July 1, 2013
Modern technology is making the bulk of humanity increasingly redundant. But the same technology could end the obscene waste of human potential.
December 31, 2012
In South Africa, all the infrastructure exists to institute the modern world's first attempt to extend the partial democracy we now have into the real thing: a truly egalitarian system that could make a reality of the values of human dignity, equality and freedom. All it requires is organisation.
December 17, 2012
The promises and the policies, the personalities elected, even the potential political punch-ups at Mangaung are basically irrelevant. Only a radical move toward a new political dispensation could stop the social fabric of the country from continuing to fray and tear, causing further moves towards repression.
December 7, 2012
South Africa's Bill of Right provides the cornerstone on which a truly democratic society can be built. The technical resources exist in a world of surpluses. Only imagination and political will are missing.
June 21, 2012
South Africa Inc is a “fronting” exercise in which the people of the country are the hapless stooges giving credibility to a governing elite. That is one of the reactions within the labour movement following the announcement of the government’s $2 billion pledge to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
August 5, 2011
The International Labour Organisation has finally placed domestic workers — the nannies, maids, chars and house helps — on the same footing as other workers in terms of a decent work agenda. At least in theory. But, as the South African experience shows, there is a very long was to go in practice — and not only for domestic workers.
June 7, 2011
Notes for a discussion on secrets held at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in February, 2011 in which I argued against the notion of state secrets.
January 8, 2011
The intolerant reaction to the 2010 cartoon by Zapiro of the prophet Muhammed was an example of bigotry and ignorance. Zapiro did not ridicule Islam or religion. What he did was to hold up to deserved ridicule those bigots who distort the professed messages from their prophets and, indeed, from their God or gods. He should be hailed for his perception and sensitivity, not damned for doing a good job.