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  • Rational Land Reform
    by Nicholas Woode-Smith on July 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 July 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 June 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 March 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. […]

  • Is South Africa Approaching a Civil War?
    by Nicholas Woode-Smith on March 8, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Alarmism shouldn’t be scoffed at in South Africa. More often than not, the alarmists are the realists in this dreadful country characterised by corruption and violence. But despite all the bad things that have happened, and all the times alarmists have been validated, they are still laughed at and condemned – until the hecklers are […] The post Is South Africa Approaching a Civil War? appeared first on Rational Standard. […]

  • Zuma is Gone – But That Doesn’t Even Begin To Solve South Africa’s Problems
    by Nicholas Woode-Smith on February 14, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Jacob Zuma has resigned as President of South Africa, ending almost 9 years rule by a corrupt demagogue accused of rape, lists of corruption allegations and the destruction of our economy. As was to be expected, South Africans are cheering for what must seem to be the end of woe. Good times will begin, but […] The post Zuma is Gone – But That Doesn’t Even Begin To Solve South Africa’s Problems appeared first on Rational Standard. […]

  • South Africa Is Suffering From A Disease That Ramaphosa Won’t Cure
    by Nicholas Woode-Smith on January 23, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Jacob Zuma is no longer the leader of the African National Congress (ANC), and it is only a matter of time before he is ousted from his position as President of South Africa. No longer will our president be a corrupt manipulator on the puppet strings of organised crime and Indian businessmen. Everything will be […] The post South Africa Is Suffering From A Disease That Ramaphosa Won’t Cure appeared first on Rational Standard. […]

  • Funding Freedom in South Africa
    by Nicholas Woode-Smith on January 21, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    On the 25th of January 2018, the Rational Standard will have been online for 2 years. If we include our forerunner, South Africa Libertarian, then it would be 3 years. For these 3 years, we have been committed to standing as a bulwark against the decline of the public discourse, the tyranny of student dictators […] The post Funding Freedom in South Africa appeared first on Rational Standard. […]