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Following on from  the Springboks defeat of England at the Stade de France yesterday, there have been ‘jubilant’ celebrations in the cities and townships of South Africa. This sudden surge in national pride has been welcomed by that nation’s sportsmen, especially as the Springboks have long discarded the image of ‘Whites only’, or as it used to be printed in the language of apartheid ‘Slegs Blankes!’ Football is the preferred sport of just about all black South Africans, with the rugby fanatics largely white, so whilst a meeting of the two sides across the colour barrier is to be welcomed, this achievement is no swallow; and South Africa today is no summer.

While the South African rugby team’s captain can rhapsodize about the closing of the racial divide, and how old wounds were being healed, does he believe that South Africa is set on a course into the sunlit uplands of Democracy, into a golden age where all are equal, and none go begging? I would suggest a slightly different scenario, and it is not bathed in the golden glow of a well-played and fought sporting competition.

I would remind him, and all the other liberal-thinkers who manoeuvred the Nationalist Government, and the South Africans who went more or less willingly into the voting stations, into the biggest betrayal of the most successful industrial society in Africa. Consider what was, and then look at what has become of South Africa under Black rule. True, the black man had no vote, but when one sees what he has done with this vote, is it any wonder that many who think as I do believe that Dr. James Watson had it just about right with his controversial remarks on intelligence, such as “his hope is that everyone is equal, but he counters that “people who have to deal with black employees find this not true”.” The fact that this eminent scientist’s lecture was cancelled because of his views is an indictment of the closed minds of those who banned him, not of the man himself. 79 years old he may be, but his intellect dwarfs many of his detractors.

My own experience with black labour as a whole, and black employees in particular, bear out Dr. Watson’s theory that there are definite differences between White, Asian, Asiatic and Black, Whilst many Asiatic-origin people, such as Japanese and Chinese are ferociously intelligent, the basis for their superiority is not who they are, but who their ancestors were. The same influences which shaped the Japanese and Chinese also shaped much of Europe, in the form of religious Reformation and the Renaissance. We in Europe may have been fighting for much of the fourteenth, fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, but we also produced Caxton, Da Vinci, Rubens, and the genetic inheritance which brought forth Nelson, Wilberforce, Mozart, Brueghel and Donattello. Opposed to those advances, over some four centuries we see the vast stretches of Africa ruled by tribal chieftains and their descendants with a ruthlessness which beggars the rule imposed by white colonists. We do not see any advance towards industrialization, no advances in art, or music, or even in the manner of their war-making activities! What was good enough for their grandfathers, was good enough for their successors.

Early in my own time in South Africa, I repaired all manner of construction equipment, and one day I got talking with an Xhosa man whose home was in the Transkei. He told me how he was considered a wealthy man in his home village. He would be working for six months in ‘the white man’s city’, before going back to his kraal or hutted home with his savings, buy another wife and watch her, along with his four other wives, as they planted, watered and reaped the crops in his fields. All this while he smoked and talked along with his fellow men who were all far too grand to think of giving a hand with the farm work! When I asked him if he never gave any thought to maybe installing irrigation equipment, to aid the women who had to walk for miles for water, he looked at me as though I was stark staring mad. “Baas, If I make it so that the water is easy to get, all the other women will want the same, and my brothers would cease to talk with me!”

I see a country which was once the power-house of Africa, laid low through a combination of the Black man’s greed, indolence, impatience and envy. Not many British people read the South African newspapers, but I do; and even with the slanted and biassed reporting common to just about all the national newspapers, you see and read of the slow slide into the chaos which is the standard of the vast majority of that unhappy continent. One reads of the power cuts and ‘brown-outs’ forced upon an electrical generating authority by over a decade of capital equipment neglect; I read of maintenance either not done or sloppily completed, and the breakdowns resultant on that casual attitude! I read of airline staff given promotions based only on the colour of their skin, and the disastrous results of giving a job which requires both common sense and diplomacy to someone lacking in both!


I read of Black Africans given high promotions and power without a clue about how to wield that power; of a confiscatory Black Empowerment law which forces businesses to give senior positions and equity to black people just because of their skin colour. I see the stirring of a movement towards the confiscatory regime of Zimbabwe, with terror actions against white farm owners almost commonplace. The very people who talked, wrote and connived against the day when the Black man would take power are themselves leaving the stinking sewer which they have helped build.

