Sunday 18 June 2023

Freedom Insurance

Trevor Watkins 1/6/2023


If, in a fit of fabulous philanthropy, Elon Musk decided to donate 10% of a billion dollars ($100 million, about R2 billion, or .0005 of his net wealth) to the best proposal on how to address the current South African catastrophe, what would you suggest? Here is my proposal.

Avoiding catastrophe in Southern Africa - a proposal to the Musk Foundation

South Africa is in bad shape.  The problems are mostly political. Bad ideologies leading to bad strategies which result in widespread corruption and failure.  Apartheid socialism in the past, Marxist socialism in the present.


South Africa does not lack resources. It does not lack competent people (world class banks, mines, farms, insurance companies, manufacturing industries). It has a history of innovation (world’s deepest mines, first heart transplant, Kreepy Krauly). 


Why should deeply disillusioned South Africans trust any proposals for a new structure?
South Africans of all persuasions are reasonably proud of and united around our existing constitution, despite its flaws. It is subscribed to by all registered political parties. It does not inspire partisan animosities. By undertaking to enforce the provisions of the existing constitution you can avoid endless debate over technicalities.


Like most Western countries,  the South African state takes responsibility for almost every aspect of the life of its citizens and residents, limited only by the terms of a constitution little understood and rarely observed. Most citizens cannot imagine an alternative to an all powerful state controlling the levers of power. We have sacrificed our freedom to the illusory safety and security we believe only the state can provide. The only question is which gang gets to run the state, and even that is only decided every 5 years. I call this  the bigger gang theory of governance.


But there is an alternative which has operated for centuries. Insurance can provide most of the safety and security services which the state ineffectually offers, at much less cost and with far greater efficiency. 


The time for playing by the rules of a corrupt system with a corrupt referee are over.

 I propose the concept of Freedom Insurance.

Objective

To provide a superior structure for the provision of the rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights (BOR) of the South African constitution, in the interests of all South Africans.

Harsh Realities

  1. Countries and societies do fail with awful consequences.

  2. The government/state model has failed and should be bypassed.

  3. You can’t please everyone. You can’t save everyone. You must be willing to pay your way.

  4. There is no free lunch.

  5. Many powerful people may be deeply annoyed by these proposals.

  6. Competence and competition are critical to our survival.

  7. Bold Action is necessary, words are no longer enough.

Challenges

  1. South Africa is a  country deeply divided by race, income, ideology, expectations.  However, the constitution is one of the few unifying forces, admired and respected by the vast majority.

  2. The existing government has close to unfettered power over all organs of state. Any alternative approaches will not be well-received.

  3. Political solutions by opposition parties have failed for 30 years, and show no prospect of success in the short term.

  4. The country is on the brink of becoming a failed state with policing, judiciary, infrastructure, education, and health services all near collapse.

Non-negotiables

Any proposed solution must be

  1. Non-political.

  2. Sustainable.

  3. Exclude the many failed state agencies, parastatals, quasi government organisations, captured agencies.

  4. Free market based.

  5. Not just another overseas investment plan.

  6. Not just another aid program or charity.

Proposal

Use the Musk Foundation funds to establish and capitalise a new insurance company (provisionally known as Freedom Insurance (FI)) which will underwrite and guarantee specific sections of the bill of rights in the South African constitution.


Like any insurance company Freedom Insurance will sell policies to individuals and groups.These policies will cover losses arising from adverse events or violations of the bill of rights - life, property, bodily integrity, captivity, subject to specific conditions. 


Freedom Insurance will

  1. Pay compensation to injured parties.

  2. Attempt to recover costs from violators.

  3. Undertake legal action against violators.

  4. Attempt to  mitigate the incidence of violations.

  5. Maintain a tribunal to judge violations by members and others, and to assess warrants of search or seizure.

  6. Will operate in conjunction with private security agencies, legal agencies and arbitration agencies.

Target audience and conditions

  1. Freedom insurance will be available to all residents of South Africa.

  2. Freedom insurance will not be free. 

  3. There will be a range of products designed to service a range of markets.

  4. In all  cases the actions undertaken by Freedom Insurance will be subject to the terms of the client’s policy and their payment status.

The Bill of rights

Freedom Insurance will underwrite the following sections of the BOR.

Sections

9. Equality

1. Everyone is equal before the law and has the right to equal protection and benefit of the law.


Comment

Given the parlous state of the police services and judiciary, this provision is often breached. Most South Africans now resign themselves to 

  • receiving minimal assistance from the police in the event of a crime, 

  • a botched investigation and 

  •  no successful prosecution.


