Jacob Zuma calls for confiscation of white land without compensationRemember that funny video I posted of a riot by red-shirted South African members of parliament?Next door in Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe launched a similar strategy in 2000 of egging on his supporters to Occupy white-owned farms.
3 MARCH 2017 • 8:24PM
“We need to accept the reality that those who are in parliament where laws are made, particularly the black parties, should unite because we need a two-thirds majority to effect changes in the constitution,” he said.
Mr Zuma, who has lurched from one scandal to another since being elected to office in 2009, has adopted a more populist tone since his ruling African National Congress (ANC) party suffered its worst election result last August since the end of apartheid in 1994. …
But, from the perspective of the now 93-year-old Mugabe, it’s now 17 years later and he is still President of Zimbabwe.
Now that I think about it, this development in South Africa might help explain why the Pundit Class (e.g., Richard Cohen of the NYT) has been so berserk over the global growth of populism. The populists in America aren’t actually going to come for the bankers and diamond merchants with pitchforks and flaming tires.
For example, Georgetown professor Carroll Quigley was convinced that the proteges of Cecil Rhodes, such as Alfred Milner, had conspired to exercise an outsized role in British politics into the 1930s. One of Quigley’s more outlandish assertions is that the Milner conservative cabal had controlled the Encyclopedia Britannica, which you could tell by looking at the entries for its members. I looked up the entry in the 1971 edition for Rhodes’ Joshua, Colonel Leander Jameson, and, yeah, it read like Quigley wasn’t crazy.
J.A. Hobson and V.I. Lenin wrote their separate books Imperialism inspired by South Africa.
The short answer is Churchill couldn’t afford his spendaholic lifestyle. He was on the verge of having to sell Chartwell in 1938 to avoid bankruptcy when Austrian-born South African zillionaire Sir Henry Strakosch, the chairman of The Economist, secretly bailed Churchill out so he could concentrate on fighting appeasement of Hitler.