Foundations of Freedom, with Special Reference to Southern Africa

Foundations of Freedom, with Special Reference to Southern Africa

Foundations of Freedom, with Special Reference to Southern Africa

Foundations of Freedom, with Special Reference to Southern Africa

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This book is much concerned with the travail of the land in which I was born and have lived. But though it has grown out of the contemporary African -- and more particularly Southern African -- situation, the themes with which it is concerned are of enduring and universal significance; they are the themes from which men throughout history have drawn courage and strength in their efforts to achieve a society in which they can flourish.

In attempting a restatement of the ideal of government under law, and of what is needed to implement it in an African context, I am very conscious that I have undertaken a most formidable task; one that would tax the capacity of men far wiser and more learned than I am. I can only hope that the urgent need at the present time for this work to be done will make it easier for readers to forgive my shortcomings.

To Deborah, my wife, I owe more than I can say. She has read and re-read, worked at and improved every page, every line, of this book; whatever merit it may have could not have been achieved without her constant sacrifice, forbearance, encouragement and guidance.

To my colleague and friend of long standing, Dr. Marthinus Versfeld of the Department of Philosophy in the University of Cape Town, I should like to make the special acknowledgement of a grateful student. Many years have passed since I first attended his lectures on ethical and political theory, and we have never really left off debating and discussing 'The Perennial Order' with, to me, abiding pleasure and profit.

I am very grateful to Miss Winifred Greenshields, Miss Elsa Oudschans Dentz and Mrs. Jean Bowes-Taylor for typing the manuscript quickly and efficiently, and for their unflagging generosity in working cheerfully far beyond normal hours. Miss Greenshields also gave invaluable assistance in making the index, as did Mr. W. J. Luker. I would record my thanks, too, to Miss Ellen Roberts, of the Jagger Library, for checking statistical information in Chapter 1.

Finally I must say how very much I have appreciated the . . .

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