This may be the dumbest thing that any politician could ever do…
By Simon Black - March 07, 2018


Week before last, I told you about how the brand-new President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, made an impassioned speech calling for the confiscation of real estate from white land owners.

It was a pretty remarkable thing to say during what was literally his first week in office.

You’d think the new president would take the opportunity to address more immediate, more critical issues– for example, the fact that Cape Town is about to run out of water.

I’m serious.

Cape Town, the second largest city in South Africa (and the most well-developed on the African continent) is about to become the world’s first major city to run out of water.

The city is experiencing its worst drought in a century, one that has dragged on for more than three years. And its various dams and reservoirs are at historically low levels.

Local residents are already being rationed, including having their showers limited to two minutes.

But even with the rationing, Cape Town is still just weeks away from running out of water.

You’d think that would be at the top of the government’s list, given that their own idiotic policies caused this problem to begin with.

But no.

Social Justice has once again won the day over common sense. So they’re prioritizing the confiscation of white-owned land over critical water supply needs.

A few days ago, they took this a step further and actually passed a law authorizing the expropriation of land without compensation.

Their next move is to form an official committee to manage the process.

Now, South Africa obviously has a painful history regarding race.

And this issue of land ownership goes all the way back to the earliest European settlers who took land from the natives– something that President Ramaphosa called “original sin.”

The government’s objective is to correct this centuries-old injustice by taking land away from white owners and giving it back to its ‘original’ owners… ostensibly the descendants of native tribes.

But here’s where things become completely ridiculous. Let me give you a hypothetical example…

Let’s say a white landowner has a large property in eastern South Africa.

Even if he’s only owned the land for six months, he’s still going to be blamed for four centuries of imperialism… so his land will be confiscated by the government.

That sounds like a nice dose of justice!

But who will become the new owner?

One of the dominant tribes in eastern South Africa is the Zulu people. So perhaps the South African government will carve up the land and give tiny parcels to members of the Zulu tribe.

But then again… the Zulu tribe conquered that region centuries ago after a bloody war with the Ndwande tribe.

So perhaps the government should give the land to the descendants of the Ndwande instead.

Except that the Ndwande had conquered the area from the Mthethwa Empire, who in turn had conquered it from the Pedi tribe (of which Julius Malema, another of South Africa’s political hot-heads, is a member).

Even the most die-hard Social Justice Warrior whose heart soars at the prospect of confiscating land from white people has to acknowledge the absurdity of stealing property from the descendants of one conqueror and giving it to the descendants of another conqueror.

And, even if it were possible to accurately determine the ‘rightful’ owners of the land, and even if the prospect of forced redistribution were a good idea, can we really trust one of the most corrupt governments in the world to fairly and transparently execute the program?

Or is there just a teeny, tiny possibility that maybe, just maybe, all this confiscated land will end up being owned by government cronies?

Another important point is that a lot of this land that the government wants to confiscate probably has quite a bit of bank debt.

Imagine– you just bought a farm for, say, 50 million rand (that’s about USD $3 million). And in order to do so, you took out a hefty loan from a South African bank.

Now the government comes along and steals your property.

Are you seriously going to keep paying the loan?

Of course not.

This means that the banks are going to be stuck with massive defaults and bad debts, leading to a wave of bank failures.

So in their crusade to bring Social Justice to South Africa, the government is effectively engineering a banking crisis in their country.

This is criminally stupid behavior that puts South Africa on the same path that Zimbabwe followed in the late 1990s.

And as I told you a few weeks ago, when I first reported about this land confiscation in South Africa, anyone who is dumb enough to follow Zimbabwe’s economic model absolutely deserves what they’re going to get.

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  • Truly, madness in humans knows no bounds, and with intelligence in so many so clearly MIA/AWOL …. missing in action/absent without leave …. are recipes for disasters fully to be expected if crazy leads are followed and realised.

  • Libertarian Jerry

    What is happening in South Africa today,has happened over and over again throughout history and has happened,in a gradual way,in America over the past several years. That is the triumph of socialist thought. That thought being that all property,labor and wealth belongs to everyone and that if one has more than their “fair share” of “the wealth” then that person deserves to be vilified and punished by having it forcibly taken away. Even if that action results in the complete destruction of the “wealth” involved. Its the same old same old tactic of a small minority of elitists gaining control of the “means of production” by using a mob of useful idiots to vote away or otherwise forcibly take away other peoples property rights and wealth in order for those useful idiots to gain something for nothing. The classic class welfare tactic of attaining power. That is promise people something for nothing because you tell them they are “entitled.” In America the gradual reduction of property rights through the tax,judicial and regulatory systems will eventually cause America to go through the same convulsions that Zimbabwe,South Africa,Cuba,Venezuela,Russia,China and numerous other nations have seen over the past Century. The only way to stop or even slow down this process is to dismantle the current tax,judicial and regulatory systems and replace those systems with a system friendly to the rights of property. Unfortunately, I don’t see this happening in any meaningful way soon.

