Gareth van Onselen gave a powerful speech a few weeks ago, on the Rhodes statue and the dangers of succumbing to mob pressure. However, I think liberalism can accommodate the removal of the statue, and that his analogy to Farenheit 451 fails.
Helen Zille’s decision to not stand for re-election as leader of the DA took everyone by surprise, and has also led to speculation about whether she was “pushed”.
Was the UCT Senate decision a capitulation to bullies, or did the bullies have good arguments (whether or not they were well-behaved)?
The UCT Academics Union have approved a statement on #RhodesMustFall by an overwhelming majority. For those who are following this issue, here is that statement.
The emotions and politics of protests like #RhodesMustFall can lead us to forget that politically effective is not necessarily the same thing as intellectually virtuous.
The statue of Cecil John Rhodes on UCT’s main campus is currently attracting significant protest action. As important as symbolism is, let’s keep in mind that it’s not all that matters.
Balancing the interests of those who claim (and feel) offence with the interests of those who would like to provoke thought isn’t easy. In general, though, acceding to those who are most sensitive might cost us the ability to read texts outside of our subjective preferences.
Nostalgia came to visit, as the editor of a collection of poems intended as a set-work for high school students asked for permission to use this old poem of mine.
The Independent Media’s panel tasked with advising on what to do about offensive comments on newspaper websites recently released its report. Here’s my take on it.
A roundup of impressions from the 4-day low carb high fat conference, held in Cape Town in February 2015, and featuring most of the big names in LCHF research.