It is not often that I put my hand to paper around political issues, but with the recent spate of news headlines surrounding the ANCYL and the ANC calling for economic freedom and the expropriation of land I have decided to try and enlighten some of the ill-informed readers out there as to why so much of the wealth is still in white hands.
So, let us get some background first. I grew up in a very moderate household, both my parents had to work and although times were hard we were always relatively happy with what we had. We were taught from a young age if you wanted something there is only one way to get it and that was to work for it.
Now, you might be asking yourself what does this have to do with my statement about FEAR? The answer to this is actually very simple, because what drives me and most probably many other small business owners today is the FEAR of not being able to provide for our kids the relatively moderate existence what we had, at the very least.
This FEAR is a direct consequence of discriminatory policies like AA, BEE and other blatant racist policies of the current government. As the effect of these policies affect more and more middle aged white men, the only alternative is for these groups to leave the formal job market and to go and “Do their own thing”. It is only once they make this decision that the FEAR factor really kick in, and ironically enough, it is also this FEAR that causes them to succeed.
Allow me to explain from my own personal experience: In the day to day running of my business, when the clock strikes 5 and it is time to go home, it is this FEAR that will cause me to work the additional 4 hours instead of going home. It is this fear that causes me to work over weekends and public holidays. It is this FEAR, that makes my business grow ! a FEAR of an uncertain future for myself and my family. It is this FEAR that drives my existence.
I remember as a child that we used to be scared by the bogey man called the street sweeper. Whenever we used to travel somewhere my parents used tell us to look at the homeless people and street sweepers and they told us that is what happens when you do not study hard and work hard to better ourselves. This instilled a great FEAR in us!
Today I know that this was not altogether true, because as we all know that the harsh realities of life can bring down any man, and that we may never know the personal circumstances of the street sweeper or the homeless man next to the street. But, it still served a purpose to create a awareness and FEAR of what possibly may happen if you do not give your all.
We can then, by deduction reach a conclusion that the reason the economical power is still in the hands of white people is because of a direct consequence of the environment created by the government of the day, because they are fuelling this FEAR. By alienating and sidelining whites they are actually just making our resolve stronger.
My children are being brought up the same way I was, and at ages 13 and 10 they have already leaned some serious lessons in self preservation. We teach them delayed gratification and entrepreneurship. We teach them about non-entitlement, and the values of education and hard work.
Is it then not time for the ANC and the ANCYL to realise that by teaching this self entitlement and “We are the victims” mentality to their children that they can never reach economic freedom. We all know that your cannot take from Peter to give to Paul. Although I flunked economics 101 twice at varsity, even I realise that you cannot get something for nothing.
As long as the current government continues to threaten and marginalise the white population, the FEAR will grow stronger, and this will effectively just make the whites work harder and build their own economies of scale within their niche.
History has taught us that the Afrikaner nation, while under siege from the Brits continued in their resolve and ultimately rebuild this country to the largest economy in Africa. When last did you hear a white person in South Africa complain about the injustices that was done to them by the British scorched earth policies? Never? That is because we made a conscious decision to move on and rebuild. The history is there, but it is just that... history!
We will not forget, never... but we will also not allow it to be our downfall to keep harping on the past. The ANC and their alliance partners will do themselves a great big favour to take a note of this.
I for one will continue to instil this FEAR in my kids, teach them about their heritage and the true history.
I trust you will do the same.