December 26, 2017

MZGA! (MRGA?)

First some background, from the article itself:

News24 reports that Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party launched the land reforms in 2000, taking over white-owned farms to resettle landless blacks. Mugabe said the reforms were meant to correct colonial land ownership imbalances.

At least 4 000 white commercial farmers were evicted from their farms.

The land seizures were often violent, claiming the lives of several white farmers during clashes with veterans of Zimbabwe's 1970s liberation struggle.

Critics of the reforms have blamed the programme for low production on the farms as the majority of the beneficiaries lacked the means and skills to work the land.

But a funny thing happened on the way to "social justice" - poverty and famine.

Crisis-hit Zimbabwe is begging the white farmers they forcibly evicted to return and reclaim their farms, as the southern African nation's economy continues to deteriorate.

This comes fifteen years after Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwean government seized large swaths of land from white farmers in the country -- a move that triggered a rapid downturn in the country's economy.

Better fifteen years late than never, but damn! Proof again that dictators only care about their own survival. To hell with "the people." This south African spring was only made possible by the impending death of Robert Mugabe, and the relative weakness of his wife, who attempted to maintain his iron grip of power.

Speaking of South Africa, they still haven't learned. From the same article:

The news comes as South Africa threatens to follow in Zimbabwe's doomed footsteps in kicking white farmers off their land.

South Africa is teetering on the brink of a race war after President Jacob Zuma called on parliament to pass a law allowing white-owned land to be "confiscated" by blacks without any form of compensation.

Something tells me that more than a few of those farmers will resist, given the Zimbabwe/Rhodesia example nearby.

Dictatorship Don't Demand the Unearned Freedom on the March Trump Revolution We're from the government, and here to help. Posted by JohnGalt at December 26, 2017 7:30 PM

[Moved to correct post]

Posted by: jk at December 27, 2017 11:48 AM

I'm not sure I understand the preceding comment. Was it intended for this post?

Posted by: johngalt at December 27, 2017 4:02 PM

Ummm, no. That's a little abstruse even for me (moved down one post...)

Posted by: jk at December 27, 2017 4:50 PM

This is great:

But a funny thing happened on the way to "social justice" - poverty and famine.
I will use it sometime!

Posted by: nanobrewer at January 4, 2018 10:52 PM | What do you think? [4]