Capitalist Party of South Africa

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brianvds (April 09, 2019, 16:27:30 PM):
Their website:

https://capitalist.org.za/home

So, does anyone know anything about them? Are they worth a vote?
BoogieMonster (April 09, 2019, 16:50:31 PM):
I am really, really intrigued but not yet convinced. However details seem thin on the ground.
brianvds (April 10, 2019, 04:09:37 AM):
I am really, really intrigued but not yet convinced. However details seem thin on the ground.

I haven't watched their little videos yet, so I don't know how good their plans are. But I like their notion of smaller parties letting go of grandiose plans and instead focus on smaller but achievable goals. I also think they are right in that within an election or two, SA will have a coalition government, at which point it becomes very feasible to vote for smaller parties.
brianvds (April 11, 2019, 09:57:50 AM):
Got around to watching their videos. Some of their plans seem very workable to me; others (such as reducing violence against women by arming them) strike me as more dubious. I am not entirely sure about their economic plans (e.g. negative tax) because I am not really qualified to critique it. On the face of it, it also seems like a workable idea.

In any event, for those of somewhat libertarian bent, they are the only option. The actual libertarian party, as with last election, will not be running. My guess is that they are so embroiled in issues of ideology that they can't get their ducks in a row. But what we need now is a plan, not an ideology. Alas, the chances that the capitalists will get enough votes to get a representative into parliament are probably very slim. Almost nobody even knows about them, and the ones who do will likely argue that it is a "wasted vote."

I haven't quite decided where I stand on the issue. It would actually be nice to vote for someone for a change, instead of merely against someone, as we tend to do both here and in the U.S.A. In both countries, that attitude has poisoned political discourse.
BoogieMonster (April 11, 2019, 10:59:29 AM):
Well, by the bevy of people asking me about this, both online and IRL.... I think their support may be understated.

The trick with a party like this is to convince everyone that everyone else is also thinking the same thing.

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