Martin van Staden

Libertarian Jurisprudence & Free Market Economics

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articles bannerBelow follows a comprehensive (but incomplete) list of Martin’s article contributions across the internet and media since becoming a Students For Liberty Local Coordinator in 2014. Republished articles (i.e. which appeared on more than one publication) will also be featured. Links are provided where possible.

Due to the quantity thereof, Martin’s Rational Standard and Being Libertarian articles will be listed separately, at the bottom of this page.

The latest publications are displayed first.

Contents:

2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
Rational Standard

Being Libertarian

2018

State control of healthcare – a sure route to disappointment and destitution – Daily Maverick – 21 September

Constitutional change must be constrained – The Witness – 18 September

How to provide responsibly for expropriation without compensation – South African Real Estate Investor Magazine – 17 September

South Africa’s Expropriation Plan Puts All Property in Danger, Not Just FarmlandFoundation for Economic Education – 09 September

Title deeds are simply a means to an end – security of property rights – Daily Maverick – 06 September

There is a surprisingly simple solution to our corruption problemBusiness Day – 05 September

Parliamentary deference to executive bills a cause for concern – Business Brief – 28 August

Don’t abandon the constitution to the race-ultras – Politicsweb – 27 August

‘Never again’ until next timeSouth African Real Estate Investor Magazine – 16 August

Paying for court casesThe Witness – 27 July

Recklessly throwing taxpayer funds at court cases is unconstitutionalCity Press – 25 July

How you lower the fuel priceAmanzimtoti Fever – 25 July

Using taxpayers’ money to fund Jacob Zuma’s legal bills is unconstitutionalBusiness Day – 24 July

Cronies out to nail Netflix – Business Day – 13 July

Here’s how you lower the fuel price – The Mercury – 12 July

South Africans Don’t Need A Law For Everything – HuffPost – 10 July

Law so vague it makes no sense – Weekend Post – 07 July

Proposed IT law vague and confusingIT Online – 04 July

Gauteng government is undermining constitutional democracyAutomotive Business Review – 19 June

South Africa’s Tyranny of RegulationsHuffPost – 14 June

Political funding bill: Be careful of what you wish for – Politicsweb – 14 June

Blame political elite for poverty and lack of economic freedomBusiness Day – 13 June

Snake in the grass in Jo’burg housing policyCape Messenger – 23 May

The government’s ICT policy is holding SA back – Business Day – 08 May

No Growth Before Economic Fallacies Are Buried – HuffPost – 08 May

South Africa should follow winners, not losersSharebox – 18 April

New Hate Speech Bill an improvement, but is still unnecessary – Free Market Foundation – 17 April

South Africa should follow winners, not losers – Free Market Foundation – 17 April

Why spectrum should be traded like property in South AfricaTechCentral – 13 April

South Africa Can Work by Frans Rautenbach: reader impression – LitNet – 12 April

Rectify insecure tenureThe Witness – 09 April

SA’s ban on spectrum trading makes no sense – TechCentral – 05 April

South Africa is not capitalist, but needs to be! – Business Brief – 04 April

Land reform urgently needed in urban areas – SA Property Insider – 03 April

South Africans need time to debate issue of expropriation without compensation – The Witness – 02 April

Amending the Constitution needs time for proper consultationBusiness Day – 01 April

‘More time needed’ to discuss land grabs – Cape Messenger – 28 March

Land Reform: The Free Market WayHuffPost – 26 March

New Traffic Law Inconsistent With The Rule of Law – HuffPost – 23 March

Observe property rights and pay for land – Pretoria News – 16 March

Land expropriation will hit blacks more – Cape Messenger – 15 March

Unworkable drink ban until age of 21 Cape Messenger – 08 March

How The Constitutional Court May Still Save Property Rights – HuffPost – 03 March

Ban nanny state instead – Business Day – 03 March

Hate-Speech Bill: A Threat To Democracy In South Africa – HuffPost – 01 March

Racialist amendment bill will poke a stick in wheel of growthBusiness Day – 28 February

