rational Standard. […]

  • SACP goes in alone: Will they survive?
    by Nicholas Woode-Smith on July 15, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    The South African Communist Party (SACP) has announced its decision to contest future election on its own. This is a breakaway from its usual strategy of acting as a parasite in the Tripartite Alliance, relying on its more successful cousin (the African National Congress) for appointments and power. The decision is allegedly due to the […] The post SACP goes in alone: Will they survive? appeared first on Rational Standard. […]

  • What business can do to save South Africa
    by Nicholas Woode-Smith on July 14, 2017 at 11:06 am

    It is frustrating being an advocate for pro-market policies in a country where some of the primary agents of the market refuse to defend it. These primary agents are, of course, businesses. Despite claims by conspiracy theorists and left-wing nutjobs, business in South Africa is pretty complacent, much less domineering over our politics. As a […] The post What business can do to save South Africa appeared first on Rational Standard. […]

  • More South Africans receive grants than have jobs: IRR Reports
    by Nicholas Woode-Smith on June 21, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    The South African Institution of Race Relations (IRR) have released a statement illustrating their findings from their latest South Africa Survey. The press release is titled: “More South Africans receive grants than have jobs – a recipe for chaos and violence” – and paints a worrying picture for the future of the country. The findings reveal that more […] The post More South Africans receive grants than have jobs: IRR Reports appeared first on Rational Standard. […]

  • No, Gigaba, state intervention won’t spur growth
    by Nicholas Woode-Smith on June 7, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    This article is in response to a report by EWN on finance minister Gigaba’s odd decision to begin ‘direct’ state intervention in the economy. I will be responding to each claim and statement blow by blow, in a manner similar to some of my other articles. In essence, this article will establish that Gigaba’s plans […] The post No, Gigaba, state intervention won’t spur growth appeared first on Rational Standard. […]

  • Modern Feudalism in South Africa
    by Nicholas Woode-Smith on June 6, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    The irony of the conflict over land in South Africa is lost to most of its combatants. While pontiffs fabricate stats on white ownership of land, establishing ‘white monopoly capital’ as a bogeyman, they always tend to ignore that approximately 17 million South Africans still inhabit an artefact of Apartheid – the vestiges of the […] The post Modern Feudalism in South Africa appeared first on Rational Standard. […]

  • Nazi Matie Posters: Stop Playing Games
    by Nicholas Woode-Smith on May 12, 2017 at 8:20 am

    South Africans of all political camps seem to have a tough time effectively communicating their ideas. This is to be expected in a political culture that values singing and dancing as a substitute for actual discussion. But it wasn’t the professional protesters who bungled up this time. This week has seen the erection and subsequent condemnation […] The post Nazi Matie Posters: Stop Playing Games appeared first on Rational Standard. […]