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  • Racist Abantu Book Festival Harms, Not Helps Black Authors
    by Nicholas Woode-Smith on Dec 15, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    The Abantu Book Festival was hosted in Soweto from 6 to 9 December 2018, bringing a wide range of speakers and authors to discuss and promote African literature. The entire event was scarred by the ludicrous decision to ban white people from attending, even going so far as banning the parents of mixed race children […] The post Racist Abantu Book Festival Harms, Not Helps Black Authors appeared first on Rational Standard. […]

  • Expropriation Incoming: Parliament Votes to Review Section 25
    by Nicholas Woode-Smith on Dec 4, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    On 4 December 2018, the National Assembly voted in favour of adopting a report by the Constitutional Review Committee which advises amendments to section 25 of the Constitution. These amendments are designed to allow expropriation of land and other forms of property without compensation. The vote was completed with 209 members of Parliament voting in […] The post Expropriation Incoming: Parliament Votes to Review Section 25 appeared first on Rational Standard. […]

  • Survey reveals South Africans don’t support EWC
    by Nicholas Woode-Smith on Oct 1, 2018 at 11:22 am

    In its quarterly market research survey, the South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR) released a poll on South African’s views of expropriation without compensation (EWC). The topic has been dominating policy debates and media waves, with radical elements of the African National Congress (ANC) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)  calling for not only expropriating […] The post Survey reveals South Africans don’t support EWC appeared first on Rational Standard. […]

  • It Is Time To Embrace AfriForum
    by Nicholas Woode-Smith on Sep 10, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    I am not a joiner. Those who know me know that I’m quite the individualist. I may start projects and get involved in a few initiatives, but I never formally join anything, with a few exceptions. But this has changed. After recent events and research, I have realised that there is an organisation worth joining […] The post It Is Time To Embrace AfriForum appeared first on Rational Standard. […]

  • Rational Land Reform
    by Nicholas Woode-Smith on Jul 10, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Land dominates the contemporary South African discourse. It is the issue on almost every placard and the topic of many articles, rightfully declaring its doomsday potential on our already flagging economy. Land is an emotive issue for many, and has been hijacked by politicians to manipulate and grow their power. Despite this admission that much […] The post Rational Land Reform appeared first on Rational Standard. […]

  • How To Get Involved In South Africa’s Liberal Movement
    by Nicholas Woode-Smith on Jul 1, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    Liberalism is dying; not because it has failed, but because liberals have failed to support it. It doesn’t matter if an ideology is objectively true, how great its policies are, or how tolerant its members can be – if those very members are too insecure to stand up for their beliefs, it will fail. Liberalism […] The post How To Get Involved In South Africa’s Liberal Movement appeared first on Rational Standard. […]

  • A New Mfecane: South Africa is at the Brink
    by Nicholas Woode-Smith on Jun 20, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    South Africa is a country governed by chaos, violence and malice. There is no rule of law. Just a bunch of civil societies and weak-wine intellectuals pretending that everything is okay – when it really isn’t. We pretend that things are okay now that Jacob Zuma is no longer the President; that Cyril Ramaphosa will […] The post A New Mfecane: South Africa is at the Brink appeared first on Rational Standard. […]

  • Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince’ Makes The Best Case For Libertarianism
    by Nicholas Woode-Smith on May 11, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince has become one of history’s most controversial books. Its contents are seen as immoral to our modern sensibilities, but where the controversy arises, is the value of Machiavelli’s study. The Prince is not a normative book. While it may seem prescriptive, its use of historical case studies to illustrate themes betrays that Machiavelli is […] The post Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince’ Makes The Best Case For Libertarianism appeared first on Rational Standard. […]

  • Liberals Triumphant in Debate at Cape Peninsula University of Technology
    by Nicholas Woode-Smith on May 7, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    On the 4th of May, the Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (DASO) held a lively debate at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) on the topic of classical liberalism versus social liberalism. Representing classical liberalism was Neo Mkwane, Chair of the Western Cape DASO and at the Rational Standard. Representing social liberalism was Lindokuhle Matanzima […] The post Liberals Triumphant in Debate at Cape Peninsula University of Technology appeared first on Rational Standard. […]

  • In Defence of Churchill: A response to Shashi Tharoor
    by Nicholas Woode-Smith on Mar 31, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Shashi Tharoor, an Indian politician, has published an article accusing the World War 2 British prime minister, Winston Churchill, of being a mass murderer. It has become fashionable attack Churchill and I did not think much of it initially, until I read through it. Of Churchill’s alleged quotes, the witticism, “History will be kind to […] The post In Defence of Churchill: A response to Shashi Tharoor appeared first on Rational Standard. […]