Social justice in relation to the tradition of justice
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Social justice in relation to the tradition of justice

Justice as a topic of deep philosophical debate is as old as humanity itself. The common thread running through the history of the Western philosophy of justice is the essentially varied nature of humanity and the appropriate way for justice to be realised on an individual and societal level given this reality. In the West…

Politics is more often the problem than the solution

Politics is more often the problem than the solution

Everyone seems to be talking about the looming collapse of the ANC. If the party implodes, however, it does not imply by default that people will stop voting for them. The post-1994 political dispensation exposed many inconvenient truths. I say “inconvenient”, because these truths often contradict the mainstream political narrative about South Africa that we…

Balanseertoertjies en misplaaste selfvertroue: Hoe kontrakteurs kultuur steel  

Balanseertoertjies en misplaaste selfvertroue: Hoe kontrakteurs kultuur steel  

Die misplaaste selfvertroue in skeidingsvermoë Elke hoë beskawing verval deur vanselfsprekende dinge te vergeet. – GK Chesterton Die moderne Westerse mens aanvaar verskeie dinge as moontlik, en neem dit as normaal aan, dikwels dinge wat nie noodwendig moontlik of normaal is of behoort te wees nie. Een van die mees vreesaanjaende wyses waarop die aanvaarding…

Against the Union

Against the Union

Summary South Africa is a highly diverse country in geography, climate, language, economy and race. As a result, central government cannot provide policies that address the needs of ordinary people without it devolving control of the agenda-setting process to a significant extent. However, the Constitution – both as it currently exists and as it has…

Taalontwikkeling in Suid-Afrika: Die Grondwet waarborg 50%, gemeenskappe dra die res

Taalontwikkeling in Suid-Afrika: Die Grondwet waarborg 50%, gemeenskappe dra die res

Die onlangse UNISA-uitspraak vestig die aandag op twee waarnemings. Die eerste is dat daar tog hoop is vir die voortsetting van akademiese Afrikaans in die openbare universiteitsektor, veral indien afstandsonderrig bly groei, aan die gang gesit deur die sogenaamde “nuwe normaal” wat deur pandemietoestande veroorsaak word. Hierdie hoop spruit uit die Grondwethof se verbintenis, deur…

The judges and their Whigs: The mirage of the rule of law in South Africa

The judges and their Whigs: The mirage of the rule of law in South Africa

… [T]he depiction of the highest courts, as the ultimate protector of rights, is at the same time distinctively romantic, and false. The state, in the accurate analysis of Max Weber, is the holder of the monopoly of legitimate force, which includes violence. The legitimate wielders of force are not only the security agencies of…

Civil disobedience
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Civil disobedience

Civil disobedience is a specific political strategy, underpinned by specific conceptions of political power and legitimacy. But to be executed successfully, a civil disobedience campaign relies on a broader political movement, and a complex decentralised social support system. Therefore, tactics and strategy are examined according to the empirical track record.

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