Our social development programs are too focused on welfarism and too little on healing the social pain that is overwhelming so many, writes Mamphela Ramphele.
I'm not afraid to argue or debate for what I believe in (reality) or against ideologies that threaten society and our advancement as a species. I live by the saying of my favourite author, Christopher Hitchens: "Don't be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence."Email: TheLastContrarian1@gmail.comFacebook: TheLast ContrarianTwitter: @TheLContrarian
Freedom of speech does not grant anyone the right to say anything they want, but rather grants everyone the right to hear anything someone has to say.
What liberal parents don’t appreciate is that society has levels of order, and you (and your child) either fit into this order, or you create disorder.
I was a Dinosaur freak for the first 14 years of my life, and the original Jurassic Park movie is certainly the best Dinosaur movie in history for practically any true Dinosaur fan.
Outside of the bunk you’ll hear Americans spout about how bourbon is the ultimate refinement of Scottish whisky, you will hear no such jingoistic flag-waving rhetoric here, because perfection can’t be improved upon!
What a damn joke Fifty Shades of Grey is to those who are actually interested in the ‘adult’ themes it falsely banners to generate nothing but ‘click-bait’ ticket sales!
Just several years ago, my butt was still firmly planted in SA, and I directly heard the endless bitching and complaining about how the ANC is not doing enough to silence Malema.
outh Africa seems poised to join hands in a fraternal embrace with the rest of Africa, where the 18th-century wonder of electricity is still a futuristic concept.
While people like me are considered narcissists for disrobing their critical opinions in public, I consider the self(ie)-obsessed hordes on the internet to be far more narcissistic and contemptible.
Unbeknownst to some, two Japanese nationals are like to be executed by ISIS’s Jihad John in what has been a failed attempt by the terrorist group to secure US$200-million from the Japanese Government.
Unbeknownst to some, two Japanese nationals are like to be executed by ISIS’s Jihad John in what has been a failed at
I visit Singapore’s red light districts almost exclusively to conduct some honest undercover journalism… almost.
Embracing a little negativity and pessimism are well-known cures for ideological utopianism.
Just as Hitler may not have been the one directly gassing the Jews, his policies caused the atrocity known as the hol
Another calendar (2014) heads for the trash heap, and we are all shuffled one year closer to our own day of demise.
Could you please spare me the side effects of your sweet potion: the hellish thirst, throbbing head, and seized up joints that ache with every attempt to regain the vertical?
Kurt Cobain said it immaculately, “The duty of youth is to challenge corruption,” and so I did, but as my youth has now passed, how will I embrace the pickle of old age?
I am a writer; that is to say I’m an alcoholic. The link between alcoholism and writing ability is the only reliable indicator of good and profound writing.
WARNING: This article is a rant and contains emotive language. Reader discretion is advised!
My ongoing adventure in Asia continues to subject my palate to new, exotic, and unconventional foods.
It is easy to laugh at the EFF and their Communist/Socialist affiliations, but in this article I hope to educate those who don’t yet know what SA will look like under EFF rule.
Many people can plainly see how Western politics is failing, but it is not so apparent to those who don’t yet (or never will) see Western politics from the outside looking in.
Would you believe that as humanity tries to stop sucking on the breast that oozes fossil fuel, these ‘animal-rights’ activists are now complaining about a few birds that are being turned into flying mince and flying KFC by the greatly-reduced environmental impact of wind and solar farms?
I’m feeling particularly empowered after a weekend of drinking, amongst other things, 1.8 liters of Japanese sake, Jack Daniels Gentleman Jack bourbon, Red Wine, and several Wheat Beers.
South Africa has several mind-set problems that need to be readjusted before progress can be made. One of the most pr
I’d like to analyse the article ‘Why people are poor?’ as written by fellow News24 contributor and Amateur Political Analyst Majaji.
I take every opportunity I get to gather personal experience with the subject matter I write about. As such I tested a Glock semi-automatic pistol, similar to the one Oscar shot Reeva with.
I have a serious problem with people who want pets, acquire them, and then cause untold suffering to their animals because of their own addictive tendencies and ignorance about the very creatures they claim to love so dearly!
As the mindless forces of the politically correct keep up their crusades, many human deficiencies are now being recategorized as imparting a condition of ‘specialness’ onto its victims.
