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A time to try real democracy

June 27, 2020

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Covid-19 is being used by politicians the world over to try to hide the fact that the system they administer was responsible for the economic crisis now exacerbated by Covid-19. Time now to try a true democratic alternative?

A key to a post-pandemic future

June 12, 2020

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The roots of the present lie in the past and it is essential that we havea clear idea of such roots if we are to understand where we are now — and why. Without such knowledge we can hardly plan clearly for the future.

Political opportunism & Covid-19

May 19, 2020

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The arrival of Covid-19 opened the door to rightwing political parties and has given some politicians the opportunity to exercise authoritarian tendencies. That is the view of leading Swedish epidemiologist Professor Johan Gieseck. In an interview last week he said the existence of the latest Corona virus had enabled politicians to “show decisiveness and strength”, […]

Tax, war & the Covid-19 future

April 22, 2020

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If, as governments and international in stitutions aroun d the world say, we are at war that is costing all economies dear, why is the historic means of funding such conflict — and financing the subsequent peace — not used? It seems to have been forgotten that wars and subsequent reconstruction were financed by taxing corporates and the rich.

A post Covid-19 future worth striving for

April 17, 2020

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Poverty is the biggest danger facing not just South Africa, but the world today. So it is perfectly understandable that poor people, oprdered to stay at home and socially distance, may see this as an invitation to starve, perhaps to death.

Post C-19: let’s not settle for normal

April 6, 2020

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Covid-19 and the response of authorities in proclaimed democratic states around the world has clearly illustrated that while all citizens are notionally equal, some are more equal than most others — while a tiny minority are very much more equal than the rest. While the media often concentrates on the fact that the likes of […]

Post Covid-19: why we don’t need ‘normal’

April 4, 2020

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There seems to be a consensus that the world will not be the same again in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, But while business and the elites plan for a possible return to business as usual, this appears to be te last thing we need since the 'normal' we had was precisely the problem.

A Covid-19 wake up call for fairness

March 22, 2020

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The spread around the world of Covid-19 by jet set and cruise travellers has heightened the fear of the horrendous human cost that this virus — no respecter of class, caste or colour — could cause should it reach the teeming favelas, squatter camps and shacklands of the working class poor. This should bring to the fore the gross neglect of the poor, many of whom continue to live — and die — as a result of treatable and curable epidemics such as tuberculosis (TB).