The Free Dictionary ( defines Socialism as:
1. Any of various theories or systems of social
organization in which the means of producing and
distributing goods is owned collectively or by a
centralized government that often plans and controls the economy.
2. The stage in Marxist-Leninist theory intermediate
between capitalism and communism, in which collective ownership of the economy under the dictatorship of the proletariat has not yet been successfully achieved.

Even though this definition touches on the necessary areas of concern for socialism, it doesn’t really give a good indication of the true intention of the ideology.

Socialism may, in the past, have intended to put the ownership of the ‘means of production’ (industry/manufacturing) in the hands of the labourers (or those doing the manufacturing). Throughout the industrialisation of Western Society the labour force was continuously being underpaid and over-worked, as the ‘lower-class’ has been since the birth of hierarcial order in society, and Marxist ideology looked to save them through the communist route; this presented a problem only because no-one has an idea of what ‘communism’ really is: “the transitional period between Private Business/Governmental Rule to Publicly Owned/No-Government Rule. Understanding this was crucial to the success of communism, but as Stalin and Mao showed us the absolute corruption of power remains the single biggest threat to this.

The only means by which we would be able to make any governmental/economic/social system work is to remove exactly those elements which allowed the absolute dictatorship of previous communist states. This is another concern I have about the above definition; there is no ‘dictation’ or ‘government ownership’ in true socialism (please see discussion on communism/socialism for information about the interaction between these two ideologies), nor in communism. The purpose of the socialist principle is to restructure the means by which society is ‘managed’ by whichever government institution is in power.

The idea here is not to remove private ownership from the economic spectrum (that would make it collapse completely) or to revoke government’s role in a nation/country; the goal I think is to ensure that the most basic needs of individuals are addressed from a governmental perspective (water, sanitation, etc) and to ensure privately owned business is forcerd to deliver quality products or services at a price relevant to its value. So basically it’s a political and economic system that is orientated towards delivering quality service to the masses (the proletariat) FIRSTLY and profits to owners and share-holders (the burgoise) SECONDLY.

An extension of the ideology is also to ensure no individuals/businesses/organisations can hide behind laws that protect industries no matter how unethically they act, and hold these individuals/organisations/businesses accountable for their actions.

Socialism remains a very ‘broad’ term and this definition is my own understanding of socialism in a (elongated) nut-shell. The purpose of this forum is to be a platform to discuss the definition for its relevance in the 21st century, please feel free to expand on it.

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So wat kry jy as jy bliksems van Bellville los laat tot hulle eie devices in die woestyn? Apparently een poes-cool music video! Jack Parow, een van ons favorite K-Tonians, en Francois van Coke, ja daai ander bra met die suit, het opgeteam om vir julle bastards een fokken kief music video te bring vir Jack se track, “Dans, Dans, Dans”. Wat kan ek se oor die video? Poes-cool bra, en ek meen POES-cool! Persoonlik is ek nie ‘n fan van Francois van Coke se vorige werk nie, meestal omdat ek dink fokofpolisiekar is nike meer as ‘n publicity stunt band nie, maar hy het homself so half redeem om saam met Jack op te tree vir hierdie video. Parow se lyrics is soos altyd lethal, en ‘n woord van waarskuwing, jy gaan hierdie tune in jou kop sing vir ten minste ‘n paar dae.

Dit kom etlike dae voor die launch van Jack Parow se album by die Barnyard Theater, Maandag aand. Nou, my laaste post op KTown was oor die Jack Parow en NP Projek gig by die Kreeffees in Lambertsbaai, en enigiemand wat daar was weet dat hulle nou nog besig is om al die dames vir sielkundige behandeling te neem nadat Jack hulle broekies nat gemaak het en innerlik betas het (meisie wys na klein pop en se: “ja meneer, dis waar hy aan my gevat het). Dit was een piele event gewees, en as jy nou ‘n regte kont wil wees moet jy die gig Maandag mis.

So ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, kommin en kwaai, hier is die official video vir Dans, Dans, Dans… Dit is die -este, beste, moederfokken zefste hierdie kant van die Boerewors Gordyn. Checkit, en moenie ‘n poes wees nie.

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Jack Parow & NP Projek
Attending relatively numerous music festivals (especially, even though mostly unfortunately, Afrikaans festivals) throughout the Western and Northern Cape, I’ve been subjected to watching various terrible artists including the Ray Dylans and Steve Hofmeyers of the Afrikaans music industry (not to mention the ear-stabbing of every festival’s own little Idols competition). Every once in a while though, I run into a great gig that makes up for all the other really shitty ones I have to sit though; Chris Chameleon at Rittelfees, 2008 is one such an example. Another is this weekend’s Jack Parow gig at the Kreeffees, featuring our mates NP Projek.

Jack Parow, the original kômmin-fokker-van-die-Bellville, has been making massive waves locally with his latest EP, Jy Dink Jy’s Cooler As Ekke, making local Afrikaans K-Tonians rock their tits off. He’s also been featuring NP Projek on quite a number of gigs, and if you’ve heard their tracks, you’ll know they’re the pumping-parody-duo from north of the Boerewors Gordyn, popularised with their satirical spin-offs like Kraaibak 911, Baby Stokvis and Doom, Doom.

Saturday’s gig would deliver everything you’d expect from this crew; the crowd was righteously entertained. Surprising enough the venue was Lambertsbaai’s Community Centre, and not at the festival’s location. Although, come to think of it, maybe putting this bunch just before or after Steve Hofmeyer could have erupted into quite an interesting clash of personalities.

