South Africa is repeating Zimbabwe’s fatal mistakes
In neighbouring Zimbabwe, violent land seizures authorised by Robert Mugabe in the 1990s sent the country into a spiral of decline from which it has never recovered.
In the documentary “Farmlands,” Canadian Lauren Southern tries to describe the unbelievable world of today’s South Africa to a sleepy and sceptical western world. People in today’s modern world tend not to read, so if they are to learn about something outside of their experience it needs to be put in moving pictures and sound.
Thirty-seven years ago Robert Mugabe inherited a well-diversified economy with potential to become one of sub-Saharan Africa’s best performers. Today, Zimbabwe is the region’s basket case, with real per capita incomes down 15 per cent since 1980. __ FT
Zimbabwe is the shithole of the world, for very good reason. And socialist paradises such as Venezuela and South Africa are racing to catch up — or perhaps I should say “catch down.” Misery and poverty in Zimbabwe have risen immeasurably thanks to the socialist policies of Robert Mugabe. And now socialist South Africa is walking the same path downward.
In South Africa:
Water shortages are extreme due to affirmative action policies which place unqualified people in critical positions of water policy and purification/production. Power shortages are common and destructive of industrial infrastructure as unqualified people are given sinecured positions in the electric power planning and production infrastructures. Blood flows in the streets as crime explodes beyond any capacity or desire of law enforcement to contain it. Brain drain of highly trained scientists, engineers, medical professionals, managers, and entrepreneurs has been extreme for decades, as they have been discriminated against by the government in favour of less qualified but more politically connected persons. And now they are coming for the farmer who feeds the people:
Tensions among the country’s white farming community have been rising since the election of Cyril Ramaphosa assumed office earlier this year and committed his African National Congress (ANC) to land expropriation. __ Express
This is modern socialism in action:
- Take a country that is functional and productive
- Identify a point of “inequality” and attack it
- Keep attacking productive sectors that display “inequality” until the country no longer functions well
- Continue to attack until all productive wealth has been exhausted
- Move on to next target which happens to be functional and productive
In the 20th century, socialism killed over 100 million people. But socialism is never satisfied with such small gains. The 21st century is seeing the ideas of socialism swallowed wholesale by gullible youth and adults of the modern world and the undeveloped world alike.
Average IQ correlates well with GDP in most nations. South Africa’s average population IQ is 72, but for many decades South Africa’s productivity was propped up by market-dominant minorities with higher average IQs. With the coming of majority rule — and rabid socialism — the productivity and prosperity of South Africa are falling steadily.
Human capital in South Africa is being squandered in the names of political correctness, affirmative action, social justice, and socialism/communism. As a result, South Africa is dying in the same way as Zimbabwe, but at a slightly retarded rate — since Zimbabwe had a head start. Human misery is skyrocketing as a direct result.
Low-IQ Africa is doomed, without plentiful outside help. But almost any conceivable outside help will necessarily be wasted and squandered. The problem is deep, essentially bottomless. Start at that gaping hole — that insoluble problem — if you want to achieve anything meaningful. Treat it like a zen koan. The answer may come to you, or not.
Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. It is never too late to have a Dangerous Childhood © .
Slow and sure the downward path: The curse of low average IQ with the resulting unchecked emotions