Afrique du Sud: la liberté, moteur de la concurrenceLibreAfrique – 21 February

Only freedom can stimulate competition – Business Brief – 14 February

Oxfam Cares More About Ideology than PovertyFoundation for Economic Education – 27 January

Afrique du Sud: l’éducation étranglée par la bureaucratie – Afrik.com – 25 January

Centralising education will destroy diversityCity Press – 07 January

Bureaucracy disease: Distressing plan to centralise control of education in SABizNews – 05 January

2017

Is equality really equal?Bizcommunity – 21 December

Beware the unintended consequences of the new political party funding lawGo Legal – 12 December

SAA is not a parastatal, it is a PARASITE and unconstitutional – van StadenBizNews – 11 December

Getting Rid of Mugabe Isn’t Enough – Zimbabwe Needs ChangeRealClearWorld – 04 December

Short comment periods on new laws are unreasonable and unconstitutionalBerea Mail – 29 November

Short comment periods on new laws are unreasonable and unconstitutionalThe Gremlin – 28 November

Short comment periods ‘unconstitutional’ – IT Online – 28 November

Deursigtigheid in politieke partyfinansiering nie noodwendig voordelig nieMaroela Media – 21 November

Concerns about government’s ICT policy plansEngineerIT – 20 November

Ruled by grey people with pens – Cape Messenger – 14 November

Parliament’s surrendering of political power to bureaucrats jeopardises democracyThe Gremlin – 14 November

Mandatory transparency in political party funding could jeopardise South Africa’s democracyVoices360 – 18 October

Why the NHI is unconstitutional and a violation of the rule of lawBusiness Day – 05 October

London’s Uber Ban Shines Light on the Sorry State of the Rule of LawFoundation for Economic Education – 02 October

Discretionary power the ROOT of SA’s corruption, disinvestment – Martin van Staden – BizNews – 26 September

Treasury undermines the Constitution with SAA appropriation bill – Cape Messenger – 26 September

Treasury undermines the Constitution with SAA appropriation bill – The Gremlin – 18 September

Funding of proposed national health scheme is still a puzzleCape Messenger – 14 September

Land reform mirage: ANC govt fails to take property rights seriously – BizNews – 07 September

Private property is a fact of life, not a ‘Western’ creation – Free Market Foundation – 07 September

Grace Mugabe saga shows some more equal than others – Amanzimtoti Fever – 06 September

Why a 100 Percent Inheritance Tax is a Silly Idea – Townhall – 29 August

Rule of Law is forgotten – Sunday Tribune – 29 August

Political elite can’t opt out of the rule of law enshrined in SA’s constitution – Daily News – 28 August

Eroding Rule of Law: Grace Mugabe saga shows some more equal than othersBizNews – 23 August

Ces idées reçues qui coulent l’AfriqueAfrik.com – 17 August

Reducing the number of provinces is an affront to the rule of law and democracy – Hillcrest Fever – 15 August

New SAA bailout package shows government is not committed to transformation – The Gremlin – 08 August

ANC’s desire to tinker with provinces sinister – Daily News – 04 August

Op-Ed: Reducing the number of provinces is an affront to the Rule of Law and democracy – CNBC Africa – 03 August

Reducing the number of provinces is an affront to the Rule of Law and democracyCape Messenger – 02 August

Reducing the number of provinces is an affront to the Rule of Law and democracy – The Gremlin – 25 July

Haro sur l’idéologisation de l’économie en AfriqueLibération – 25 July

Reckless amendments to constitution will be illegalDaily News – 14 July

SA’s Constitution must not be altered on a political whim – Business Day – 12 July

Tax on anyone always hurts the poor the most – Amanzimtoti Fever – 12 July

Institutions gone awry: Political interference a huge problem in SA – FMF – BizNews – 28 June

