Green tech is cool, but not because it’s green

Whenever you read about cool new technology, one of the main motivators is going “green”. It’s entirely the wrong reason to like technology, however.
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The great Fix Ivo appeal

It hardly seems fair. I’ve given up drinking and smoking in the hope that my 40s would be moderately healthy, but this week, the inevitable happened: I ended up in hospital with a severe bout of...
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How Mmusi Maimane swindled a vote out of me

I promised I would vote for the first party that put this slogan on its posters. So, congratulations, petty-fascist welfare statists. You win. Please don’t spend my vote on expensive subsidy programmes, intrusive regulations or lawless police.
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Look ma, I’m defending Shell’s record in Nigeria!

It was always going to come to this. Last week, former cabinet minister Jay Naidoo wrote a scathing indictment of Shell's record in Nigeria, in the hope of convincing South Africans to oppose shale gas drilling in the Karoo. Here's why he's wrong.
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The case to elect Malema to Parliament

I’ve argued that “agrarian reform”, as advocated by Julius Malema’s new party, evokes the millions of victims of Mao Tse-Tung and Pol Pot. I’ve argued that it is regressive and dangerous even if Malema turns out to be a wise and kindly leader, instead of a totalitarian tyrant. But here’s why he should be in Parliament.
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Young Writers Competition

Journalism, like most writing, is a curious job. It is often one of the most thankless tasks in the world. It is hard work, it pays terribly, and if you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, you’re liable to get shot or jailed for your work. It’s rough out there. Like being a policeman, or a social worker, or a nurse, you do it because it is a calling, because it is important. Not because of personal gain.
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The intellectual gnome, Chomsky

Not surprisingly, the name of Noam Chomsky surfaced in response to my recent reference to Pol Pot. Chomsky is an infamous skeptic of atrocities by anyone other than Western imperialists. Many younger polemicists of the left, like Michael Moore and Naomi Klein, emulate him. Are they “great intellectuals”, or intellectual frauds? Are they intellectual at all?
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If Malema isn’t Pol Pot, is he still dangerous?

Even if Malema’s motives are pure as the driven snow, he’d still be dangerous.
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Do Malema’s followers understand ‘agrarian reform’?

We know that Julius Malema does not understand economics. How can he, when he claims what he espouses is freedom? But the populist rhetoric is popular. It works. And since he's not alone on the far left, the people that respond to it ought to understand its true meaning.
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Ivo Vegter is a columnist and the author of Extreme Environment, a book on environmental exaggeration and how it harms emerging economies. He approaches issues from the perspective of individual liberty and free markets.

He grew up in the deep south of Johannesburg, and learnt his politics reading the Weekly Mail and Vrye Weekblad at Wits University during the early years of the country's transition to democracy.

He recently left the city for the lower cost of living of Knysna, where he continues to write about everything under the sun.

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