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Herman Mashaba, a past Wisconsin Forum speaker, is elected the mayor of Johannesburg, South Africa.
South African patriot, former Chairman of the Free Market Foundation, prolific writer and renown speaker Herman Mashaba was elected a mayor of the biggest city in Sub-Saharan Africa – City of Johannesburg. One of the leaders of the Democratic Alliance of South Africa Mashaba went head to head against incumbent mayor Parks Tau, but emerged victorious with 144 votes. Tau received 125 votes.
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Herman was on the NPR and BBC yesterday and today. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-37161530
Technology seems to be moving faster and faster these days (that’s cause it is); it’s becoming a more powerful tool not only for raising one’s productivity but also for increasing liberty in the hands of those who know how to maximize it’s utility.
That said…Anthony Wile just wrote a fascinating editorial at the Daily Bell which sparked the idea for this blog post. It’s on the latest developments surrounding the Megaupload and Bodog fiascos, (and yet so much more). I thought I would share one of his insights.
“It took the elites a number of centuries to control the damage done by the Gutenberg Press. These massive technological changes are not merely dealt with by flicking a “kill switch.”
The Internet, as we often point out, is a process not an episode. Many of its ramifications are yet to unfold.”
(You can read the full article if you click on this link. It’s worth your time.)
The reason I feel compelled to share it is that I am reminded (and really excited) about the many possibilities. The possibility for increasing liberty through the use of technology will EXPLODE in the years ahead and NOTHING will be able to stop it if “they” let it. This is good news for the common man and bad news for the powerful, the elite, and the totalitarian minded among us. Thankfully I do not think they see: their days are numbered.
If the prospect for Liberty in our life time excites you as much as it does me, then I hope you will join us some time at the Wisconsin Forum. Browse our new website for more information. We look forward to meeting you at one of our future meetings, in the company of like minded individuals from all walks of life.
(To read more on technology as it relates to Liberty I recommend reading this essay from former Wisconsin Forum Speaker Gary North. Fair warning…it may change your life if you understand it’s ramifications and look into the details and links provided. It is perhaps one of the most powerful “windows” into what technology will bring, for good or ill, and there is nothing the powerful can do to stop or contain the process ultimately.)
Take care and we hope to see you soon!
Wisconsin Forum Board Member
Wendy McElroy writes a fascinating book review on Mises.org reminding us that totalitarianism is always a threat even in our back yards. She tells us that people often do not recognize the dangers presented to us incrementally while living out our daily lives.
She quotes a pertinent Murray Rothbard passage as well…
“The state is the only institution which can use the revenue from this organized theft [taxes] to presume to control and regulate people’s lives and property. Hence, the institution of the state establishes a socially legitimatized and sanctified channel for bad people to do bad things.”
The America we once knew “is disappearing day by day” and articles like this book review should serve as serious reminders to us all.