Η Νότιος Αφρική επαναλαμβάνει τα λάθη του ΑπαρτχάιντLiberal – 27 June

Intellectual property now also under threat in SA – The Star – 27 June

Bill ‘blurs’ intellectual property ownership: FMF – Cape Messenger – 26 June

Intellectual property now also under threat in SAPoliticsweb – 26 June

How to attain true economic freedom – fin24 – 23 June

Tax on anyone ‘hurts the poor’Cape Messenger – 22 June

Any tax hurts the poor the most – Free Market Foundation – 22 June

Get politics out of money and all else followsThe Star – 21 June

South Africa Is Repeating the Mistakes of ApartheidFoundation for Economic Education – 21 June

Plain packaging rules in Georgia violate the rule of law – CNBC Africa – 15 June

Economics is certainly no ideology – The Star – 09 June

First step to SA growth: Reject pseudo-economic fallacies – Martin van Staden – BizNews – 02 June

‘Reject’ pseudo-economic growth arguments: FMF – Cape Messenger – 01 June

Op-Ed: The first step to growth – Reject pseudo-economicsCNBC Africa – 01 June

Reviewing freedom of choice, as plain packaging tobacco rules considered – Bizcommunity – 31 May

Gestandaardiseerde verpakking: die sentrale beplanning van lewenstyl is neerhalend – Maroela Media – 31 May

Land reform: restitution, not redistribution, is the proper vehicleBusiness Day – 17 May

SABC’s abhorrent demands spell out government’s ill intentionsBusiness Day – 14 May

FMF: Martin van Staden says SABC’s abhorrent demands spell out government’s ill intentionsPolity – 12 May

Could the Hate Speech Bill criminalise all speech?Bizcommunity – 08 May

It’s time for SABC to be broken up and sold to real businesspeopleThe Citizen – 05 May

Zuma is less of a threat to SA’s democracy than the Hate Speech BillBusiness Day – 02 May

How to ensure more South Africans celebrate Workers’ Day as workersBusiness Day – 01 May

ANC’s call for “judicial activism” – shades of the shameful Judge Hlophe episode?BizNews – 21 April

SA heads to proposed ICT monopolyCape Messenger – 13 April

Simply voting every five years does not a democracy make – Business Day – 12 April

Beware the rule of ‘quasi-law’ eroding our democracy – Van StadenBizNews – 06 April

The rise of the rule of quasi-law in SA – Business Day – 05 April

Is ours a superficial democracy? – Acts Online – 04 April

Making it harder for service providers to do business will not lower data prices – Business Day – 31 March

SA takes discretionary rule pathCape Messenger – 28 March

Government land is central to land reform – Daily News – 27 March

Too much deference places rule of law in a precarious positionBusiness Day – 27 March

Like the Nats, is the ANC also throttling black property rights? – BizNews – 24 March

Government must give state property to the poor – analyst – fin24 – 24 March

Start land reform by distributing govt land to the poorActs Online – 23 March

Data will only fall when govt stops trying to strangle telecoms – expert – BizNews – 23 March

Government land is central to meaningful land reform – Business Day – 22 March

Apply rule of law in review The Witness – 10 March

Editing out apartheid properlyCape Messenger – 09 March

Botswana leads the way – Business Day – 21 February

Don’t take govt bullying – The Witness – 15 February

Overlooking the Constitution – The Witness – 13 February

Pop goes SA’s weasel clauseCape Messenger – 09 February

Institutions guard against graft – Saturday Star – 04 February

Forum’s very dangerous proposalThe Mercury – 31 January

Too much power is dangerous The Star – 31 January

Don’t take government bullying lying down – Business Day – 25 January

Afrique du Sud: le nouveau visage de l’apartheidCongo Tribune – 03 January

2016

Time to let the township millions own their government plots – fin24 – 19 December

RDP housing built on shaky ground – The Star – 19 December

Time to let the township millions own their government plots – BizNews – 17 December

Why RDP housing is keeping people poor – Business Day – 15 December

Time to get rid of the apartheid township – Business Day – 12 December

Time to get rid of the apartheid township – The Witness – 09 December

Opinion: Time to change S.A’s apartheid townships – The South African – 09 December

Op-Ed: Time to change SA’s apartheid townships – CNBC Africa – 08 December

The Cold War is Over!Students For Liberty – 02 December

Martin van Staden: South Africa Leaving the ICC Sets a Bad Precedent – African Liberty – 14 November

