Bert Olivier

Revisiting an old favourite in the new Star Trek: Discovery

Viewers will find in the series an exemplar of the exploration of forms of otherness most people have never dreamed of, as well as of divergent ways to act in unison

South Africa’s fumbling response to Covid-19 poses questions

A strict lockdown is not only unenforceable, but the question must be asked: is it necessary at all? The examples of South Korea, Taiwan and Sweden suggest perhaps not

The coronavirus and the rise of the network society

Two kinds of virus, one biological and the other digital, have spread around the world, changing society and creating social elites

Covid-19 pandemic: An opportunity to press the reset button on capitalism?

Human greed has brought us to the brink of societal collapse. It is time for a student-led revolution to promote a transition to a new economic system

How do we get beyond ‘business as usual’ after the pandemic?

Charles Eisenstein’s book, Sacred Economics, offers some practical alternatives to neoliberal capitalism

What Gaia theory can tell us about the outbreak of novel coronavirus

Automatic-control mechanisms are part of the intelligent self-regulation that occurs in nature. Thus, the outbreak of Covid-19 could very well be Gaia’s automatic reaction to restore homeostatic equilibrium

Covid-19: Lessons from the zombie apocalypse

Humans are primed to lay the blame for this pandemic at nature’s door, but if we do not wish to reap disaster, we should not sow its seeds

The world has not learnt anything from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

​This year marks the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s ‘Gothic’ novel 'Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus'.

The cyber-war(s) being fought right under our noses

Hackers are consistently coming up with ways of accessing the devices of people and companies, despite the proliferation of security software.

Sinister signs

When one starts noticing more and more signs that indicate that some of the pillars of the democratic organisation of society are being eroded, it should be a stimulus to all reflective citizens to stand up, or speak up, in defence of what one might call democratic space. I have in mind those signs pertaining to the place occupied by the media in a democracy, writes Bert Olivier.

Why SA violence turns horrific and brutal

Violence and crime are ubiquitous in South Africa today, and on everyone's lips. Nevertheless, few of the many discussion programmes or media commentaries succeed in surpassing the mere verbal repetition of violent events such as murder, assault, rape or hijacking by providing an illuminating perspective on it.

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