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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

International relations

[This paper was delivered on 7 June 2018 at the South African Monitor colloquium “Expropriation without compensation”: comparing politics and property rights in Zimbabwe and South Africa in The Hague, The Netherlands.]


Some theorists of social justice and the libertarian right all seem to agree that distribution of resources should be on merit. This clarifies the odd proximity between Fredrick Hayek, hero of the libertarian right, and John Rawls, theorist of social justice. Read more

[Source: Mail & Guardian by Patrick Bond.]

Naomi Klein remarked that a think tank is a group of people paid to think by the people who control the tanks. Here in Johannesburg, one of South Africa’s highest-profile intellectual vehicles appears to be a victim of drunken driving by scholars from whom we otherwise expect much stronger political navigation skills. Read more

[Source: The Weekly Standard.]

outh Africa recalled its ambassador to Israel two weeks ago to condemn the “violent aggression carried out by Israeli armed forces along the Gaza border.” Hamas, however, soon admitted that 50 of the 62 Palestinians killed were members of the organization, upending South Africa’s premature claim that more than 40 were civilians. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.9% y/y in August 2018 (CPI) & +6.3 y/y in August 2018 (PPI)
-0.7% q/q (2nd quarter of 2018)
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