Philip Copeman

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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. The reason? WBS Graduates have much of their Capital tied to the…


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)…


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 scenarios are usually restricted to Science fiction, but as we…


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


The ShakespeareX Company

In a time ruled by swords and sorcery,

There are a good too many women and too few good men.

Gentlemen, hear the tale of Macbeth…


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, where it is our mission statement to unite Africa under one…


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

Homosexuals are Natural

Joyce Banda, President of Malawi, continues to amaze as a Champion of liberty and human rights. This time she takes on the The Christians, who are still at it once again, spreading their caustic brand of vitriolic evil and hurting innocent people. Banda recently suspended the arrests of homosexuals in Malawi and looks set to repeal anti…


Added by Philip Copeman on November 12, 2012 at 4:30am — 2 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 favour of this demographic distribution lies one of the greatest opportunities…


Added by Philip Copeman on October 6, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Respect your religions? Why?

Tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a

church-door; but 'tis enough,'twill serve
See, what a scourge is laid upon your hate,

That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love.

And I for winking at your discords too

Have lost a brace of kinsmen: all are punish'd.
A plague on both your…

Added by Philip Copeman on September 23, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Forecasting Inflation with Input Output Analysis

Inflation is a damaging economic force. Stable prices enable economic agents to make informed decisions. Once Inflation enters the equation, predicting future prices includes the problem of predicting future inflation.

The inflation game still presents modern governments with an ideal means of using deceit and unkept promises to get the greatest use of their expenditures and debt issues.…


Added by Philip Copeman on September 3, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

The myth of small business failure

My disagreement with the Sanlam/Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year award.

It is an error to believe that "The failure rate of startups is extremely high". This error is both wrong and destructive thinking. This belief will unneccessarily scare off start up entrepreneurs.…


Added by Philip Copeman on August 8, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Rhapsody in Blue


When my long standing associate, eminant musicologist and fellow foot soldier in the struggle to free the soul of Africa, Deon van Vuuren of Pianoforte, suggested I take a look at Rhapsody in Blue (1924) by George Gershwin, he sparkled the idea by noting that Steinway Artist…


Added by Philip Copeman on July 31, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

ICTIndaba - Network Error

It won't go away - front page of the Sunday Times - Network Error. The editorial basically accuses Carol Bouwer and Phosane Mngqibisa of withholding information that can spread light on the dispersion of R35 Million in the delivery of the ICTIndaba in June.

When this query first came up in the week following the ICTIndaba,…


Added by Philip Copeman on July 9, 2012 at 12:50pm — No Comments

An ICT Strategy for South Africa

How opening telecoms access and building a culture of open source development will help South Africa cross the digital divide.

The ANC has finally woken up to the fact that we need an ICT strategy for South Africa, but no sign yet what this may actually entail.…


Added by Philip Copeman on June 30, 2012 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Jacob Zuma, Enoch Mthembu, Brett Murray and the right of Satire


Article in PDF Format

Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?”, Henry II1170

This Blog is an answer to…


Added by Philip Copeman on May 22, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Nelson Mandela - a Godless, Goodwill Greeting

Nelson Mandela - a Godless, Goodwill Greeting

from Philip Copeman.


This blog posted on Atheist Nexus


Happy Birthday Madiba on your 93rd Birthday. The 18th of July is…


Added by Philip Copeman on May 22, 2012 at 3:54pm — No Comments

Skepchick vs Dawkins

Rebecca - Rebecca - you sound like a really interesting woman.  I definitely won't be inviting you to my hotel room, but I am still looking forward to meeting you.

The truth is- your web  traffic relies on you attacking Dawkings. Even with attacking him your traffic is questionable. Rubbishing his work, much of it great stuff, with what is essentially a cheap shot is really bad ethics. It smack of opportunism bordering on jealousy. I don't believe that our community has the luxury of…


Added by Philip Copeman on May 22, 2012 at 3:52pm — No Comments

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