Three lessons from the South African anarchy

Three lessons from the South African anarchy. By Paul Monk.

South Africa has what the World Bank deems the highest levels of social inequality in the world and enormous unemployment levels.

The black elites have looted the country to the tune of tens of billions of dollars while living high on the hog and staffing their government with ill-educated and opportunistic cronies. This is a shocking indictment of the post-apartheid regime and an utter betrayal of the hopes of Nelson Mandela. …

The first lesson is one of political philosophy. The collapse of governability in South Africa demonstrates that the principles of sound governance are colour blind. …

Whatever the historic injus­tices of apartheid, the black majority regime that replaced it peacefully 27 years ago has been an abysmal failure. The same was true in Zimbabwe after Robert Mugabe took over from Ian Smith in 1981. In both cases, flourishing economies were destroyed and kleptocratic misgovernment imposed.

It cannot be plausibly argued that what has happened in either of these “liberated” countries has been due to any colonial or neo-colonial regime. In South Africa, it has been due, four-square, to the corruption and incompetence of the political movement that fought apartheid, replaced white rule and has misgoverned South Africa since 1994. …

The second lesson is financial. The colossal theft of national treasure by grossly corrupt elites, not only in South Africa but around the world, has to be stopped. International banking must be cleaned up. The Panama Papers five years ago threw a good deal of light on the staggering scale of illicit finance globally. …

The third lesson is ideological. There has to be an end to the ideological cant that spares non-white or non-Western regimes from criticism on the grounds that such criticism is racist or hypocritical. … The cant in recent decades has come increasingly from the regressive left, with its defence of a wide range of illiberal and corrupt regimes in the name of some supposed progressive commitment. …

Enough now. No further alibis for thugs or kleptocrats, regardless of colour or creed.

Like Zimbabwe. Here’s an oldie but a goodie about “liberation fighter” and ex-President Mugabe, and his beautiful young wife:

Steve Sailer:

It’s worth remembering that nearby Zimbabwe bumped along fairly well for its first couple of decades of black rule with the white farmers mostly being allowed to carry on. But then in 2000, a black vs. black political dispute between president Robert Mugabe and his challenger led Mugabe to despoil the whites to pay off his black bully boys.

A similar concern for South Africa has been that a black-on-black political spat could similarly lead to an anti-white surge. Well, we shall see.

hat-tip Stephen Neil