Saturday, March 3, 2018

Becoming Zimbabwe: South Africa Self-Deconstructs

Normally, people emulate their betters. If they see that their neighbor is doing better than they are they will modify their own behavior, adopt some of their good habits, in order to improve themselves. Evidently, it is not very easy. Old habits die hard.

The same ought to apply to civilizations and cultures. If you accept that, in the clash of civilizations, in military conflicts and competition, some cultures do better than others, we assume that the defeated will naturally want to improve themselves by emulating their betters.

Obviously, there are caveats and qualifications here. Some cultures worship their ancestors. They refuse to change their ways of doing things because they fear offending great-great-great grandfather’s spirit. One recalls that after World War II, the French intelligentsia feared nothing as much as the possibility that the country would adopt more empirical British cultural habits. To forestall this nightmare they all embraced the other victor, the Soviet Union of Joe Stalin.

Anyway, by now we should all know that Communism does not work. It produces nothing other than misery. The evidence piles up. Most people have gotten the message. And we also know that confiscating private property, a bedrock Communist principle, also does not work. We have the example of Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe to show us what to avoid.

And yet, today South Africa has set about to confiscate the lands held by white people. It is following the example set by Zimbabwe. At a time when the city of Capetown is about to run out of water, the government of South Africa has decided to violate the property rights of white farmers… on the grounds that the land naturally belongs to black people.

The Australian News service has the story, via the Gateway Pundit and via Maggie’s Farm:

SOUTH Africa’s parliament has voted in favour of a motion that will begin the process of amending the country’s Constitution to allow for the confiscation of white-owned land without compensation.

The motion was brought by Julius Malema, leader of the radical Marxist opposition party the Economic Freedom Fighters, and passed overwhelmingly by 241 votes to 83 against. The only parties who did not support the motion were the Democratic Alliance, Freedom Front Plus, Cope and the African Christian Democratic Party.

It was amended but supported by the ruling African National Congress and new president Cyril Ramaphosa, who made land expropriation a key pillar of his policy platform after taking over from ousted PM Jacob Zuma earlier this month.

The next time you are thinking of investing in South Africa, think again.

As for drawing a lesson from past experience, apparently this concept has escaped the legislators in South Africa.


Redacted said...

The ANC were always socialists, allied with Communists, as was Nelson Mandela (NYT. 2013). This is just the fetid political effloresence of that bankrupt ideology. I hope the ANC gets what it wants, good and hard.

I have said many times in many places that Hunter's Country House in Plettenberg Bay was the best inn in the world. And I will miss the wines, too. Pity.

Sam L. said...

I think you will find this of interest. This is a post by a South African now living in the U.S.:

This is highly likely to turn out badly.

Anonymous said...

When I was in High School Rhodesia had the highest literacy rate in Africa, 48%. Higher than Moroco, Egypt, Libia... I read about 11 years ago it had dropped (for Zimbabwe) to only 23%!

Anonymous said...

This is happening already. Farmers are brutally murdered. Google the pictures of 'Plaasmoorde' or 'South African farm attacks'. South Africa is killing it's white farmers at a chilling rate and the world does not care. Because we all love Mandela so much. Who needs food? Who needs water? Apparently, South Africans can live without.

Australia should open the borders for South African farmers, that will be a win-win for both.

Sam L. said...

If SA were smart, they'd make sure the farmers stayed and kept running their farms.
Heinlein's "Bad Luck" is now on its way to SA.