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From its foundation over a decade ago Politicsweb has remained true to its original mission of providing a reliable documentary record of what the politicians are up to, facilitating debate across ideological boundaries, and publishing the highest quality opinion and analysis. 

We have published, and brought back to prominence, many brilliant political writers whose work had earlier been banished to the wilderness by our big English-language media houses, and raised important issues that others would have preferred suppressed.

Today South Africa is approaching a defining moment in its history. The economy is in a bad way, the state is running out of money, state-owned enterprises are dysfunctional and loss-making, and the ruling African National Congress government is riddled with corruption at all levels. The country is at an acute risk of heading into a rapid downward spiral should (inter alia) current threats to property rights be realised.

Despite the clear peril facing the country, much of SA's public debate remains trapped within the confines set by decades of ANC ideological and political hegemony. The ANC leadership, and many of our leading journalists and intellectuals, continue to cling to the leaden lifebuoy of liberation movement ideology. Unable to properly locate their current predicament comparatively or historically, and with no clear reformist path set out before them, the youth meanwhile are being drawn towards the peddlers of quack cures and magical solutions.

Avoiding the worst, let alone achieving the best, requires a fundamental shift in the way the country thinks. As Heinrich Heine wrote: “Thought precedes action as lightning precedes thunder”. 

As a publication Politicsweb has long dared to stand alone against the prevailing ideological tides. What has kept us going is the belief in our mission and a fierce commitment towards serving the public interest. But now we need your help.

The brutal fact of the matter is there is no way advertising revenue can, and ever will, sustain online political commentary and journalism of quality. Very soon it is not going to be supporting what’s still left of our newspapers either. 

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