Mbete and the no confidence vote

ANTHONY BUTLER: Appearance of moral rectitude gives Mbete a shot at presidency ‘There has been no groundswell of loyalist anger against Mbete’s purportedly brave stand for constitutional principles’ BL PREMIUM 11 AUGUST 2017 - 07:08 ANTHONY BUTLER Baleka Mbete, Speaker of the National Assembly, ANC chairwoman and self-styled presidential hopeful, has enjoyed remarkably generous media coverage …

Some thoughts about academic freedom (from 2016)

Little kings rule alike in splendid, quiet towers 29 JULY 2016 - 08:19 ANTHONY BUTLER A SPOKESMAN for the SABC denied on Thursday that the corporation’s chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, had been approached to serve as the next vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town (UCT) on the long-expected retirement of the incumbent, Dr Max …

Good and bad capitalism (from 2016)

The real choice is between 'good capitalism' and 'bad capitalism' 29 MARCH 2016 - 13:17 ANTHONY BUTLER CRUDE anticapitalist rhetoric has long been central to African National Congress (ANC) politics. The idea that the "capitalist state" facilitates capital accumulation and co-ordinates exploitation thrives in the movement, in offshoots such as the Economic Freedom Fighters, in the …

A conservative analysis of Trump’s rise (from 2016)

Trumpism is not merely a US phenomenon 11 MARCH 2016 - 07:53 ANTHONY BUTLER WE SHOULD be worried about the rise of Donald Trump, even if he doesn’t make it all the way to the White House. Decent Americans are rightly concerned about Trump’s dalliance with white supremacy, his insults against women, Muslims and Mexicans, and …

Some thoughts on the EFF and parliament (from 2014)

A sartorial revolution to colour our politics 25 JULY 2014 - 07:15 ANTHONY BUTLER THE Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF’s) campaign for sartorial freedom has brought a welcome upsurge in media coverage of SA’s legislatures. A ban on overalls makes no sense. Like veal calves, MPs are highly restricted in movement, spend most of their lives indoors …