How the people could really govern

February 10, 2019

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Democracy as practiced in so-called parliamentary democracies around the world is a lie. One person, one vote was a concession granted by the governing, monied elite after long, brutal and bloody struggles by oppressed majorities. But it was a concession within the same corrupt and corrupting system. With the advance of communications technology, true democracy beckons

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Labour’s view of SONA 2019, S. Africa

February 9, 2019

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There is nothing new in the recipes proposed by President Cyril Ramaphosa to remedy the damage done over the past decade to South Africa's state institutions and the economy. They are recipes that trade unions across th board have already rejected.

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SONA 2019: Mbeki without the poetry

February 9, 2019

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Hard questions now need to be asked and hard facts faced as politicians continue to make extravagant promises that, on even cursory examination, ignore reality. And that does not even mean looking ahead to the consequences of the fourth industrial revolution that the world has already embarked on.

A citizens’ path to true democrcy

February 2, 2019

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Without democratic control over, and the right to recall, elected representatives — these being the “basics” early anti-apartheid unions strove for — the corrupting and monied minorities will continue to have a relatively free hand in manipulating and controlling society.

Davos & the spectre of populism

January 26, 2019

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Populism was a spectre haunting the super rich when they met in Davos, Switzerland. this past week. But while this emergence of nationalist, protectionist sentiment does pose a threat to global corporations, it does not threaten the system based on competition and the exploitation of labour. It also carries with it the poison of zenophobia.

Time to recall: Ye are many, they are few…

January 15, 2019

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This coming year promises turbulence, both nationally and globally, with the political and economic environment remaining volatile. We, along with citizens of other nation-states, will also almost certainly be inundated with calls to patriotism and to pull together in the cause of a better life for all. The question — as always — will be […]

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As SA elections loom: a call for clarity & organisation

January 13, 2019

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It's swings and roundabouts for the workers of the world, with the overall trajectory being fewer jobs and lower pay. This is the reality as the World Bank claims — citing China and India as prime examples — that global poverty is declining; the implication being that the economic system is working. It is not and it is, in fact, becoming increasingly destructive.