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Trump, our Constitution and when bullshit runs wild
Trump, our Constitution and when bullshit runs wild
In August last year, CNN commentator Fareed Zakaria invoked a famous 1986 essay by philosopher Harry Frankfurt to describe Donald Trump. Frankfurt...
So what is the point, Don and JZ?
So what is the point, Don and JZ?
THE FIFTH COLUMN
Zuma, Trump and the absence of shame
Zuma, Trump and the absence of shame
Shame isn’t a lekke’ emotion to feel. It indicates that you have fallen short of your own standards. Alternatively, feeling shame can also...
​Zuma and Trump: A tale of two bullshitters
​Zuma and Trump: A tale of two bullshitters
THE FIFTH COLUMN
Sozzled at the Saxonwold Shebeen
Sozzled at the Saxonwold Shebeen
THE FIFTH COLUMN
Bond: ‘We’re always in danger, boetie’
Bond: ‘We’re always in danger, boetie’
It was a dark night in September and a heavyset man in a two-tone shirt approached me.
A willingness to maul each other
A willingness to maul each other
It no longer surprises me to meet victims and survivors of oppression who also oppress others. I have met white gay men who are racists. I have met...
OPINION: Public protector's report fails to make a case against Absa
OPINION: Public protector's report fails to make a case against Absa
The sustained degradation of key institutions such as the police service, the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority has reached so desperate a...
​ANC enslaved by struggle habits
​ANC enslaved by struggle habits
There is no compelling reason for the ANC to remain enslaved by liberation struggle habits. Almost 23 years into democracy it is time for the...
​Abracadabra – it’s all hocus-pocus
​Abracadabra – it’s all hocus-pocus
THE FIFTH COLUMN
Terrifying truths about public debate
Terrifying truths about public debate
There is always a lot at stake in political debate. Consequently, the quality of political debate can easily deteriorate as factions and individuals push their various agendas. This will probably be particularly true of political discourse in our country this year....
The inauguration of the end of the world (as we know it)
The inauguration of the end of the world (as we know it)
THE FIFTH COLUMN
Gym is post-festive self-torture
Gym is post-festive self-torture
BODY LANGUAGE
Alexa Mdluli, the bot in the Conspiracy Dot
Alexa Mdluli, the bot in the Conspiracy Dot
THE FIFTH COLUMNPink News reports a snafu with Amazon’s “virtual assistant” (that’s “bot” to you), Alexa, over the holiday...
​Pace of lawfare will pick up in the year ahead
​Pace of lawfare will pick up in the year ahead
The shift from political warfare to lawfare continued apace in 2016. The most prominent example of this development was the decision of the...

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