 
Based on a rising tide of murders since ‘independence’, now standing at 25,000 every year, will the descendants and family members of the estimated 133,000 murder victims who have been slaughtered since the ‘Rainbow Nation’ came into being be rejoicing alongside the clowns who are prancing and shouting in jubilation because of the result of some silly game? I don’t think so! Will the victims of an AID’s epidemic which is calculated to hit around one person out of seven in South Africa’s population be waving their balloons and dancing in the street because the ‘Boks’ have won the World Cup? They don’t have the energy!

Jubilation and balloons; more like Bread and Circuses! 

 

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25 thoughts on “Fool’s Paradise?

  1. >> into the biggest betrayal of the most successful industrial society in Africa<<

    and the strongest magnet for bigots in the world.

  2. Mike -your theme tends to echo the old "nobody ever thanks me for the volkswagon" joke about Hitler.

    You praise Dr. Watson for his remarks and yet fail to indicate he has repudiated his own remarks himself. If you didn’t know he did them you are being intellectually lazy. If you did know he did then you are being intellectually dishonest.

    God knows Africa has a multitude of problems, and not all of these can be attributed to colonialism. But racial superiority is a disgusting theory, and one that genuine conservatives have and should oppose.

  3. "Based on a rising tide of murders since ‘independence’, now standing at 25,000 every year"

    As I pinted out in a thread yesterday, South Africa’s murder rate is falling pretty consistently and has been since 1994.

    Also the Apartheid era economy was not a success story and was one of the reasons why the policy failed.

  4. "You praise Dr. Watson for his remarks and yet fail to indicate he has repudiated his own remarks himself."

    Mahons, he hasn’t although his follow up article was reported that way what he actually wrote was:

    "To those who have drawn the inference from my words that Africa, as a continent, is somehow genetically inferior, I can only apologise unreservedly…..

    ….The overwhelming desire of society today is to assume that equal powers of reason are a universal heritage of humanity. It may well be. But simply wanting this to be the case is not enough. This is not science."

    His apology was just a more sensitive and exact restatement of his previously comments.

  5. Mahons wrote:
    "You praise Dr. Watson for his remarks and yet fail to indicate he has repudiated his own remarks himself."

    So Prof. Watson repudiated his own remarks without any duress? I doubt it.

    The apartheid economy performed quite well but demographics meant that the cost of imposing apartheid would bring it into ruin. What the Afrikaners should have done was to establish their own republic in the Cape with the coloureds, and set up republics for each of the main tribes within the territory of SA. Reasonable agreements on currencies, infrastructure etc could then have been reached. The chance for this was blown by P W Botha who failed to see the reality that black (mis)rule would wreck everything for everybody.

  6. Anyone who has lived and worked in SA (as opposed to those who have never set foot in the place) will understand Mike Cunningham’s dismay at what has befallen that continent.

    India too was colonised and has suffered far greater upheavals (and a poorer climate) than Africa, but now has the 6th largest economy in the world. Africa has got no-where.
    And the reason? Indians are far more intellegent than Africans.

  7. PS.
    Thought you might like an up to the minute monetary conversion:

    1 Zimbabwe Dollar = 0.00003413 US Dollar
    1 US Dollar (USD) = 29,298.0 Zimbabwe Dollar (ZWD)

  8. >>Anyone who has lived and worked in SA (as opposed to those who have never set foot in the place) will understand Mike Cunningham’s dismay at what has befallen that continent.<<

    Absolute nonsense. The vast majority of people in SA favour majority rule and are glad to be rid of the white supremacists.

    >>India too was colonised and has suffered far greater upheavals (and a poorer climate) than Africa, but now has the 6th largest economy in the world. A<<

    Ho hum.. . So India’s economy is three times Africa’s in real terms.
    Well, I suppose people who love to look down on blacks can easily tuck away under "Inconvenient" facts such as that India’s poulation is about three times greater than that of black Africa and that India is a state with a central government able to form an economic policy and Africa is not.