    • Its the same old same old tactic of a small minority of elitists gaining control of the “means of production” by using a mob of useful idiots to vote away or otherwise forcibly take away other peoples property rights and wealth in order for those useful idiots to gain something for nothing. The classic class welfare tactic of attaining power. That is promise people something for nothing because you tell them they are “entitled.” … Libertarian Jerry

      And how long, LJ, before just a few in the masses, for that is all that it will take, realise the ploy and start arranging for the arbitrary elimination of such sub-prime elitist players?

      You know ….. in order to encourage the others to …. well, play nicer and share the spoils of their toils.

      Or do you think that is not a possibility and therefore a most unlikely probability in this age with spaces where information and intelligence fly around the globe in the blink of an eye?

      And that certainly much sooner than imagined rather than later?

    • James Higginbotham

      it’s called COMMUNISM, to take land from people based on whatever reason.
      all white people just need to leaveS South Africa and let them REVERT BACK

    • Col. E. H. R. Green

      ” Unfortunately, I don’t see this happening in any meaningful way soon.”

      It is very unlikely that it will.

      That is why you alone must take full responsibility for defending yourself and your property from predation, by whatever peaceful means necessary–even if those means are outlawed–, and by the retaliatory use of force, including deadly force, if necessary–even if *that* is outlawed–as is your right.

  • Varangian Guard

    Confiscate the well kept properties from the whites and just let them fall to pieces and disrepair.

    It’s the same thing that has happened in the USA to every large city in which the larger white majority in addition to the various minorities who’ve worked hard and saved to move away from downtown has had to experience. Then without an aggressive tax base to pick up the slack it crumbles. People don’t reinvest entitlement payments.

    • Col. E. H. R. Green

      “Then without an aggressive tax base to pick up the slack it crumbles.”

      Coercive taxation, a legalized act of theft, but theft nonetheless, is aggressive by its nature and inevitably causes an exodus of brains, abilities, and capital. It cannot “pick up the slack”. It creates the slack, and far worse.

      You must wean yourself from supporting any “solution” that has its source in government. Its thievery and other violations to legitimate individual rights are not the just and moral means to any ends.

      • Varangian Guard

        I wasn’t. I was commenting that without people living, working, and paying taxes in that left coast commune of a state, their socialized programs won’t work. With taxpayers jumping ship they will attempt to collect at higher rates with the people that remain. Their solution is what caused their problem to begin with.

        As I mentioned those getting entitlement payments don’t reinvest. They are a root cause

        • Col. E. H. R. Green

          Thank you for your clarification.

          The root cause of that destruction is coercive taxation.

  • Don Duncan

    The two concepts that lead to rights violations are authoritarianism and collectivism. They are at the root of the worldwide political problem. Strike there. Do not focus of the particular abuses. If you do, your message will be lost in endless arguments over details that do not address the underlying causes of injustice. When the majority do not chose to think about politics but only follow simple emotionalized policies they will be led by those who will destroy them. And us along with them. It is in our self interest to join the fight against political sophism.

  • hangloop

    If the new south African governmebtw has decided to take the land, well that’s what we wanted when we decided to help regime change without some type of guarantee that the pendulum wouldn’t swing the other way. Racism is for stupid people. Since any financial or humanitarian support for the south African government is essentially support for racism then we should not be providing aid to the government there. To assist the people some help to NGO’ s willing to get involved in humanitarian aid should be accomplished… Imho..

  • MetaCynic

    Socialism in particular and collectivism in general have repeatedly failed disastrously on an epic scale, yet the envy ridden masses are always seduced by socialism’s siren song of something for nothing. They learn nothing from history. One wonders what the now intensely suffering masses of Venezuela have learned. Do they still believe in Santa Claus? I’m afraid that humans are hardwired by their nature to fall for collectivism no matter what the evidence. No amount of education will ever change this. It’s one of the cruel pranks the gods have pulled on us.

  • jackw97224

    Clearly insanity, commie/socialism, reigns supreme amoungst black South Afrikans. They deserve economic disaster. Look at what happened in Zimbabwe or Venezuela or Eastern Europe or the Russia when the commie/socialists got control.

  • robt

    We eagerly await the imposition of sanctions. And wait, and wait, zzzzzz.

  • 45clive

    So the South African banks will be left holding the empty bag, so to speak. Would these be the same Rothschild banks that bankrolled Cecil Rhodes?

  • It’s not dumb.

    Look to Rhodesia / Zimbabwe. Mugabe ruled and profited for decades, amassing wealth his followers stole from all their fellow countrymen, black and white. Why? Because they too profited from the theft, albeit their cut was smaller than his.

    Ramaphosa is following the same policy because he seeks the same result.

    He reveals thereby that he cares not one whit for the ultimate fate of South Africa or South Africans. His policy is only “the dumbest thing that any politician could do” if you assume he has the interests of his country at heart, that he cares about these interests and seeks to serve them.

    Why would anyone assume such a thing?

    It is a fantasy.

    You document the evidence yet shrink from the unavoidable conclusion.

  • Boysie

    It is amazing what mindless banal kr*P is written both are the main article and subsequent comments – The more Americans complain that the American government interferes in the internal / external affairs – the more private individuals and organizations – stick their noses into the affairs of other countries – A moron with a Microphone is still classified as a MORON…