Cover was a bit steep at a hundred bucks, yet there was no shortage of people there. Another unfortunate factor was the venue itself, obviously not being a pub or club the environment didn’t really allow for great sound, but I don’t think anyone there gave a single shit about it; they were too pumped to rock out with their cocks out. The bar was minimally stocked, but fortunately there was great support from the Jagermeister guys, with tons of merchandise give-aways.

By the time NP Projek hit the stage, everyone had enough time to get well fucked up on the Jager, thanks mostly to those lovely ladies keeping us hydrated. Their set was kicking the bejesus out of everyone there, with only a slight technical sound issue thanks to some drunken bastard who killed the Speaker line. With the exception of those ten quiet minutes, the rest of it was really kief. Even though I’ve been a fan of NP Projek, and known them for probably longer than either of us would like to admit, it’s the first gig I’ve attended; I’m pretty glad that was the case, as this was one seriously awesome event. Pierre and Noulan were obviously having a jol on stage, dropping some great next-level beats. After their set, Jack Parow made the place pump like crazy. The set was great, the performance even more so. His lyrical madness had every Afrikaans bastard in that place losing their mind to his tracks, and it was evident by the end of the evening that the party was definitely not over.

Afterwards we found ourselves at a local pub in Lambertsbay where we continued to indulge in pool and Jager-bombs to our heart’s delight (a considerably large amount it would seem). I do recall being asked kindly by the police to leave somewhere in the wee hours of the morning, which in turn translated to “let’s go party at the back of the kitchen where no-one can hear us”. I can’t really remember much from that point on, but I do know that it was an ass-kicking event, so if you do have opportunity to join our mates NP Projek or Jack Parow at any one of their gigs do so! Their next event together is at the Vlakvarkgat Rock Festival, and includes numerous other acts. See the Facebook Event

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On location in Lambertsbaai at the Kreeffees this weekend.

I’m not a seafood kinda guy… At all. In fact, I only eat two things that come out of the sea: calamari and chips. And that’s already pushing it. So this weekend I find myself in the epicentre of seafood heaven, the Lambertsbaai Kreeffees on the West Coast.

Craft stalls, Afrikaans tunes and crayfish are the buzz around here. If you’re in the area, fall in and check it out. The usual suspects are performing, including Ray Dylan and Steve Hofmeyer (and as you can imagine I’m so excited to see these), but our saving grace will be Jack Parow and our good mates NP Projek playing tonight.

I’ll be checking it out to give you guys a full rap on how it went, so watch this space…

Cover is R140 for the day, and there’s more than enough Crayfish and Graca going around. So checkit, this is a kief K-Town Festival to be at.

Birkenhead Estate, Stanford

It’s been around for thousands of years; the Sumerians wrote chants and hymns about it, the Mesopotamians had a goddess dedicated to it, and it’s been helping white men dance really badly for ages. It is the third most popular beverage in the world after water and tea, and if it was up to me it would be number one… it is beer, the beautiful bastard that it is.

True K-Tonians and millions of South Africans are all too familiar with this creation; and the biggest brewery in the world is South African after all, SABMiller. Yet, there are many other micro-breweries dotted around the country supplying locally brewed beverages to a variety of pubs; Mitchells and Boston in the city, and for those who know the south Cape, Birkenhead.

Birkenhead Estate is situated about 12 meters out of Stanford, a town small enough to be missed if you blink, en route to Gansbaai from Hermanus, and was named after the HMS Birkenhead which sank off the coast in the 1800’s (this was also the wreck that gave us the term “women and children first”). They boast a pub, restaurant, picnic area, estate homes and their super-kief brewery, all in the shadow of the Klein Rivier mountains.

Personally, I didn’t care much for the food. Their menu is as disappointingly uninteresting as watching paint dry or a speech by the Speaker of Parliament so I’d advise packing a picnic or some snacks. The main attraction, however, is definitely something to enjoy; the variety of beers brewed in-house will offer something for every beer lover. Currently there are seven alcoholic beverages crafted on-site, and for just 30 bucks you can have a tasting-plate served with all seven… in small glasses… but not too small fortunately.

The range includes the following: Honey Blond, a sweet, strong beer akin to European green-bottles, Birkenhead Lager and Birkenhead Premium, both of which are pretty run-of-the-mill lagers, Old English Ale, which is a dark, full-bodied ale with a hint of old-age and dust, Chocolate Milk Stout, yes, chocolate milk stout, Birkenhead Venom, a stout/lager/brandy mixture that’ll kick you into next Sunday, and Strongboat Cider, a grap-sappie resembling Appletizer.

I preferred the Honey Blond, as it was firstly a stronger beer weighing in at 6%, but also because it most resembled my favourite European beers (but don’t think it tastes like Amstel or Heineken). The Venom was actually quite horrible, being flat from the stout and harsh from the brandy with a hint of cough medicine, yet it’ll make an awesome chaser for Jagermeister shots, and it’ll make you surprisingly fucked-up with a 10% volume.

All-in-all the Birkenhead Estate outing is something I’d advise if you were heading somewhere via Stanford and needed a place to park off for an hour or two while you combat sobriety on a beautiful lawn overlooking the mountains. The beers are pretty cool, none of which I’d give a golden medal to, but definitely a good alternative to other locally brewed beers, and the atmosphere is quiet and serene.

You can get Birkenhead beers at a variety of pubs, restaurants and off-sales throughout K-Town. Check the list here
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