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A series of essays and articles from my days in academia. Many of these essays were written in response to a question and some of them no longer represent my current views.

Power Lines Eskom

A History of Eskom and its Downfall

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This paper analyses the history of Escom/Eskom from its founding to the end of the 20th century, with the aim of establishing the key...

Socrates on the Soul

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In Plato’s Phaedo, Socrates sets out a number of arguments to prove the immortality of the soul. One of these, which many of the...

The Rise and Fall of Keynesianism

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By the end of the Great Depression, faith in the laissez-faire market had fallen. Politicians and policy makers were looking for a new system...

Apartheid and Rural Poverty

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Apartheid’s planning and social engineering stratified the majority of the South African population, disallowing them opportunities and the means to uplift themselves from the...
Pastoral Genocide

Pastoral Genocide: An Evaluation of Adhikari’s Arguments

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Mohamed Adhikari makes the case that settlers practicing pastoral farming had a unique predisposition to commit genocide on indigenous populations – specifically, indigenous hunter-gatherer...

The Role of MITI in Post-WW2 Japan

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The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) had an integral role in Post-WW2 Japanese economic development. While it is inaccurate to have called...

Should a state control the means of production?

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The state should not control the means of production due to the innovation and efficiency that arises from private ownership (Shleifer, 1998:135), the necessity...

Was the New Deal a success in combating the Great Depression?...

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Following a decade of economic prosperity and boom in what came to be known as the ‘Roaring Twenties,’ America was hit by a massive...

Was the failure of Kenya Institutional or Neopatrimonial?

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In 1964, Kenya gained its independence under the Kenyan African National Union (KANU), led by Jomo Kenyatta. Since then, the country has faced similar...

Effects of Electoral Systems on the Influence of Radical Political Parties

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An examination of the effects of electoral systems on the growth and influence of radical political parties can be used to predict the possible...