Saturday, August 29, 2009

Successful Black Nation Provides a Better Lesson

Here's a brilliant article written by a Dr. Kwaku Person-Lynn of Loyola Marymount University, and comes from a Hip Hop news website called ThugLifeArmy. It is so insightful and well written that there's no point actually printing it, but I have selected a few of its finer points for publication:

"Black people created the world's first significant ancient civilization, Kemet (Egypt), the precursor to world civilizations, science, medicine, mathematics and many other human creations."

"The one event that raised the greatest fear among American slave owners was the successful Haitian Revolution, whereby enslaved Afrikans defeated the powerful French military."

The author also describes how Napoleon had his soldiers deliberately shoot off the "negroid" nose and lips of the Great Sphinx.

When you've finished laughing at the juxtaposition of the words "successful" and "Haitian" in the same sentence, you'll possibly notice that the author makes no mention of the actual black nation of Kush, located to the South of Egypt.

A quick look on Wikipedia will demonstrate that here was in fact a great and successful nation lying next to Egypt that was forgotten until relatively recently. It became successful by imitating its powerful neighbour, and was a thorn in Egypt's side for years. They even built their own pyramids, and actually ruled Egypt for a century or so up until the Assyrian conquest.

The point is, when you have a wealthy and prosperous neighbour, you would do well to ask him how he got that way, and do your level best to imitate him until you also become wealthy and prosperous. The Kushites learnt that three thousand years ago, and if modern African nations want to get along they might do well by looking at Kush, rather than trying to claim the successes of Egypt for themselves.

African nations are blessed with resources most other countries can only dream of, although many are sadly cursed with the Dutch Disease. At independence they inherited a set of ideas along with the ways and means to prosper, and yet they did not. South Africa in 1994 was a first world country taken over by the ANC, but instead of imitating their successful predecessors, the ruling party decided that China and North Korea were more worthy role models.

10 Opinion(s):

Leifur said...

Your final point in this article is a very good point. Would it not be fair to say that the only African country (at least sub-saharan) that has emulated the west and in fact continued from where the british colonial masters left off is Botswana and that is the only country in africa that has had an uninterupted and steady, albeit slowly, growth?

That is because the didn´t copy bad ideas, institutions and practises from marxist theory but instead copied and continued the practises of the british they are getting ahead?


Doberman said...

Nice one Viking, I needed a good laugh. That's why I'm having great pleasure in posting the March of Titans stuff. One does not just need to debunk this shite, one needs to decapitate it.

To Leifur, Botswana succeeds because it is a mono-culture, the Tswana people. It is rare in Africa that one tribe forms one country and hence why it is relatively peaceful and successful.

It is also grounds to argue for a homeland for each ethnic group that desires it, to prevent Rwandan/ Congo genocides and the calamity in South Africa. People that cannot co-exist should not by virtue of some arbitrary lines drawn on a map by colonialists.

Viking said...

@Leifur & Dobes
I actually wanted to post on Botswana. It doesn't suffer from the Dutch Disease (i.e. negative effects of mineral wealth on other areas of economy) because it manages its natural resources very well. It was also technically owned by Britain but had the status of a homeland and was untouched by colonialism, as its resources were unknown at the time - so they have no-one but themselves to blame for any failures! As a result, they were motivated not to fail. They also have a negative HIV growth rate.

Anonymous said...

Are you sure Dr Kwaku is not John Cleese ?

Anonymous said...

R. Leifur:

NO Leifur, it has nothing to do with which "theory" was followed, it has everything to do with the fact that Botswana is a country of ONE Nation and ONE Culture. Only Tswanas live there. If Lesotho and Swaziland had the natural resources of Botswana, they too would be as succesful.
The fact that the overflow population of all three of these countries moved to South Africa over the last hundred years, means that there has been practically no population growth thus requiring no economic growth!
All three countris are Nazi or Nationalist Socialist examples!
The leaders of the people of Botswana do NOT tax the Anglo-American mining companies and are therefore allowed to remain independent. If the governmen of the RSA had agreed to the same deal, RSA would still be dependent today! Unfortunately the NP Government was too busy trying to carry the Zulu, Xhosa, North Sotho Populations AS WELL AS the overflow Tswana Population who had been given their own country in South Africa!

If you want to tie an ideology to Botswana, at least label it correctly: Botswana is a Nationalist Socialist Country!
The only ethnic minority are a mixed race people (Bushmen/Bantu) who the Tswanas incorrectly call "Bushmen" or "San", and they are, for the most part,kept in concentration camps. The number of concentration camps grows every time a new mining concession is given to an Anglo-American Mining House, and obviously the people of the area (Tswanas only occupy about 10% of the territory of Botswana) are rounded up into concentation camps!

It's Common Sense really!

Viking said...

Botswana does tax Anglo-America. they take a percentage of revenue, and the system works very well - the country extracts resource rent, and the company is not threatened with losing its investments. SA should try the same.

Anonymous said...

Viking said: "Botswana does tax Anglo-America"

Who is "Anglo-America"???
I said "they don't tax the Anglo-American Mining Houses"! If you're talking bout the Oppenheimer/Rothschild owned company: 'Anglo-American', I was unaware of that company owning mines in Botswana. I know of five other Anglo-American Companies (the term generally refers to British and American Based Companies owned by those who own the Bank of England and the US Federal Reserve) who operate in Botswana for a small fee, far less than an individual would pay in tax were he/she earning what they earn from mining in that country. Remember a guy called Verwoerd? Well he was assasinated for taxing mining houses in South Africa. He saw no reason why they shouldn't pay the same tax as everyone else. Well in Botswana they don't have to. Although they do probably provide the fencing for the Bushmen Concentration Camps!

Common Sense

Viking said...

Apologies, I meant De Beers, who have a profit-sharing arrangement with the Botswana government.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info Viking, I only know they are NOT taxed as per any regular company/individual operating in Botswana and was not aware that there was a specific profit-sharing agreement. Perhaps you could give us some more info on said agreement. I mean, I'm aware that the Rothschilds own De Beers, but equally aware that the Rothschilds believe they don't have to pay for anything (unfortunately I have worked for certain of those close to the head of the clan and they honestly think they own the World)! I would therefore be very surprised if they share their profits from mines in Botswana - would be pleasantly surprised if the details you could provide us show them to be doing anything other than centralising wealth!

Common Sense

Viking said...

I can't find any info about the specific percentage involved, but see this post here :

The point is, that even if the Botswana government took say 30% of the profits, because of the inevitable corruption and inefficiency involved in running a nationalised mining system, that 30% still represents more than they'd make themselves.

It's shocking to read about the mining industry in the DR Congo, most of the proceeds from which are smuggled out the country by truck and shipped elsewhere.