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If you hang us, hang us for crimes we committed, is my response to Prof Steven Friedman’s diatribe against Herman Mashaba and the Free Market Foundation (FMF). It is virtually all nonsense. His column is about what "free-marketeers" (libertarians) supposedly advocate regarding rich, poor and migrant people. A single call or a fleeting visit to a recognised free market website would have spared him — an academic — the self-inflicted humiliation of comprehensive error.Mashaba’s remarks, he writes, "deserve attention because he is a former chairman of the ... FMF". Really? Not because he is Johannesburg’s mayor? In a deluge of detritus that impugns the FMF and kindred spirits, Friedman misrepresents Mashaba then attributes the misrepresentation to an organisation Mashaba once chaired. He says, for instance, that the FMF "went to court to prevent bargaining agreements being extended to employers who were not party to wage negotiations". Is such nonsense a deliberate lie? Does Friedman r...

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