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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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Break Out the Bongs!
State governments in the USA have started kicking up various marijuana laws regardless of the plant’s federal status. In the past few days Washington State has ammended it’s medical marijuana bill in favor of the wonder weed (Story Here), while Nederland, Colorado has become another city to scrap all civil and criminal penalties for private possession by popular vote (Story Here).

This comes a few weeks before voters in California go to the poles for legalisation for personal consumption and controlled distribution. As you can imagine, this will be the single biggest decriminalisation since prohibition was lifted, yet still the federal government is doing everything in its power to make legal stoners nervous and uncomfortable. Grass makes you paranoid enough guys, no need to add to it!

Stoners everywhere were fucking ecstatic!

Stoners everywhere were fucking ecstatic!

What does it mean for us here in K-Town though? Well, as we all know the USA has constituted itself fucking GOD over everything, so most likely it might filter through to us within a few years and we can all just go about our everyday Cape Town lives, as we always do… Minus the paranoia of sleeping in Woodstock Police Station of course…

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Easter Weekend, 1993. At the edge of the Apartheid regime came a final blow to the White Supremecy and the war on a minority ruled nation; the execution of Chris Hani fuelled a fire that burned with a volatile flame into the night. Now we sit seventeen years later with a very similar scenario; the murder of a leader of an oppressed people. There is no question the death of Eugene Terre’Blanch will spark a new fire, and possibly initiate a snowball effect able to swallow what little stability our nation has.

Unlike the death of Hani, there is no clear reason to think this was a politically orientated execution, and that almost makes it worse. Here we have a prime example of how a racially volatile environment doesn’t need reason to ignite. Police reports are saying it was a wage dispute that triggered the two men to bludgeon Eugene to death, yet there is absolutely no doubt that the unconstitutional racial hatred continually being instigated by leaders of the ruling party has not helped the situation. Here we sit, 16 years after the liberation struggle has ended, and in the minds of some people it still rages on.

Now, I’m not going to justify Terre’Blanch’s life or ideologies; his racial attacks and drive of white supremacy with no intellectual backing made him no better than Julius himself. It is also no surprise that Eugene died by the racial sword he kept wielding. The real question here is what the consequences of such a brutal murder are, and how it will affect the lives of everyday South Africans.

Many Afrikaners have been outraged by this attack, vowing revenge on anyone involved or responsible to any degree. Whether it will actually happen is a different question; we’re not exactly known for jumping on the bandwagon together, but more so for each selfishly creating his own bandwagon and followers. This is the problem faced by a minority fighting amongst themselves while fighting the ‘new’ oppressors as they are so eloquently referred to. If we have no unity in our own sects, then what is the true meaning of “Eendracht Maakt Macht”, which Afrikaners holler and sing with great enthusiasm and nostalgia.

Yet I do think there will be a certain sense of cohesion between some Afrikaners post this, but will it be at the cost of alienating thousands of other Afrikaners who have been fighting towards a united, liberated South Africa? This is a sad reality of the AWB leader’s sudden propulsion into Martyrdom; his Che Guevara-esque status will initiate and fuel a rift between most Afrikaners, separating the racist supremists from those who can’t be bothered… For those supremists this is the spark they needed to fuel an underground war; but will it be all-out civil war, or just the same series of humiliating murders and people being dragged behind a Bakkie through the town as the flesh tears over the tar?

The latter will continue to happen for a few generations; no matter what the race, between us all there are the Julius Malema’s and Eugene Terre’Blanch’s who cannot let go of the past because it’s the only thing that gets their heart racing; those who still hamper with the immature, imperialist and racist notions we see in the news every day.

The former will be an interesting avenue which will play along the AWB’s very core. A civil war would deal a very damaging blow to the democratic South Africa; yet for these supremist Afrikaners it would be jihad of sorts, fought on the bloody tracks of oppressed Afrikaners ancestors who survived the concentration camps of the British and the assassinations by diplomatic tribal partners (reference to Bloedrivier). Whether they will succeed is wholly dependant on their ability to mobilise and organise, and this I feel may be the downfall of any such action. Yet should they be able to overcome these obstacles, the declaration of an independent Boere Republic will almost be imminent. Constance Viljoen and Eugene Terre’Blanch both had very opposing views on this possibility, separating the AWB for a long time, but when the AWB re-emerged in 2004 echoing Constance’s notions towards an independent republic, it was obvious that this possibility now exists. Eugene was quoted as saying he’d even take this position to The Hague in Belgium for international recognition.

This puts the ANC in a very precarious position, it eats at the very center of their united South Africa; sadly it is the product of their own inability to quell a fire before it becomes an inferno. It is not so much the fact that Julius Malema’s mouth is still opening and closing with illegible gibberish coming out, but more the fact that they are still challenging the mechanisms of law which they themselves instituted by challenging the courts on what is and is not hate-speech. By failing to create trust and unity in their party, never mind the nation, they can only expect these kinds of reactions.

