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…

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…

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…

Western civilisation and Afrikaners: A shared struggle with foundation myth crises

Western civilisation and Afrikaners: A shared struggle with foundation myth crises

A foundation or origin myth develops over time to serve as the foundation of a culture, people, city or civilisation. Such myths are typically presented as a grand narrative and function to justify and explain the current state of affairs, with the events, entities and forces described therein often being considered sacred. The reference here…

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