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Antidevelopment – the paradox of development

By: Saliem Fakir     7th July 2023 It has been said by some that those who desire to ensure we have a more sustainable planet and oppose fossil fuels are antidevelopment. Indeed, the... 

The problem with dogma

By: Saliem Fakir     16th June 2023 “Bad ideas matter. They have their own coherence and own power”. These words are attributable to Timothy Snyder, a US historian who specialises in... 

Dullness versus the creative: prospects for development and human wellbeing

By: Saliem Fakir     19th May 2023 Africa’s problem is not fossil fuels or the continent’s dependence on raw land and minerals but the lack of capacity to transition from these... 

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Micro-arguments and process of large change – Part 2

By: Saliem Fakir     21st April 2023 This article is a continuation of the last instalment of this column, which concluded by highlighting the transformative power of a single legal... 

Micro-arguments and the process of large change – Part 1

By: Saliem Fakir     10th March 2023 ‘All men (women) are intellectuals  . . . but not all men (women) have in society the function of intellectuals.” – Gramsci. It seems incremental... 

Is Eskom a dead project?

By: Saliem Fakir     17th February 2023 “Where you arrive does not matter so much as what sort of person you are when you arrive there.” – Seneca, letter XXVIII. Our coal situation is... 

Green hydrogen - reflections on the new green gold

By: Saliem Fakir     20th January 2023 South Africa had its first investor and policy summit in Cape Town in late November when President Cyril Ramaphosa opened the hydrogen conference.... 

Lost and damaged: reflections on COP27

By: Saliem Fakir     16th December 2022 Yes, I was in Sharm El Shaik, Egypt, attending the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change... 

Value of stability for political and economic progress

By: Saliem Fakir     11th November 2022 Stability can be a recurrent fable that we tell ourselves that we have in order to preserve the idea of the ‘good’ life – sometimes at the expense... 

Extraction: it’s everywhere and on everything

By: Saliem Fakir     7th October 2022 “We live not only in a market economy but more generally in a market society – that is to say, a space of civilisation where all human relations... 

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