Freedom Insurance will compensate clients for their losses, investigate and apprehend the perpetrators of the crime, take restitution from the perpetrators, and ultimately turn them over to the state for prosecution  with a detailed affidavit.


3. The state may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth.


Comment

Freedom Insurance will undertake legal action against the specific state agency for correction and reversal of the effects of any unwarranted discrimination. Freedom Insurance will pay compensation to the client for any losses suffered due to this discrimination.

11. Life

Everyone has the right to life.


Comment

In the event of a client’s death, Freedom Insurance will pay out the agreed death benefits. If the death was due to the state or other malicious actors, Freedom Insurance will  investigate and apprehend the perpetrators of the crime, take restitution from the perpetrators, and ultimately turn them over to the state with a detailed affidavit.


12. Freedom and security of the person

1. Everyone has the right to freedom and security of the person, which includes the right ­

a. not to be deprived of freedom arbitrarily or without just cause;

b. not to be detained without trial;

c. to be free from all forms of violence from either public or private sources;

d. not to be tortured in any way; and

e. not to be treated or punished in a cruel, inhuman or degrading way.


Comment

Freedom Insurance will investigate the circumstances of your abduction or captivity. If it is due to state action, a legal challenge will be undertaken. If it is due to malicious actors,  Freedom Insurance will  investigate and apprehend the perpetrators of the crime, take restitution from the perpetrators, and ultimately turn them over to the state with a detailed affidavit.


2. Everyone has the right to bodily and psychological integrity, which includes the right ­

a. to make decisions concerning reproduction;

b. to security in and control over their body; and

c. not to be subjected to medical or scientific experiments without their informed consent.


Comment

Freedom Insurance would be very active in protecting individuals against vaccine mandates and similar, by bringing legal proceedings against the implementing bodies. Freedom Insurance would also cover the costs of harms arising from forced medication, and will  investigate and apprehend the perpetrators, take restitution from the perpetrators, and ultimately turn them over to the state with a detailed affidavit.

14. Privacy

Everyone has the right to privacy, which includes the right not to have ­

a. their person or home searched;

b. their property searched;

c. their possessions seized; or

d. the privacy of their communications infringed.

Comment

Freedom Insurance would be active in protecting individuals against breaches of their privacy, by bringing legal proceedings against the implementing bodies. Freedom Insurance would also cover the costs of harms arising from such breaches.

21. Freedom of movement and residence

1. Everyone has the right to freedom of movement.

2. Everyone has the right to leave the Republic.

3. Every citizen has the right to enter, to remain in and to reside anywhere in the Republic.

4. Every citizen has the right to a passport.

Comment

Freedom Insurance would be active in protecting an individual’s freedom of movement, by bringing legal proceedings against the implementing bodies. Freedom Insurance would also cover the costs of harms arising from such breaches.

Products

All members will pay a standard R100 setup fee to cover registration, app setup, billing setup, ongoing communications.


Product Name

BOR section

Harm

Exclusions

Benefit

Freedom App

(Installed on member’s phone)


1.Violence, 

2.abduction, 

3.incarceration, 

4.abuse,

5.accident


1.Report violations,

2.Request help,

3.Communicate with nearby members, 

4.Identify location, 

5.Capture evidence (similar to existing security apps), 6.Administrative support 

Life

11

Death 

Suicide, 

deliberate self harm

1,R100k life insurance, 

2.R5000 funeral cover,

3.Estate legal support

Freedom

12.1

1.Deprived of freedom without just cause,

2.detained without trial,

3. violence from public or private sources,

4. tortured,

5. cruel or degrading treatment.

Found guilty by FI tribunal or recognised court of associated crime.

1.Daily stipend of 3 times monthly contribution, 

2.Defence agency support,

3.legal support, 

4.public relations support

Body

12.2

Denial of the right ­

1. to make medical and reproductive decisions, with informed consent.

2. to security and control over their body; 


1.Defence agency support, 

2.Legal support, 

3.public relations support, 

4. compensation for losses 

suffered due to denial of rights

Property, land, house

25

1.Theft

2.State confiscation

3.Expropriation

Unjustly acquired property

1.Repay insured value of 

property,

2.Defence agency support, 

3.legal support,

4.compensation for 

losses suffered directly due to loss of property

Work

22

Denial of right to choose trade, occupation or profession freely.


