South Africa & The Conundrum of Ideology

Ideological rhetoric is the backbone of political discourse. It tells us who stands for what & helps people decide who to elect to represent them.

But it is not rhetoric that politicians use to excercise political will. It is their policies. In reality, it is the policies of a government that decide what kind of system they use to govern & thus, what kind of state they becomes.

To quote Jane Austin:

“It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.”

This remains true.

Yet we elect & support politicians because of what they say, because they ‘speak about our issues’.

But have we ever thought to stop & assess what type of state our governments have created?

Let us anylize the 3 main political systems and see if we can find out for ourselves.

Socialism & The Socialist State

Socialism is a system of government where The People decide what happens to the citizens, our country & our resources.

If we were a socialist state, we would directly elect every member of a representative government.

If we were a socialist state, we would all be equal, society would be geared to support & develop the wellbeing of its citizens and the capabilities of our country.

If we were a socialist state, we would have an economic model that ensures every citizen from birth directly benefits from the profits of our mineral resources & is entitled to land once they reach majority.

If we were a socialist state we would ensure every citizen recieves the highest level of education they are capable of, including continuous support & development to achieve the highest level of skill they are capable of.

If we were a socialist state we would ensure every citizen recieves the highest level of healthcare possible, including continuous support & development to achieve the highest level of ability they are capable of.

If we were a socialist state, we would have a transparent, accountable & consultative policy creation & service delivery model.

If we were a socialist state, government would merely be the management of South Africa Inc. The People would be The Shareholders & would run The Board. The People would dictate policy & decide how we use our resources.

Ideally… this should be called Socialism.

But it isnt. What I have described is Social Democracy.

To quote Bernie Sanders:

“Democratic socialism means that we must create an economy that works for all, not just the very wealthy.”

So no. We are not a socialist state.

But then, what is socialism?

Perhaps Vladimir Lenin said it best:

“The goal of socialism… is communism.”

Communism & The Communist State

Communisim is a system of government where The State decide what happens to its citizens, our country & its resources.

If we were a communist state, we would have a singular government whose leadership is decided on by high ranking members of government.

If we were a communist state, we would all be as equal as The State decides, society would be geared to support & develop the wellbeing of The State and the capabilities of our country.

If we were a communist state, we would have an economic model that ensures The State controls & decides what happens to the profits of our mineral resources and only The State would decide who is entitled to get land & why.

If we were a communist state, The State would ensure every citizen recieves the highest level of education The State deems neccessary, including continuous support & development to achieve the highest level of skill The State allows.

If we were a communist state, The State would ensure every citizen recieves the highest level of healthcare The State deems neccessary, including continuous support & development to achieve the highest level of ability The State would desire.

If we were a communist state, we would have a secrative, bureacratic & authoritative policy creation & service delivery model.

If we were a communist state, government would be The Board & management. They would decide the shareholding of South Africa Inc. They would dictate policy & decide how we use our resources. The People would merely be employees.

That is a communist state.

Does it sound a bit familiar?

Capitalism & The Capitalist State

Capitalism is not a system of government. A capitalist government operates in the best interests of businesses & thus, what happens to the citizens, our country & our resources becomes secondary to this.

If we were a capitalist state, regardless of who we elect, whoever would hold office would serve the interests of the wealthy few.

If we were a capitalist state, wealth would determine how much protection one gets from The Law, society would be geared to support & develop the wellbeing of investors & the capabilities of businesses.

If we were a capitalist state, we would have an economic model that ensures control of the economy rests in the hands of the wealthy & politicians willing to be beholden to them.

If we were a capitalist state, people would only get what education they can afford. Any support or development to achieve the highest level of skill they are capable of, would come at a cost.

If we were a capitalist state, people would only get what healthcare they can afford. Any support or development to achieve the highest level of ability they are capable of, would come at a cost.

If we were a capitalist state, we would have a secrative, bureacratic & corrupt policy creation & service delivery model.

If we were a capitalist state, “captains of industry” would be The Board & Fund Managers of South Africa Inc. They would decide the shareholding of South Africa Inc. They would dictate policy & decide… what happens to our resources. The People would merely be employees… if its feesable.

This is Capitalism.

Imagine living in a capitalist state!

Conclusion

Taking the above into account, we can now look at South Africa & identify what type of government system we are under.

We vote for a party, who alone decides who should lead them & thus our country. This party then decides who runs our state departments & what we do with state resources.

This party then dictates policy & stacks the deck in favour of the highest bidder, with the highest bribe. As a result, with enough money, businesses can influence government policy & the passing of bills by making “donations”.

Thus we have politicians preaching about “we the people decide” but making decisions that make people poor, while they become wealthy, travel onboard business class flights & sit on the boards of companies that benefit from government tenders.

So, in reality, South Africa under ANC is a communist state, with a capitalist economy & policies, masquerading as a socialist movement.

An oligarchy controlled mafia state.

Now ask yourself this:

Is this the kind of government so many fought & died for? Is the kind of government you voted for? No?

Then what are we going to do about it?

We have it within ourselves to create a society where we are all free & equal.

We have enough resources to provide for every creature on earth.

Maybe its time we stop being led by the nose through the quagmire of tribal & identity politics & start dealing with the actual problem with our government. Our government itself.

Thoughts?

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