Quote of the week

Over the last 150 days we have learned much about the power of the habitual in post-millennial, post-apartheid South Africa. We have heard it in the grumbling, cavilling, quarrelling and grousing about the logic (or lack of) of government decrees. We have also seen it in the defiance of logic among the many bourgeois folks who mistook their entitlement for rights, whether to go running, do yoga on the beach, surf, get takeaway coffees, or to purchase items subjected to restricted trade… We saw it in the contradictory messages relayed by official government channels, in the conflict between some experts advising government, between government officials and such experts, and in the ways in which opposition parties contradicted themselves as they opposed government proclamations.

Angelo Fick
Johannesburg Review of Books
24 December 2008

Happy holidays

I would like to wish the readers of this Blog a happy holiday. Thanks for your support over the past year. Without you this Blog would have been far less lively and thought provoking. Many of you have taught me new things this year and even if you did not, I enjoyed sparring with you. I hope you all have a great 2009, filled with love, light and blessings. Viva the Constitution! Viva democracy! Viva freedom of speech!

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