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The Institute for African Alternatives (IFAA) aims to produce and promote constructive analysis of local socioeconomic and political issues.
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IFAA Cape Town Apr 18
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A further question from the floor regards the danger of the discourse of inequality now becoming “popular” and being co-opted by non-progressive elements.
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IFAA Cape Town Apr 18
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Question from the floor regarding reversing deindustrialisation and the developmental state as paths to ending inequality. reiterates the need to address this in the context of the increases financialisation of the economy
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IFAA Cape Town Apr 18
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Michael points out that it’s important to distinguish between exploitation and discrimination. We can have a discrimination-free workplace and workers can still be exploited. This is crucial for us understanding how inequalities are reproduced under capitalism.
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IFAA Cape Town Apr 18
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Michael emphasises the importance of democratic institutions and a capable state. Holding government to account is crucial to this project.
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IFAA Cape Town Apr 18
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asks Michael what we can do to confront inequality. He emphasizes that there are many policy solutions in the book but we should remember that inequality is a political problem not a technical one. It is imperative to build social power behind this issue.
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IFAA Cape Town Apr 18
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When we talk to the question of *systemic* corruption it is systemic in the sense that it is largely built into the capitalist system. In South Africa, it is also built into the structure of the political economy as a result of the colonial and apartheid legacy.
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Dominic Brown Apr 18
Kea asks how does he relate the question of inequality to corruption at the book launch of
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IFAA Cape Town Apr 18
He also notes the myriad social movements and civil society organizations mobilizing around this like
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IFAA Cape Town Apr 18
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One of the key elements in the book is the focus on spatial inequality which is self-evident in Cape Town. Michael points to the problem with , , and recent revelations about how little golf courses pay to the municipality.
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IFAA Cape Town Apr 18
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This high, disproportionate concentration of wealth contributes to corruption because it allows for disproportionate and unequal influence. This corruption also then continues the cycles of inequality. It’s importance to emphasizes the political economy element of corruption.
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IFAA Cape Town Apr 18
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In South Africa, inequality has increased in the post-apartheid era. Wealth inequality in the post-recession era has increased drastically. Our executives are the 7th highest paid in the world despite mass poverty.
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IFAA Cape Town Apr 18
Michael starts off talking about the global political and economic conditions that the book was published in and notes that, until quite recently, inequality was not conceived of as a problem. This has changed drastically in light of Piketty’s book.
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IFAA Cape Town Apr 18
We’re live for the book launch of IFAA’s publication where the editor will be in conversation with
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IFAA Cape Town Apr 18
Interested in progressive history in South Africa? IFAA has a series of books on the history of the , the turn to armed struggle, the question of development or economic growth. Contact us for information about how to purchase these or drop into our offices to buy a copy.
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IFAA Cape Town Apr 18
Join us tonight at the forum for a discussion on inequality with . We’ll have books for sale using cash and snapscan.
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New Agenda Apr 17
Here's a sneak peak inside our latest issue of New Agenda. You can subscribe via our website
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IFAA Cape Town Apr 17
If you missed the event last night then check out this coverage
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IFAA Cape Town Apr 17
Follow to get updates from the event with various political parties debating the economic aspects of their election manifestos
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Gilad Isaacs Apr 17
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Stephanie Craig Apr 17
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