So now we have three options on the road forward. One, expect life to go on as usual with a few explosive debates, some racial tension in the news and one or two flairs of violence; nothing new from what we are accustomed to. Two, wait for Civil War and seek asylum in Europe or Canada; this will give you enough time to resettle in a foreign country. Or three, await Civil War, join the new independent republic and sell lots of t-shirts, stickers, posters, badges and flags with Eugene’s face stamped on; a new line of merchandise which might make life in The United States of Stellaland quite comfortable…

Freedom of press and freedom of speech are two of the cornerstones on which our democracy is founded; when they are threatened, the ‘safety’ of our nation’s dignity and future is threatened. I say ‘fuck that shit’, and so do many others; here’s a post shared by Bloggers throughout the great K-Town and South Africa. If you are a blogger, feel free to repost this on your page. Peace…

Bloggers For a Free Press

Last week, shocking revelations concerning the activities of the ANC YouthLeague spokesperson Nyiko Floyd Shivambu came to the fore. According to a letter published in various news outlets, a complaint was laid by 19 political journalists with the Secretary General of the ANC, against Shivambu. This complaint letter detailed attempts by Shivambu to leak a dossier to certain journalists, purporting to expose the money laundering practices of Dumisani Lubisi, a journalist at the City Press. The letter also detailed the intimidation that followed when these journalists refused to publish these revelations. We condemn in the strongest possible terms the reprisals against journalists by Shivambu. His actions constitute a blatant attack on media freedom and a grave infringement on Constitutional rights. It is a disturbing step towards dictatorial rule in South Africa.

We call on the ANC and the ANC Youth League to distance themselves from the actions of Shivambu. The media have, time and again, been a vital democratic safeguard by exposing the actions of individuals who have abused their positions of power for personal and political gain.

The press have played a vital role in the liberation struggle, operating under difficult and often dangerous conditions to document some of the most crucial moments in the struggle against apartheid. It is therefore distressing to note that certain people within the ruling party are willing to maliciously target journalists by invading their privacy and threatening their colleagues in a bid tosilence them in their legitimate work.

We also note the breathtaking hubris displayed by Shivambu and the ANC Youth League President Julius Malema in their response to the letter of complaint. Shivambu and Malema clearly have no respect for the media and the rights afforded to the media by the Constitution of South Africa. Such a response serves only to reinforce the position that the motive for leaking the so-called dossier was not a legitimate concern, but a insolent effort to intimidate and bully a journalist who had exposed embarrassing informatio about the Youth League President. We urge the ANC as a whole to reaffirm its commitment to media freedom and other Constitutional rights we enjoy as a country.

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Biggest Reform for US Healthcare in Decades
The Yankees have done it… I’m overjoyed that the democrats have won with their healthcare reform. This controversial bill will completely reshape the way Americans get looked after by guarenteeing health insurance for rich and poor. Not only will it force the health insurance industry in the US to be more ethically competative, but it also keeps them from refusing insurance for pre-existing conditions.

The wonderful thing is that if this works for them, there is a huge possibility that we may adopt the same kind of bill in future (us trying so hard to be American in any way possible). Either way you look at it though, millions of people are now a fuck-load better off and it’s about time they followed suit with the rest of the world (especially seeing as the NHS has existed for decades in the UK).

Read the story here via IOL

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There’s been a considerable amount of mud-slinging in the South African political circles over the past few months; more specifically it has been between Julius Malema and the rest of humanity. This cunt is still yabbering his mouth off continuously, and the recent spat of shit-slinging has caused a wave of discomfort and anger!

K-Town prefers to remain a non-partisan blog, we have no preference for a political party, our belief is that governance should be primarily focussed on improving the lives of everyone in South Africa with regards to healthcare, education and so on. Whomever does the best job of changing the lives of everyday South Africans and K-Tonians for the good has our support.

Yet, one thing we cannot stand is unjust leadership; and Julius Malema is the poster-child for an absolute shit-stirrer. His recent rallies have proven this with his singing of the legendary struggle song ‘Kill the Boer’. The ANC has said that Afrikaners are ‘too sensitive’ about this; and it has caused considerable outcry from various circles.

Our sister blog has also posted a response to this statement from the ANC, and you can read it here. Please note that it is R18 for language.

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With the opening of parliament today, allowing our wonderful politicians the opportunity to look all snazzy (hey, Auntie Helen, that dress was pretty naas, slight conservative Angela Morkel feel?), K-Town will feature an article on the address tomorrow.

This gives us enough time to sift through the ostrich-shit for a few diamonds, so look out JZ, your ass is grass mate… Let’s see whether you are at all able to meet the needs of the nation.

Tell it like it is mate...

Tell it like it is mate...

So while you wait, why not check out these politically orientated links to keep you entertained?

Smile, You’re In Politics via Dark Roasted Blend

8 Crazy Ways Kids Are Politically Brainwashed via Cracked

Mandela Toons...

Mandela Toons...

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