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Dec 20 2016

The History of Zimbabwe in Three Headlines

Once there was a land called Rhodesia, which was known as the Breadbasket of Africa. Social justice replaced it with Zimbabwe, the history of which can be summed up in three headlines:


Passed along by TrojanMan.

43 Responses to “The History of Zimbabwe in Three Headlines”

  1. JeffersonSpinningInGrave says:

    More generally, there is collectivist authoritarianism reduced to it’s bare essence.

  2. grayjohn says:

    Let them starve.

  3. JackisBack says:

    Let Canada feed them. Africans love Canadians; especially bbq’d over an open fire.

  4. mostly Cajun says:

    White guys left and took their magic dirt with them.

  5. EVERYDAY PRESIDENT ☆ ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ says:

    I think I’ve predicted that happening.. as have others. We commenters and bloggers are seemingly much smarter than all the eggheads in government and think tanks combined. Why else did noone warn Mugabe that there would be no aid forthcoming if he deliberately drove white farmers off their land and then turned the country into a basket case begging for handouts.

  6. Take The Red Pill says:

    Let’s see, now — there was the Soviet Union and all of its satellite countries (I include Cuba here); we have had Venezuela, and now Zimbabwe.
    I guess that it still “hasn’t been done right”*.

    “Put a Marxist/Leftist/Socialist government in charge of the Sahara Desert, and they will have a shortage of sand.”

    * That comes from “That’s because it hasn’t been done right” — the usual answer from EVERY believer in Marxism/Socialism/Communism,et. al., when they are informed that Marxism/Socialism/Communism, et. al., has NEVER succeeded on its own.

  7. EVERYDAY PRESIDENT ☆ ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ says:

    How much is venezuela asking for?

  8. Take The Red Pill says:

    Just what they’re ‘entitled to’…of course.
    Because they can turn air into carbon dioxide and food into excrement, Marxists/Leftists/Socialists believe that everyone else who has more than them somehow “owes” them something.

  9. SNuss says:

    Nothing has changed. The Pilgrims tried socialism, and Plimouth Colony experienced mass starvation. They switched to a capitalist system, and then the colony thrived. Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

  10. Mac Abee says:

    Has it been determined yet whether this is Bush’s fault or Trump’s fault?

  11. EugeneAustin says:
    This is what Marxism does for the value of the currency. Note the expiration date, a sure sign of a problem with the economy. I have also seen $100 Trillion notes. Zimbabwean currency is worth less than toilet paper.

  12. 762x51 says:

    Actually, this is Zimbabwe’s second time down the drain.

    It became Zimbabwe, instead of Rhodesia in 1980, known then as “the breadbasket of Africa”

    From 1982 to 1990, GDP growth rates averaged 1.3 percent per annum while the population grew at an average of 3.3 percent. Only 10 000 new jobs were created in the first decade of independence, which did not keep pace with the population increase. The average annual growth rate of the Zimbabwean economy was 4.1% between 1980 and 1985, and 4.6 between 1985 and 1990. That puts Obama’s economy to shame and they STILL failed.

    By 1998 inflation was at 30% and within two years the entire nation collapsed. The occupation of farms which started in the 1980’s had reduced the agricultural output of the nation by nearly 75% by 2001. By then the former “breadbasket of Africa was importing $2.8B US per year in international food aid.

    This is Zimbabwe’s second collapse in the 35 years since it “freed” itself from white rule and capitalism. I say, let them eat cake.

  13. 762x51 says:

    Hmm, sounds like Venezuela, North Korea, Iraq, Mexico, Pakistan, Cuba, etc. I’m detecting a pattern here.

  14. MAS says:

    But but but it felt so right when he did it. Never mind the inevitable obvious consequences the important thing is it felt right to this pea brained Marxist at the time. Let them starve…

    “For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10

  15. JeffersonSpinningInGrave says:

    Bush I believe until Trump takes office. Then it will be Trump’s fault.

  16. Torcer says:
    #Venezuela More than 350 businesses were looted between Friday and Sunday in #ciudadBolivar along with 200 more in seven southeastern cities

  17. Torcer says:

    3 Lessons We’re Learning From Venezuela’s Collapse
    “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana
    Some ideas have long records of complete failure, yet people try them again and again. Venezuela’s meltdown has two of these ideas that have never ended well, but people keep trying them.

    First, Socialism never works. From Korea, Russia, Africa, to Latin America, it has never worked. But people keep wanting it. Venezuela has had a bad decade with their socialist experiment and within the last year the final domino has fallen. Their economy is in meltdown. When the price of oil plummeted, Venezuela could no longer afford their socialist programs and the state-controlled industries failed.

