Philip Copeman

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Ode to Decolonised Education

Ode to Decolonized Education                                         (In lyrical Elizabethan Sonnet form)

India colonised european minds                                       (synecdote)

They gave us algebra, counting absurd.                           (antithesis, pun)

Given zero, empires started to gird,                                 (oxymoron, metonomy)

Commerce soon followed and oversea finds.                   …

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Added by Philip Copeman on November 1, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Adamastor or a storm in a Tea cup?

Granted, when it comes to the Deficit, I am more jumpy than a project manager on a new extension at Nkandla, but consider these three estimates of the South African Deficit.

1) This is a press release from SARS chief, Tim Moyane as reported by…

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Added by Philip Copeman on August 24, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Description of a Sclerotic Monopoly

Description of a Sclerotic Monopoly with reference to ESKOM,

Municipal Distributors, IEPPs and South Africa

Philip Copeman 21 August 2016

Most students of economics learn in first year microeconomics what the effects of a pure monopoly are, namely higher prices and reduced output. For purposes of this discussion on ESKOM and South Africa, I am interested not so much in final demand but in intermediate demand. That is where customers of the output are businesses…

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Added by Philip Copeman on August 22, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Students are clambering towards the same trough

In the olden days it was known that if the Jakaranda blossoms were blooming in Pretoria and you hadn't started swatting, you were going to fail. Those destined for failure, 1 in 2 students, would descend into a morass of drunkenness and debauchery, to lap up the last days of freedom, before sobering up and getting a lowly paid wage at a local employer and living out the rest of her days in capitalist slavery.…

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Added by Philip Copeman on August 16, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The Trans Rhodesian Rail Company

This satirical look at applied economics, describes dystopian problems and offers mathematically optimized solutions. With no regard for race, gender, religious belief, social ideology and with a particular animosity to those that promote the rights of groups, The Trans Rhodesian Rail Company sparks towards its destiny as one of Africa's premier wealth creators.…

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Added by Philip Copeman on August 14, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Albanism is important

No Southern African could easily have been left untouched by the recent reports of attacks on Albino populations in Tanzania and Malawi. It is particularly disturbing to see social attitudes to Albanism. We view Human Albinos as genetic aberrations rather than as central core to our evolution. A simple thought experiment in evolutionary populatio…

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Added by Philip Copeman on June 17, 2016 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Land Issue Update

South Africa, see if you can get this :

In the last two years, we have already taken back one third of the Land! We only have to do this two more times and we have taken everything.

In the last two years the Dollar Value of Land in South Africa decreased by around 30% (one thi rd rounded).

Where did it go?

It went into:…

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Added by Philip Copeman on May 31, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

White Monopoly Capital

Why do I find this particular arrangement of words so offensive?

Well mostly because they are written by non capitalists with the intent of attacking capitalists, it is a particularly South African slang usually spewed out by politicians, academics, government employees and beneficiaries of state payments. It seeks to demean the efforts and achievements of tax paying entrepreneurs.…

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Added by Philip Copeman on May 18, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

You can't create jobs

You can't create jobs



When will you guys get it? You can't create jobs!

You can't make money from some tax payer and pay it over to a worthy worker, without first taking it away from some other worthy worker first. You can't make a company employ a worthy worker, without getting that money from another worthy worker already working in the company. You can't take money from some heinous capitalist…

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Added by Philip Copeman on May 12, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Sentencing the Gang of 233

Everyone of the 233 ANC Parliamentarians (plus Themba Godi) should be banned from ever holding public office in South Africa. They are guilty of having failed to uphold their Oath of Office and no solidarity in numbers, no claims of misunderstanding the facts, no mitigation of saving their carreers, no offers to pay back the money can absolve them of this criminality.…

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Added by Philip Copeman on April 8, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Quandary for the Master of Coin

Quandary for the Master of Coin

16 March 2016

Philip Copeman

So what are we to make of the”spat” between SARS Boss Tom Moyane and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan?

We are led to believe that what we…

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Added by Philip Copeman on March 16, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Universities - are we on the same page?

Universities - are we on the same page?

Let me see if I get this right. Universities are there to train an elite worker class, a small group of capital managers and an even smaller group of entrepreneurs. Universities are there to raise the level of research in our society because research has a direct effect on GDP growth. Universities are a Government intervention to fill these gaps because the market system does not have the…

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Added by Philip Copeman on March 1, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The ANC 2016 Budget, African Socialism Answers

The President of the PAC

The Honorable Minister of Finance,

The ANC Government, The Democratic Alliance,

The Government Workers, White Monopoly Capital,

Fellow South Africans

I thank you for this…

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Added by Philip Copeman on February 26, 2016 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Sold my Soul, Devil my Friend

Sold my Soul, Devil my Friend

For Piano Fiddle, Drums, Double Bass

© Philip…

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Added by Philip Copeman on January 14, 2016 at 11:30pm — No Comments

All along the watchtower

To all of you you have been fooled by the Jacob Zuma - Pravin Gordhan "About turn" I have something to say:

"There must be some kind of way out of here, "

Said the joker to the thief,

"There's too much confusion,

I can't get no relief.

Businessmen – they drink my wine

Plowmen dig my earth

None of them along the line

Know what any of it…

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Added by Philip Copeman on December 21, 2015 at 5:05pm — No Comments

Young South Africans this is your moment.

Young South Africans this is your moment. This President can be impeached.

In any reasonable democracy, after this weeks events had led to the exposure of their heinous conspiracy, President Zuma and Dudu Myeni would have resigned In South Africa they will stand firm unless you fire them, and only young black South Africans have the will or the power to force this.…

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Added by Philip Copeman on December 14, 2015 at 8:33am — No Comments

Nene - The dam wall has given way





My response to Johan Fourie, Economics Lecturer of Stellenbosh University:



We were all disappointed in the firing of South African Finance Minister, Nhlanhla Nene. To date he seems to have done little wrong in handling a really difficult situation that he has inherited. However we do not all share the despair of your blog, "…

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Added by Philip Copeman on December 10, 2015 at 12:11pm — No Comments

21st Century Capital, Income and Inequality

 Thomas Piketty, author of Capital in the 21st Century, belatedly lands in South Africa to the rapturous applause of the socialists. Not since Keynes has an economist had such a rapport with the "guardians of the poor". The idea that you can improve the world by taking away resources from the productive and giving it to the non productive, who will then "spend" us to a bright new future, has always had universal appeal to the 99%. Piketty is their 21st Century Poster Boy.…

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Added by Philip Copeman on October 2, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Koran, Soldiers of God and Cartoonists

The Koran, Soldiers of God and Cartoonists

I just spent an interesting few hours reading the Koran - looking for quotes that would set the believer off on quests to destroy cartoonists and deli shoppers. The result brings up quite…

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Added by Philip Copeman on January 10, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Golden Geese and The First Law of Capitalism

First Law of Capitalism is that Capital compounds cumulatively.



K(t+1) = K(t) *(1+r)



or



K(t+n) = K(t) *(1+r)**n



For example if you start with R 100 and can double it with r = 100%, you will have R 200. If you can do that 10 times you will have over 1000 times the amount you began with.



(1,2,4,8,16,32,64,128,256,…

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Added by Philip Copeman on January 4, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

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