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  • 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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’ […] 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 […] The post Nazi Matie Posters: Stop Playing Games appeared first on Rational Standard. […]

  • HuffPost SA Editor-in-Chief Verashni Pillay Resigns
    by Nicholas Woode-Smith on April 22, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Tonight, 22 April 2017, Huffington Post South Africa’s Editor-in-Chief, Verashni Pillay, resigned, according to News24. This comes after a statement by the Press Ombud, who condemned the editorial actions of […] The post HuffPost SA Editor-in-Chief Verashni Pillay Resigns appeared first on Rational Standard. […]

  • Weed Legalised for Private Use
    by Nicholas Woode-Smith on March 31, 2017 at 9:29 am

    In a stunning turn of events, the Western Cape High Court has legalised the use if marijuana/dagga/weed for private use. The Court declared that “it is an infringement to ban […] The post Weed Legalised for Private Use appeared first on Rational Standard. […]

  • Zille and the DA’s Fall
    by Nicholas Woode-Smith on March 25, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Despite some distractions by Spur losing its 2-for-1 burger special, South Africa has spent the last while sharpening their collective pitchforks, ready to roast Western Cape Premier and ex-leader of […] The post Zille and the DA’s Fall appeared first on Rational Standard. […]

  • South Africa comes 2nd in Misery Index
    by Nicholas Woode-Smith on March 6, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    South Africa has been projected to be the 2nd most miserable economy in the world in the most recent index, according to Bloomberg. The Misery Index is an economic indicator […] The post South Africa comes 2nd in Misery Index appeared first on Rational Standard. […]