  9. Bernard: I’m not so sure that innate intelligence explains the differences between India and SA after colonial rule.

    When Britian colonized India, she did so by transplanting her legal system, educational systems, customs and institutions. When colonial rule ended, India carried without colonial-rule but with British infrastructure in place.

    In SA, the apartheid system did not transplant educational, institutional, and legal systems so much as impose them. When the system ended, an enormous vacuum was left.

  10. Good points, Patty, Would be interesting to compare former Br. colonies like Nigeria or Kenya to India.

  11. Mike Cunningham posted:

    The fact that this eminent scientist’s lecture was cancelled because of his views is an indictment of the closed minds of those who banned him, not of the man himself.

    I agree 100%. Let’s have open debate, not bans. The fact that Ken Livingstone wants this man banned tells you all you need to know. Livingstone has no trouble greeting IRA terrorists or homophobic jew-hating islamic clerics, but balks at a scientist whose views go against the pc zeitgeist. Not that he’s on the make, with an election to win in a city with a 25% ethnic minority population, or anything.

  12. Whatever the problems of South Africa today and no doubt there are many, it doesn’t at all justify the assertion that the end of apartheid and white minority rule was a mistake. Apartheid was a disgusting and humilitaing exercise in racial superiority imposed at every level by the state. From the high level denial of political participation in the running of the state to which they belonged to the daily humiliations of so called ‘petty’ apartheid with it’s seperate and unequal shop queues and park benches and so on it was a regime that could never be justified and it is right that however South Africa deals with it;s problems today it should not be on the basis of race based power and seperation.

  13. Colm, I thought about you yesterday when on a thread someone said (about the negative comments hurled patty’s way), "Patty’s getting nail pretty hard tonight." I resisted!

  14. What about the political leanings of the ruling party in SA? I would have thought that would also have a great deal to do with its problems, as socialist economies always perform far less well than capitalist ones.

    Does education also play a role here? I’m guessing that under the old system, whites had access to a far higher standard of education than blacks did.

    As I said before, I do think that there are genetic differences in intelligence/physical ability/etc between races, but not MASSIVE ones. Probably not enough to cite this as the main, or only factor when you compare different countries at different times.

  15. Old Indian saying: Give us the tools, we’ll finish the job.
    All-round African saying: Give us the job, we’ll finish the tools.

    Patty.

    Stan Freberg (California): "The facts, Ma’am; just look at the facts".

  16. Tom.

    Did you know there is no discernible genetic difference between a great dane and a miniature poodle.

  17. Ross: The quote I read was that he was dismayed by his comments as there is (in his words) no scientific basis for his comments . I suspect he recoginzed also who his comments would appeal to.

    Bernard: Mike’s nostalgia is for a state in which all men were not equal because of race laws. Let us not pretend otherwise.

  18. Does education also play a role here? I’m guessing that under the old system, whites had access to a far higher standard of education than blacks did."

    Blacks received a better education under apartheid than they did in black Africa. Note that the Soweto riots of 1976 started because the white government wanted Afrikaans to be the language of instruction rather than English and native tongues within black schools. The result is that SA was the only place in Africa where blacks received written instruction in their own languages as opposed to French or English.

  19. Google into the country Haiti – rife with aids, poverty and warring factions which kills off any chance of a tourist industry. They have history they should be proud of, they threw off the yoke of slavery but where are they now in the scheme of things. And why?

  20. Noel, do you think that the whites in South Africa should be deported? The reasoning here is that if there are no whites, there’s no racism.

  21. >>Noel, do you think that the whites in South Africa should be deported? The reasoning here is that if there are no whites, there’s no racism.<<

    Don’t know where you got that one from, but obviously removing racism is only a means and not an end in itself. The end being political, legal and societial structures that offer a level playing field and make it possible for all to work their way best without institutional obstacles.

    You must also remember that people don’t judge their political or social position in real terms, but always in relation to others. Blacks in SA may have had on average a better education than those in Angola, but they were still discriminated against and treated as a sub-class in their own country by the racist regime that Mike yearns for. History is full of cases where such social distinctions and discrimination led to, and justified, revolution because they go against an, apparently universal, sense of justice.

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