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The need to talk about Marxism

May 21, 2018

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The ideas of Karl Marx have, in one way or other, had the greatest influence on trade union and labour movement internationally. But these ideas have been more distorted and lied about than those of any other social theorist. What, in fact, does Marxism actually mean?

Still none so blind…..

May 18, 2018

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Economic growth remains the mantra across the board as the economic crisis staggers on. This, despite all the evidence that the drive for economic growth is part of the problem and not any form of solution.

Farm wages, workers & common interests

May 13, 2018

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We are all trapped in an economic system which, if its demands were judged by human standards, would almost certainly be regarded as criminally insane. Government, perhaps encouraged by the unions, could take steps to introduce an element of stability and fairness to those who suffer most in this global asylum. This could be a step forward to dealing with the lunacy itself.

Wages & the need for financial disclosure

May 13, 2018

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It is not in the interests of either employers or employees to have profitable enterprises collapse. Which is why exemption clauses exist in cases of legislated minimum wages. But for such a system to operate honestly, requires full financial disclosure by employers.

Banks, bonds & rip-offs

May 6, 2018

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If you owe a bank R50 000 and cannot repay on time, you have a problem. But if you owe a bank R1 billion and cannot pay, the bank has a problem. This, in monetary terms, sums up the relationship of rich and relatively poor. A sad example of this fact in practice relates to housing and forced sales.

So much talk, so little sense

May 4, 2018

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South Africa has experienced a veritable cascade of words from public platforms over recent weeks — not least on May Day — that seemed to reveal that, while so much has been said it has all contributed very little to any real understanding. A lack of honest, open, discussion seems to have reached crisis proportions.

The democratic centralist curse

April 30, 2018

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Democratic centralism is one of the most abused concepts within the South African political and labour arena. It has come to the fore again in debates around the strike protesting a proposed minimum wage and amendments to the labour laws. Hopefully, such debate will lead to the democratic reforms needed in much of the labour movement.