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Fixing Ivo Vegter

ivo_vegterSome of you might think that Ivo Vegter can’t be fixed, given that he’s a resolute critic of government intervention in our lives, suspicious of the doom-and-gloom narrative around climate change, and (cautiously) pro-fracking. To be honest, I disagree with him more than I used to, especially on the climate change issue.

However, it’s partly because of his columns in the Daily Maverick that I’ve discovered that I disagree with him, and why. This is part of the point of commenting in the public domain – that arguments can be put forward, debates can be had, and minds can be changed. As John Stuart Mill famously reminded us in On Liberty, we want to encourage free speech and robust debate partly because it shows us where we are wrong, and partly because it helps us know what criticisms need to be addressed and responded to, even when we are right (or think we are right).

It’s with this in mind that I alert you to the fact that Ivo, a friend as well as a fellow columnist (at one time – I subsequently retired) at the Daily Maverick, is unwell and in need of support. If you’ve enjoyed his writing, and/or if you think that the independent columnist role is worth supporting, consider helping him out (his banking details are at the previous link). He – and many like him – earn far too little (or sometimes, nothing) for what they do, but readers often benefit greatly. As per the nature of crowdsourced initiatives, your small donation can make a difference, if there are enough of you making them.

By Jacques Rousseau

Jacques Rousseau teaches critical thinking and ethics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and is the founder and director of the Free Society Institute, a non-profit organisation promoting secular humanism and scientific reasoning.

2 replies on “Fixing Ivo Vegter”

I wish Ivo all the best and hope he will get all the support needed. But I wonder if his strongly negative views on national health insurance would be affected by this. Were he in Britain, whether he likes it or not, he’d have access to excellent care at no cost to him (apart from whatever national insurance contributions he may have made). As does everyone else, whether they are poorly paid journalists, millionaire bankers, or unemployed. This gives people far more freedom to pursue their passions and fulfilment, rather than having to take wage earning work to pay for risk cover for their health.

Thanks for passing on the news Jacques. I often don’t agree with Ivo; but I’m always pleased to read his columns. I wish him all the best: and a speedy recovery that won’t ruin him financially.

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