Politics, and science, are both “arts of the possible”, and our criticisms and praise for what people are able to achieve needs to bear this in mind.
There are no doubt hundreds of thousands of words out there on the Internet talking about South Africa pre- and post-Mandela. The four columns highlighted here shouldn’t escape your attention.
Atheists should not try to “claim” Mandela as one of their number. Mandela devoted his life to healing divisions, rather than creating them, and claiming him as an atheist seems little more than crass opportunism.
What Mandela’s death offers us is a way to reaffirm the value of his life, and amongst the sadness, let us be sure to do that too.
Responses to questions from a South African newspaper on academic freedom, arising in light of John Higgins’ new book on the subject.
The South African Police Service still operates a unit dedicated to investigating “occult crimes”, which mainly seems an excuse for institutionalising a religious outlook within a secular state.
While Russell Brand is certainly entertaining, we shouldn’t mistake his seductive rhetoric for an intellectual critique worth taking seriously.
The various Faculty Boards at the University of Cape Town are currently considering alternative models for UCT student admissions. This contribution from Professor Anton Fagan of the Law Faculty merits wide distribution, and argues against the use of race as a proxy for disadvantage.
With Afrikaner Nationalism in the news thanks to Red October, its perhaps an appropriate time to look at one of its earlier incarnations, the Afrikaner Broederbond.