Browsing All posts tagged under »democracy«

What about the workers?

May 8, 2019

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Much has changed on the South African political scene since the transition from apartheid in 1994. In the sixth national election since then, the votes of more than 2 million unionised workers could be crucial to the final outcome.

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

Lying our way to catastrophe

November 16, 2018

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The global economy that affects us all is based on lies; on the distortion and misrepresentation of the views of usually much lauded economists. It seems crucial to drive this point home as we continue to be told that greater productivity and the up-skilling and re-skilling of workers will vanquish poverty and unemployment. In a […]

‘Fallism 2016’ – when SA students challenged the status quo

November 11, 2018

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Everything Must Fall, the hard-hitting, thought provoking documentary film that provides perhaps the best insight possible into the tumultuous events that disrupted South African university campuses in 2016 will feature in the Netherlandsat the world’s largest documentary film festival from November 15 to 25. It will be part of a programme section entitled Frontline at […]

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.

A democratic back to school message for SA

January 20, 2018

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Whatever democratic power ordinary people have should always be defended — and fiercely. So SA ctizens, importantly organised labour, should prepare to do battle with a government that proposes abolishing elected school governing bodies that have admittedly failed, but largely because government has failed them.

Worker hope for SA public broadcaster

November 13, 2017

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The corporatisation of trade unions and the development of an almost symbiotic relationship between union leaders and employers, pubic and private, is a major problem for the labour movement. It can lead to an industrial relations mess such as that in the SABC. But the hope — and the remedy — still lies with united workers.