National Health Act is holding back development of SA’s healthcareBusiness Day – 06 November

OPINION: Health Act does not adhere to the rule of law – CNBC Africa – 02 November 

New law is self-defeating – The Star – 02 November

South Africa Leaving the ICC Sets a Bad PrecedentStudents For Liberty – 24 October

FMF: Martin van Staden says consumers’ constitutional right to dignity is being eroded – Polity – 01 September

Invest in ASFL InternsStudents For Liberty – 17 May

FMF: Martin van Staden says Free Market Foundation and trade unions in unexpected agreement – Polity – 16 May

Constitutional Court boosts state’s ability to seize assets – Business Day – 20 April

Clauses in citizen act defy entitled rights – Business Day – 11 April

Education: Liberia Takes a Step in the Right DirectionStudents For Liberty – 06 April

On the #ColourBlind campaignPoliticsweb – 24 February

Engaging ‘AwakeSA’ on white privilege – Politicsweb – 16 February

Government using legal sophistry to by-pass the constitutionActs Online – 31 January

Property rights threatened – The Witness – 13 January

Judging without a law degree – discretionary rule violates the rule of law – Free Market Foundation – 13 January

We allow state to criminalise racist statements at our own peril – Rand Daily Mail – 12 January

Criminal penalty for racist speech is ill-fatedBusiness Day – 12 January

Martin van Staden: NHI a crippling financial burden to taxpayersThe Herald – 05 January

Why does NHI white paper ignore fact that state mismanaged funds? – Rand Daily Mail – 04 January

Health scheme implies ruinous tax riseBusiness Day – 04 January

2015

The Terrifying State of Press Freedom in ZimbabweStudents For Liberty – 08 November

Ons moet eerder vir iets anders bakleiRapport – 25 October

What exactly is the rule of law? The Witness – 23 October

The rule of law: What is it? – Free Market Foundation – 20 October

Taxation is not Reinvestment: The Case of Carbon TaxStudents For Liberty – 15 October

Don’t take our media freedom for grantedPoliticsweb – 25 September

Toward an International LibertarianismStudents For Liberty – 06 August

Libertarianism is not a philosophy of appeasementStudents For Liberty – 24 June

Xenophobia: We are the Individualists – Martin van Staden – African Liberty – 28 April

Xenophobia: We are the IndividualistsStudents For Liberty – 28 April

The Revival of Student Liberalism in South AfricaStudents For Liberty – 19 March

The not-so-liberation movement in South AfricaStudents For Liberty – 11 January

2014

The “Freedom” Fallacy in the South African MindStudents For Liberty – 09 October

Rational Standard

2018

Correcting Pierre de Vos on the Constitution and the Constitutional Court – 20 September

And Then There Were Two – 11 September

Expropriation: From Constitutional Development to Constitutional Deterioration – 20 August

Is the South African Constitution the ‘Best in the World’? – 16 July

Julius Malema: Martyr for Black Liberation – 19 April

10 Signs of an Approaching Dictatorship in South Africa – 11 March

The End is Nigh: Parliament Adopts Expropriation Without Compensation – 27 February

Johannesburg Government To “Take Back” The City From “Illegal Alcohol Outlets”? – 05 February

3 Political Parties You Should NOT Vote For In 2019 – 25 January

Are Black People Allowed To Wear What They Want? – 15 January

2017

According to Government, ‘uBuntu’ is Marxism Dressed in African Clothing – 06 December

Don’t Make the Old Flag a Martyr for Freedom – 06 November

Why Charging Zuma is a Very Bad Idea, For Now – 13 October

Saying the DA is ‘Racist’ is Stupid – Let’s Try Honest Criticism Instead – 10 October

The Nature of Government and the Fatal Flaw in South Africa’s Constitution – 05 October

DA’s New Alcohol Policy: A Return to More Oppressive Times – 22 September

Against the Relativist Conception of Rights – 06 September

Privatize the Water Supply Before it is Too Late – 07 August

On St John’s, Panyaza Lesufi, the Rule of Law, and Private Education in South Africa – 02 August

