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  • 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. […]

  • 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. […]