oa Litnet Akademies : 'n Joernaal vir die Geesteswetenskappe, Natuurwetenskappe, Regte en Godsdienswetenskappe - Tegniek en Republiek : wisselende vryheidsbegrippe in Afrikaner- en Suid-Afrikaanse politiek
Technics and Republic : Varying concepts of freedom in Afrikaner and South African politicsIn this article different concepts of freedom that have occurred especially among Afrikaners, and to a lesser extent in South African politics, since the Dutch establishment at the Cape are investigated with reference to the three technical milieus or mediaspheres in which Afrikaners have found themselves so far. After a very short overview of aspects of the thought of Bernard Stiegler and Régis Debray's philosophy of technics these aspects are applied to especially Afrikaners and, to a lesser extent, South African political history. The hypothesis is defended that distance was and remains the most important factor in the South African political economy. This hypothesis is defended with an interpretation of Afrikaners' political history in the logosphere, the graphosphere and the videosphere. The article concludes with some speculative remarks on Afrikaners, Afrikaans and South Africa in the contemporary videosphere.
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