Quote of the week

Now you cannot understand anything about fascist doctrine if you do not understand that their central claim was that liberalism is antidemocratic; in other words, the fascists claimed that liberal institutions cannot represent the will of the people. They further claimed that their typical institutions, particularly the party, were more effective means to represent the will of the people. So fascists were “authoritarian democrats.”

Dylan Riley
Jacobin
12 February 2007

Rather Bloemfontein than Braamfontein….

Men’s Health magazine has just published a report which rates Bloemfontein as the top “city” for men to live in South Africa. The Men’s Health team might have spent too much time with the leadership of FNB because the survey seems rather obsessed with crime.

The Mail & Guardian reports:

Bloemfontein, with only 20 burglaries per 10 000 residents, was voted the best city in South Africa for men. Pietermaritzburg was rated second, Johannesburg third, Pretoria fourth, Cape Town fifth, East London sixth and Durban seventh.
This news must be heartening to those gentlemen judges on the Supreme Court of Appeal who are forced …. (I mean, who are lucky enough) … to live in Bloemfontein instead of living close to Braamfontein.

It is not clear from the news reports whether cities were also judged on the intellectual stimulation available and the commitment of its inhabitants to constitutional transformation. Given the fact that Bloemfontein came out tops, I would be surprised if they were.

To be fair, using the latter criteria I am not sure that Cape Town would have done better than its 5th position either. O well, at least we have the mountian and the ocean while Bloemfontein has the Vrouemonument.

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