There are a few subjects on which I consider myself near-expert level, but after my latest hangover, I certainly have become a leading expert on the subject.
I love listening to Metallica, and for the first time I decided to contemplate the full message and meaning behind the lyrics of a favourite Metallica song of mine The Unforgiven.
There are nights, indeed entire days, where I willingly become a candidate for spontaneous human combustion.
Headlines the world around have become like the scowls of doom prophets. Where is almighty god in all this, why has he not come forth to bring order to the disorder?
With 300k views, I’m tentatively going to say that I am the most read commentator of the MyNews section—as I’ve beaten both Irukanji and ZION in views & comments. Come and celebrate with me.
I’d wager a bet that when neuroscientists finally map the pattern of brain activity that constitutes thinking, we may find the pattern alarmingly absent from most members of our species.
For me, personally, atheism was a gateway ideology that lead to a far more dangerous state of mind.
As I mercilessly toil the vineyard of alcoholism, I am exposed to various kinds of firewater, but rarely do I find a beverage that instantly occupies the top of my favourites list.
A severe case of Pistoriphobia has swept the nation at an unprecedented rate.
The ongoing trial of Oscar Pistorius, again, has brought out the very worst of South Africa for the whole world to see.
I blame the hostility intellectuals have towards their own kind on the dogfight world that is academia.
Good intentions often form the foundation of social and economic disasters, but ‘do-gooders,’ high on their sense of moral superiority, never learn from their mistakes.
Pursuant Rachel Eksienjou’s article yesterday about her ‘lalaland’ being disturbed by an internet troll, I decided to write this piece to help people understand how to deal with the common troll.
Dieticians, nutritionists, detox advocates, homeopaths... pick your favourite branch of pseudo-science and one of these apes are bound to be swinging from it!
Science can provide information that may help us better evaluate our preconceived or innate ideas about morality, but it can never pick a side between one moral argument or another.
There is no shortage of movies portraying a life of excess and debauchery, but few do it as intelligently and believably as Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street.
I have been shocked by just how much difference a 12-hour-per-day regiment of education promotes in the general population.
The tone of editorials has become predictably dramatic and distressing and are often nothing more than embellishments of whispered rumours.
It’s become somewhat of a trademark of mine by now: my occasional articles dedicated to disseminating advice to the general public about the do’s and do not’s of drinking.
You tangle with a domain expert at your own peril and stand to gain nothing more than a deserved ridiculing before witnesses if you do so. But this is exactly what people do all the time.
Having nothing worthwhile to do, these popinjay journalists trawl the depths of speculative scientific research to tell you how to live your life in minutia of suppositive detail.
Let’s get one thing damn straight: South Africa is not a democracy! South Africa is a **REPUBLIC**, and there are some major differences between the two.
There is a beautiful practicality to the way much of Africa conducts itself.
Only ten years ago I was in the same position as millions of Matriculants are today. I’d like to share a bit of contrarian advice with them about how I think some of them should move forward.
When Madiba was gravely ill and barely clinging to life a hospital a few months ago, he was placed on life support. W
Even the second-hand experience of seeing and hearing President Jacob Zuma being booed brought a smile the width of a football field to what is usually my scrunched face
My drunken scrawl could hardly add any uniqueness to the volumes already written in honor of Mandela. This piece is for those who seek momentary diversion from this now global preoccupation.
Come with me, The Contrarian, as I take you into the high-octane, nitrous-pumping, tire-screeching world of street racing, all in memory of one Paul Walker.
Many a modern man has succumbed to Stockholm syndrome and allows himself to be oppressed by a small portion of neurotic women who pretend to represent the entire female gender.
Liberalism is a pathway to many absurdities, many of which are presented as ‘superior ethics.’ I consider many of the productions of liberalism to the inanities of minds obsessed with not offend themselves.
It never ceases to amaze me what utter kak for a theory my mind will reach for when I’m drunk and confronted by something ‘unexplainable.’ Time to dissect my own brain for a change.
Sometimes, few arguments get a point across so quickly and clearly as a well-orchestrated trolling session. Here is why E-tolls are a sign of good things to come.
Today is another of day where I can sit in the dark corners of society and laugh at the unattainable dreams of the rest, particularly their fascination with reaching the age of 40.
I hate to sound like one of these Alien abductees, but I also grew up next to military base, and about 13 years ago, I saw something that I cannot satisfactorily explain.
