Monday, February 06, 2006

Mugabe's assault on the poor, part III

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I just saw the headline "Zimbabwe Suffering Worst Economic Crisis" on Yahoo! News; the article is from Friday. Uncertainty and scarcity of resources, coupled with the world's highest inflation, is how the few non-poor (we can't call them "well-off") in Zimbabwe live. The article doesn't tell the worst story, though, nor does it tell you who's really causing this.

If you read my two previous entries, you'll see the real economic crisis in Zimbabwe: the government's policies that produced 80% unemployment and 800% inflation, the government shutting down informal "flea markets" and accusing them of "sabotaging" the economy (when in fact they are the economy), the government destroying 200,000 homes and forcing possibly 1.5 to 2 million people to endure the winter cold, the government seizing the mineral wealth to distribute among its bureaucrats and their friends, and the government seizing all foreign currency (the only stable money, because Zimbabwe's dollar is basically worthless).

Notice that the government did quite a bit, in fact, every last bit. Nothing more embodies Ronald Reagan's statement, "In the present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem." And Zimbabwe's slow self-destruction is solely because of one man and his evil ideals: Robert Mugabe. What he's done is on par with Stalin's forced starvation of the Ukraine, Mao's "Great Leap Forward" that may have killed 70 million people in its famine, and Pol Pot's plans for a socialist Utopia that may have killed two million people.

This March, the Foundation for Economic Education's monthly evening event will be by Dr. Richard Ebeling, its president. "Is the Spectre of Communism Still Haunting the World?" will no doubt be fascinating, but I would like to offer an answer tonight:

I don't think there has been a spectre of communism in nearly a century. What was just an evil spirit of ideas found willing flesh, creating devils of communism like Lenin, Mao, Pol Pot and Nicolae Ceauşescu. One of the devils in power today is named Robert Mugabe, in whose government we can witness the triumph of socialist central-planning. "The Lord reward him according to his works."

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