An unemployment rate of 80%, an AIDS rate of 25%, staggering GDP shrinkage of 7% per year, and conflict with the West put President Mugabe in a desperate situation. Recipients of the transfer program have not even come close to keeping production up at the rate whites did:
By confiscating the white-owned commercial farms, the government transformed a country that was once the breadbasket of Southern Africa into a net food importer.That is depressing. Sixty-six percent of Zimbabwe's workforce is employed in agricultural but the country cannot even feed itself.
And despite good rains there is every prospect of another deficit over the coming season, our correspondent says...
Tobacco used to be Zimbabwe's major export earner but production has fallen from 237m kg in 2000 to 73m kg last year.
Mercifully, some of the 4,000 white farmers who lost their land to the kleptocracy may be trying to come back, while those remaining must apply for permission to continue farming:
Buka said 500 white farmers had applied for permission so far.Zimbabweans were better off when their country was called Rhodesia:
There's been confusion in recent weeks over unconfirmed reports Zimbabwe had invited white farmers chased from their farms back to the land.
Government ministers have denied this is a dramatic U-turn in Zimbabwe's land reform programme, which has seen up to 4,000 commercial farmers lose their farms in the past six years.
Buka said 'remaining farmers' had to apply for leases to farm, following changes to Zimbabwe's constitution that make all agricultural land required for resettlement state land.
Zimbabwe is now poorer than it was at independence in 1980, after it had survived 16 years of sanctions and eight years of civil war.Zimbabwe's IQ is estimated at sixty-six. The difference between white and black Zimbabweans (~35), then, is likely greater than the difference between Ashkenazi Jews and African Americans in the US (~30). The result of throwing out 4,000 enterprising whites should have been predictable. African independence from colonial rule has been terrible for Africans.
The government is nationalizing all the farmland and then granting people the right to farm it. The white commercial farmers still operating in Zimbabwe are in a tenuous position, as are those who wish to return. It is obvious that Mugabe is not interested in the whites' well being. Whites in Zimbabwe are a quintessential market dominant minority with little political protection. Mugabe will cater to them only in economic desperation. But political desperation will continue to force him to be capricious toward whites. Sad purges like operation "Remove the filth" are coupled with the plundering of wealthy whites who deflect the ire from Mugabe. Why even one thousand white farmers remain is difficult to understand:
The programme has been mired in controversy following allegations ruling party officials had seized most of the best farms, while agricultural production has plummeted.Southern Africa demonstrates the deleterious effects on social cohesion, personal liberties, and economic progress that stem from having an impoverished numerical majority that doesn't control the economy. The closest a majority white US comes to this is the prominence of Ashkenazi Jews in industries such as entertainment, media, and banking/finance. But American goyim are not poor, Jews do not have a lock on any industry, Jews are scarcely distinguishable from other whites, and the US celebrates economic success more than anywhere else in the world save maybe Hong Kong. Rather than deporting our brightest, we praise and admire them.
Meanwhile, in central Midlands province, at least six white farmers have been told to leave their farms in the past two weeks, an official from farming pressure group Justice for Agriculture (JAG) said.
If current demographic trends continue, however, whites will become a market dominant minority as the wind from the South howls northward. The Hispanic underclass does not appreciate American culture and does not revere white accomplishment. We need a wall.
We should also create tax incentives for wealthy natives to have more children. Not only will this raise the national IQ and narrow the wealth gap, it will make the Western way of life sustainable for future generations. The West is dying--the populations of both Japan and Russia are decreasing in absolute numbers, and in all of the developed world only Israel is above replenishment rate. The planet is being populated by dullards--births per woman by country inversely correlates with national IQ at a higher rate than virtually any other variable. Allowing sharp children to take accelerated classes in primary school and burn through college faster will put more years on the other side for making babies. Also, older folks should put money away for their children and grandchildren in high-return, long-term investments. It's a much better gift than sneakers or some electronic consumable.