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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Daily Maverick by Dirk de Vos.]

Sometimes it takes a lot of experience, heartache and destruction for a general realisation that a given policy or ideology simply does not work.

Consider communism for a moment. On the face of it, it provides a sharp analytical framework for a critique of capitalism with its attendant dynamics that favour owners of capital at the expense of working people. It also provides a framework for the replacement of capitalist systems with ones that make all of us equal citizens sharing in our wealth. But the experience of most of the 20th century shows us that communist systems don’t work out and that they shatter lives, communities and cause enormous misery.54

Hardcore socialists, despite all evidence that communist systems never achieve actual communism, continue to claim that previous attempts did not implement it properly but the rest of the world – including most of those critical of the type of capitalism we see today – have moved on and motivate instead for other options, say, different versions of social democracy or the “developmental state” and so on.

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South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.5% y/y in June 2019 (CPI) & +5.8 y/y in June 2019 (PPI)
-3.2% q/q (1st quarter of 2019)
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