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  • 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. […]

  • Reviewing Maimane’s 6-Point Plan to Fix SA’s Economy
    by Nicholas Woode-Smith on December 7, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Mmusi Maimane has presented a 6-point plan of what he thinks will help fix South Africa’s economy. Maimane is typically schizophrenic on policy, jumping between support for a liberal free market on some occasions while positing a racial socialistic order on others. What follows is a point by point appraisal of his 6-point plan and […] The post Reviewing Maimane’s 6-Point Plan to Fix SA’s Economy appeared first on Rational Standard. […]

  • 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. […]