Dealing with the “4th Industrial Revolution”

January 30, 2016

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The so-called "Fourth Industrial Revolution" has the potential to free humanity from drudgery and poverty, but only if it is under true democratic control and serves the interests of humanity as a whole. So it is not a matter of demanding changes in mere policy, but in the political system itself.

Opening the debate on alternative economics

January 28, 2016

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“The doors of learning and culture shall be opened.” So states the eighth clause of the ANC’s Freedom Charter. It has again come to the forefront as university students embark on another series of protests about the cost of tertiary education.

Forward to a Cold War future?

January 24, 2016

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In the face of the ongoing global economic crisis, with massive unemployment and a wage and welfare gap continuing to grow, the remnants of communist parties around the world see a chance of again becoming major, even leading, political forces. And the prime vehicle toward this goal is the trade union movement.

Davos: dodging the cause of crisis

January 23, 2016

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The annual World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos, Switzerland, ended this week. And it failed to deal with the main theme it belatedly claimed to be this year’s focus: the "Fourth Industrial Revolution". This perhaps proves the aphorism: “The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know.”

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Behind South Africa’s racist frenzy

January 13, 2016

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A bitterly fought election campaign is already underway in South Africa, even before the announced date of the 2016 local government poll. And racism, land and traditional law have become the major areas of contention.

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The right to expropriate property

January 11, 2016

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The redistribution and expropriation of South African property — land being the prime example — has become a major electoral issue. And the country's much lauded constitution allows for expropriation of property in the public interest and only demands that justice applies.

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A new year — and a new world ahead

January 10, 2016

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We are on the cusp of a time when all work could be done by machine. Yet there is little sign of any move to design or promote a system that can cope; that could ensure that the technological advances made can be utilised for the benefit of humanity as a whole. Instead, there is a grasping at myths of the past.

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