Opposing Decolonization Means White Supremacy? Hold Your Horses, Social Justice Warriors! – 18 July

The left has no interest in understanding economics – 01 July

The “White Privilege” Narrative Has No Legs To Stand On Anymore – 24 June

Intellectual dishonesty in Max du Preez’s open letter to Helen Zille – 08 June

“Don’t Look for Evidence of Wrongdoing” – HuffPost Does it Again! – 26 May

Freedom Day: The Price of Eternal Vigilance is Still to be Paid – 27 April

Editorial: Don’t be Distracted – Media, not Roodt, are to Blame – 20 April

White Male Trolls ‘Social Justice’ Press Media – Calls for Disenfranchising White Males – 16 April

Only Property Rights can Give Meaning to ‘Land Reform’ – 06 April

Attention Race-Pimps: Click Here to Stop Being Confused About ZumaMustFall – 04 April

A week in our history – 01 April

A new day, a new Cabinet, the same President – 31 March

BREAKING: Our Democracy is Burning Again: Gordhan Gone – 30 March

Enjoying Your Internet Freedom? Take Note of New Government Policy – 22 March

An Introduction to Private Property – 13 March

Time for South Africa to Man-Up in the Face of Islamic Tyranny – 07 March

UCT Intellectuals: Let’s Try Central Planning – Again! – 26 January

Oxfam, Inequality, and a Whole Lot of Confusion – 16 January

FMF Launches ‘R1 Million Challenge’ To Promote Free Market – 12 January

2016

11 Reasons Why We Need A Separation of State and Economy – 15 December

President Sends Due Process-Violating Bill Back To Parliament – 30 November

Gareth Cliff Awarded “Honey Badger Award” by Classical Liberal Think Tank – 29 November

DA: Hate Speech Bill “Unconstitutional”, Could Be Used For “Political Agendas” – 25 November

Cape Town Event Open To Everyone; Except ‘Cis-Heterosexual’ Men – 23 November

To Mashaba and the DA: Rather End the War on Drugs! – 22 November

The End of Apartheid Was Not a ‘Go Ahead’ for Socialism – 20 November

Reject the Preachers of Economic Ignorance – 03 October

Debunking Misconceptions About Misconceptions About Free Education – 21 September

Rioters Disrupt Tuks SRC Election; Some Academic Activities Suspended – 20 September

Doekgate: Keep Calm and Think – 29 August

Reality, Not Emotion, Should Take Precedence In Higher Education Debate – 17 August

Cape Party Alleges Electoral Fraud – 05 August

What ‘Statistics’ Can’t Tell You About the Minimum Wage – 01 August

Libertarian Wins ‘Economist of the Year’ Award – 01 July

The Youth of Today vs. The Youth of Yesteryear – 16 June

Cronjé: Winter is Coming for South African Universities – 07 June

The Malignant Nature of South African Trade Unionism – 26 May

Commentary on Some Myths of White Privilege – 19 May

It’s Time to Legalize Sex Work – 25 April

EFF Insurrection Threat – Govt, Rightly, Must Take Action – 23 April

Human Rights Day – What Are (Your) Rights? – 21 March

The Virtue of Being #Colourblind – 24 February

If Your Partner Wants to Kill You, Gun Control Won’t Help – 13 February

Corporal Punishment: Government Inside the Home – 03 February

You Don’t Want Free Stuff, and Here’s Why – 01 February

While the People Build Up, Government Breaks Down – 28 January

South Africa Needs Guns, Loads of Them – 27 January

Economist: National Health Insurance is Unaffordable – 19 January

The DA may be Many Things, but ‘Liberal’ it is Not – 17 January

An Open Letter to Controversial South Africans – 10 January

YouTuber Explains Critical Theory and Political Correctness – 04 January

2015

‘Black Radical Scholar’ Exemplifies the Racist Legacy of Steve Biko – 23 December

BREAKING: Clueless Government Appoints Old Minister of Finance Anew – 13 December

