atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#317: Zimbabwe

Barbara Simpson comments about Zimbabwe under Robert Mugabe.

It's not that I care much more than any other average American about the goings-on in a small country on the other side of the planet to which I have no connection. I just happen to think that it's a textbook example of what happens when you combine socialism with an utter disregard for democratic principles.

Mugabe's "redistribution" policies ruined the economic machine that made Zimbabwe one of the most successful nations in Africa. Prior to independance from Britain, it was a prosperous nation; now it's an utter ruin.

But it's also a cautionary tale. Anyone who speaks against Mugabe is arrested and beaten, or killed.

Think about the current political issues in the United States. There is one issue (at least) about which its supporters say that those who disagree with it should be silenced, considered insane, or jailed. (Or all three.)

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