I can stomach raw, unsalted stupidity (I really can), but what I cannot retain in my core is hypocrisy.
For many film critics, reviewing movies becomes a copy and paste affair. But there are still movies that evoke an earnest, emotional analysis … and such (I hope) is my review of The World’s End.
I am well aware of the fact that this forum plays host to the very worst of either persuasion, but I have no intention of appealing to either extreme.
I don’t know when the romanticized view of a writer’s life or life with a writer was brought into existence, but it is a thing of fiction and wish-thinking, as I will demonstrate.
My contrarianism is not just limited to social and political issues: I say to hell with living healthily!
To argue for the sake of argument is like running for the sake of tiring, but fatigue can yield its own fruits to those willing to endure its effects.
To say that I have respect for George Galloway (MP and leader of the Respect party) is but a spayed form of adoration
The African Rhinoceros is struggling to make it into the next decade. For those who don’t know about the double standards employed to conserve this animal, this article will come as a shock!
Tell the average christian that their god, or jesus, or the biblical fables are not real, and they respond with the same velocity as a wrestling fan screaming WRESTLING IS NOT FAKE!
The media, in its poseur role of representing the inquiry of the public, is a bullshitter at the least and a bloody liar more often.
This digital realm masks the offending stench, but the telling smears are still visible for those who don’t see everything as an accident involving chocolate.
This latest movie is a manhunt, plain and simple. Yet this simplicity helped Riddick feel like an instant classic and another memorable (mis)adventure with Riddick (played by Vin Diesel).
Come down from Olympus and join the common man sometime; we are not as stupid or as crazy as we seem to those who see everything through the academic lens.
There is one tremendously positive thing that has come from the creationist movement, and I wish more atheists would dislodge their heads from their behinds and acknowledge that.
Presiding over the cask are several of Uganda’s alcoholic elite—the warlords and rebels of the vineyard. I’m here to tell their drunken story.
Asia has many foul foods, but the century egg is a legend, and I am reviewing it for your pleasure!
I’ve tried very hard to earn the right to carry the title of contrarian. I’ve challenged convention and spat in the face of conformity.
There are days where I visit the grave of my former beliefs. One could almost mistake me to be mourning, but the tears do not result from sorrow, but from happiness.
I swore I would not do this, but when you write to the popular culture, often you have to write about pop music, its stars, and their endless stream of censor-taunting behaviour.
I’d like to give my take and review on the Microsoft Surface RT pad. I’ve had one now for a few after finally having taken the plunge; I am that commercially exploitable.
I would firstly like to say that my previous article was unnecessarily harsh and reflected a momentary state under the influence of which I should not have written that letter.
This article is in response to Afriform’s intended address to the UN regarding farm murders in South Africa.
I hope more people understand why charity directed at Africa continues to be the blunder that it is and always has been.
On the coattails of the public debate that I proposed a few weeks ago I want to revisit the topic of death, though not from the dire perspective of forced but frowned upon intervention.
I’m bored and just in the mood to spill some of my thoughts on your screen. Permit me this freedom for it has been a hard-won right.
Neil Blomkamp is the genius behind Elysium and previously District 9. I am also happy to say that Sharlto Copley again stars in a Blomkamp’s movie.
On the odd occasion my writing can inspire people to, themselves, write. But today I hope I can inspire someone to think.
This article may be written with haste (no doubt still bearing the scars thereof), but it is born of necessity. Let us dispel ignorance if afforded a chance to do so.
Considering China's animal rights record, one may feel a sense of pleasure at this news, but for the victims, it was no laughing matter!
It’s an open book test really, all that is required is the occasional glance at the source material to score full marks.
December 15th, 2011—Christopher Hitchens dies, and a thundering voice of reason falls silent. While pneumo
It is that time again where A-Theists duke it out, live, for your entertainment. Get all the details right here!
If you want to relive last Saturday’s A-Theist debate or hear what all the fuss is about, then here it is.
Despite the numerous people who tried very publicly to stop the first A-Theist Paltalk debate, the event was a great success and a lot of fun.
Get all the info about the first live A/Theist debate right here!
I am an unapologetic soutie and have always considered Afrikaans a mere vestigial form of Dutch that post-1994 should have shriveled up or fallen off on its own.
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