“Give Back the Land”– Rising Black Fascism

2016-05-09 05:44

In the past year a number of dysfunctional initiatives have taken root in South African society – all pointing to a radical form of black fascism with its origins in a sense of entitlement, the absence of ethical compass, economic ignorance and a cognitive deficit born of -inter alia - bad state education and racial chauvinism. All can be traced back directly to the ruling party.

The ANC’s core values (or lack) and a succession of poor leaders has put paid to national cohesion and the sanctity of individual liberty - with concomitant costs. So much so that the virulent and anarchic EFF is seizing the baton from it and is often at the forefront of such inter-racial confrontation.

Some examples:

• The Rhodes must fall initiative was the start with anarchy erupting on the campus at UCT. Weak university leadership made things even worse.

• With UCT on the ropes, elements from other universities’ student bodies chimed in with similar anarchic behavior – the most notable being the University of Stellenbosch, where even the linguistic and cultural roots of the iconic institution have been disrupted. Again, leadership was feeble – probably on account of anxiety about being labeled “counter revolutionary” or non-PC.

• A season of racial mudslinging has ensued, with whites invariably being attacked for their indiscretions by ruling party politicians but black’s seldom being chastised for doing the same - causing serious polarization within our heterogeneous society.

Social media has made the exercise of such abuse accessible to all manner of ne’er do wells and amplified the issues.

• An incident at Cape Town’s Obs Café – in which a black (Rhodes must fall) activist was involved encapsulates the hatred of some, when a white waitress received an abusive “give back the land” note from a table she had served, instead of being awarded a tip.

• In a recent election rally Malema identified South Africa’s main economic problems as being rooted in the distribution of land. This is a common and oft repeated refrain from radical quarters.

All of this got me thinking back in history - to Adolf Hitler in the 1930’s. There are some disturbing parallels.

Hitler attacked intellectuals and intellectual institutions and railed against minorities. He was obsessed with “the land” – so much so that his quest for lebensraum was the pretext for annexing and invading his neighbours – Austria and Poland amongst others.

To me it has an eerily familiar ring to it. With an absence of ideas, insight and cognitive capacity and a disenchanted populace (cultivated by government mismanagement over the past 20 odd years) what do inept and power hungry leaders do when the chips are down? The answer is almost always the same.

Because they don’t have the answers, and are blinded by the prospect of power - they find a scapegoat.

Thus in prewar Germany they blamed the Jews, whilst in the new South Africa they increasingly blame the whites.

But why?

Jews in prewar Germany and whites in contemporary South Africa are key to economic success and attract both jealousy and calls for confiscation and retribution. BEE and affirmative action are manifestations of precisely such “retribution” – as are calls for a “restructured” economy, the end of “monopoly capital” and for land to be redistributed.

It matters little to the perpetrators that the marginalized and the poor suffer the most when such minorities are disempowered. The gratuitous punishment of minorities is more important to them - in a classic example of schadenfreude (pleasure derived from another’s misfortune).

In this context the issue of land is key. It has the potential to destroy our national economy in much the same way as happened in Zimbabwe. Even civil war is possible.

There are a number of reasons for this. The demand by politicians for land is emotive and devoid of economic logic. It can win votes among the ignorant and uneducated - but the costs are exorbitant.

If, hypothetically land possession was restored to the days before the Great Trek, our population would already have starved. Thus to strive for that – or a similar objective - would be tantamount to precipitating mass starvation. In fact, to in any way diminish the efficiency of agriculture would encourage a similar – albeit more gradual - outcome.

Alarmingly, we are already on this trajectory with the mismanagement of the country’s water resources; in comparison with pre 1994, when the nation was a world leader in water resource management, we are on the skids on account of the indigenization of water management.

For more on this subject you might read - A historical perspective on the water situation by Professor Anthony Turton – a member of the Centre for Environmental Management at the University of the Free State on the website


and / or my Voices 24 blog of a few months ago -


But the main reason for land constituting a truly dysfunctional and absurd public debate is even simpler than that.

It has to do with ours being a relatively developed economy and having a symbiotic relationship with the rest of the planet. To disturb that will lead to economic collapse. Let us look at the agricultural resources that we have. Only 12% of South Africa's land can be used for crop production and just over one fifth of that is high-potential arable land, on account of a lack of reliable water. That leaves us with less than 2,7% of the country’s land surface suited to high productivity farming.

For a useful summary get more information on http://www.southafrica.info/business/economy/sectors/agricultural-sector.htm#.VyoT2dJ97cc#ixzz47hWeRPp3

In the light of this it seems to me reasonable that our miniscule percentage of arable land should be in the hands of experienced and productive farmers. In this way the best interests of the national economy can be served and food security assured.

Another useful measure is the percentage of GDP accounted for by agriculture – at between 2,2% and 2,46%, depending on the sources quoted.

The following chart places agriculture in the context of our economy:

What it again illustrates is the paltry percentage of the economy – and hence, incidentally, the proportion of available jobs – accounted for by agriculture. Thus “the land” holds very limited direct value to most South Africans.

It is, of course a vital resource base for many downstream industries – from food and drink production, to retail, and even energy products – but to be in the hands of recipients of largesse and favour instead of in possession of those capable of adding value, beckons disaster.

It is against such an awareness that calls to “give back the land” must be judged. The land was a central national asset in feudal times before the age of modern industry, mining, the service sector, IT, and global communications.

Not so any longer.

Ours is an economy already 62% urbanized and still urbanizing at over an additional percentage point a year.

To pull “the land” out of the hat as an issue today is deceitful and ruinous – just as was fascism in the last century. It holds appeal for the lowest rungs of human intellect – constituting, unfortunately a dominant proportion of our society.

Such are the sad limitations of democracy in a heterogeneous society – and the threats of growing black fascism!

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