1.Defence agency support, 

2.legal support, 

3.public relations support, 

4.compensation for 

losses suffered directly due to loss of work

Health

27

1.Disease,

2.disability, 

3.injury, 

4.bodily harm. 

As Listed on a schedule.

Pre-existing conditions, conditions not specified in schedule.

Treatment costs subject to max limit.

a.Daily stipend of 5 times monthly contribution, subject to max limit.

Discrimination

9.1, 9.3

1. Everyone is equal before the law
2. Public body or state discrimination by race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth.

Private discrimination is excluded. A private individual or company may discriminate as they see fit.

1.Defence agency support, 

2.legal support, 

3.public relations support, 4.compensation for losses suffered directly due to discrimination


Privacy

14

1.Unwarranted search or seizure of person, home or property

2. Unwarranted invasion of private communications

If warrant approved by FI Tribunal for public security reasons

1.Defence agency support, 

2.legal support, 

3.public relations support, 4.compensation for losses 

suffered directly due to search or seizure or invasion of privacy.

Movement

21

Denial of

1. freedom of movement.

2.access to a passport and exit from SA

3. right to enter, to remain in and to reside anywhere in the Republic.

Found guilty by FI tribunal or recognised court of associated crime.

1.Defence agency support, 

2.legal support,

3. public relations support, 4.compensation for losses 

suffered directly due to loss of privacy. movement or passport.


Policies


Policy Name

BOR sections

Products

Monthly PP

Includes

Notes

Basic

9, 

11

App,

Life

R10

1,App,

2.R100k life insurance, 

3. One time R5K loss of freedom,

4, R5k funeral cover

Aimed at lower income groups

Standard

9, 

11, 

12.1, 

12.2

App,

Life, Freedom, Body

R100

1.App,

2. R500k life, 

3. Loss of freedom  daily stipend of 3 times monthly contribution 

4.R5K funeral cover , 

5.defence agency support, 

6.legal support, 

7.public relations support

Minimum support expected for all citizens and residents

Family

9, 

11, 

12.1, 12.2, 

22, 

25, 

27

Life, Freedom, body, property, work, 

health

R1000

1.App,

2. R500k life, 

3. Loss of freedom  daily stipend of 3 times monthly contribution 

4.R5K funeral cover , 

5.defence agency support, 

6.legal support, 

7.public relations support

8.Daily stipend of 5 times monthly contribution, subject to max limit for scheduled health conditions.

Support for an average family member

Full house 

9, 

11, 

12, 

14, 

21,

22, 

25, 

27


Life, Freedom, body, property, work, health,

Discrimination, Privacy, Movement

R1500

1.App,

2. R1000k life, 

3. Loss of freedom  daily stipend of 3 times monthly contribution 

4.R5K funeral cover , 

5.defence agency support, 

6.legal support, 

7.public relations support

8.Daily stipend of 5 times monthly contribution, subject to max limit for scheduled health conditions.

9.compensation for losses suffered directly due to 9.1discrimination,  

92 to search or seizure or invasion of privacy

9.3 to denial of movement or passport.

All 1st generation rights specified in BOR



Next steps

  1. Establish a trust to administer the  donated funds. Board Members must be strictly non-political. Suggestions: Elon Musk, Wendy Appelbaum, Rob Herzov, Johann Rupert, Patrice Motsepe, Magda Wierczyka.

  2. Setup a new insurance company, called Freedom Insurance.

  3. Establish an executive structure. Suggestions: Nick Hudson(Panda), Wayne Duvenhage (Outa), Thuli Madonsela, Paul o’Sullivan.

  4. Recruit partners - security agencies, arbitration agencies, banks, legal firms.

  5. Start marketing.

Conclusion


This article suggests a way to address the current South African crisis. This is achievable and sustainable   given sufficient funds and intention. It is an economic solution, not a political one. It leverages widespread popular support for the constitution and provides real world benefits to most South African residents. It is not a revolutionary proposal but falls completely within the ambit of the existing Bill of Rights. 


Individually, South Africans are at the mercy of the gangs; political, criminal and economic. Freedom Insurance can provide a unifying structure, a rallying point, for powerful but legal resistance to the depredations of the state.


This proposal would do what the politicians have failed to do.


Author: Trevor Watkins is the founder of the Individualist Movement, the author of two books, and a contributing author for the Free Market Foundation. He publishes on a blog at libertarian.org.za.  The views expressed in the article are the author’s and not necessarily shared by the members of the Foundation.


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