Remembering the Founder of SA Libertarianism, Dr. Marc Swanepoel – 02 December

The Quiet ‘Violence’ of Accusations of White Male Privilege – 11 November

Do Not Confuse Liberal Nationalism With Libertarianism – 05 October

The Senile Lord of Salisbury and His Incoherent Ideology – 02 October

A Mere Accusation of Racism Is All It Takes – 01 October

A Brief Introduction to Libertarian Legal Theory – 11 September

How ‘Transformation’ Is No Transformation At All – 03 September

On The Suppression of Socialism – 20 August

The Intellectual Death of Critical Feminist Theory – 06 August

Judges Must Become Commissars, According to Cosatu – 05 August

Tragic Cop Killings Now A Justification For Tougher Gun Control? – 04 August

Democracy in Text Only – India Blocks 800+ Porn Sites – 04 August

Libertarianism and Critical Theory – 31 July

7 Reasons Why Apartheid Was Not ‘Capitalist’ – 22 July

Revised Sexual Offences Amendment Act signed – 15 July

Südafrika Uber alles? No, we’re giving in too – 07 July

Vavi is wrong about the Freedom Charter and here’s why – 02 July

A different take on the left-right paradigm – 28 June

Industry must do better? No. The government must do less – 24 June

Why the judiciary must have an anti-government ‘agenda’ – 22 June

The Biggest Corporation – 22 March

Capitalism has failed – 06 March

Being Libertarian

2018

Before You Go To University: Prepare Yourself and Your Children Intellectually – 11 June

The Left’s Hypocritical Objectification of Meghan Markle – 24 May

2017

A Bittersweet Week for Being Libertarian – 01 September

International Law & “Diplomacy” is Libertarianism for Politicians – 25 August

Weekly Roundup (12-18 August 2017) – 18 August

‘Pragmatism’ in Politics has Become a Useless and Abused Concept – 11 August

8 Tips for New and Aspiring Libertarian Writers – 04 August

The Market Economy is a Human Economy – 14 July

There is No ‘Debate’ Between Socialism and Capitalism – 07 July

You Cannot be Compassionate on Behalf of Others – 30 June

Westworld and the Roots of Self-Ownership – 16 June

Private Sector Saves Lives Despite Govt Attacks – 09 June

Marxism Is A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy – 02 June

Context Matters: Nelson Mandela and White Genocide in South Africa – 27 May

But How Will the Roads be Funded? – 19 May

No Libertarianism Without Individualism – 12 May

Moving Away From Libertarianism? – 05 May

Fight the Welfare State with the Same Vigor you do Open-Borders! – 28 April

Cutting Through the Nonsense on Borders – 21 April

The Myth of the Libertarian ‘Utopia’ – 14 April

The Rule of Law and Liberty – 07 April

Debating colonialism is hate speech? – 31 March

Personal Marijuana Use Declared Legal by South African Court – 31 March

Social Conservatism and Libertarianism Are Not Mergeable – So Stop Trying – 03 March

2016

Merry Christmas 2016! – 25 December

The Alternative Media’s First Real Test Has Come – 13 November

Left Launches Huge Campaign to Reelect Donald Trump in 2020 – 10 November

Don’t Vote Your Conscience – Vote For The Small Govt Candidate – 07 November

South Africa: Pretoria Government to be Downsized – 02 October

Libertarian Elected Mayor of South Africa’s Largest City – 22 August

Top 9 Living Libertarians From Sub-Saharan Africa – 06 August

Donald Trump’s VP Pick: Governor Mike Pence – 14 July

South African political party declares Dallas shooter a martyr – 10 July

Bush Was Right: They Do Hate Our Freedoms – 27 June

Austin Petersen, Ambassador for Liberty – 17 May

Liberia To Outsource Primary Education – 02 April

The Social Justice Left Rejects Reality – 31 March

Try to Break Economic Rules and They Will Break You – 02 March

Problematizing Problematization – 05 January

2015

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Being Libertarian! – 25 December

Americans – Do Not Allow for the Demise of Individualism – 05 December