Philip Copeman

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The Missing Piece by Kevin Lings

Arguably this is the best book this year on the South African Economy and is a must read for any Azanian student of the dark art of economics. The Missing Piece is worth the read simply for the revisionist summary of the last 20 years. Anyone that has tried it, knows how difficult it is to collect comprehensive data from multiple sources on the SA economy. Lings integrates the data from a number of public sources and gives us a very clear statistical picture of the changes…

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Added by Philip Copeman on January 1, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

The Land first, the rest shall follow Mala Mala

Mala Mala - willing buyer ,willing seller, willing donation?

The Land first, the rest shall follow

As member of the PAC with an above average interest in the Land Issue, I am trying to understand the following analysis of the Mala Mala Land Restitution settlement. Does anyone have any information to…

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Added by Philip Copeman on April 25, 2014 at 8:03am — No Comments

Stepping Stones Jobs

Stepping stone jobs are jobs like Car Guards, Waiter, Cleaners, Caddies, Personal assistants, seasonal agricultural labor. Talented young people start these jobs very early age and at very bad pay, do them for a few months and them move onto other jobs .(I started doing these jobs when I was 13). These jobs are not so much about earning revenue as about learning the way the employment process works. Be polite to a customers even if they are wrong, always reporting on the outc…

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Added by Philip Copeman on March 6, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

African Democratic Socialism

African Democratic Socialism!

Hardly are those words out,

When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi

Troubles my sight -…

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Added by Philip Copeman on February 6, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

The marginal costs of voters

Anyone familiar with the microeconomic concept of marginal analysis, knows that as you increase a fixed factor, the marginal cost of getting the same output keeps increasing. It is no different in politics.



Keep adding money and eventually the price becomes too high. Has that moment arrived for the poor parties?…

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Added by Philip Copeman on February 4, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Dealing with Neo Luddite tendencies

Luddites were 19th century artisans who protested against machines taking over employment opportunities. This is not unsimilar to the conditions we find ourselves in today, where employment opportunities are disappearing even as growth continues. This leads to corporate consolidation and the Rollerball Economy is…

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Added by Philip Copeman on January 27, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Blaming Economists

Blaming economists for your personal financial predicament is like blaming physicists because you dropped a brick on your foot.



I recently dealt with an unemployed youth who's dispair causes him to blame economists for promoting capitalism. However it is mistaken thinking to believe that economists create the world we live in today. The world economy is created not by economists, not even by capitalists, but simply but the insatiable greed of consumers who seek better and cheaper…

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Added by Philip Copeman on January 23, 2014 at 10:43am — No Comments

Blaming Economists

Blaming economists for your personal financial predicament is like blaming physicists because you dropped a brick on your foot.



I recently dealt with an unemployed youth who's dispair causes him to blame economists for promoting capitalism. However it is mistaken thinking to believe that economists create the world we live in today. The world economy is created not by economists, not even by capitalists, but simply but the insatiable greed of consumers who seek better and cheaper…

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Added by Philip Copeman on January 23, 2014 at 10:43am — No Comments

Gated Communities

I often get criticized for supporting the concept of gated communities. The argument is that gated communities create social divisions. However, they undeniably create wealth. I recently got a a whole lot of "let them eat cake" comments when I advanced the need to promote gated communities to create property wealth.

Unless you follow my blogs and get into my writing, I come over initially as heartless and unsympathetic. As someone who favors neo capitalist solutions, I seek…

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Added by Philip Copeman on January 22, 2014 at 9:35am — No Comments

Africa, The Cry of Youth

When thinking of a business or political strategy, the natural inclination is to use and modify campaigns that have already run in the rest of the world. Africa is different. It is difficult to comprehend just how young the population of Africa is, it is easier to think of Africa from the historical perspective of a disadvantaged begging bowl. Yet by shifting economic resources in favor of this demographic distribution lies one of the greatest opportunities…

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Added by Philip Copeman on January 10, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Why I destest the neo liberal position

The study of economics is how we allocate limited resources to satisfy unlimited wants.

Let me explain why I detest the neo liberal position:

In South Africa we have a bloated civil service. At 3.2 Million people, more work for the SA Government than the US Federal Government. We run a deficit of 25% of tax collection. Government workers are pandered by theft from the private sector and theft from the future. This is the inevitable course of classical (worker)…

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Added by Philip Copeman on January 4, 2014 at 6:41pm — No Comments

Immigration and Race in South Africa

I grew up in South Africa in a racist dictatorship. I have spent most of my adult life trying to rid ourselves of this scourge. Listening to Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor and an experience while helping a client this week, confirmed that we still live in a racist dictatorship.

Immigration into South Africa is…

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Added by Philip Copeman on November 1, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Land Redistribution will not make us richer

The idea that "Land has been stolen" and is…

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Added by Philip Copeman on October 17, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The Poverty of Nations

The Poverty of Nations

We rarely hear, it has been said, of the combinations of masters, though frequently of those of workmen. But whoever imagines, upon this account, that masters rarely combine, is as ignorant of the world as of the subject. Masters are always and everywhere in a sort of…

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Added by Philip Copeman on October 4, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

UK Visa Trade Wars

In a trade war, he who shoots first wins, instead South Africa plots visa revenge. Game theory gives us a better way.

For those of you that…

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Added by Philip Copeman on September 11, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

What they forgot to teach you at the Wits Business School

Any WBS Graduate would stand up with alarm on hearing the recent events surrounding the falling student numbers and management resignations at WBS.…

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Added by Philip Copeman on August 29, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Welcome to the Rollerball Economy

Welcome to The RollerBall Economy (ODF document, creative Commons with Attribution)

Welcome to The RollerBall Economy (PDF document)…

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Added by Philip Copeman on July 25, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The Rollerball Economy

Philip Copeman

Marc Beckenstrater

The Rollerball Economy is a dystopian description of the world economy in the early twenty first century, influenced by the Norman Jewison film Rollerball (1975). Dystopian…

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Added by Philip Copeman on July 22, 2013 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

ShakespeareX

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The ShakespeareX Company





In a time ruled by swords and sorcery,

There are a good too many women and too few good…

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Added by Philip Copeman on April 16, 2013 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Bombing children in Israel and Palestine

My mind is still on this Israeli Palestinian thing. I get bombarded from both sides on my facebook page which is linked to friends in both groups.



The solution is obvious - try something different.



Let me give you the experience of Africa where I belong to the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania,…

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Added by Philip Copeman on November 19, 2012 at 7:47pm — 1 Comment

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