    The second bad idea is an economic “solution” that has always failed: Venezuela kept printing money so they could pay for everything their socialist experiment demanded. Of course, Venezuela went the way of every other country that has tried devaluing their currency—hyperinflation has completely wrecked the economy. Venezuela’s currency inflated so fast that they couldn’t afford to buy more paper and ink to print more.

    Socialism and hyper-inflation may not be immediate threats to us. But we can look at the meltdown in Venezuela to see how an economic collapse could play out, if, no matter the cause, it did happen here.

    1. The Government Makes A Lot Of Mistakes
    The markets and the economy work best when they are not interfered with by the government.

    The government in Venezuela solves all their problems backwards. No money? Print more. Now they don’t even count money, they weigh it by the kilo. Bread lines stretching for a mile? Make standing in line illegal. No more bread lines. Prices of goods double every other day. Make a law freezing all prices, but keep printing money. So, just because the government says a loaf of bread can only cost 100 bolivars, it doesn’t mean anything when everyone’s millionaires from all the inflation.

    Any economic disaster we may experience you can expect our elected officials to go head over heels trying to be the next Roosevelt. Anyone remember the bank bailout? Or the current rounds of Quantitative Easing? Or negative interest rates? The government is helping the economy to death.

    2. Hungry People Will Do Anything
    The currency in Venezuela has less buying power every day. People are weighing bricks of paper money that they carry around in wheelbarrows. The people who don’t have enough cash can’t buy food. So they loot it. And those who do have enough may discover that food shortages have left grocery shelves empty.

    How fast would your neighbors gang up to “redistribute” the food in your pantry if grocery shelves haven’t been stocked in a week? We’ve already seen how the riot police in our own cities have allowed “protesters” to loot grocery stores, service stations, electronics stores, and even auto parts stores to let them “get it out of their system.” That’s nice of them, if it isn’t your neighborhood or your store.
    3. Money Isn’t The Answer To Everything
    As in Venezuela, any major turmoil will usually see a black market develop. And it’s not always money that people want. Trading your skills and goods can get you further than money in hard times.

    If the economy experiences a major disruption, like the next great depression, having a reliable food source is the most important factor. Considering you still have shelter and running water, that is. Growing a few plants in your home is a good start. Even if you don’t have a lot of space. You can buy dwarf fruit trees that you can grow on your counter top. Or a few potted plants for vegetables if you have the room for it. Growing a few plants can be a fun hobby and livens up your place, too. And it makes a great contingency in the event of economic trouble. You may not be growing enough to be self-sufficient, but if signs point to trouble coming, you could always add more plants. And having some experience in it before trouble hits would be ideal.

  18. Torcer says:

    Keep in mind that the fundamental concepts of socialism are 500 years old in 2016:

    Socialism’s 500 years glorious anniversary
    Comrades, this year marks a momentous occasion. Its been (at least) 500 years since the expression of the basic ideas of socialism [that’s ½ a millennium for you youngsters].

    Some have said that these ideas have been around since the beginning of recorded history. They were voiced in Plato’s Republic and recently (In a relative sense of the word) in Thomas More’s Utopia published in 1516, and thus 500 years.

    But don’t take our word for it, we have it from the horse’s… mouth that their ideology originated (at least) 500 years ago and has been on a losing streak ever since:

    The Communist Manifesto after 100 years [published August 1949]
    “The first theoretical expression of a genuinely socialist position came in Thomas More’s Utopia, written in the early years of the 16th Century.”

    The left’s socialist ideas are as old as dirt (but not worth as much) and contrary to one of their more pernicious lies their ideas have been tried and failed down through the centuries, such as with the ‘new world’ in the 1600’s
    Again from one of the left’s orifices of collective… thought on the early history of socialism:

    Gerrard Winstanley (born 1609, died sometime after 1660) was probably the greatest socialist thinker that the English-speaking countries have yet produced, and the Digger movement which he led was certainly the first practical expression of socialism. But it lasted only a very short time, and the same was true of the movement led by Babeuf during the French Revolution a century and a half later. Meanwhile, quite a number of writers had formulated views of a more or less definitely socialist character.

    [The digger movement took place in England in 1649–50]
    These facts highlight one of the more ubiquitous and prevalent lies of the socialist left of any nation is that it’s ideas are fresh and new and thus untested in the unforgiving crucible of reality. Leftists love to foster the myth that the underlying concepts of their base ideology are brand new. They are supposedly revolutionary in character that can work because they are new and untested.
    This incessant failure of their base ideology has necessitated them to create a multitude of synonyms for essentially the same ideas over and over again.

