Benjamin Fogel

A cycle of diminishing expectations

South Africans are learning the hard way that corruption cannot simply be solved through technical fixes and increasing “accountability” through locking the villains up

Place a collective wager on the hope for a better future

Individualistic values, reflected in everything from the the prosperity gospel and capitalism to social media influencers, may be overcome when we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic

Jair Bolsonaro: the president who ‘ordered his country to die’

The Brazilian president broke self-isolation, despite being exposed to Covid-19, and has encouraged his supporters to do the same, while his health minister battles to contain the crisis

South Africa could use a communist party

The SACP is not building socialism, or even social democracy. Sadly, it has become just another party advancing the politics of patronage

Future of the left in South Africa. Left? What left?

There is no left-wing representation at any level and to start one needs clear thought

What South Africa can learn from Brazil

As the fallout from Lava Jato shows, we must be wary of factionalism in the fight against graft

South Africa is suffering from the plague of political amnesia

Politicians depend on our ability to forget their worst transgressions in order to manipulate the public discourse

SA not immune to the global state of untruth

Falsehoods spread through media and politicians serve to polarise, destabilise and depoliticise

It’s not right for SA’s left to reject elections

Elections can be used to build a movement that advances a democratic socialist alternative

Why South Africa needs Democratic Socialism

South African politics urgently needs an injection of electoral energy from the left, that speaks in a language that resonates with voters

South Africa is ripe for right-wing populist movements

The emergence of parties such as the African Transformation Movement signals a worrying trend

Bolsonaro’s three-month rule a disaster

Even the rats are jumping ship as the economy flounders amid poor governance decisions

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