  19. Torcer says:

    Don’t forget the Pilgrims, the Diggers, Harmony, etc.
    Socialism is a 500 year old failure – which tends to explain to 40 or so different labels the left has come up with to sell the concept to a new set of suckers:

    1 Anarcho-syndicalism
    2 Bolshevism
    3 Castroism
    4 Centralism
    5 Communism
    6 common ownership
    7 collectivism
    8 cooperative society
    9 collective ownership
    10 communalism
    12 Fabianism
    13 Fascism
    14 Guild socialism
    15 heteronomy
    16 kolkhoz
    17 Leftist
    18 Leninism
    19 Liberalism
    20 Managed economy
    23 Maoism
    24 Marxism
    25 Marxist-Leninism,
    26 National Socialism
    27 Neofascism
    28 Ochlocracy
    29 Phalansterism
    30 Progressivism
    31 Project X
    32 Public ownership
    33 Rule of the proletariat
    34 Social justice
    35 Stalinism
    36 Statism
    37 State ownership
    38 Syndicalism
    39 Totalitarianism
    40 Trotskyism
    41 Utopian Socialism

  20. Torcer says:

    And it will be deemed RACIST!!! if you dare blame Barack for anything… /s

  21. Strelnikov says:

    Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as “bad luck.” – Robert Heinlein

    Also, it’s clear that Torcer and I are drinking from the same blood filled cup. – Not Heinlein.

  22. KHarn says:

    Came up with an idea today: have the Boy and Girl Scouts collect aluminum cans send them to bankrupt countries so they can mint coins that are actually worth something!
    Litter gets picked up, the scouts earn merit badges and the foreign countries get something of value. Win-win all around.

  23. Torcer says:

    Cool idea!

  24. 762x51 says:

    And now, Globalism. Some Bondo, new paint and aired up the tires, a little sawdust in the crankcase and it’s ready to roll.

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  27. The Osprey says:


  28. Torcer says:

    As has been the case for 500 years.
    It’s become so bad for those on the national Socialist Left that they produce absurd definition of the word to try and resell their vile and evil concept:This is because people have been brainwashed by screeds like:

    75 Ways Socialism Has Improved America
    This has an absurd definition of socialism as:

    Socialism is taxpayer funds being used collectively to benefit society as a whole, despite income, contribution, or ability.

    Which is antithetical to the REAL definition of the word:

    Definition of socialism
    a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole. policy or practice based on the political and economic theory of socialism.
    (in Marxist theory) a transitional social state between the overthrow of capitalism and the realization of Communism.

    Such screeds have things like ‘Laws’,‘Civilization’ and even ‘All Elected Government Officials’ as examples of the wonders of Socialism.

    Of Course, ‘Laws’,‘Civilization’ and even ‘All Elected Government Officials’ have been around for thousands of years and Socialism has only been around for 500 hundred years, but who wants to quibble about FACTS?

  29. JTW says:

    Trump is Bush’s fault, so anything that’s Trump’s fault is Bush’s fault by association.

  30. JeffersonSpinningInGrave says:

    Though, Ronald Reagan is the prime evil who responsible for all of it.

  31. KHarn says:

    Thank you. Just doing my part for foreign relations.

  32. Ace says:

    Canadians live Africans too. And Asians and Muslims. So much so they want to give them their very own country. How cool is THAT!!

  33. dchrist81 says:

    4. The problem with socialism is sooner or later
    you run out of other people’s toilet paper.

  34. dchrist81 says:

    Even when there’s so many problems caused by Barack’s failed policies… No, especially when there’s so many problems caused by Barack’s failed policies!

  35. dchrist81 says:

    The true history of Thanksgiving won’t be taught in government schools.

    How Capitalism Saved the Pilgrims

  36. Torcer says:

    The good news is they can use their money for that purpose.
    Feliz Chavidad

  37. Torcer says:

    That’s the problem with the nation’s Socialist Left – they cannot debate aside from one word arguments.

  38. ImNoDhimmi says:

    Hey, those evil British colonialists ruined the country, right? It’s all their fault! /sarc

  39. dchrist81 says:

    Mao Tse Tung: Every Communist must grasp the truth;
    “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”

    “Problems of War and Strategy” (November 6, 1938), Selected Works, Vol. II, p. 224.

    Fundamentally, socialism is violence. It is a system so flawed that it can only continue when the people are held at gunpoint.

  40. Torcer says:

    “The Founding Fathers knew a government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. “ Ronald Reagan

  41. SNuss says:

    Yes, I have listened to this several times.

  42. SNuss says:

    “The beatings will continue, until morale improves”.

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